New Hunting Boots, Clothing, Packs and More from the 2015 SHOT Show

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Old Dominion Bobcat

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1 | Old Dominion Bobcat

The Bobcat sneakers by Old Dominion caught my eye the minute I walked into the booth. Designed in Realtree Xtra with green, orange or black accents, these sneakers come in men’s, women’s and children’s options. The premium memory foam footbed and highly breathable design provide superior comfort for all-day wear, while the protective KPU exoskeleton not only adds an edgy appeal to the shoe design, but protects your foot from the wear and tear of the outdoors. The all-terrain outsole prevents slipping in treacherous terrain. Each pair of Bobcat sneakers come with extra black speckled laces. This style will be available this fall. Price for men's sneakers will be $70; women's $65; and kid's $49.99. olddominionfootwear.com -Stephanie Mallory

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Muck Pursuit Shadow

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2 | Muck Pursuit Shadow

Muck is taking the lighter/faster model of waterproof boots to a whole new level with the introduction of its Shadow Series. The 15-inch model weighs just 1.7 ounces per boot, and is constructed of a 5mm neoprene core with an EVA foam midsection and light rubber bottom. Specs don’t do it justice - the weight of the boot in hand feels like that of a Nike running shoe. In addition, the boot can, literally, be rolled up into a ball without damage, allowing it to be the perfect choice for lightweight pack-in hunts or airline carry-ons. At $264.99, the boot is costly, but it’s truly revolutionary. muckbootcompany.com -Joe Balog

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5.11 Tactical

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3 | 5.11 Tactical

You’ve got to hand it to the tactical folks—they know how to make functional, comfortable clothing. 5.11 Tactical is getting into the hunting gear business in a big way with its new Realtree Rapid Response ¼-zip shirt. It’s full of generous pockets and the core is built of lightweight, antimicrobial moisture-wicking material.

5.11 is also known for its packs, and it has a new line of packs available in camo for this year as well. We looked at the Rush 72 model—the most spacious version (there’s also a Rush 12 and Rush 24). The numbers at the end don’t designate the amount of cubic inches inside the pack. Rather, they’re an indication of the amount of supplies you can carry within the pack for a given duration, including a water bladder. The Rush 72 will hold 72 hours’ worth of supplies—perfect for an extended stay backpack hunt. Look for the shirt to run $89.99. The Rush 72 pack retails for $264.99. 511tactical.com -Will Brantley

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Rocky Ram Stalker

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4 | Rocky Ram Stalker

I made a beeline to Rocky’s new Ram Stalker camo boots as soon as I stepped into the booth. They are every bit as soft as they look, but much more durable than you’d expect. These boots are designed to feel as comfortable as socks while still providing you with the support, protection and durability you need during the hunt. Featuring 400-gram Primaloft insulation and a waterproof exterior, the Ram Stalker boot was designed with a minimalist approach for those who believe less really is more. This boot is not only ideal for hunting, but it makes a great camp shoe as well. The Ram Stalker will be available in the fall for $149.99. rockyboots.com -S.M.

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Browning XM Elite Jacket

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5 | Browning XM Elite Jacket

If you hunt in cold weather, you know the value of a high-loft jacket. You get warmth without bulk. The XM Elite uses Primaloft down, a combination of premium down and synthetic fibers. This blend retains 94 percent of its warmth when wet, can withstand multiple launderings and is available in Realtree Xtra. Price is $179.99. browning.com -Tony Hansen

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Bell Ranger Outdoor Apparel

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6 | Bell Ranger Outdoor Apparel

Bell Ranger makes children’s embellished clothing – embroidery, applique and screenprint – in Realtree patterns and with Realtree accents. The company creates clothing that is age-specific for infants, toddlers and older children. For little girls, the pink camo princess line rules. “Things that have anything to do with grandpa or grandma fly off the shelf. I call it ‘grandma bait!’” said the sales rep at the booth. From onesies to six-pocket cargo pants to little hunting tees, this line of apparel for children will make them feel like their favorite grown up hunters. realtree.com/licensee/bell-ranger-outdoor-apparel-inc -Barbara Baird

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LaCrosse 4X Alpha Snake Boot

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7 | LaCrosse 4X Alpha Snake Boot

LaCrosse has always been at the forefront of scientific boot building, and the Quad Core in its new Alpha boot line is no exception. The boots contain multiple layers of numerous materials to increase comfort and durability, while remaining very lightweight. All seams on the neoprene Alphas are covered with rubber to prevent any possibility of leaking, and the snake-proof version offers a tested lining proven to be 100 percent effective. The newest Alpha Snake Boot is easy on, easy off with an adjustable gusset in the back, and retails for $159.99. lacrossefootwear.com -J.B.

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First Lite Sanctuary Coat and Bibs

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8 | First Lite Sanctuary Coat and Bibs

First Lite is a company best-known for its Merino wool base and midlayers, and it has a cult-like following among Western hunters. Personally, I think it makes some of the best stuff on the market. So when it introduced the Sanctuary coat last year—which isn’t wool—I was admittedly a little skeptical. Turns out, Eastern treestand hunters appreciated First Lite quality just as much as the Western guys. First Lite followed that up this year with a pair of bibs that, when matched with the coat, create the Sanctuary treestand suit. This clothing has two layers of 200-gram insulation sewn in with a space between the layers. Think of it as several layers built into one jacket, rather than a single, thick layer of insulation. That keeps the weight of the garments down, but it has amazing insulating ability. It’s not waterproof, but it is pretty water-resistant. The new bibs have a laminate section on the derriere that will keep your butt safe from wet treestand cushions, too. This stuff isn’t cheap—$300 for the bibs and $350 for the coat—but it is supreme, top-of-the-line stuff. firstlite.com -W.B.

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Under Armour SofterShell

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9 | Under Armour SofterShell

The SofterShell combines several Under Armour innovations into one do-it-all system. The outer shell is a bonded three-layer fabric that combines ColdGear, Scent Control and the Storm2 system that provides protection from wind and rain. The jacket allows for easy safety-harness integration. The set is available in Realtree Xtra and the jacket sells for $219.99, the pants for $189.99 and the anorak ½-zip for $199.99. ua.com -T.H.

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Realtree Girl Swimwear by Backflips

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10 | Realtree Girl Swimwear by Backflips

The new line of Realtree Girl swimwear by Backflips will no doubt turn heads as the weather heats up. I personally liked the Tri-Strap Bustier with the Tie-Side String Pant. Both pieces feature Realtree APG with pink shell-stich edge detail. Ties on the pant sides and neck provide full adjustability, while the flattering construction ensures you look great whether you’re lounging by the pool or playing volleyball on the beach. Check out realstore.com for Realtree Girl Swimwear.

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Frogg Toggs Pilot Frogg

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11 | Frogg Toggs Pilot Frogg

Serious anglers have long regarded Frogg Toggs as among the best rain gear available. New for this year is the Pilot Frogg, which is a heavy-duty rain gear set made for severe weather. It happens to be available in Realtree MAX-5. Duck hunters who hunt big water by boat know how important heavy rain gear can be at times. This stuff is made from three-layer submersible wader material, and is 100 percent sealed and waterproof. Zippers are water-resistant, and the sleeves come with internal and adjustable neoprene cuffs. The coat has zippered chest storage and hand warmer pockets, and it retails for $179.99. froggtoggs.com –W.B.        

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Wolverine Boots

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12 | Wolverine Boots

Wolverine introduced two new boots for hunters at the show. The Edge Extreme offers a hunter not only warmth, but also a NXT odor-control lining in a lightweight, athletic construction with a toe-bumper. In Realtree Xtra, this GORE-TEX boot comes in a hiker style and is 8 inches tall. If you’re looking for more warmth, you’ll like the 1,000-gram King Bull, waterproof-plus, breathable membrane model. It also has the Boa-closure system, for easy and quick lacing. It comes in Realtree Xtra Mini. Both boots come in sizes 7 to 14 in medium, and 7 through 13 in extra wide. Price for the Edge Extreme is $220; King Bull is $180. wolverine.com -B.B.

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Hardcore Pack-Lite Rainsuit

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13 | Hardcore Pack-Lite Rainsuit

Every waterfowl clothing company makes waterproof gear, but few offer an ultra-light, true rainsuit. Hardcore noticed that, and brought to market the perfect solution. The Pack-Lite can be bunched up into a small pouch, which is included, and weighs next to nothing. It’s not short on true function, however, with internal-taped seams and a big, functional hood with elastic drawstrings. The full suit retails for $164.99 and is available in Realtree MAX-5 or black. hardcore-brands.com -J.B.

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Outdoor Cap

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14 | Outdoor Cap

The Realtree Elite Performance Cap by Outdoor Cap is definitely not your grandfather’s hat. Featuring a new and edgy style combining Realtree camo with a pop of yellow, the Elite Performance Cap is designed not only for good looks, but superior performance as well. Moisture-control technology wicks perspiration from the skin and transfers moisture to the fabric's surface for evaporation. UV UPF-rated protection guards against the sun’s harsh rays. Advanced silver antimicrobial technology keeps fabric fresher longer and eliminates odor by capturing and destroying odor-causing bacteria for long-term odor control. The Elite line of caps will be available for purchase in 2016. outdoorcap.com -S.M.

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Browning Upland Game Vest

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15 | Browning Upland Game Vest

This new vest from Browning was sharp and could serve dual-purpose as a lightweight turkey vest in addition to upland duties. The vest is lightweight and the vented sides and back are a bonus in warm weather. It features a bloodproof game bag, elastic shell loops and large bellow pockets for stashing gear. It's available in Realtree Xtra camo and sells for about $65. browning.com -T.H.

 

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Tenzing Binocular Case

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16 | Tenzing Binocular Case

Tenzing is always on the cutting edge with its innovation led by function, and its newest binocular case is no exception. The immediate, most noticeable attribute is the case’s unique harness that goes around the shoulders and back of the wearer, making carrying optics extremely comfortable. Closer review brings to light other key features: the strap can be attached to the case or the optics themselves, allowing the optics to be passed back and forth without taking off the harness. Or easily omit the strap all together for use in the vehicle or lodge. Price on the binocular holster is $49.99. tenzingoutdoors.com -J.B.

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Irish Setter Rutmaster 2.0 Boots

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17 | Irish Setter Rutmaster 2.0 Boots

I’m a storyteller at heart, and my closest friends have all heard my favorite stories, many times over. I may have even written before about the time I spent 20-plus hours in the Denver airport after a surprise October snowstorm cancelled my flight. It was unpleasant—but what stands out to me from that experience is the fact that in all those trips through the airport to try and find an alternate flight, my feet never hurt. I was wearing a pair of Irish Setter boots—a pair that I bought myself—and they kept me comfortable. They smelled like a dead skunk by the time I got home, but that’s beside the point. I’m forever a fan of Irish Setter.

So I was excited to see this new Rutmaster 2.0 line of rubber boots. These boots are extremely lightweight with Irish Setter’s signature Exo-Flex system that makes the chore of pulling rubber boots on and off much easier. They’re available in two versions for ladies—a 1,200-gram insulated pair and a noninsulated pair—as well as an insulated (800-gram) and noninsulated pair for men. Price ranges from $149.99 for the noninsulated pair to $179.99 for the insulated ladies’ boot. irishsetterboots.com –W.B. 

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Emperia Outfitters

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18 | Emperia Outfitters

Emperia offers a complete line of bags, from clutch wallets to backpacks, and all sporting Realtree Girl gold hardware. The line even offers options for concealed carry, with a Velcro holster that can either hold your gun in place in the interior compartment, or wrap around another holster made for the particular gun. The bags are constructed in a complete Realtree wrap, or with attractive Realtree accents. Prices range from $25 to $70. Available this spring. emperiaoutfitters.com -B.B.

 

 

 

 

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10X by Walls

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19 | 10X by Walls

The Silent Storm Rainshell Jacket is designed to do exactly what its name implies. The stylish Realtree Xtra jacket is built to be quiet, highly breathable, wind-proof and waterproof. The four-way stretch fabric with Dupont Cerenol dot matrix membrane ensures movability and comfort throughout the day. Quality features include YKK Aquaguard zippers, two side vents, two front hand warmer pockets, one chest pocket and one sleeve pocket. Price is $250. 10xgear.com -S.M.

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Under Armour Fleece

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20 | Under Armour Fleece

Under Armour's fleece collection has been popular with hunters in the past. For 2015, the lineup has been updated to include ColdGear technology, making the fleece warmer than before. The series retains the Scent Control lining and is available in Realtree Xtra.

The ¼-zip top sells for $89,99, the Ninja Hoodie is $99.99, the pants are $109.99 and the jacket is $119.99. ua.com -T.H.

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Bogs Bighorn Boot

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21 | Bogs Bighorn Boot

The new Bighorn from Bogs is a lightweight model built around 3mm, four-way stretch neoprene. The bottom is carbon-rubber, making for a great lightweight, waterproof tall boot. But the real story lies in the boots core: rather than using more common EVA foam padding, Bogs is using a new material said to offer tremendous “energy return.” This man-made rubber is not only shock absorbing, but offers an unparalleled “light on your feet” feeling, and never wears out. Price on the Bighorn is $134.99. bogsfootwear.com -J.B.

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1888 Mills

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22 | 1888 Mills

The APC Mint Mini Comforter Set by 1888 Mills boasts an eye-catching color with an outdoorsy feel. Available in twin through king sizes, this comforter is ideal for those wanting to bring a bit of the outdoors in while maintaining and edgy look. The mini comforter set includes the comforter and two pillow shams, which are designed with a cotton-polyester blend. The T180 thread-count construction means this set is easy to care for and machine washable. This comforter set will be available this spring and is ideal for dorm rooms, cabins, hunt camps and homes. 1888mills.com -S.M.

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ALPS OutdoorZ Crossfire X

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23 | ALPS OutdoorZ Crossfire X

The ALPS OutdoorZ Crossfire X is designed to give you plenty of storage space for all of your most important hunting gear and accessories. In fact, a special accessory pocket can be detached from the pack and used alone when less gear is needed. This 2,325-cubic-inch day pack can carry a bow or your rifle and has plenty of pockets for anything else you need. The vented back design ensures that you’re cool and comfortable, even during strenuous treks. Part of the new EXTREME line of packs, the Crossfire X is made of premium materials and components, is extremely adjustable and boasts a comfortable suspension system. Price is $179. alpsoutdoorz.com -S.M.

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Browning Buck Pack

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24 | Browning Buck Pack

The newest Browning packs may be the most advanced backpacks ever built, and pay incredibly close attention to the functionality needs of hunters. First off, the packs are built from Baumshell fabric, which is woven rather than knitted, twice as strong, and half the weight. The entire pack is DWR coated for water resistance, and the 2500 model features a roll-top, similar to a dry-bag, for further safety. The coolest feature, however, is the “Hypo-Sonic,” toothless, silent zipper on the belt accessory case; it allows a hunter to slip in and get a rangefinder or grunt tube without making any noise whatsoever. This pack offers 2,500 cubic inches of space, and retails for $199.99. browning.com -J.B.

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There have been so many major advancements in hunting gear over the past 20 years that it’s easy to pick out the real game changers. Trail cameras. Inline, break-action muzzleloaders. Laser rangefinders. Amazing compound bows. Even the ThermaCELL. Most of those products have a very specific purpose, though. When you really think about it, the biggest advancements—the game changers that hunters of all walks can appreciate and enjoy—have been in clothing and footwear.

Not too many years ago, you went hunting and simply accepted that you’d get cold. That your camouflage would fade, and that if you wanted to stay dry, well, you’d have to wear noisy rain gear. That’s not the case these days. The advent of “technical” hunting clothing has arguably influenced our ability to be successful in the field more than anything else. Being comfortable gives you staying power; patience. Any successful hunter will tell you those qualities, above all else, are the most important.

So with that in mind, we hit the show floor today in search of the newest and best in hunting clothing and footwear. Here’s what we found.