Buyer's Guide 2003 - Boots & Clothing

These selections are high on comfort.

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1. Pella | Bird'n Lite Upland Strap Vest
The 10 separate adjustment straps on Pella's Bird'n Lite vest are so well placed that the vest stays put no matter how many birds and shells you stuff into it. Plus, you don't have to be a contortionist to reach the rear game pocket. Dual water-bottle pockets will hold enough to keep you hydrated while driving pheasants across the entire state of Iowa. $100; 800-832-6225; www.pellaproducts.com

2. Cabela's | Speed Hunter Boots
A hunter on the move needs footwear that provides support, comfort, and protection without weighing him down. Cabela's Speed Hunters are like souped-up camouflage high-tops for stalking, tracking, and hauling out your kill over tough terrain. Waterproof, lightweight, running-shoe comfortable, and disguised with Mossy Oak Break-Up, these boots will make miles seem like meters. $100; 800-237-4444; www.cabelas.com

3. Drake | Insulated Hunting Pants
Drake's insulated hunting pants unzip all the way from waist to cuff to provide easy on-off access, so you'll have no more awkward struggles with muddy cuffs-even with your boots on. These waterproof pants are filled with toasty 200-gram polyester, the seat is reinforced for durability, and a raised back keeps your kidneys from freezing._ $170; 662-349-9398; www.drakewaterfowl.com_

4. Columbia | Squall Ridge Shell
A smart choice for waterfowl or deer hunting, the Squall Ridge shell with Columbia's Silent Hunter technology is much quieter than most waterproof, breathable jackets, so it'll keep you dry without spooking game. There's a full-size hood tucked under the collar, and the elastic shotshell holders in both zippered front pockets enable you to reload swiftly. $190; 800-547-8066; www.columbia.com