Runner-Up Review: The Hunting Gear That Almost Made Our 2022 Winter Buyer’s Guide
A knife, rangefinder, jacket, and other pieces that are worth checking out
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Over the course of several months last winter, our testers put the season’s newest hunting gear to the test, from apparel and sleep systems to optical gear and knives. Only the very best makes it into print, but we still found a host of other fantastic products that just barely missed the cut. Here they are.
Vortex Viper HD 3000 Laser Rangefinder ($600)
Vortex’s Horizontal Component Distance range mode offers quick calculation of yardage with automatic correction for slope, suitable for most archery and rifle situations. Rifle shooters using ballistic drop data cards may switch to Line of Sight mode. The high resolution digital display is easy to read. —Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley, hunting test manager
Filson Sportsman’s Dry Bag ($350)
Filson has added a camouflage option to its line of reliable dry bags. Whether in the duck hunting blind or on a wet photoshoot, this pack keeps your gear totally dry. Credit the same kind of zippers found in dry suits, plus seams that are welded with radio frequency, which creates an incredibly strong bond. The 840-denier nylon tarpaulin TPU—a material commonly used in whitewater-rafting gear—resists punctures and abrasions. A padded, divided interior organizes and protects shotgun shells and camera gear. —J.N.W.
Kuiu Peloton 97 Fleece Zip-T Hoodie ($99)
Kuiu’s Peleton 97 offers a high-loft, brushed interior and a tightly woven exterior for warmth and abrasion resistance. The fleece is both lighter and better at trapping heat than comparable products from other brands. The brand’s proprietary odor-resistant treatment allows for extended wear during long hunts. —J.N.W.
Kryptek Women’s Hera Down Jacket ($200)
Stuffed with 600-fill down, the Hera jacket is warm, lightweight, and highly packable. It’s ideal for hunting in anything from 60 degrees down to 20, whether backpacking or in a tree stand. The cut—not too tight in the chest, shoulders, armpits, or arms—plus elastic cuffs and binding on the hem and hood provides great freedom of movement. —J.N.W.
Duluth Trading Co. Uncle Henry Elk Hunter Knife ($45)
Hunters looking for a classic, economical knife can reach for the Uncle Henry. Its 7Cr17MoV stainless steel blade can handle the toughest field dressing jobs, while the antler-like Staglon plastic handle offers a time-honored look and feel. The included rugged leather sheath securely attaches to a belt. Ultimately, the knife we chose for print is lighter, more packable, and better for fine cuts. —J.N.W.