Men’s Gear Review: Gear to Take A Look At
Hunting in the West means endless opportunities to tag world-class game, hike amongst pristine views, and enjoy variable weather. While one afternoon may bring sunshine and blue skies, the following morning could result in heavy snowfall. This provides a great opportunity to catch game moving down from higher elevations — but only if you and your gear are ready. For me, this starts with packing gear into the field that is as versatile as possible. Functional outerwear and boots can be the difference between a memorable or miserable hunt.
I’ve used KUIU apparel for the last two seasons, and I’ve been impressed with its warmth, weight, and water-repelling qualities. Additionally, they offer many solid and camo patterns that have worked great on my elk, deer, and pronghorn hunts. KUIU started with the goal of bringing the best lightweight hunting gear to the market while selling it direct to consumers through their website. This means that you won’t find it for sale in your local Cabela’s, but their selling method is more cost-effective than your standard sportsman’s store.
KUIU’s Guide DCS jacket is my favorite piece. It’s a softshell jacket with micro-fleece lining and water-repellent coating. It is light enough to not overheat you on warmer days while also providing effective wind resistance. This jacket really is a jack-of-all-trades piece that is comfortable in almost any mid-to-late season conditions, provided you have layered properly underneath it. The number and placement of pockets are practical, and the hood is a must-have when the weather starts to blow in.
Moving down, the KUIU Attack pant is a perfect continuation of their Guide DCS jacket. It’s made of the same softshell-like material with a DWR water-repellent coating. The only difference here is these are not insulated. Provided you layer/pack appropriately, this is not a problem and actually a positive in early season hunts (you can always take a jacket off, whereas it’s not quite as easy with pants).
Finally, comfortable boots might be the most important part of a successful hunt. If you are uncomfortable with every step, odds are you won’t push over that last ridge and maybe see the animal you’ve been waiting for. I’ve been using the 8” Danner Pronghorn boots for awhile now and haven’t found a reason to change. I prefer the uninsulated version for greater year-round versatility, but they do offer a 400G thinsulate version as well. Both versions have GORE-TEX waterproofing, a great tread pattern, and are lightweight enough to still feel great late into your hunt.
I believe finding the most versatile and comfortable gear you can will extend your hunts and make them more enjoyable in the process. If you are just starting out, I suggest beginning with the outer layers and boots first, then working in from there. Good luck on your next gear purchase and big game hunt!
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