The Best Hunting Gear of 2022
Step up your game with this hardy equipment
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Hunting in the winter—with severe temperatures, rain, mud, and snow—will test the limits of your gear. Whether pursuing elk in alpine meadows or chasing sheep over rocky terrain, count on unpredictable conditions to challenge you. From footwear to clothing to optics, our testers chose the most innovative equipment based on technology, performance, and price.
LaCrosse Alphaburly Pro Insulated Boots ($190)
Cover the toughest terrain without sacrificing comfort. Neoprene layered underneath scent-free rubber makes the Alphaburly Pro waterproof and moisture-wicking, and it won’t crack in the cold or get soft in the heat—ideal for active stalking or bitter days in the tree stand. Even better: it requires little break-in time.
Leupold BX-2 Alpine HD 10x52mm Binoculars ($270)
After more than a century, Leupold knows a thing or two about optics. This set offers exceptional dawn-to-dusk light transmission for bright, clear images. Waterproofing, fogproofing, and glare-reducing technologies provide an unhindered view no matter the conditions. The Exo-Armor housing is solid and grippy in the hand.
Benchmade 15006 Steep Country Knife ($130)
An even compromise between a lightweight, ultrasharp tool and a heavier boning knife, the corrosion-resistant 15006 Steep Country is the knife to bring if you can bring only one. Use its drop-point corrosion-resistant steel for field dressing, cutting through joints, and separating cuts of meat for the pack out. The 3.54-inch fixed blade has a hunter-orange handle that ensures it won’t get lost in the underbrush.
Stone Glacier Skyline Bino Harness ($119)
The Skyline snugly fits a wide range of binoculars, with a flip-open top for easy access and three-layer waterproof fabric that keeps rain and snow out. A low-profile yoke and adjustable waist straps help prevent pressure points during long periods of wear, and two adjustable waist straps make the 8.8-ounce harness comfortable and easy to fit, even for shorter hunters. Optional attachments can holster your bear spray and range finder.
Forloh Deep Space Baselayer Top (from $99)
The Deep Space absorbs and retains heat well and possesses extreme moisture-wicking abilities that kept us dry during testing. A Polygiene treatment tackles body odor while simultaneously eliminating outside scents, providing olfactory imperceptibility that lasts the lifetime of the garment. The fabric is UPF 50+ with four-way stretch, sewn with flat, nonchafing seams, all of which spells comfort and protection. (women’s XS–XL / men’s S–XXL)
Sitka Kelvin Aerolite 30 Sleeping Bag ($399)
Arm holes and a center zipper allow you walk around camp, cook, and glass for your next target without having to get out of your sleeping bag. PrimaLoft Gold and aerogel insulation yield a temperature rating of 30 degrees. Pair it with Sitka’s clothing system in lower temps. It weighs 2.4 pounds and packs down into an 11-liter stuffsack.
5.11 Tactical Rush72 2.0 Multicam Pack ($265)
While it’s impossible to find one pack that flawlessly fits every hunting scenario, the Rush72 2.0 comes close. Water-resistant and built from ultrarugged 1,000-denier Cordura, this 55-liter hauler has ample gear space, whether for a three-day, hike-in hunt or a morning of dove hunting with a pack full of decoys. The pack’s meticulous organizational system includes 30 compartments. The straps never dug in on our tests, even when loaded down.
DSG Outerwear Women’s Kylie 4.0 Drop Seat Bibs ($190)
Answer nature’s call without taking off layers—and losing precious body heat. The Kylie’s seat zips out of the way, so you can relieve yourself quickly and discreetly. These DWR-treated bibs also have removable suspenders, a cinchable waist, and adjustable inseam, which make for a flattering fit. On cold days, 120-gram synthetic insulation helps keep you warm in the blind. The brushed, fine-knitted shell fabric is also quiet, windproof, and breathable. (XXS–5XL)