Boots, Clothing and More Hunting Gear from the 2014 SHOT Show

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1 | Prois Archtach

When it comes to women’s hunting apparel, Prois does an excellent job of combining functionality with edgy designs and flattering fits. Prois’ new Archtach Down Jacket continues this trend with a cool styling that is not only supremely warm, but is great looking as well. This grey goose down, 800-fill-proof jacket is engineered with 100 percent Microfiber Ripstop with durable weather resistance through down acrylic coating. It's ideal for cold-weather hunts or a chilly night out. Price is $399.99.

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2 | Hanwag Yellowstone II GTX

Before going to the SHOT Show this year, several Realtree staffers weren’t familiar with Hanwag boots. Now we are. This German boot juggernaut makes some of the best handmade hunting boots on the planet. Its Yellowstone II GTX is a full-grain suede leather boot that has a Gore-Tex lining, Vibram four-way directional outsole that’s firm yet gummy for traction, rubber over-molded toe, a custom footbed and Realtree AP denier nylon panels. After walking around the show all day, we wanted to walk out wearing these babies from Hanwag. Price is $275.

 

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3 | Filson Original Sportsman's Camera Bag

Even though it's on the pricey side, anything made by Filson will last for many years to come. The company’s Original Sportsman’s Camera Bag is padded on all sides to keep your camera (or binos, shells or other valuables) protected and out of sight. Plenty of pockets store all of your accessories, and perhaps the best thing is, it’s discreet in that it doesn’t look like the average camera bag. Like Filson’s other gear, this bag is likely to outlast you. Price is $395. 

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4 | Paramount Drawstring Neck Long-Sleeve Performance Tee

The hot pink in this Realtree AP Colors performance tee by Paramount stood out among the sea of green camo at the SHOT Show. You’ll stand out as well when wearing this super cute, but functional top. The moisture-wicking performance poly material keeps you dry and comfortable when the action picks up, while the drawstring neck pulls up for added warmth when temperatures drop. The thumbholes prevent sleeve bunching when the performance tee is used as a bottom layer, but in our opinion, it’s too sharp looking to cover up. Price is $19.97. 

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5 | SPG Readers

Your clothing and accessories not only reflect your personality, but your interests as well. Why not let the world know you’re a hunter by wearing Realtree camo reading glasses by SPG. The display racks at SPG's booth were covered with readers in a variety of Realtree camo patterns and styles. Designed with impact-resistant polycarbonate lenses, these fashion-forward glasses are built to be durable enough to endure the wear and tear of the outdoors lifestyle. Price is $19.99.

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6 | Old Dominion Cobra and Mamba Athletic Shoes

We think the Old Dominion Cobra (men’s) and Mamba (women’s) athletic shoes look sharp in the new Realtree MAX-5 pattern, but looking good isn’t the only important thing. When it comes down to it, comfort matters most, and these ultralight and flexible shoes are designed for all day comfort and wearability. The memory foam foot bed, as well as the arch support and heal cuff, keep your feet pain-free whether you’re breaking a sweat or simply walking the town. These shoes are built to last as well. The rubber EVA compression-molded outsole and rubberized upper protect the shoes, while the breathable weave keeps fresh air circulating. Price is $65.

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7 | Duck Commander 3-inch Mag

The design influence of the newest Duck Commander call is pretty obvious: this thing is a spitting image of a Federal Black Cloud shotshell, the Duck Commander crew’s ammo of choice. Phil Robertson’s original patented technology is based on friction-fit reeds; this high-end acrylic goes the more modern route with a J-frame design. The sound is more typical of acrylic as well: high pitched, whiny and loud. For old-school Commander fans, this is not your typical raspy wood beauty, and likely won’t fit your style. But for the new, competition call-driven crowd, Duck Commander has entered the arena. Price is $159.99.

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8 | Mustang Survival Catalyst Flotation Jacket

Believe it or not, Mustang Survival actually founded its company based on the design of a float coat, rather than the super high-tech gear that seems to get all of the attention, most notably Coast Guard survival suits. That original idea from 1967 still resonates within Mustang today, with its introduction of the Catalyst Jacket. This outerwear piece is waterproof and breathable, and made of several segmented foam cores, allowing for increased mobility and a comfortable fit, without “riding up” when seated. The U.S. Coast Guard approved flotation jacket is offered in five colors and combines life-saving function with fashion. Price is $496.

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9 | LaCrosse AeroTuff Wader

Last year, LaCrosse introduced it’s AeroForm Technology in the AeroHead boot. This breakthrough process molds polyurethane to a 7mm neoprene sock for unparalleled light weight and warmth; equal to a minimum of 1500 grams of traditional insulation. In 2014, LaCrosse brings that same technology into the waterfowl world with a series of waders. Compared to all other neoprenes, these are ultra-light. All seams undergo a four-step process to ensure total waterproof properties, the knees and seat are liquid-rubber coated and the outer material is built of LaCrosse’s famous Brush Tuff armor. Offered in Realtree MAX-5, this new technology in wader building is truly revolutionary. Price is $349.99.

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10 | 5.11 Taclite Pro Shirt in Realtree Xtra

“We are a brand that originates from the demands for duty-driven gear,” said Jan Willem Driessen, Marketing Director International, for 5.11 Tactical. “It has a story like most products at 5.11. … We got demands from guys in law enforcement who said, ‘I hunt and I want to wear your stuff.’” So 5.11 chose its most popular styles and made them from Realtree Xtra. The Taclite Pro Shirt gets cut out of a lightweight, breathable and fast-drying poly-cotton ripstop fabric. Hunters will like the patented hidden document pockets next to their ribcages on both sides of the shirt. These are the perfect spots for maps, GPS units and a celphone. The shirt back features a ventilated panel. The shirt also comes with a hidden button-down collar, adjustable cuffs and Teflon treatment for soil and stain resistance. It's sized in men’s M to 2XL. The shirt also comes in a short-sleeved version. Price for long sleeves is $69.99; for short sleeves is $64.99.

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11 | Irish Setter Rutmaster RPM Knee Boots

This pair of new rubber boots from Irish Setter definitely grabbed our attention, and in fact was a strong contender for our top 10 best products of the show. Using Irish Setter’s new RPM Sole Technology, which is a blend of polyurethane, rubber, and what the Irish Setter folks called their proprietary “secret sauce,” these knee boots are amazingly lightweight at 3 pounds, 2 ounces. They’re noninsulated, so they’re perfect for both early season bowhunting and late-season turkey hunting. They incorporate Irish Setter’s Exo-Flex technology, which provides a better fit and makes pulling them on and off much easier. And best of all, the boots are one piece. There are no seams or stitches to deteriorate and cause leaks. Available this fall, the boots will retail for about $174 a pair.

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12 | NIKEiD

We can’t give much detail on these shoes, because we simply don’t have the clearance yet. Suffice it to say, Nike – that Nike – was in talks with the Realtree licensing department today, and there is some very cool stuff on the horizon. Stay tuned. 

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13 | Wolverine

Wolverine’s new Sightline series of lightweight boots are ideal for backcountry western hunts, upland hunting and general warm-weather wear. They feature waterproof leather, Nylon shanks, Wolverine’s PC Dry Silver Waterproof Membrane lining and removable Open-Cell Polyurethane footbeds. The 7-inch boot has 200 grams of insulation, while the mid-cut boot is noninsulated. They’re priced right, too at $129 for the mid-cut.

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14 | McNett Tactical Camo Form and Gear Patch

McNett Tactical is now offering its cool Camo Form and Gear Patch in Realtree patterns. The Camo Form is a reusable wrap that will provide a camo cover to just about any item – it’s ideal for use on guns and related gear. The material is nonmarking and nonadhesive. So you can wrap it around any gun in your arsenal, remove it and never have to worry about marring the finish. The Gear Patch is one of those items that you never know its true value until you need it. The patch is self-adhesive. Simply clean the area to repair thoroughly, remove the backing from the patch and press it on. It’s made of Cordura and has a durable water-repellent finish. Best of all, these cool items are low-priced and effective. The Camo Form sells for about $15, while the patch is about $7.

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15 | Scent-Lok Full Season Velocity

Scent-Lok’s popular Full Season lineup received a facelift for 2014. The series has an improved fit and more pockets along with a durable water repellent treatment. The jacket has a safety harness opening and a comfortable textured neck collar. The pants have a new gripper waist as well for improved fit. 

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16 | Scent-Lok Vortex Windproof Fleece

Fleece is the fabric of choice for a lot of bowhunters. And for good reason: It’s quiet and warm. But when the wind blows, fleece offers little resistance without a wind-proof membrane. And that’s exactly what Scent-Lok has added to its new Vortext Windproof Fleece. The jacket and pants both feature Scent-Lok’s Carbon Alloy scent control system along with a windproof barrier between two layers of fleece.

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17 | Badlands Super Nova Puffy Jacket

If you’ve never worn a down-filled puffy jaket, you don’t know what warm is. Badlands has improved on the standard puffy jacket by stuffing it with 150 grams of waterproof down and treating it with a nano coating that radiates heat. Put the jacket on and the down reacts with your body to increase the temperature of the down by five degrees. The jacket is ultra-packable and stuffs into its own packet. Price is $499.

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At the SHOT Show, POS doesn’t mean what you might think. We use it to describe “Product Overload Syndrome.” Unless you see it with your own eyes, it’s difficult to fully convey the amount of new hunting and shooting gear scattered across the three stories of the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas. We try our best to categorize the coverage each day – guns and ammo the first day; optics and hunting gear the second day – but each time you take a stroll through the aisles, you realize that you’ve missed something else that’s really cool. 

Today, the focus was on clothing and footwear. Although it’s difficult to imagine how a boot could be as interesting as a new gun, some of the stuff we found today was about as cool as anything we’ve seen all week. Check out the lineup below, and be sure to check out our galleries from Day One and Day Two of the SHOT Show.