The Best Hunting Gear of 2021
Gear to aid you in the stalk
Mathews Vxr 31.5 Bow ($1,199)
The Vxr offers exceptional stability, with an extra-long riser and top-to-bottom balance. It’s dead quiet, damp on release, and lets you easily ratchet the draw weight between 50 and 75 pounds without sacrificing efficiency.
Klymit Traverse Double Hammock ($90)
Catch a quick post-hunt nap with the Traverse Double. It’s made of a single piece of 75-denier polyester that resists stretching, and it sets up easily with the included straps and carabiners.
5.11 AMP10 Pack ($140)
At 20 liters, the AMP10 is pleasingly slim and just big enough to carry an extra layer, your field-dressing kit, lunch, and water. The company’s external mounting system leaves plenty of room for items like a GPS.
Benchmade Saddle Mountain Knife ($250)
This full-tang knife has a durable 4.2-inch CPM-S90V steel blade that’s best for skinning, but the point is nimble enough to make fine cuts, too.
Sitka Mountain Optics Harness ($149)
When you need to drop your pack for that final stalk, this light harness holds your binos, rangefinder, Windicator, and a snack.
Sitka Kelvin Lite Down Jacket ($349)
With blended 900-fill goose down and PrimaLoft Gold insulation sealed into a superquiet shell, the Kelvin Lite is a versatile piece. It performed on crisp camp nights and during long hours glassing ridgelines.
Streamlight Enduro Pro USB Headlamp ($65)
When you need the right amount of light, the 200-lumen, water-resistant Enduro Pro provides, with USB recharging and three power settings in both spot and flood modes.
M2S All Terrain Ultra HT Electric Fat Bike ($3,299)
The aluminum Ultra HT’s Bafang motor packs enough torque (max 1,500 watts) to stop and start on climbs, even while the optional cargo rack ($79) is fully loaded. The 26-by-4.5-inch tires gobble up difficult terrain.
Kuiu Pro Merino 200 Zip-T Hoodie ($129)
Kuiu’s merino-polyester hoodie works solo for September elk chases or layered up for winter waterfowl hunts. It dries fast and cuts down on odor in the field.