This Great Gear is Made for the Marsh
If Santa arrives late this Christmas, it's probably because he's been in the marsh enjoying the fantastic 2017-'18 waterfowl season. From the Canadian prairies to the Texas coast, it's been one to remember.
Of course, quality gear helps waterfowl hunters enjoy their time afield by keeping their mind off the elements and other concerns. No matter the conditions, your gun and loads must function flawlessly, and your clothing has to keep you warm and dry.
With that in mind, let's look at some great Christmas wish-list items for waterfowlers ‚ adorned in Realtree camo, of course. All will help you be a better duck and goose hunter.
Dressed in Realtree Max-5, this parka has a durable nylon rip-stop outer shell, and is water- and windproof, with a relaxed fit. It has ArcticShield Retain Technology, which varies the heat level to provide warmth where you need it most while still allowing you room to move. Retain captures more than 90 percent of body heat and maintains 90 percent heat longer than similar products. The parka also features several zippered pockets, an adjustable draw-cord hood, a chin cover with hook and loop closure, and adjustable wrist cuffs with hook and loop tabs.
These rugged breathable waders use ArcticShield's Retain heat-retention technology in the boots and the Retain Active breathable heat-retention technology throughout the body and legs. Featuring quilted insulation for added warmth, they have a three-ply taslon breathable construction and steel-shank, neoprene-lined rubber boots with cleated outsoles. With a reinforced seat area, full-length chaps and adjustable zippered side panels, the waders come in Realtree Max-5.
Banded set out to create the lightest and most comfortable breathable waders, and it came up with the Redzone Elite, available in Realtree Max-5. Banded fused revolutionary fabrics with an advanced waterproof, breathable laminate to create the Super Hydrophobic Evaporative Development System, or SHEDS. Then, it created the cutting-edge Heat Absorbing Retention System, or HARS, for the insulated version. The waders also feature taped seams, knees reinforced with 900D fabric and 1,600 grams of Thinsulate integrated in the boot.
The Black Label Wader Jacket, in Realtree Max-5, also features a SHEDS outer layer to shield against rain and wind. Also, it has waterproof seams to keep you dry in any situation, and a PrimaLoft-insulated inner zip-out layer with a 100-gram PrimaLoft Silver insulation to hold out the chill. The liner can be removed and used as a stand-alone jacket.
How could Benelli improve on the venerable SBE and its time-tested Inertia-Driven System? How about improving the gun's functional ergonomics? The SBEIII features an oversized safety and bolt handle, plus an outward-angled drop lever to make it quicker and easier to operate with gloved hands. A beveled loading port, redesigned carrier and new two-piece carrier latch make loading the magazine much easier, and the new Easy Locking System prevents the gun from coming out of battery. Its Comfort Tech 3 recoil-reduction system uses shock-absorbing chevrons to turn the stock into a recoil pad. Combtech technology reduces facial impact and vibrations. And the Inertia-Driven System cycles everything from light field loads to 3-1/2-inch magnum shells. Best, it's available in Realtree Max-5.
Using Beretta's proven gas-operated system, this gun features a rotating bolt head and new feeding system, providing reliable speed and great performance. Available in Realtree Max-5, the shotgun uses Kick Off, a recoil-reduction system with two hydraulic dampeners similar to those in automobile suspensions. Also, it features Kick Off Mega, a hydraulic dumper that eliminates slipping between the stock and cheek and dramatically reduces muzzle rise. A third hydraulic damper further mitigates recoil and reduces mechanical stress. The Unico has ACQUA Technology, so internal parts are produced with rustproof protective coatings. The slide, carrier and trigger are covered with anti-glare treatment, and the barrel and receiver are protected through a special dipping treatment that shelters the gun from corrosion in all conditions.
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Built for rainy duck hunting weather, this thin, light jacket has a lightweight Pre-Vent shell fabric that's 100 percent waterproof, windproof and breathable. Its taped seams prevent water from getting in, and its articulated patterning allows comfort and freedom of movement. It features an attached hood that's adjustable for complete protection, plus elasticized hook-and-loop adjustable cuffs to seal out water and wind. Two large hand-warmer pockets and zippered pockets complete the package, available in Realtree Max-5.
A limited-production 2017 SHOT Show Special Maxus comes in Realtree Max-5. Chambered for shells up to 3-1/2 inches, the gun has a 26-inch barrel and Dura Touch camo finish. The Maxus also features Browning's Lightning Trigger, Speed Lock Forearm and Power Drive Gas System, with large exhaust ports that dump gases faster with heavy loads, and a piston with a stroke that's about 20 percent longer for better reliability with light loads.
Perfect for mild early-season hunts, the shirt is made of 7.5 ounces of polyester and cotton, so it has a soft texture that stays quiet when birds circle overhead. Its extra-long tail stays tucked in when you crouch down before the shot, and it has two front pockets equipped with button-through flaps so your gear won't fall to the bottom of the blind. It's available in Realtree Max-5 camo.
Made with 100 percent waterproof and wrinkle-resistant fabric, the GALE provides performance, comfort and a soft, quiet feel. The jacket uses HydroPore 1.5 breathable technology, allowing an ideal mix of protection and stealth for bad-weather days. Available in Realtree Xtra and Max-5, it has waterproof zippers, two zippered hand-warmer pockets and a three-way adjustable hood.
This 3-1/2-inch-chambered over-and-under has a polymer stock in Realtree Max-5 with all metal work blacked out. The gun features an automatic safety, which engages every time the action is opened, increasing safety in the duck blind. It comes with a full set of extended black chokes.
The GuardianElite Systems Coat is the warmest, most versatile product in Drake's GuardianElite series. It has a synthetic-down pac jacket and zip-in liner that deliver warmth without bulk. Its outer shell is built with a technologically advanced three-layer fabric that's durable and breathable. Worn with or without the zip-in liner, the Systems coat provides unparalleled warmth, protection and versatility for demanding hunters. It's available in Realtree Max-5.
This lean, functional shotgun uses the Inertia-Driven System and is available in Realtree Max-5. Its trim forend helps keep your eye close to the bore axis, allowing quicker, more intuitive pointing. The custom-grade controls ‚ including the bolt handle, bolt release and magazine port ‚ are oversized for use with gloved hands. And the TSA recoil pad makes the Affinity 3 easy on the shoulder.
This jacket uses ultra-light DriPore Gen 2 waterproof fabric to ensure you stay warm and dry afield. Internal zips accommodate a Co-Pilot liner, and 100 percent fully sealed waterproof seams keep moisture out. The Pilot II has a vented removable hood and Teflon DWR coating. It also features a larger internal dry-storage pocket and zippered external chest storage and hand-warmer pockets, and comes in Realtree Xtra and Max-5.
The Shadow Series is a traditional wader with customary Gator Waders style, durability and comfort. It features waterproof 5 mm abrasion-resistant neoprene and 800-gram Thinsulate boots. Available in Realtree Original or Max-5, Shadow Series waders also have large knee-guards, a magnetic chest pocket and a large hand-warmer pocket.
The Shield Series waders are light, durable and comfortable. Typical breathable waders collapse and stick out on the sides, but Gator's Neo/Flex rib gusset lets these waders wrap around your body while allowing for expansion with more layers on cold mornings. Featuring a magnetic chest pocket and 360-degree leg reinforcements, they're available in Realtree Original and Max-5.
Aero Elite waders are lightest, most comfortable waders ever produced by LaCrosse, yet they will keep you dry and warm in all conditions. The new AeroForm boot has an insulating polyurethane shell that wraps around your foot for superior warmth and a flexible, glove-like fit. The boot's front provides more protection and stability, and a thick layer of polyurethane underfoot allows extra insulation, cushion and support. A built-in gaiter provides extra protection where the boot meets the foot, and the waders come with a Modular Lightweight Load-Carrying Equipment, or MOLLE, system for attaching gear. Light, waterproof, breathable nylon lets your skin breathe while keeping you dry. Available in breathable or insulated breathable models, the waders feature Realtree Max-5 camo.
Scout sunglasses feature polarized polycarbonate lenses by Zeiss with 100 percent ultra-violet protection and an advanced TRI-PEL/RI-PEL coating to promote clear vision. Available in Realtree Xtra and Xtra Winter, the glasses have a Grilamid TR-90 frame for lasting durability and a premium hard coating for scratch- and impact resistance for the outdoors.
This rugged pump-gun incorporates many features but won't break the bank. Chambered for 2-3/4- to 3-1/2-inch loads, the gun has a chrome-lined barrel, dual action bars and a rotating bolt head. Its ergonomic styling and sleek, thin forend provides a smooth swing and instinctive pointing. The gun comes in 26- and 28-inch-barreled versions, both available in Realtree Max-5.
This gas-operated auto-loader lets you shoot light target loads up to heavy 3-1/2-inch waterfowl loads using a two-piston system. The light-load piston works with 2-3/4-inch shells, and the heavy-load piston works for others. The gun comes with four Beretta Mobil Chokes and features over-molded rubber grips on the stock and forend. It's available in four 12-gauge versions, with 26- to 30-inch barrels and Realtree Max-5 camo.
This hunting hoodie features Under Armour's Storm technology, which repels water without sacrificing breathability. Its windproof construction shields you from the elements, and its durable bonded three-layer soft-shell material has a quiet outer layer and superior stretch. The sweatshirt, available in Realtree Max-5, has a fuller cut for better comfort.
Winchester had tough acts to follow after its Super X2 and X3 shotguns. It responded by making the X4 lighter, more ergonomic and faster at cycling shells. Dressed in Realtree Max-5, the X4 Waterfowl Hunter has a slimmer forend and pistol grip to allow a better swing. It also features a larger safety button, operating handle and magazine-release button. The shell carrier and bolt-release button are coated with nickel Teflon to reduce friction and prevent corrosion. It even has a larger, more open triggerguard for hunters who wear gloves, and its Inflex Technology Recoil Pad helps further reduce felt recoil. Its Active Valve Gas System automatically adjusts to allocate the precise gas pressure needed to reliably cycle a wide range of loads, from light 2-3/4-inch field loads to heavy 3-1/2-inch magnums.
Decked out in Max-5, this heavy-duty bag features covered flaps with a buckle closure, elastic loops on the top and a double handle with Velcro. It has a removable and adjustable shoulder strap, a front pocket with a double-zip puller and an elasticated cartridge holder.
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Designed to keep your shotgun dry and protected, this soft case has a double handle with Velcro and a removable, adjustable shoulder strap. It also features a flap and buckle and front zippered pocket. Available in Max-5.
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Specifically designed for waterfowling, this hoodie has a patented design system that keeps your upper body and arms dry with a breathable, waterproof laminate. Meanwhile, the midsection stays highly breathable under your waders. The upper body and arms are also windproof, and the classic tunnel pocket helps you keep your hands warm. The hoodie works great in layout blinds.