October 08, 2021
Hi ‘N Dry – Breathable Waders
Waders have come a long way since the days of rubberized canvas. The Hi ‘N Dry Breathable Wader was built to handle the abuse of the aquaculture industry. The four-layer waterproof and breathable fabric allows perspiration to escape, keeping you dry and comfortable on warm days or during aerobic activities like setting decoys or chasing down a cripple. For toughness, the knees are reinforced with neoprene armored with a layer of Kevlar® to shrug off buck brush or rocky shorelines.
$339 | hndoutdoors.com
Browning – Wicked Wing Insulated Wader Jacket
If you spend any time standing in the water, you should probably get yourself a wading jacket. The Wicked Wing Wading Jacket keeps the elements at bay with a waterproof shell featuring fully taped seams. The 80 grams of PrimaLoft stuffed into the jacket offers similar insulating properties to down, but won’t collapse when wet so you’ll stay warm even though you find that beaver run and go for a bit of a swim. The Wicked Wing Wading Jacket is available in Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades and Realtree Timber patterns to blend in in a variety of habitats.
$149 | browning.com
Final Approach – Acuta Softshell Vest
Temperatures around here vary widely throughout duck season. One day it will be 50 with no wind, but a few days later I’ll be looking at highs in the teens. The Acuta makes for a perfect mid layer on those frigid days, with the gridded fleece adding warmth without bulk. On warmer days, wear it over a hoody and let the shell fabric shut out the wind. On the coldest days, you can stick a pair of chemical hand warmer packets into the kidney pockets and stay warm as you lay out. This vest comes in both Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Habitat and FA Brown.
$120 | fabrand.com
Banded – Catalyst All-Season Breathable Waders
Banded’s newest waders use some of the same technology that NASA uses in their space suits, and with the integrated LED light they sure look like they’re ready for interplanetary exploration. The ASPIRE Catalyst Breathable Wader features eVent waterproof-breathable fabrics assembled with an arc-welded stitch-less design that utilizes anatomical seam-mapping to minimize wear and fatigue that can lead to failure. A removable, over-the-boot pant with padded knee and shin uses a seamless strap system to securely hold them in place without stitching into the waterproof membrane underneath for added protection.
$849-$899 | banded.com
Forloh – AllClima Softshell Jacket
Made in America, Forloh is looking to catch the attention of serious waterfowlers. The NEW AllClima Softshell Jacket is classified as a mid-weight protection jacket driven by technology like Forloh’s Pulse-Plasma DWR application to keep you dry and Air Perm tech cuts the nastiest winds, all the while offering comfort and breathability to keep from getting too warm. And for those who seek the wildest waterfowl destinations, the AllClima’s RECCO™ tech make the wearer searchable to RECCO equipped S&R Teams in the event of emergency.
$399 | forloh.com
Drake Waterfowl – Guardian Elite Flooded Timber Jacket
Drake’s Guardian Elite Flooded Timber Jacket allows timber hunters to stay warm and keep everything they need right at their fingertips. Body mapped insulation fights off the extreme cold hunters experience standing in near-freezing water while maintaining mobility, and the two-inch shorter length keeps it above water. A series of pockets hold everything from calls to cameras at the ready, and a series of shell loops ensure you’re always ready for the next flight. An adjustable hood features a built-in facemask so you’ll never be caught with frozen cheeks again.
$319 | drakewaterfowl.com
LaCrosse – Alpha Agility Select Waders
LaCrosse is best known for their line of rubber boots that have been a staple of homesteads and duck blinds since they were introduced over 100 years ago. But the century-old company also produces excellent waders. The Alpha Agility Select Waders combines the athletic fit and lightweight feel of the Alpha Agility boots along with nylon and neoprene uppers that feature a removable 120G quilted liner to adapt to a variety of conditions.
$550-$650 | lacrossefootwear.com
Sitka – NoDak Jacket & Bib
Lying out in the decoys wearing Tyvek suits has long been standard operating procedure for snow goose hunters. But the life expectancy of those suits is usually measured in hours, not days. Sitka put their usual high level of innovation into developing a set of white camo clothing that would let hunters disappear into the dekes—and deal with the rigors of mud season day after day. Flaps cover the zippers on all components, and key parts of the Nodak bibs use only snaps. For comfort, the fully adjustable hood on the jacket lacks the typical back-of-head toggle that digs in while you’re lying out.
$299 each | sitkagear.com