Finding the right jacket, bib, or base layer can be daunting. But Outsider, with the help of Tennessee-based outdoor expert Brent Chance, has the exact hunting gear you should be looking for this holiday season.
Best All-Around Garment for a Hunter
For those looking to stay warm while hunting, the SITKA Gear Dakota Hoody Optifade is the best bang for your buck. The Dakota Hoody features a 100% windproof outer shell. It also comes with an adjustable hood and a 3/4 zip with built-in-muff to protect your hands and fingers during the frigid cold. The Hoody comes in Timber and also Marsh colors.
- Outsider’s “Top Overall Pick for the Hunter in Your Life“
- Worthy every penny of the price
- Fleece-lined kangaroo pockets roomy enough for hand warmers
- Wind will not penetrate the jacket
- Tight-fitting hood with adjustable cinch strap
- Perfectly-placed chest pocket
- Perfect garment to get you from the beginning of the season until the end
Price: Currently unavailable on Amazon. ($199-239 elsewhere online)
Best Stocking Stuffer for a Hunter
Firstly, the Havalon Piranta-Edge Blaze Orange Handle measures at a sizable 7.25 inches. With a rubber inlay, it provides definite control to match a strong, liner-lock build. However, the real sell of this knife is that it comes with 12 additional stainless steel 60A blades. This is one that provides certain quality and durability, but also provides you refills for the inevitable.
- Outsider’s “Top Pick Stocking Stuffer“
- It’s surgically sharp, lightweight and comes in an eye-catching orange color making it easily find when dressing your game
- Perfect for backcountry hunting
Best Gear for a Deer Hunter
For deer hunters everywhere, Outsider put together the best inner and outerwear to keep you warm next time on your hunt.
Made of 100% wool, the Minus33 Merino Wool 706 Kancamagus Men’s Midweight Bottom is perfect to keep your legs and lower torso toasty on those early mornings. The base layer is made of Merino Wool for a soft and comfortable fit. The wool is also machine washable and dryable making for easy cleaning afterward. The fabric is anti-itch and odor.
Price: $74.89 – $89.99
For a top layer of warmth, you can’t go wrong with the Minus33 Merino Wool 714 Isolation Men’s Midweight 1/4 Zip. Like the bottom base layer, the product is made of 100% Merino wool. It is also machine washable and features both anti-itch and anti-odor fabric as well.
The SITKA Men’s Insulated Fanatic Bib is both quiet and sleek apparel for hunters everywhere. The Bib features large multi-chamber pockets for easy storage and silent snaps on the pockets. Additionally, the bib is well insulated, and both water and windproof as well.
The SITKA Men’s Windstopper Insulated Hunting Fanatic Jacket matches the bib for a quality outer layer during a hunt. The jacket features wind-stopping technology and pockets for both a rangefinder and grunt tube for easy access. Like the bib, the jacket is quiet with less audible engagement, making moving silently easier than ever.
Best Gear for a Duck Hunter
Like deer-hunting, Outsider also put together the best inner and outerwear for duck hunters this winter.
SITKA Gear Men’s Core Zip-T Quick-Dry Odor-Free Long Sleeve Hunting Shirt makes for the perfect undershirt for duck hunting. The fleece helps to regulate your natural body temperature whether it’s cold or hot. Additionally, the fleece features anti-odor technology and premium YKK zippers as well.
The SITKA Gear Merino Heavyweight Bottom pairs well with SITKA Long Sleeve Hunting Shirt. The heavyweight bottoms features a body-mapped grid fleece backer that helps retain warmth while also reducing moisture. The bottoms also feature polygiene odor control, which reduces the growth of odor causing bacteria.
Price: $105.00 – $149.00
If you are looking for a waterproof bib, you might want to consider the Sitka Men’s Hudson Waterproof Hunting Bib. The Sitka bib is perfect for sloshing through water and mud and remaining dry. The bib features a reinforced exterior layer and also a micro-grid fleece interior, keeping the water out and the warm in.
Price: $439.20 – $549.00
For the upper torso, the Sitka Men’s Hudson Waterproof Insulated Hunting Jacket should be any duck hunter’s choice. For instance, the jacket features a sculpted hood for maximum visibility. It also has high handwarmer pockets and water-sealing cuffs. Paired with the bib, the jacket will keep you both warm and more importantly dry when chasing your next waterfowl.
- Easily win Christmas with this featured gift.
- This is a “weather-be-damned” jacket ready to protect from whatever Mother Nature has in store during the mid-to-late season.
- Most importantly, though, this jacket is moveable and breathable. No matter the tight shooting position, the Sitka Hudson Hunting Jacket gives a nice range of motion that’s needed on the hunt.
Price: $333.00 – $549.00
Best Rain Gear for Year Around
The weather doesn’t always cooperate as you want it to. For instance, you may find yourself in the middle of the woods the weather turns from sunshine to cloudy days. The CHUGACH rain gear is perfect to keep yourself dry during any pop-up showers.
The CHUGACH NX RAIN PANT is both breathable but also wind and waterproof as well.
Meanwhile, the CHUGACH NX RAIN JACKET provides coverage for your head and upper torso. Like the pants, the jacket is comfortable but also weatherproof.
Best Head Lamp For Night Hunting
For any hunter who’s ever stumbled during in the night, the Fenix HP15UE Ultimate Edition 900 Lumens Iron Gray Expedition Headlamp is definitely for you. The headlamp offers hands-free illumination so a hunter never has to put down their gun. The headlamp also has a 900 Lumens maximum output and can shine up to 195 yards.
Best Socks For Hunters
Footwear is important for both traveling outdoors and also hunting. Choose the wrong socks, and your feet might freeze on a cold winter day or also become soaked if traveling through water. The Smartwool Men’s PhD Ski Medium provides a secure fit and also offers breathability to avoid conditions like Athlete’s foot.
Price: Currently unavailable on Amazon. ($18.90-$24 elsewhere online)
Best Hunting and Everyday Boxer Briefs
The ExOfficio Men’s Give-N-Go Sport Mesh 6″ Boxer Brief is great for hunting but other outdoor activities as well. The underwear are breathable and also made of quick-drying fabric as well. Additionally, the briefs also feature an antimicrobial anti-odor treatment to keep them smelling good, longer.
Price: $19.95 – $43.50
If headlamps aren’t your style, the Olight Seeker 2 Pro 3200 Lumens Rechargeable LED Side Switch Tactical Flashlight Law Enforcement Search Light is another way to light up the night during your next hunting trip. Additionally, the flashlight features a nice balance of flood and throw, making it great for finding downed deer. On top of that, it also has the latest 21700 long-lasting battery and a super useful recharge dock.
- This is a high impact gift with the necessary factors needed to light your way in any situation.
- This flashlight is waterproof to up to 2 meters, meaning no matter what weather or adventure you’re facing, it is ready to do the just.
- The side circle detail delivers easy-to-read battery and brightness indicators, so you’re never caught with a dead flashlight when you need it most.
Best Boots For a Hunter
Every hunter needs a pair of waterproof boots to wear during an outing. But Muck Wetland Rubber Premium Men’s Field Boots stands above its competition. For instance, the boots also feature shock absorption and heat retention. Additionally, the boots feature extra cushioning, which helps reduce chafing.
Price: $120.11 – $205.99