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Best Hunting Jackets For 2018 – Warm Camo Coats for Cold Weather

A hunting jacket is an important part of your gear. It provides protection from animals, insects and the weather, and it can also help you stay safe on your trip. These jackets can be constructed from a variety of materials, and come in a variety of colors and patterns. This not only makes it easy for you to find one that fits your personal style, but the type of animal and where you are hunting. Below you can find some info on what to look when choosing the best hunting jacket for your needs.

 

1. Legendary Whitetails Men’s Canvas Cross Trail

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This Legendary Whitetails item is one of the most functional hunting jackets that we were able to track down these days. It is made of heavy duty 10 ounce sanded canvas, and it comes with as many as 210 grams of insulation, so there is no absolute doubt that this product will keep you warm even in inclement weather. Besides, the shell is made of 100 percent cotton while the lining and the fill are made of polyester.

As with any other jackets made for the purpose of hunting, you probably want to know what to expect from this one in terms of compartments. It comes with a double interior pocket and two exterior ones, so at least you’ll have a bit of room to store your essentials (your GPS included).

The zip-off hood is a nice feature since you can remove it if you find no use for it. Also, the heavy-duty zipper that the jacket is fitted with will ensure that you use it for many seasons to come.

 

What we liked:

  • 210 grams of insulation
  • Polyester fill and lining and cotton shell
  • Zip-off hood
  • Durable zipper in the front
  • Two exterior pockets and a double interior pocket

What we didn’t like:

    • It’s great for late fall or early spring time, but otherwise, you’re going to be too hot in it

2. Carhartt Men’s Quilted Flannel

88%

If you’re in the market for a particularly comfortable jacket that never hinders your moves while you’re targeting your prey, perhaps this Carhartt alternative is a suitable one for you. It’s made of 100% cotton, which means that it is breathable and will allow you to feel at ease.

It has a polyester lining, and one of the neatest things about it is that it’s not so fragile so as to force you to wash it by hand. You can simply machine wash it to get it clean.

Also, the unit comes with ribbed-knit cuffs as well as a waistband, and it’s been outfitted with a variety of storage alternatives you might want to try out. It has two inside pockets but also two large lower-front pockets, so you’ll have a little room for you to store your essentials in. Although the pictures at some retailers might mislead you, this isn’t even remotely similar to a sweatshirt – it is a tough Carhartt jacket.

 

What we liked:

      • Rugged material allows it to withstand the test of time
      • You can machine wash the jacket
      • Comes with two external and two internal pockets
      • The 100% cotton fabric lets you feel at ease

What we didn’t like:

      • Since the fabric is a little rough, it makes a bit of noise as you walk

3. MAGCOMSEN Men’s Tactical Outdoor Camouflage

80%

Compared to some of the other products in the same line, this one is lightweight, breathable, but also waterproof and windproof. It comes with a layer of warm inner fleece, despite being made with a soft shell fabric, so it can protect you from the elements in a more than appropriate manner.

The model is equipped with a drawstring waist, as well as a hood, so you can customize its size so that it fits your physical attributes. There have been some minor issues reported regarding the older sizing chart made available by the brand, but fortunately, they have been now resolved.

The jacket comes with two zipper back pockets for larger things like maps and gloves, two sleeve pockets, two high chest pockets, and two hook and loop tapes. You can make use of the forearm pocket for small accessories, keys, and other such compact items. If you get too warm, you can simply use the vent zipper located under each arm.

 

What we liked:

      • Plenty of pockets for storing big and small items
      • Warm inner fleece
      • The design is lightweight, so it lets you move as comfortably as possible
      • Make the jacket breathable by using the vent zipper under each arm

What we didn’t like:

      • This jacket isn’t extremely warm, so avoid wearing it when it’s really cold outside

4. Walls Men’s Legend Insulated

92%

Available in sizes ranging from medium to 4X-large, this jacket is surely worth considering if you are in the market for a highly functional, yet reasonably priced option. It is made of one hundred percent polyester, and that makes it stand the test of time a bit better than many of its competitors. It’s also easy to clean since you can use your washer for this purpose.

The product is equipped with concealed storm cuffs that are capable of keeping the cold air out, and you’ll also find the rib-knit waistband rather handy, too. There’s a three-piece hood complete with a locking drawstring that you can use to block out the effects of any unfriendly weather you might have to withstand while waiting for your target to come into sight.

The 6-ounce poly insulation that this product comes with can make you tend to your hunting and remain comfortable all throughout your adventures, too.

 

What we liked:

      • It’s machine washable
      • It’s fitted with a handy 3-piece hood complete with a locking drawstring
      • The design lets you blend into the environment
      • The 6-ounce insulation lets you remain warm

What we didn’t like:

      • The waist length might be a bit too short for tall individuals

5. North Mountain Gear Super Natural

84%

Although not a jacket in itself but rather a hunting suit, this product should keep you warm and comfortable as you wait for your prey to come in sight. The pants come with an elastic waist whose size you can customize by using the drawstring, and they are also outfitted with elastic ankles.

The jacket features a full front zip that’s durable. For storing various items, it is equipped with two front pockets that come with zippered closures. The waist and the cuffs are elastic, and the hood comes with a drawstring that you can utilize especially when the weather’s turning particularly cold.

One of the best features of this hunting suit is its leafy design as it allows you to benefit from a lot of stealth so to allow you to become as lethal as possible. It is very lightweight, as reported by many of those who have tried it out.

 

What we liked:

      • The two front pockets come with zippered closures, so your essentials will remain where you place them
      • Customize the hoodie by using the drawstring
      • The camo, leafy design of the suit allows you to blend in the natural environment
      • Both the waist and the cuffs are elastic, and the pants boast elastic ankles, too

What we didn’t like:

      • Several owners say that the material is somewhat cheap to the touch

6. SITKA Men’s Jetstream

82%

Although not the most budget-friendly item in this line, the Jetstream model by SITKA is definitely worth taking into account as it is made from polyester and as such, it is quite lightweight and won’t hinder your movements as you tend to your hunting activities.

Probably the neatest thing about this piece of clothing is that it is made with the Gore-Tex Windstopper Soft-Shell, which means that you will be adequately protected against the wind. The smooth finish does a good job when it comes to protecting you from the weather, as well, so keep that in mind.

It’s also worth noting that this jacket is equipped with pit zippers. You also get two chest pockets, as well as two waist ones, and an inside one, too. From what hunters have had to say about it, this product is surprisingly warm in cold and windy weather, so it’s capable of offering you good value for the money.

 

What we liked:

      • Two chest pockets, two waist ones, and an inside pocket
      • Made with Gore-Tex Windstopper Soft-Shell
      • It weighs in at just 1.65 pounds, so it is quite lightweight
      • Durable and versatile

What we didn’t like:

      • The hood on this jacket is not removable

7. ArcticShield Classic Elite Parka

86%

Thanks to the heat retention technology boasted by this alternative, you won’t end up feeling too cold as you wait for the target to get in sight. The polyester tricot exterior is quiet, so you won’t attract attention to yourself as you make your move through the hunting environment. The same fabric is responsible for shielding you from the rain and wind, so you can remain comfortable and warm all throughout your adventures.

The jacket weighs in at 3.3 pounds, so it is a bit heavier compared to some of the other models we have showcased here, but still lightweight enough for you to avoid feeling like your moves are impeded by its weight.

This parka takes the cake when it comes to providing you with a lot of storage options as it comes with zippered chest pockets, 2 top-loading cargo pockets, an interior patch pocket, and zippered side ones, too.

 

What we liked:

      • The Arctic Shield material captures around 90% of your body heat, so this jacket can be worn in very cold climates
      • Lots of pockets to store your gear in
      • A lightweight and comfortable construction
      • Camo design

What we didn’t like

      • It doesn’t come with a pass-through for a safety harness tether

Types of hunting Jackets

If you are hunting in colder temperatures you want to choose a hunting jacket that is insulated. This ensures that body warmth stays in, while preventing cold air from getting inside. Some insulated jackets can be thick and bulky, which might not work well in a cramped hunting blind.

Some winter hunting involves snow or water, and there are also insulated jackets that are designed to keep you dry. Waterproof jackets are best suited for hunting waterfowl, and you can even find some that are lightweight and designed for use in warmer weather.

Lightweight hunting jackets are ideal for early morning treks and will keep you dry when you are trudging through wet dew and fog. The light material is generally breathable, and is also capable of protecting your arms from insect bites and scratches. Regardless of the type of hunting jacket it should fit comfortably, and give you plenty of room for layers without restricting your movements.

Color

You can find dark colored hunting jackets, but most are orange or camouflage. Camouflage hunting jackets can come in a variety of patterns, and each is designed for a specific type of environment. There are also bright orange or “Blaze” jackets which will ensure that another hunter never mistakes you for a large game animal. Some states require hunters to wear the bright color somewhere on their bodies when they are out in the field, and it is best to check with local regulations before choosing a hunting jacket. If you do decide on a camouflage jacket when and where you are hunting should be carefully considered.

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Choosing a camouflage hunting jacket

There are several manufacturers of camouflage hunting jackets and while the names of the patterns vary the colors remain the same. This makes it easier for hunters to find the camouflage they need at a price they can afford.

Camouflage with contrasting light and dark greens and browns are often used in lightly wooded areas. If you are hunting elk at higher elevations this might be a good pattern to go with. Varying shades of brown with a little green is often best suited for hunting in the western United States. The brown camouflage makes it easier to blend in with the dried sage, tall grasses and sand that are common in the area.

If you are hunting in the winter you will probably want a jacket with a white camouflage pattern. Often marked with splashes of grey, this pattern allows you to blend into the snowy background so you don’t startle deer, rabbits and other cold weather prey. You can also find hunting jackets with a white and black design that makes it easier to blend into open snow covered areas.

Camouflage with more shades of brown are great for hunting around marshes and wetlands, while varying patterns of leaves are versatile and will help you blend in almost anywhere during the fall season. Hunters in tree stands might want to consider camouflage with olive and darker greens, and some versatile jackets come with neutral colors.

You can also find digitalized camouflage patterns which make it almost impossible to spot you in the field. While these hunting jackets are priced higher, it can help make your trip a success. The only concern is that digitalized camouflage patterns do make you extremely difficult for other hunters to see which could be a serious safety risk. Before choosing a camouflage hunting jacket it is also important to check the laws regarding gear in the state.

Jacket Design

The overall design of the hunting jacket will often depend on your personal preferences, along with when you are going. Long sleeve jackets with plenty of insulation will keep you warm on cold weather hunting trips, and some are even waterproof. Taller collars will prevent heat from escaping, and can also protect your neck from insect bites. Cuffs that can be snapped shut will also help you stay warm and dry. When the weather warms up the cuffs can be opened to allow cooling air to flow through.

Some hunting jackets come with removeable sleeves so you can also wear it as a vest. This is always convenient for frequent temperature changes that can occur during the spring and fall seasons. Zippers with tabs are easier to pull with gloves on, and you also want the hunting jacket to have plenty of pockets for holding spare ammo and other small items.

Now you can use that info to choose the best hunting jacket for you.

Updated: November 5, 2018 — 3:02 pm
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