January 11, 2024
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KUIU Encounter System
KUIU’s new Encounter system is engineered for whitetail hunters sitting 20 feet up in early- to mid-season conditions. Uninsulated softshell outer layers and fleece mid layers offer balanced wind resistance and breathability in a low-sheen package. Lightweight jacquard fleece features negative space for trapping pockets of air for added warmth and comfort in the treestand. The polyester is moisture-wicking and fast-drying for performance in any conditions. The Encounter Jacket is built for stealth with magnetic quiet-closure hand pockets, quiet sliders on zippers, and ultra-quiet face fabric as well as an Odorex anti-odor treatment. It features a layered safety harness port, interior hand warmer pockets, and pit zips for ventilation. The four-way stretch construction is burr-resistant and finished with a DWR treatment. The Encounter system also includes a fleece zip-up, vest, pants, and fleece base layer bottom.
$89-$239 | kuiu.com
ScentLok Saddle Hunter Jacket & Pant
Developed in collaboration with John Eberhart, ScentLok’s new Saddle Hunter Midweight Jacket and Pant are designed for bowhunting performance from a saddle. The midweight jacket sports elevated front pockets positioned above the bridge of the saddle for easy access to gear, a drop tail for added coverage in the saddle, and a harness port for added versatility. The smooth polyester arms are built for increased clearance when coming to full draw. The Pant is constructed with removable built-in knee pads, strategically placed cargo pockets, and knee-high leg zippers for easy on and off. A polyester micro-tricot shell fabric over warm fleece lining is ultra quiet, and a Precip-X coating repels water, mud, and ice. Both midseason pieces are equipped with ScentLok’s Carbon Alloy technology to absorb odors.
$179.99-$189.99 | scentlok.com
Hunt Monkey The Heater
The Heater mittens from Hunt Monkey Gloves are built to keep hands comfortably warm without sacrificing control during cold late-season hunts. They’re constructed with a windproof and water-resistant polar fleece exterior and a plush sherpa fleece lining for silent comfort. Added 100-gram insulation keeps fingers from freezing up in frigid conditions. The Heater mittens also sport magnet stays, hand warmer pockets, and synthetic leather palms with non-slip grip for added performance when coming to full draw.
$59.95 | huntmonkeygloves.com
Code of Silence Zone7 Dialed In System
Constructed with Berber wool and Windseal-TC3 technology, the Code of Silence Zone7 Dialed In system keeps bowhunters warm through the coldest late-season conditions. The parka and bib sport a naturally dull finish for concealment and low-bulk constructions for maneuverability and easy layering. The parka is a streamlined shell with a Windsulation barrier featuring a three-piece drawstring peripheral vision hood, articulated sleeves, waist drawcord, and side handwarmer pockets Designed with input from bowhunting legend Bill Winke, the bib has a zipper-front design with adjustable elastic suspenders and full-length leg zippers. Both the Code of Silence Zone7 Dialed In Parka and Bib are whisper-quiet for outwitting whitetails.
$230 (parka); $220 (bib) | codeofsilence.com
VYCAH Zenyx Stealth Shirt & Pant
With maximum ventilation and breathability, VYCAH’s Zenyx line is built for bowhunting in the hot, humid early season. The Zenyx Stealth Shirt Gen 2 is constructed with a stretchy polyester and bamboo blend that boasts SPF 30+ sun protection plus a vented mesh lining in the armpits and undersleeves. A built-in facemask has laser-cut ventilation holes, and a lightweight hood provides extra coverage. The ripstop polyester pants feature zippered hip vents and inner thigh heat release channels to minimize sweat and maximize comfort. They’re finished with adjustable ankle diameter straps and zippered rear and cargo pockets. Both pieces are available in Deep Woods or Fall Camo patterns.
$119.99 (shirt); $169.99 (pant) | vycah.com
Huntworth Casper Base Layer Shirt & Pants
Powered by Heat Boost technology, Casper base layers provide cozy warmth in the coldest conditions and quick-drying comfort when movement warms you up. The heavyweight pieces feature a graphene yarn knitted into a jersey fabric for natural moisture-wicking and antimicrobial capabilities in a soft, stretchy design. The graphene also absorbs and releases body heat for long-lasting warmth without added ounces. Flatlock seams and a silky finish prevent chafing and bunching. The shirt sports inner thumb straps on the cuff for easy layering, and the pants feature a wide elastic band to keep them on the waistline all day long.
$79.99-$89.99 each | huntworthgear.com
Sitka Ambient 100 Hooded Jacket
A versatile active insulation layer for any kit, the Sitka Ambient 100 Hooded Jacket features 100-gram PrimaLoft Evolve to maximize breathability while on the move and retain warmth while sitting in the stand. The durable 20D ripstop nylon face stands up to thick brush in the backcountry, and a DWR treatment helps repel light rain and snow in unpredictable conditions. The jacket has a full-zip front with zippered chest and hand pockets for keeping small gear within arm’s reach. Four-way stretch provides plenty of bowhunting mobility, and a sculpted hood offers a streamlined fit that won’t obscure vision when scanning for your next target. The Sitka Ambient 100 Hooded Jacket is available in Optifade camo and solid colorways.
$299 | sitkagear.com
FORLOH Reversible Hi-Loft Merino Wool Vest
FORLOH’s Reversible Hi-Loft Merino Wool Vest is designed to keep hunters warm in the backcountry and on the town. The 2-in-1 design features camo or blaze orange for the woods on one side and a solid shade for everything else on the other for a versatile vest with a relaxed fit ideal for layering. Merino hi-loft insulation regulates body temperature and resists odor-causing bacteria with a high warmth-to-weight ratio and low-bulk fit. The durable military spec quantum 40D ripstop nylon face is wind- and rain-resistant. Backed by FORLOH’s lifetime warranty, the Reversible Hi-Loft Merino Wool Vest is fully sourced and made in the United States.
$329 | forloh.com