Gearing Up: Fear No Cold

Parkas & Gloves

Field & Stream Online Editors

**1. Northern Outfitters EXP Parka **
Alaskan oil workers swear by Northern Outfitters gear. And now you can see why: They've issued the EXP parka in camo, with a longer length for stand-sitters and a belt to keep bulk away from bowstrings and gun butts. The 1-inch-foam Arctic Liner is toasty to minus 60 degrees. The Primaloft Liner is for balmy 10-below days. $450¿¿¿$500; 800-944-9276; www.northernoutfitters.com

2. Polarwrap ExChanger
It's your body heat-use it. The PolarWrap mask contains a "thermal exchange module" of fine copper wire that captures heat when you breathe out and preheats the next inhalation. The partial mask, which secures easily with two Velcro straps, is insulated to keep your face warm down to minus 20 degrees. $60¿¿¿$73; 800-967-9727; www.polarwrap.com

3. Raven Wear Rifle Hunter Anti-Freeze Parka
The Anti-Freeze parka is the flagship of Raven Wear's three-layer system: a three-quarter-length fleece jacket lined with high-loft "sherpa fleece" and a wind barrier, then treated with Teflon for water repellency. You can choose from an array of pocket types and placement, vent zips, hand-warmer holders, camo patterns, and other options built for male and female hunters of all shapes and sizes. $300; 800-387-2836; www.ravenwear.ca King of the Mountain Gauntlet Mitten System Cold fingers make for bad shots, and so do bulky woolen gloves. This is the solution: Inner wool liners studded with Sure Grip dots fit inside long, fleece-lined wool mittens, which have deerskin palms that remain supple in the worst cold. Flip them back to extend your fingers to the trigger or bowstring. $105; 970-962-9306; www.kingofthemountain.com

4. Rivers West Sawtooth Mountain Parka
Using a waterproof fleece and welded seams, the Sawtooth Mountain is sewn with guaranteed-waterproof zippers and neoprene cuffs, so you can hunt in freezing, sideways rain without rivulets shooting up your arms. Underarm pit-zips are worth their weight in air conditioning. Here's the kicker: If you don't like the coat, Rivers West refunds your money plus $20 to help buy a replacement. $325; 800-683-0887; www.riverswest.com gordini Da Goose Gloves Warm gloves don't have to be bulky or make you all thumbs. These are light and flexible enough that you could operate an ATV or truck with them on. Perfectly packed goose down doesn't bunch up or move around; the synthetic and goatskin shell breathes yet repels moisture, so you don't get clammy interiors or waterlogged insulation layers. $60; 802-879-5111; www.gordini.com

**5. Cabela's Super Slam Elite Fleece Jacket **
The Elite Fleece has extra layers of microfiber fill where they're crucial-in the wrists, back, and kidney areas-leaving your arms free to draw a bow or line up the crosshairs in a cramped tree stand. The waterproof, breathable membrane is bonded to the shell to eliminate rustling fabrics. You can get it with a Scent-Lok ClimaFlex lining, and in a wide range of sizes. $220; 800-237-4444; www.cabelas.com ArcticShield System Glove ArcticShield sandwiches open-cell foam between two layers of aluminized Mylar. This technology reflects body heat, maintaining a warm atmosphere against the skin. The remarkably thin glove-and-mitten combo is sleek and form fitting, and they make perfect shooting gloves when the outer mittens' finger and thumb ends are folded back. $45; 877-974-4353; www.arcticshield.com

6. King of the Mountain Standmaster Bibs
Weathertight, breathable, and warm in subzero conditions, the wool Standmaster Bibs are preshrunk and colored with UV-neutral dyes. Built with all-day hunters in mind, the bibs have cargo pockets stitched to the top of the thigh that are accessible while you're sitting. The front bib pocket swallows binoculars. Other features: a scent barrier, drop seat, and full-length leg zipper. $490; 970-962-9306; www.kingoftheemountain.com