Written by 10:04 am 2021, Featured, Outfitted, Sporting

The 2021 Winter Gear & Gift Guide

Tom Beckbe Sporting Vest

Tom Beckbe, Sporting Vest

The line between durable enough for the field, and smart enough to wear around town is a fine one. I am a hunter and know what I need when I am traipsing through brambles and brush looking for quail. But I also want a stylish look when I am going out to dinner with friends. Tom Beckbe, a high-end brand based in Birmingham, Ala., has skillfully crafted outerwear that meets these dual needs. Steeped in Southern Heritage, Tom Beckbe’s sporting vest is made from 8-ounce waxed shelter cloth that is rugged and functional. In addition to classic camo, the vest is available in three colors that offer a rich patina with wear and tear that only comes with age and use. Adding to the vest’s striking look is a cotton twill liner, which is dyed in Alabama red clay, and a standup collar that is lined in Bedford Cord. Finding an heirloom-quality vest than can hold up to the rigors of the field and maintain a sense of style is a hard thing to do, but the folks at Tom Beckbe have pulled it off. $299.00; www.tombeckbe.com

Filson Dry Waist Pack

Filson, Dry Waist Pack

Anyone who’s ever entered a river with a fly rod in their hand knows the feeling. Slipping on rocks or stepping into a surprisingly deep hole usually results in a proper soaking—and the gear in your vest pays the price. Whether wet wading in summer or outfitted in waders for colder water temperatures, figuring out how to keep your flies and other accessories dry is key. Filson’s Dry Waste Pack offers a rugged, waterproof solution. Engineered with heavy duty, durable 840-denier nylon tarpaulin fabric coated with thermoplastic polyurethane, Filson’s Dry Waste pack provides all the room you need for a day on the water, with the peace of mind that whatever you put inside is going to stay dry. $235.00; www.filson.com

nomadiQ Portable Propane Gas Grill

nomadiQ, Portable Propane Gas Grill

Life is about sacrifices. Historically, opting for a gas grill that you can pack up and take with you meant sacrificing a quality grilling experience. The nomadiQ portable propane gas grill is a game changer. Manufactured with high-quality die-cast aluminum parts, the grill’s lightweight and ultra-portable folding design makes bringing your grilling game to the beach, campsite or tailgate as easy as it gets. Fueled by 16-ounce propane tanks (the green Coleman ones), the nomadiQ puts out nearly 10,000 BTUs between the two independently regulated burners. The grill’s two ceramic-coated, non-stick grates offer more than 225 square inches of grilling space—enough for 10 hamburgers. Despite its portability and light weight, the nomadiQ has all the power and characteristics of a full-size grill.  For those looking to take their grilling game to the next level—and to a few new locations—the nomadiQ is for you. $299.99; www.nomadiqgrills.com

The Original Muck Boot Company, Apex Pro Boots

The Original Muck Boot Company, Apex Pro Boots

We live in the age of technology, so it should come as no surprise that our boots have joined in the progression. Long known for their ability to keep feet dry and comfortable in the most demanding conditions, Muck Boot Company’s newest boots, the Apex Pro, take things to a whole new level. The Apex Pro’s 4mm Neoprene uppers are 100% waterproof, and when combined with a comfortable mesh lining, they provide cushion, comfort and breathability. The Apex’s new Vibram outsole grip and traction provides comfort and confidence when slogging through the mud and the muck. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, the Apex boots are now available in Mossy Oak’s all new Country DNA camo pattern, certain to turn heads when out on your next hunt. $190.00; www.muckbootcompany.com

Arcade Belts Illusion Capture Belt

Arcade Belts, Illusion Capture Belt

Trying to find a belt that is stylish and versatile, yet able to withstand the rigors or travel and adventure is no easy task. Arcade Belts has worked to create a line of belts that are more comfortable, functional and enduring than your average belt. Made with elastic stretch webbing, a low-profile plastic buckle and available in a wide variety of colors and patterns, Arcade has attracted several adventure-driven ambassadors who endorse their products—including Jimmy Chin. The award-winning mountaineer/filmmaker recently collaborated with Arcade on an intelligently designed Illusion Belt featuring his signature mountain motif and logo. The belts are part of Arcade’s Capture line, which is aimed at the adventurer who is looking for something a little dressier. The Illusion line is stylish and sleek, but it still maintains functionality, durability and customization that adventurers crave. $39.99-$42.99 (for the Jimmy Chin belt); www.arcadebelts.com

Atlantic Rancher Company Outlaw Gunner Jacket

Atlantic Rancher Company, Outlaw Gunner Jacket

Every brand has a narrative, and Atlantic Rancher Company’s story has long ties to history. Founded by Engle Saez in the mid-1990’s and relaunched after a brief hiatus in 2019, Atlantic Rancher Company’s products are inspired by the Atlantic Ranchers—the individuals who spend their days working and living on the waters and marshes of the Atlantic Coast. The Outlaw Gunner Jacket pays homage to the market gunners of the early 20th century who played a cat-and-mouse game with wildlife officials who tried to curtail their illegal hunting activity. Manufactured from weatherproof 100% cotton, this quilted shell is durable, functional and fashionable. What more could you ask for? $298; www.atlanticrancher.com

R.L. Winston Rod Co. Air 2 Fly Rod

R.L. Winston Rod Co., Air 2 Fly Rod

Keeping heart and soul in fly rod design and marching along with the advances in technology is no easy task. For Winston Rod Co., it’s a blend the brand strives for in every fly rod it produces. Winston’s latest addition to their long line of award-winning fly rods is the Air 2. Manufactured with the craftsmanship and classic looks of its predecessor, the Air, the Air 2 is a fast-action rod capable of covering a broad range of casting distances. “This rod doesn’t back down. It’s fast and powerful, but it can also deliver your fly with accuracy,” said Tommy Lawhorne, owner of the South River Fly Shop in Waynesboro, Va. Available in 3- through 6-weight rods in both 8’6” (3- and 4-weights) and 9’ lengths (4-, 5- and 6-weights), this rod has something for everyone in the hunt for epic trout. $1,095; www.winstonrods.com

Swiftwick VISION Winter Collection socks

Swiftwick, VISION Winter Collection socks

If you find yourself outside this winter—whether running, biking, hiking or just walking around the neighborhood—a good pair of socks can make a big difference. Swiftwick’s VISION socks are made with soft merino wool that keeps feet cool, dry and snug. The VISION socks are a moderate compression sock offering comfort and support without too much cushion. The limited-edition Winter Collection socks are available in a variety of styles, all of which celebrate the season. $19.99; www.swiftwick.com

Jack Wolfskin DNA Rhapsody 3-in-1 Hardshell Jacket

Jack Wolfskin, DNA Rhapsody 3-in-1 Hardshell Jacket

Dressing for outdoor winter adventures of any kind requires layers and flexibility. The Jack Wolfskin DNA Rhapsody 3-in -1 jacket has all of that in a single garment. Capable of keeping you weatherproof on the outside and warm on the inside, the jacket is comprised of a windproof, breathable outer shell and a separate, high-quality fleece interior. The jacket is designed to be worn together, with the inner fleece zippering into the outer shell, or separately. These combinations cover you in a variety of different weather conditions, so if you are heading outdoors this winter and want a single jacket, the DNA Rhapsody has you covered. Literally. $289.95; www.us.jackwolfskin.com

Hoka One One Anacapa Mid GTX Hiking Boots

Hoka One One, Anacapa Mid GTX Hiking Boots

Having established a reputation for their ultra-plush running shoes, Hoka’s Anacapa Mid GTX hiking boots represent the company’s foray into the hiking arena. The boots are lightweight and provide the cushion of a trail-running shoe yet offer the stability and durability of a traditional hiking boot. The Anacapa Mid GTX is the perfect choice for casual day hikes or more ambitious adventures. If your hiking leads you down a muddy path, have no fear. The Anacapa Mid GTX has a waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX lining, and the boots’ Vibram soles offer excellent traction in all types of terrain. Available in men’s and women’s sizes in both mid- and low-cut styles, the Anacapa is worth serious consideration when you shop for your next pair of trail shoes. $169.95; hokaoneone.com 

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