Outerwear 2006

More manufacturers add casual wear and soft shells to hunting lines.

Field & Stream Online Editors

Apparel continues to evolve to meet the demands of consumers and retailers alike. This year soft shells will gain substantial penetration and "outdoor" styles continue to expand in most store's floor plans. Outerwear manufacturers are trying to make outdoor retailers a final stop for the average hunter's hunting and casual needs. Here's a look at what 2006 will bring to your store.

| Drake
Ideal to wear with waders, the Eqwader combats two totally different environments at the same time. The top half is 100 percent waterproof, windproof, breathable micro-fleece, to fend off the weather. The lower half, with soft, comfortable, highly breathable fleece inside your waders, helps reduce moisture and condensation.

Deepwater hand-warmer pockets and adjustable neoprene cuffs help guarantee comfort in all but the harshest conditions. Other features include a magnetic chest-call pouch, a license and key pouch and a call separator. Colors include Advantage Max-4 HD, Mossy Oak New Break-Up and Mossy Oak New Shadow Grass. SRP: $100. Booth #6100. (662-895-3651; drakewaterfowl.com)

Lynch Worldwide
The long-sleeve Federal Cotton Touch Shirt is made from a premium high-performance 100 percent spun polyester twill. The unique fabric offers the feel of cotton and the performance of polyester. The polyester yarn is etched to increase the overall surface area and to provide superior moisture displacement-it dries eight times faster than conventional polyester. The shirt is treated with an antimicrobial agent to inhibit the growth of odor-causing bacteria.

The back and underarms are vented and the front panel is embroidered with the Federal Premium Ammunition and Shockwave logos. SRP: $39.95. Booth #6979. (229-226-5793; lynchoutdoorproducts.com)

| Mad Dog Gear
Mad Dog Gear's insulated Dead Silent Plus Jacket features 100-gram Thinsulate Ultra and fabric that is extra thin to minimize bulk in pockets, storm flaps and wrist cuffs. This roomy-cut jacket is constructed of wind-resistant fleece for extra comfort and weather protection.

The jacket's new fleece design is 3.7 times more wind resistant than traditional fleece, without resorting to a laminate, so it can combine warmth with unsurpassed breathability. The Dead Silent Plus Jacket is offered in Realtree Hardwoods HD. SRP: $99. Booth #6301. (800-328-3208; maddoggear.com)

Natural Gear
Natural Gear's Turkey Vest has a new full-shoulder design with a center H-strap to balance the vest and any game-bag load. It's constructed with a strong polytricot material that is quiet and fade and wear resistant, and there's a thick removable cushion seat and back pad for long sits.

Quick-access front friction call, box call and striker carriers with internal zippered pockets keep gear organized. Also on board are a shotshell pocket with tight shell loops and a fully lined blood- and water-resistant game bag. It's available in size L/XL or XXL/XXXL in the original Natural Gear or New SCII. SRP: $64.99. Booth #6363. (800-628-4327; naturalgear.com)

[NEXT "More Outerwear..."] Pella
The unique fleece-lined bow-hunter's jacket features a patented "archers sleeve" with a new patented zipper adjustment that tightens the sleeve to forearm, for left or right-handed archers. The seam-sealed outer fabric is waterproof, breathable and burr and pill resistant. The lining, made from soft stand-up polar fleece, is also pill resistant. The jacket has a lined collar and an inside zipper pocket to hold valuables.

The longer body length coributes to overall warmth and the pleated swing back allows freedom of movement. Camo patterns: Hardwoods HD, Advantage Max-4 HD. Booth #6737. (800-832-6225; pella products.com)

Rivers West
Rivers West has incorporated the technology behind its award-winning thick, warm waterproof fabric into a new lightweight, all-weather "L.A.W System," to protect hunters in spring, early fall or in milder hunting conditions. The line is 100 percent waterproof, 100 percent windproof, easily packable and half the weight and thickness of the original H2P.

The company's newest offering in this fabric, the Lakota jacket, features diagonal water-shedding front flaps that cover two magnetized cargo pockets, for silent access to all your gear. Butterfly sleeve inserts offer a wider range of motion at the shoulders, while articulated elbows provide an easier draw. Additional features include a radial collar, shirttail hem, weatherproof underarm zipper vents and the newly developed "flex-mit," which offers additional warmth and protection for your palms while keeping your fingers and thumbs exposed for shooting dexterity. Available in Realtree Hardwoods Green, Mossy Oak Break-Up and the new Digital Confusion camo pattern. SRP: $199. Booth #6121. (800-683-0887; riverswest.com)

Scentblocker
As part of the company's new Dream Season line, Scentblocker has introduced a glove that offers an SPF 40 activated-carbon lining for scent control. The XLT lightweight technology has a four-direction-stretch, comfortable cotton-fabric exterior, with leather palm treatment for gripping comfort. The design is a fitted, driving style for easy shooting. The glove comes in M/L and XL/2XL and in Mossy Oak Break Up. Booth #6401. (507-263-2885;scentblocker.com)

Under Armour
The Under Armour ColdGear mock turtleneck, an effective base layer designed for moderate to extremely cold weather, is engineered to maximize warmth and moisture transport while minimizing bulk. The design provides total comfort in a compression fit that eases muscle fatigue and delivers warmth without weight. The leggings have a compression fit that's perfect under your outerwear or waders. This technology keeps you warm and dry, and the working fly and performance waistband maximize comfort. Booth #809, #908 and #6867. (888-727-6687; underarmour.com)

| Filson
Whether you're hunting prairie grouse or fine-tuning your skeet shooting, the Ultimate Hunting Shirt from Filson will provide all-day comfort. The shirt is made from Dry Finish Cover Cloth with Cordura reinforcements over the shooting pad and gun-resting area. It has a removable pad that reduces recoil impact and a drop-down chest pocket with double compartments and three shell loops. The LimbSaver recoil pad decreases impact by reducing the rate of energy transfer from the gun to the shooter. That adds up to more comfort, better performance and less flinching. Made from an exclusive noise- and vibration-control material, the shirt is suitable for trap, skeet, clay and large-caliber rifles. SRP: $139.50. Booth #6931. (800-624-0201; filson.com)

Wolverine
No stranger to the boot department, but new to the clothing aisle, Wolverine will introduce its new line of casual work wear at this year's SHOT Show. The new 10-ounce cotton shirt is made of enzyme-washed, pigment-dyed canvas and has a traditional plaid flannel lining. There are two riveted patch pockets, a pleated back yoke and a heavy-duty snap closure finished in triple-needle stitching. SRP: $45. Booth #6323. (800-545-2425; wolverine.com)

[NEXT "More Outerwear..."] Woolrich
This year Woolrich expands its line of Camwoolflage for turkey hunters with new, lighter-weight wool, chamois and fleece in the same universal pattern created for winter wool hunting coats. The wool jacket is uninsulated and sports a hood. There's also a matching double-pocket wool shirt and wool cargo pants.

The 70 percent virgin wool and 30 percent nylon jacquard Camwool-flage Hunt coat has a body and sleeve liner of 100 percent nylon. The water-resistant coat features a sherpa top collar with tab for weather protection. There are upper hand-warmer pockets and lower dual-entry pockets, as well as a back storage compartment.

On the lighter side, Woolrich has also added new fabrics in the same Camwoolflage pattern to round out the mix: a chamois shirt, chamois pants, a fleece-lined chamois Shirt Jac, a fleece jacket and a fleece vest. Booth #6703 and #6713. (800-966-5372; woolrich.com)

| **Scent-Lok **
Scent-Lok's Supreme Series clothing line features a two-tone Gore-Tex shell guaranteed to keep out wind, moisture and anything else that Mother Nature can dish up. Combining the shell with the guaranteed performance of the Scent-Lok Climaflex inner fabric, the Supreme Series is unmatched in quality and effectiveness.

Hunters can choose from a deluxe parka with zip-out fleece liner or the lightweight jacket, designed for more-moderate temperatures. The jacket-and-pant combination, available in Realtree camo, is loaded with pockets and added features like zip legs and articulated knees for comfort and fit. Waterproof zippers ensure valuables and accessories are safe and dry during extreme hunting conditions.

The Supreme Series comes with some of the same features found in high-country expedition mountain climbing gear, like a form-fitting chest, arm and shoulder construction that allows for easy movement when climbing, hiking and setting up for a shot, especially in harsh terrain. The Supreme Series jackets also have improved scent-control performance and a unique shoulder-strap system that allows hunters to "backpack" the jackets when walking to and from their stands, so they can keep as cool as possible on warmer days. Booth #6129. (800-315-5799; scentlok.com)

| Realtree
Realtree recognizes that women are embracing their hunting heritage and the outdoor lifestyle and need suitable clothing. That's why the company has created the new Ladies and Youth Realtree Signature Apparel line.

Available in orange and hot pink, with Realtree Hardwoods trim and an embroidered Team Realtree logo, the three-quarter-length-sleeve Ladies Fashion Boatneck Shirt is a s, chamois and fleece in the same universal pattern created for winter wool hunting coats. The wool jacket is uninsulated and sports a hood. There's also a matching double-pocket wool shirt and wool cargo pants.

The 70 percent virgin wool and 30 percent nylon jacquard Camwool-flage Hunt coat has a body and sleeve liner of 100 percent nylon. The water-resistant coat features a sherpa top collar with tab for weather protection. There are upper hand-warmer pockets and lower dual-entry pockets, as well as a back storage compartment.

On the lighter side, Woolrich has also added new fabrics in the same Camwoolflage pattern to round out the mix: a chamois shirt, chamois pants, a fleece-lined chamois Shirt Jac, a fleece jacket and a fleece vest. Booth #6703 and #6713. (800-966-5372; woolrich.com)

| **Scent-Lok **
Scent-Lok's Supreme Series clothing line features a two-tone Gore-Tex shell guaranteed to keep out wind, moisture and anything else that Mother Nature can dish up. Combining the shell with the guaranteed performance of the Scent-Lok Climaflex inner fabric, the Supreme Series is unmatched in quality and effectiveness.

Hunters can choose from a deluxe parka with zip-out fleece liner or the lightweight jacket, designed for more-moderate temperatures. The jacket-and-pant combination, available in Realtree camo, is loaded with pockets and added features like zip legs and articulated knees for comfort and fit. Waterproof zippers ensure valuables and accessories are safe and dry during extreme hunting conditions.

The Supreme Series comes with some of the same features found in high-country expedition mountain climbing gear, like a form-fitting chest, arm and shoulder construction that allows for easy movement when climbing, hiking and setting up for a shot, especially in harsh terrain. The Supreme Series jackets also have improved scent-control performance and a unique shoulder-strap system that allows hunters to "backpack" the jackets when walking to and from their stands, so they can keep as cool as possible on warmer days. Booth #6129. (800-315-5799; scentlok.com)

| Realtree
Realtree recognizes that women are embracing their hunting heritage and the outdoor lifestyle and need suitable clothing. That's why the company has created the new Ladies and Youth Realtree Signature Apparel line.

Available in orange and hot pink, with Realtree Hardwoods trim and an embroidered Team Realtree logo, the three-quarter-length-sleeve Ladies Fashion Boatneck Shirt is a s