Outerwear

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1. Rocky IQ Scent Mask
Odor-blocking clothing is worthless if you don't cover up your sweaty head and coffee breath. This scent-proof Rocky IQ hood is comfortable to wear even with glasses, and the earflaps won't restrict your hearing. It allows plenty of peripheral vision and has vents for breathability. $35; 740-753-1951; www.rockyboots.com

2. Woolrich Camwoolflage Parka
This rugged parka will keep you dry in a light shower but not in heavy rain. The tight wool weave has a 30 percent nylon mix to hold the garment's shape and resist shrinkage. It offers traditional performance at a great price, though it requires dry cleaning. $135; 800-966-5372; www.woolrich.com

**3. Filson Foul Weather Rain Bibs **
Filson's waxed cotton bibs have a smoothly sewn nylon liner that does not gap or pull on your boots, making them easy to slip on. The waterproof bibs are perfect for a day in the duck blind, a wet upland walk, or a snowy day of stacking wood. $150; 800-297-1897; www.filson.com

4. L.L. Bean Hunter's Trail Rainwear
This breathable jacket takes up a tiny space in your bag and will keep you bone dry in a downpour. A roomy cut allows you to wear a thick fleece underneath. The two pockets have storm flaps; the drawstring bottom keeps out drafts. You get lots of performance for very little scratch. $59; 800-441-5713; www.llbean.com

**5. Patagonia Micro Puff Ball Vest **
So light and thin that you can almost stuff it into a Band-Aid box, the Micro Puff is surprisingly warm and ideal to wear alone or under a coat. The shell fabric is light, windproof, and water resistant. When weight and space are at a premium, this is your vest. $90; 800-638-6464; www.patagonia.com

6. Columbia Quickloader Omni-Widgeon Parka
Stay dry and toasty during the nastiest duck hunt in the original 4-in-1 parka. This year the Widgeon features the new stealthy Columbia Delta Hunter camo pattern. It comes with shell holders and enough pockets to leave your blind bag in the truck. $280; 503-985-4000; www.columbia.com

**7. Pella Bird'n Lite Upland Coat **
This smartly designed bird jacket has a mammoth amount of cargo space. The way it suspends weight is revolutionary. On the inside, a belt keeps the jacket in place and a chest strap stabilizes your load. You can keep lunch in the cargo pouches. The front opening is wide enough for a large pheasant to slip right in. $140¿¿¿$170; 800-832-6225; www.pellaproducts.com

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