I can remember jump shooting the shallows of the Illinois River as a 10-year-old kid in a grown man's pair of rain boots. My dad had tree-stump sized legs, so he had to duct-tape his boots around my skinny shins. Fortunately, my waterfowling gear has been upgraded since then, and you will be amazed at some of the new products.
And forget about heavy, leaky waders that hardly keep you warm. They're now made of advanced, breathable materials, so after the spread's set, you don't freeze to death before the morning flights arrive.
Banded | RedZone Insulated Breathable
Walk far and sit long: RedZone
has you covered. Warm and breathable, these waders have 900D reinforced knees and seat. The boots are lined with 1,200-gram Thinsulate and we'™re eternally grateful for the side-zip chest adjuster, making the waders fit more like a bib.
Drake | MST Hybrid
A breathable wader with the insulation of neoprene, the MST Hybrid
is outfitted with 800-gram Thinsulate boots, Hydro-Flex knee pads and custom-fit ankle adjustments. Uppers include three-layer breathable nylon and polyester materials.
Drake Swamp Sole
If you'™re known to take too much gear afield, the Swamp Sole Backpack
is the right fit. It keeps all your valuables protected from the elements and with five different compartments, shell loops, and a water bottle sleeve even the most OCD hunter will find a place for everything.
ESP | Elite Classic Shooters
Duck hunting is in our blood, but it shouldn'™t cost us our hearing. The Elite Classic
hearing protectors are a custom-fit device that block out the damaging decibels from shotgun blasts while allowing you to hear your buddy call the shot clearly. Now you can enjoy the blind conversation without putting your ears at risk.
Hard Core | Backwater Full-Zip
Simple, effective and affordable, the Backwater Full-Zip
is made of 100 percent polyester, anti-pilling fleece, seam-sealed to keep the elements out. An adjustable cord-lock keep drafts out and the kangaroo-style pockets will warm cold hands.
Hard Core | Snow Goose Blind Bag
True snow goose hunters will appreciate the Snow Goose Blind Bag
. Equipped with a hard bottom and white exterior, this blind bag keeps your gear dry and hidden from those pesky snows during the worst field conditions of the season. And, if you shoot like us, the 10-box shotshell capacity keeps you in the game.
LaCrosse | AeroTuff
Constructed of AeroForm, the AeroTuff
has a lightweight, glove-like feel that provides insulation and durability, Uppers are made of 5mm puncture-resistant neoprene. Injected liquid polyurethane around 7mm neoprene in the foot creates an ultra-insulating shell.
Mossy Oak | Shadow Grass BladesMossy Oak'™s
focus with its Shadow Grass Blades camo
is on waterfowlers who hunt field edges and potholes. Blades precisely mimics wind-blown, broken and bent grass blades; underneath these elements are depictions of lesser and dead grass thatch.
Pelican | 1720 Long Case
You didn'™t spend all that money on a new auto-loader just to throw it in a $20 hard case, right? Pelican
has designed gun cases that can withstand the rigors of travel. The 1720
is more compact than many rifle cases, and can easily hold two shotguns (with barrels removed). Multiple boxes of ammo can also be stored in the case, but check airline regulations before doing so.
Realtree | Max-5
There'™s probably not a waterfowler on earth who doesn'™t own a piece of gear in Max-4. The innovators at Realtree
have gone a step further with the advent of Max-5
, a multi-use pattern at home in marshes, flooded timber...really anywhere. It'™s a remarkably detailed pattern filled with more natural elements than ever before.
Rig'™em Right | Nitro-Deluxe
Stow your gun safely even if it goes overboard with the Nitro-Deluxe
, a floating case that will keep your favorite auto-loader on the surface. It also has a rain-proof zipper and a pocket to store cleaning supplies and choke tubes.
SG-20 | Outdoor Adhesive
The only thing more frustrating than watching some malcontent shoot your swing ducks are waders full of frigid pond water. SG-20
fixes rips, tears and punctures in just about anything and dries within an hour.
Sitka | Boreal Bib Pant
For extreme conditions, the Boreal Bib
is shrouded in Gore-Tex to keep out precip, and lined with 650-fill duck down blended with PrimaLoft to keep you toasty. The zippers are waterproof; cargo and hip pockets have quiet snaps.
Under Armour | Infrared Skysweeper
We wore the Skysweeper
through the worst winter Illinois has seen in 40 years, and in Arkansas'™ early season. It wears like a windbreaker, but has the warmth of your best ski parka when the temps dip below zero. The ArmourStorm shell wicks away rain and wind.
Yamaha | Grizzly 700 FI
From hotrods to ATV'™s, everyone loves this sleek flat black tactical look. The Grizzly'™s
686cc liquid-cooled engine, cast aluminum wheels, and three-position on-command 4WD can haul massive loads of gear. And, since the 700 FI is Mikuni fuel-injected, there is no need to worry about cold-start carburetor problems when the migration is peaking.
Yeti | Tundra 65
We slayed the snows this spring and threw the breasted white geese in the Yeti
— only one problem, NO ICE! So we shoveled in some of nature'™s fresh winter powder. When the lid opened the following morning, that fine dusting of snow still covered our snows. The Tundra 65
is also grizz-proof if you hunt in bear country, big enough to hold a small quartered deer and keeps a bevy of pan fish fresh for the pan.
Banded | Hand Warmer
Instead of bulky gloves, Banded'™s Fleece/PrimaLoft Hand Warmer
lets hunters have flexibility and dexterity, ensuring crisp calling sequences and easy safety-to-finger transitions when the shot is called. With 100 grams of PrimaLoft Silver insulation, the waterproof exterior and water-resistant zippered storage area keep your hands balmy in the coldest of conditions.