As waterfowl season gets closer, we hunters begin to dust off our gear and prepare for the exciting days ahead. Your gear has everything to do with bagging birds, so is your arsenal of equipment ready? Quality hunting clothing is crucial to staying comfortable out in the woods, and the more comfortable you are the harder you will hunt. One of the most important pieces of gear that is often overlooked, yet probably the most important, is the clothing we wear.
A great waterfowl jacket made by Scent-Lok, the Cold Blooded hunting jacket is a great choice for cold weather, odor controlled outer layer. This jacket is very warm, and was designed to keep a hunter warm while sitting and waiting.
The quality insulation of this jacket makes it a great outer layer for hunting in snow, rain, or frozen terrain no matter what the temperature is. This jacket is waterproof and windproof, so if you are expecting wet and windy conditions then this piece of gear will be perfect for you. The polyester material is almost noiseless, making this jacket very quiet and stealthy. Elastic cuffs and waist will help increase the amount of heat retention and keep scent trapped inside.
This is one of the best quality jackets that you can buy for cold conditions, and is a suitable outer layer for any system. The four pockets provide adequate storage space, but you will want to bring a pack or bag if you are bringing a lot of gear.
Sitka is known for creating some of the most high quality and innovative hunting apparel on the market today. The Downpour pants are no exception to this, and a pair of Sitka pants are a great investment. These pants offer pretty much every advantage a piece of clothing can offer, on top of being extremely waterproof. Built of breathable Gore-Tex, it provides a solid barrier against the elements while still allowing breathability.
A hydrophobic brushed exterior reduces the amount of noise these pants give off, making them almost silent. The material insulates fairly well, but Sitka does recommends them for early to midseason hunting. Paired with a good base layer, they can easily handle any late season hunting that you may do.
With a comfortable fit, full side zippers, and plenty of options, the Sitka Gear Downpour pants are great for any serious waterfowl hunters.
Drake created this jacket to solve one problem: breathability when worn with waders. The Eqwader is a heavy duty jacket that is built to last, warm, and breathable. It does a great job at all of these things, and does its job well.
It is made of a combination of waterproof/breathable material on the sleeves and upper body, while using a fleece lower body that is designed to be tucked into your waders. The end result is an extremely warm and breathable piece of gear that keeps you warm while dissipating any sweat that you may get. Taped seams, neoprene cuffs, and zippered pockets round out the entire package by giving you plenty of comfort while being purpose built.
The only downside to the design is that since the bottom half is not completely waterproof, it will need to be paired with waders when in wet conditions, giving up some versatility.
Taped seams, neoprene cuffs, and zippered pockets round out the entire package by giving you plenty of comfort while being purpose built. The only downside to the design is that since the bottom half is not completely waterproof, it will need to be paired with waders when in wet conditions, giving up some versatility.
Similar to the Drake Eqwader with a split top design, with the top half being waterproof and the bottom half being breathable and made to tuck into waders. This jacket has a pocket on the chest, as well as a kangaroo pocket that also zips closed. These work well when wading and keeps your gear dry. There is a locking bungee cord at the waist to seal out water and the cuffs are elastic with Velcro straps.
While similar to the Drake jacket, this one is not as thick, warm, or weatherproof. Where this jacket shines is its ability to pair with other jackets in extremely low temperatures, or used as a solo jacket in warmer weather.
It is a great choice for hunters on a budget and is a very versatile piece of gear that will help you stay hidden and keep you warm. This piece is very lightweight and comfortable, and could even be used in other hunting situations or midseason hunts.
Another quality piece of gear from Drake, the Eqwader 3 in 1 Wader Coat is made to endure the harshest conditions in the worst possible weather. It features a super adjustable hood cinch that blocks out wind, rain, and sun. It also has an extended collar that helps to block wind or sun on your neck. With a zippered pocket high on the chest, you can keep valuables high and accessible above your waders.
This system boasts 3 ways to wear the jackets plus 2 more ways to wear the liner vest, hence the catchy name. Match this versatility with the full range of unique features, and you’ve got an all-purpose jacket that is effective throughout the mid-season and late season in one convenient system.
You can wear all the pieces together, or individually to cater to your situation. If you are looking for a great all in one jacket, this is the number one choice among serious duck hunters.
For duck hunters, being comfortable is one of the most important factors to having a successful hunt. Whether that’s staying warm, dry, or both, quality pieces of clothing can help you to stay out longer and hunt harder.
These are our picks for some of the best technical hunting apparel on the market today, and any one of these is sure to be a welcome addition to anybody’s lineup.