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LIGHTWEIGHT STALKERS

LaCrosse Footwear, Inc. has expanded their popular Alpha line of boots to include the seven-inch Alpha Lite Scent-Free Stalker. Made from scent free rubber and 3.5-millemeter self insulating neoprene, the Scent-Free Stalkers also feature lacing for a secure fit and self-cleaning outsoles that allow hunters to really feel the ground they are sneaking on.

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Contact: LaCrosse Footwear, Inc., Dept. PB, 17634 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97230; (503) 262-0110; www.lacrossefootwear.com.

STAY DRY ALL DAY

Mothwing Camo's Hydrowing Water-proof Jacket and Pant were designed to keep hunters dry even in the nastiest weather. Constructed with 100-percent polyester micro brushed 240gram tricot, the Hydrowing series protects against serious downpours yet remains ultra-quiet--something that has long been a problem with traditional rain gear. Custom waterproof pockets and special 3M taped seams also ensure that you and your gear stay dry no matter what. Mothwings' Hydrowing Waterproof gear is available in several of Mothwing's popular camo patterns.

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Contact: Mothwing Camo Technologies, Inc., Dept. PB, 275 Helenwood Detour Road, Helenwood, TN 37755; (800) 668-4946; www.mothwing.com.

PERFECT BASE LAYER

Scent-Lok's new Perfect Panel BaseSlayer gives you warmth where you need it, taking away bulk where you don't. The outer edges of the arms and legs, seat and the lower back have received additional material for warmth, but bulk has been removed from flex areas and where it is not needed giving archers extra flexibility when climbing into tree stands or positioning themselves for tricky shot opportunities. This creates a lightweight base layer system with "thermal symmetry" through body mapping for increased comfort and performance. A combination of carbon technology and anti-microbial treatment work together to fight human odors.

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Contact: Scent-Lok Technologies, Dept. PB, 1731 Wierengo Dr., Muskegon, MI 49442; (800) 315-5799; www.scentlok.com.

HIGH CONTRAST PATTERN

CamoWest's new camouflage pattern is called the Hybrid and it incorporates long needle pine and hard oak to provide razor sharp definition. Featuring an earthy colored background. Hybrid was designed to not "blob" up at a distance. Instead it maintains its definition which is key when trying to fool the eyes of wary game animals like pronghorn, elk, or wild turkeys.

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Contact: CamoWest, Dept. PB, 104 south 1st street, Montrose, CO 81401; (970) 240-3075; www.camowest.com.

FULL DRAW SHIRT

The ScentShield S3 Full Draw Archers Shirt is made of lightweight tricot and fleece fabric ideal for layering and for any weather. It includes S3 antimicrobial technology so that you receive the best in odor elimination. The upper half of the shirt is durable and water repellent; the micro-fleece creating the lining and lower section ideal for tucking into trousers. The pullover includes a 1/4-zip front and ranges in sizes from S through 2XL. It is offered in popular camo patterns like Mossy Oak Treestand, Realtree AP and Advantage Max-1 HD.

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Contact: ScentBlocker/Robinson Outdoors, Dept. PB, 110 N. Park Dr., Cannon Falls, MN 55009-0018; (800) 397-1827; www.scentblocker.com.

ATOMIC APPAREL

Rocky Scent IQ Atomic Apparel is created for maximum stealth while stalking or sitting a stand. Scent IQ permanently blocks human scent, more specifically, the bacteria on your skin that causes it. Garments are constructed of Silent Hunter micro-fleece to reduce rustles and sound when moving. The Windbreaker Jacket features a windproof lining, yet remains highly breathable and quiet. The extended collar protects your neck in chilly conditions. Rocky Scent IQ Atomic Apparel is available in various Mossy Oak and Realtree camouflage patterns.

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Contact: Rocky Shoes & Boots, Inc., Dept. PB, 39 Canal St., Nelsonville, OH 45764; (740) 753-1951; www.rockyboots.com.

NO MORE BUGS

For protection from all things that bite like ticks, chiggers, mosquitoes and black flies, the Rynoskin insect protection suit from Har-Son Inc. has got you covered. Rynoskin is extremely lightweight (1.2 pounds), breathable and is supposed to be wom underneath hunting clothes to provide 100-percent protection from biting insects as well as maximum stealth and comfort.

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Contact: Har-Son Inc., Dept. PB, P.O. Box 10772, Midwest City, OK, 73140; (866) 934-7546; www.rynoskin.com.

FEATURE PACKED JACKET

The H086 Growler Jacket from Mad Dog Gear was designed with hardcore hunters in mind. The Growler features a quiet, lightweight outer shell; two-way cargo pockets and a front zipper with a storm flap to keep you dry in the stormiest weather. Mad Dogs' Growler series are available in several popular camo patterns like Mossy Oak Break-Up and Realtree AP HD, and several sizes including youth sizes.

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Contact: Mad Dog Gear, Stearns Inc., Dept. PB, 1100 Stearns Drive, Sauk Rapids, MN 56379; (320) 252-1642; www.maddoggear.com.

BAD WEATHER, NO PROBLEM

Day One Camouflage's new Lined Pants with Wind Stop and Insulation will keep you warm and dry no matter how sour the weather decides to turn on you. Built in heat pad pockets (situated snugly on your kidneys to work with natural blood flow to provide maximum warmth), a unique Weather Check waist (like wearing bibs but without the annoying straps), and 150 grams of Thinsulate insulation come together in Day One's Lined Pants to keep you comfortable and hunting all day.

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Contact: Day One Camouflage, Dept. PB, 3300 So. Knox Ct., Englewood, CO 80110; (800) 347-2979; www.dayonecamouflage.com.

WARM AND SCENT FREE

Remington's newest addition to the scent control apparel world is the new Remcloth Scent Control System Parka and Bibs. These hardcore hunting duds utilize Themore Therma-Scent insulation that basically creates an odorless microclimate that eliminates most offensive odors from slipping out and alarming wary game animals. The Scent Control Parka and Bibs are 100-percent waterproof, breathable and windproof. Available in Mossy Oak Break-Up, Realtree AP or Realtree AP HD.

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Contact: Remington Clothing, 7633 East 63rd Place, Suite 300, Tulsa, OK 74133; (918) 459-4615; www.remington.com.

PROUD TO BE A PREDATOR

Show your true bowhunting colors proudly by donning Buck Wear's "Be The Predator Not The Prey" T-Shirt. This moss colored, pre-shrunk 100-percent cotton tee shirt features a picture of a large whitetail buck on the front and states, "Bow Hunting Deer Predator ... Go With Your Instincts." Buck Wear's Predator shirt is a perfect gift for the hardcore archer in your family.

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Contact: Buck Wear Inc., Dept. PB, 2900 Cowan Ave, Baltimore, MD 21223; (410) 646-6400; www.buckwear.com.

3D FLEECE

Hunter's have long known about the comfort and warmth of fleece hunting duds and now with Cabela's Dimension Fleece Series they can add concealment to the list of attributes. Cabela's uses a high-definition print process to create a camo pattern that seems to jump off the garment. The Dimension Fleece Series are offered in a Hooded Jacket, 1/4 Zip Pullover, Vest and Pants.

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Contact: Cabelas, Dept. PB, 115 Cabela Dr., Sydney, NE 69160; (800) 237-4444; www.cabelas.com.

UNSCENTED AND UNSEEN

Medalist's Cheyenne Silvermax Microfiber Button Shirt and Pants are now available in Mossy Oak's new Treestand pattern for the ultimate in concealment. These duds feature a Micro Poly Brushed Knit Shell, which means they are whisper quiet and resistant to heat-sapping wind. They also feature a 99.9-percent Pure Silver Technology Woven Lining that works hard to keep all offending odors from reaching the noses of unsuspecting game animals.

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Contact: MEDALIST U.S.A., Dept. PB, 1047 MacArthur Rd., Reading, PA 19605; (800) 543-8952; www.medalist.com.

SPIDER WEAR

Weighing only 1.2 pounds, Rivers West's new Spider Jacket offers stretch, durability and 100-percent waterproof protection via H2P System. Dual 11-inch vent zippers are angled 25 degrees from center to create superb breathability. A convenient waterproof license pocket is found on the left sleeve, the shoulders holding welded-on sling-grippers. A radial collar protects your neck from cold and wind. The jacket stuffs neatly into a provided 13x7.5-inch mesh bag for ease in carrying and storage. The jacket includes 10-year Waterproof and 12-month Unbreakable guarantees.

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Contact: Rivers West, Dept. PB, 2900 4th Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98134; (206) 682-8574; www.riverswest.com.

NEW MOSSY OAK PATTERN

Designed specifically for hardcore whitetail hunters, the new Treestand pattern from Mossy Oak is effective at breaking up a hunter's silhouette even in late fall when the trees are bare and the deer are ultra wary due to increased hunting pressure. Utilizing the detail and subtleties of real tree limbs over a neutral background, Mossy Oaks' Treestand pattern definitely gives hunters the edge when they take to their elevated stands.

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Contact: Haas Outdoors, Inc., Dept. PB, 200 East Main Street, P.O. Box 757, West Point, MS 39773; (888) MOSSYOAK; www.mossyoak.com.

COLD WEATHER CLOTHES

Sitka Gear stormed the bowhunting garment industry with hardcore designs created to mimic the performance of high-tech mountaineering apparel. While these were essentially Western spot-and-stalk duds, the all-new Celsius Series are designed with the serious whitetail hunter in mind. Celsius Jacket, Bib, Glove and Hat all include high-loft insulation and soft shells to keep you toasty in extreme cold. They are fully articulated, lightweight and built with archers in mind. The Sitka Celcius series are available in Mothwing Mountain Mimicry camo.

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Contact: Sitka Gear, Dept. PB, 860 Napa Valley Way, Suite F, Napa, CA 94558; (707) 253-1122; www.sitkagear.com.

ALL FOR ONE ...

The new Pro Hood Jacket pull-over includes many bowhunting features sure to please the most finicky hunter. The jacket includes a quiet micro-wrap shell and Scent-Lok single-layer Savanna "warm-weather" scent-control technology. The attached hood/face mask offers form-fitting comfort and added scent control. It includes easily-adjustable cord-lock and dual-webbing adjustment to assure an unobstructed view. Magnetic earflaps can be opened for better hearing; a "hand-warmer" pocket is included on the front.

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Contact: Pro-Hood, Dept. PB, 1120 E. Cranberry Lake Rd., Harrison, MI 48625; (989) 539-5761; www.prohood.com.

NEW SAVANNA

Scent-Lok's Savanna EXT is the lightest scent-control clothing yet. This new fabric will be found on a wide variety of bowhunting garments; all extremely soft and quiet and more than twice as breathable and 25-percent lighter than previous Savanna fabric. All new Savana EXT items incorporate Climaflex liners to provide extreme comfort. They also include anti-microbial treatment (to reduce odor-causing bacteria) that is coupled with activated carbon for a one-two scent control punch. Look for it in Mossy Oak Treestand and Break-Up and Realtree AP.

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Contact: Scent-Lok Technologies, Dept. PB, 1731 Wierengo Dr., Muskegon, MI 49442; (800) 315-5799; www.scentlok.com.

DREAMY BOOTS

ScentBlocker's Dream Season Pro Knee Boot includes removable carbon gaiter with BodyLock technology, allowing regeneration of odor control between hunts. Climb Right Angled Heel provides sure grip and the Fusion Gel Absorbers provide shock-absorption comfort. The reinforced toe sheds mud and is super tough, the boot providing SPF 60 activated carbon scent protection and 100-percent waterproof qualities. The Dream Season boots are sized eight through 13, in Mossy Oak Break-Up, with Shin Guard, S3 antimicrobial odor control and wool lining.

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Contact: ScentBlocker/Robinson Outdoors, Dept. PB, 110 N. Park Dr., Cannon Falls, MN 55009-0018; (800) 397-1827; www.scentblocker.com.

HIGH-TECH DUDS

The new TrailTech Extreme line of high-performance hunting apparel offers quality, versatility and innovation. Three-layer construction (poly tricot with waterproof coating, waterproof/breathable laminate and soft fleece) provides warmth without insulation bulk. All are waterproof, super soft and quiet in all weather conditions in addition to being abrasion and burr resistant. They are designed to wear over high-performance base layers and camouflaged in Realtree AP HD. Look for the TrailTech's Extreme line in parka, pants, overalls, gloves, rainwear and fleece to cover all of your outdoor needs.

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Contact: TrailTech, Dept. PB, 230A W. Kensinger Dr., Cranberry Township, PA 16066; (888) 545-1054; www.trailtech.biz.

UPDATED ARMOUR

Under Armour's newest addition to moisture management clothing, the new Camo Navigator Longsleeve Polo, includes an anti-pick, anti-pilling microfiber woven polyester fabric that is treated with UV protection for longer life, plus antimicrobial agents to fight human odors. The mesh back and underarm areas provide superior moisture transport and ventilation especially while carrying a hunting pack. Choose from Realtree AP HD, Mossy Oak New Break-Up and Under Armour Digi camouflage patterns.

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Contact: Under Armour Performance Apparel, Dept. PB, 1010 Swan Creek, Baltimore, MD 21226; (888) 7-ARMOUR; www.underarmour.com.

NEW "WEST" CAMO

BackLand Outdoors all-new BackLand West offers a highly-realistic camouflage pattern for hunters who haunt the wide-open spaces of the nation's deserts, prairies and grasslands in search of the sharp-eyed game that inhabit the terrain. GlobalTech44 technology combines and layers natural colors and elements of grass, dirt and sage with light shadows of open space to create the illusion of depth and texture. The result is that BackLand West owns chameleon-like qualities, changing color and form to adapt with each surrounding, from Colorado sage to South Texas mesquite and just about everything in between.

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Contact: Backland Outdoors, Dept. PB, 17128 240th St., Hutchinson, MN 55350; (320) 234-6192; www.backlandoutdoors.com.

JUST FOR GIRLS

Lady Dream Season, from ScentBlocker, tailored these already popular bowhunting garments just for the ladies. They include added SPF 50 activated carbon odor control, plus further S3 antimicrobial treatment to kill odor-causing bacteria on contact. Dream fleece is extremely quiet and comfortable, and includes Durable Water Repellency. BodyLock waist and cuffs won't release scent and work in conjunction with scent-proof zippers. They are sized from S to L and are cloaked in Mossy Oak's new Treestand camo pattern.

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Contact: ScentBlocker/Robinson Outdoors, Dept. PB, 110 N. Park Dr., Cannon Falls, MN 55009-0018; (800) 397-1827; www.scentblocker.com.

LIGHTER BOWHUNTING WEAR

Rivers West has a rich history of designing high-end hunting jackets. The 2008 Outlaw Jacket is made to be lightweight yet warm and includes a waterproof license pocket welded on the front chest; two magnetized cargo pockets with open and closed magnet stops; hidden bottom draw cords; dual vertical silhouetted sling gripper shoulders; and hand-warmer pockets angled 30 degrees for easy entry. With a roll-away hood that conveniently tucks into the collar the Outlaw is built for hard miles off the beaten path.

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Contact: Rivers West, Dept. PB, 2900 4th Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98134; (206) 682-8574; www.riverswest.com.

SUPER-WARM

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Woolrich's Logan Zip-Neck Sweater makes the perfect layering garment when on a tree stand, or casual wear to run errands in town after the hunt. Pure boiled wool is super rugged and warm. It has a hidden front zipper closure that extends into a rib-knit collar. Microfleece lines the collar and rolls to the top edge, providing the wearer extra comfort against your skin. It includes faux suede elbow patches and rib-knit cuffs. It also includes a tubular sweater-knit waistband for streamlined fit and the center-back length is 28.5 inches long.

Contact: Woolrich Inc., Dept. PB, 1 Mill St., Woolrich, PA 17779; (570) 769-6464; www.woolrich.com.

SPACE-AGE CLOTH

Exclusive 3SP fabric, used in extreme mountaineering clothing, is now available in camouflage from Sporthill Hunting. Blended polypropylene and spandex is windproof to 35 mph, dries very quickly and offers 4-way stretch. The 3SP fabric is hydrophobic, wicks away sweat and retains warmth-generating qualities even when it gets damp. It's soft and quiet, resists snagging and is backed by Sporthill's one-year, unconditional guarantee. Look for Sporthills 3SP fabric in Expedition Deepwoods camouflage pattern. Available garments are Jacket, Pant, Hat and Insulated Glove.

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Contact: Sporthill, Dept. PB, 725 McKinley St., Eugene, OR 97402; (888) 622-8444; www.sporthillhunting.com.

SNAKES! NO PROBLEM

With 360 degrees of protection against potentially deadly striking snakes, the new Fang Side-Zip boots from LaCrosse Footwear will keep you safe even in cover loaded with ill-tempered rattlers or copperheads. Perfect for turkey hunting (when snakes come out of the woodwork), the Fang Side-Zips are waterproof and covered in Realtree APG HD camo. Perhaps the most interesting feature of these boots is the ability to unzip them and slip them on an off easily--a convenient feature that owners of these boots are sure to come to love.

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Contact: LaCrosse Footwear, Inc., Dept. PB, 17634 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97230; (503) 262-0110; www.lacrossefootwear.com.

DEAD SILENT

Mad Dog Gears' Dead Silent Plus Insulated Jacket and Pant own Dead Silent Plus fleece that is not only wind resistant and breathable, it is also super quiet. Featuring 100 grams of Thinsulate, large cargo pockets with pass-behind handwarmer pockets and an elastic waist to protect against loss of body heat, the Dead Silent Plus outerwear is perfect for the archer that fears no late season hunt. Dead Silent Plus Jacket and Pant are available in Advantage Max-1 HD and Realtree AP HD.

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Contact: Mad Dog Gear, Stearns Inc., Dept. PB, 1100 Stearns Drive, Sauk Rapids, Minnesota 56379; (320) 252-1642; www.maddoggear.com.

BETTER BOOTS

Danner has expanded its popular Pronghorn line of hunting boots by adding the Pronghorn Side Zip GTX. These eight-inch boots feature Predator TERRA FORCE, providing the highest level of stability, grip and comfort. The Side Zip with 200 grams of Thinsulate features Mossy Oak Obsession camo, while the Side Zip with 1200 grams of Thinsulate features Realtree AP HD camo.

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Contact: LaCrosse/Danner Footwear, Inc., Dept. PB, 17634 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97230; (503) 262-0110; www.danner.com.

KEEP'EM CLEAN

Tree Apron's Double Scent Free Travel Bags are 25x10x18-inch, bright-orange clothing storage that provides ample space to store duds. They are designed to protect your hunting garments from scent contamination at home or on the road, giving you a guaranteed odor-free start to every hunt. Because they are flexible they tuck into tight places when traveling, the orange color makes them easy to find even in the back of a fully loaded truck. The included 24x16x10-inch Laundry Bag lets you pack loads of dirty duds.

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Contact: Tree Apron Inc., Dept. PB, P.O. Box 233, Bethpage, NY 11714; (516) 935-7126; www.treeapron.com.
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Date:Mar 1, 2008
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