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Bitter Cold Requires Better Hunting Gear

by Brenda Potts 26. January 2011 08:17
Brenda Potts

From downright miserable to almost intolerable, those final, bitter cold days of the hunting season can be difficult if the weather takes a turn for the worse, which it often does.  Yet this time of year can offer some of your best bowhunting action, especially for big bucks back on feeding patterns after the rut.  Here are some tips and gear to keep you in the field longer when the temperature plummets.

1. HoMocs are by far the number one item on my list of apparel accessories. Each garment features patented pocket placement for optimum utilization of those air activated heat packs. From Balaclavas, Neck Gators, Scarves, Beanies and Boot Covers, the HotMocs brand of products make the most of the heat source.  It is hard for me to choose a favorite piece in the line-up. How many times have you placed a Hot Hand or similar product on the back of your neck only to have it slip out of position whenever you move?  HotMocs solve this problem by keeping the heat  right where you want it. The over-the-boot design of the boot covers help focus heat on your toe area which is the first portion of your feet to get cold. The added warmth aids with circulation, helping keep your feet warmer.

2. For the hunting females in our audience, the SHE C4 System is unbeatable in my opinion. Start with the pants and vest that feature a patented zipper attachment system that joins the two into a super set of bibs.  You can unzip the pants from the vest without ever taking off your jacket, and re-zip them back together again easily in the field. They can be worn separately as a pant and vest or zipped together to form the bibs. The jacket has many features conducive to bowhunting, including a small opening in the back for the safety harness strap. It is warm, waterproof, windproof, quiet and fitted for the female form without the bulk.

3. Hunter's Specialties entered the scent control garment industry with an excellent product called Scent-A-Way Tek 4. It uses state-of-the-art silver technology to permanently control odor caused by bacteria. Human odor is actually the smell emitting from the waste excreted by bacteria living on your body. In cold weather, you may make the mistake of dressing too warmly for walking into and out of your stand, thereby getting sweaty, a condition in which bacteria thrive. Even though you are bundled up under layers of clothing unwanted scent can still escape, which is why winter time odor control is important. Tek 4 garments are engineered to provide permanent moisture management incorporating "catch, move and release" technology, which traps moisture and moves it away from your body. It can then be treated by the silver and evaporated away. This has the added benefit of keeping the hunter dry and comfortable in various weather conditions. Silver is also one of the most thermally conductive elements on the planet, optimizing body temperature control.

4. Here's a secret for buying apparel, sleeping bags etc. Look at the seams. You do not want the stitching on the outside and the inside to meet, creating a cold spot. Garments without baffled seams are sewn through the layers, which can allow cold air to enter. It may not seem like much, but in bitter cold it can make a huge difference.

5. Any uncovered area will lose body heat in cold weather. It is important to wear a hat in cold weather to prevent loss of body heat. Your body will act to protect your brain, withdrawing blood from extremities in the event that you are without a hat in cold weather. A wool blend hat with itch-free fleece lining that completely covers the head and ears, combined with a jacket with a hood are among your best options. But this combo does tend to muffle our hearing and field of view, therefore  perpetuating many a bowhunter's notorious habit for lack of proper head gear. Use your head, literally, to stay warm.

NEW ScentBlocker Dream Season Silent Shell!

by Bow Staff 14. June 2010 02:45
Bow Staff

ScentBlocker Dream Season Silent Shell: Silent But Deadly!

CANNON FALLS, MN – ScentBlocker® continues to innovate; taking softshell technology and executing a design hunters can use, making it quiet and you silent. The problem with other so called softshells is that they sound like a bull in a china shop.

ScentBlocker® takes this garment one step further and engineers the revolutionary Boa® Lacing System found in our boots and equips this to our garments. The NEW Boa® BodyLock™ Technology enables the hunter to obtain a quicker, dialed in fit, for even pressure in the cuff and neck area. The Boa® BodyLock™ Technology permits proper fitting and function for a personal feel that fits your needs. Keeping the Boa® BodyLock™ in an unfastened, open appearance will allow for better breathability while hiking to and from your hunting destination. During the hunt, Boa® BodyLock™ Technology can be dialed to fit most neck and cuff sizes for increased scent control, temperature regulation and moisture management.

Our NEW innovative Silent Shell™ utilizes a multitude of technologies to give you, the hunter, the overall advantage. The Dream Season® Silent Shell™ is exceedingly breathable with a polyester high gauge interlock outer shell and comfortable Micro Fleece inner lining bonded together with the amazing power of ScentBlocker® activated carbon.

“A great all-season choice, the versatility of this suit is unmatched, a top choice for any of our hunts” say Mark and Terry Drury. Partner that with 4 Way Stretch, DWR (Durable Water Repellency) and resistance to abrasion and you have the ultimate all season garment built for hunters and engineered by hunters.

The Silent Shell™ is a versatile System Layer 3 outer piece, but can be equally efficient as a System Layer 2 insulating piece with RainBlocker® outer shell protection when nature hurls its nastiest elements.

NEW Dream Season Silent Shell Jacket

ScentBlocker SPF 60 activated carbon with increased carbon loading!

* S3 antimicrobial technology to aid in odor control
* NEW durable burr resistant three-layer fabric with quiet softshell outside, carbon bonded in the middle, and a soft,        warm fleece on the inside
* DWR treated (Durable Water Repellancy)
* New Boa BodyLock technology in collar and cuffs
* BodyLock drawcord waist
* Rangefinder pocket on right chest with shockcord and carbineer allows you to access your gear with little movement
* 1 vertical waterproof chest pocket, 2 lower zippered pockets
* Innovative safety harness slit in back for easy attachment and concealment
* Tapered neck design engineered to reduce bulk at the front of the neck and offset zipper to be more comfortable in the chin area
* Color: NEW Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity/Brown
* Sizes: M-2XL

NEW Dream Season Silent Shell Pants

* ScentBlocker SPF 60 activated carbon with increased carbon loading
* S3 antimicrobial technology to aid in odor control
* New durable burr resistant three-layer fabric with a quiet softshell outside, carbon bonded in the middle, and soft, warm fleece on the inside
* DWR treated (Durable Water Repellancy)
* BodyLock waist and cuffs
* Internal rubberized waistband and adjustable ankle cuffs
* Adjustable high waist with belt loops and tunnels
* Zipper fly with new side-by-side snap closure for better fit and security
* Diamond crotch gusset for maximum mobility
* Contoured seat and knees
* 16-inch leg zippers
* 2 front and 2 rear upper zippered pockets, 2 lower front water proof zippered pockets, and 1 cargo pocket
* Hard plastic loops below waistband for connecting gear
* Color: NEW Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity
* Sizes: M-2XL

For more information on the ScentBlocker product line and complete scent control process, contact: Kyle Wills, Robinson Outdoor Products, Inc., 110 N. Park Drive, Cannon Falls, MN 55009-0018, call them at (800)397-1827 or visit their website.

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