Wild Northerner Magazine Fall 2017 - Page 31

Beat the bush

The Lowa Tibet GTX Hi hunting boot is made to last. Handcrafted in Germany, these boots feature Nubuck leather upper construction for years of use and Gore-Tex lining. The boots are expected to last seven to 10 years even in tough conditions. It’s a good thing because they come with a price tag of $550.

“These boots are badass and are the best of the best. They will last and are made for the hunter who is hard on gear,” Ramakko’s manager Walter Boeswald said.

Keep warm, keep hunting

Going after deer can lead a hunter into some harsh weather conditions. The Sitka Incinerator jacket was designed to battle the elements and keep hunters in the field until they can take their shot. The jacket is billed as the company’s warmest whitetail top layer thanks to 7.1 ounces of PrimaLoft Silver Down Blend, which is a synthetic hybrid down that stays warm even when wet. The jacket is 100 percent waterproof and comes with a brushed outer Gore-Tex fabric that is soft and quiet. There are many neat features including chest pockets, hand pockets and a grunt tube pocket and safety harness pass through. It retails at $700.

“The camo pattern was tested on ungulates and it was developed because it breaks up a hunter’s profile and makes them harder to see,” Boeswald said. “This is the ultimate hunting jacket.”

See the difference

In the bush, whether you’re a hunter, hiker or nature enthusiast, there comes a time when you want a closer look at an object in the distance. The Zeiss Terra ED 10X42 binoculars will give you exactly what you want: a clean, crisp and unforgettable image. It features a waterproof casing, quick focussing wheel, 60-degree field of view and weighs 725-grams. The Terra ED 10X42 isn’t just great for seeing far away, with a 1.6-mm close focus, it can also bring owners up close and personal with smaller creatures and things closer to them in their surroundings. They retail at $650.

“Not all binoculars are created equal,” Boeswald said. “These are excellent for the hunter to the world traveller. They have high quality glass and deliver brighter images down field with great clarity and contrast. They make a big difference.”

Hauling the load

The Alps Outdoorz Commander hunting packs can make the difference in an efficient hunt. These external frame packs are fully adjustable and can be customized to suit the needs of each individual hunter. They feature a lashing system for carrying meat, padded waist belt and shoulder straps and rigid aluminum frame. The Commander also comes with a pack bag version, which adds an 86-litre backpack to the frame. The pack features Nylon rip stop fabric, a rifle holder and multiple pockets for different sized gear. The frame weighs 5.2-pounds and with the pack bag, checks in at 7.5-pounds. These packs go for $140 and $200.

“These packs give great versatility,” McDonald said. “You’re not restricted to the size of the pack itself and what you can put on it. You can strap a moose on it or strap a pack barrel on it. It’s great for the person who wants to hike in gear and bring animals out.”