Wolfe Publishing Group

    Tailgate Review

    Pyke Gear

    Kiowa Upland
    Hunting Pants – $199

    • Tough, lightweight nylon facing to

      fend off abrasion and moisture

    • Even waist sizes from 32-44

    • Double hemmed; standard inseam

      32 inches; and a hem can be

      removed to make them 34 inches

    • Additional elastic added to the back

      of each pair of pants to help with

      your movements

    Kiowa Upland
    Hunting Shirt – $139

    • Quarter-zip helps keep debris from

      entering shirt

    • Longer sleeve length accommodates


    • Durable nylon forearm protection

    • Moisture wicking fabric helps to cool

      on warm days

    The first thing you’ll notice when donning Pyke Gear is this is not what your grandfather wore pheasant hunting. That’s by design.

    “Pyke Gear is here to replace the waxed cotton jackets, heavy pants and wool shirts you’ve seen in magazine shoots for the past 30 years,” says the company’s website. Specific problems Pyke Gear noted in traditional hunting clothing: “Brush pants are typically too baggy, lack waist flexibility, knee articulation and thigh radius. Shooting shirts don’t stay tucked in, and sleeves are too short and impede your movement. Jackets are bulky and heavy. The bottom line is we hated the way our clothes fit, and it impacted our comfort and enjoyment afield.”

    While we wouldn’t go so far as to say we “hate” traditional clothing, we will admit that the clothes we field-tested eliminate all of the problems mentioned above. Their light weights make them especially comfortable in warm weather hunting conditions. Their tightly stitched, rip-stop nylon bodies resist almost all snags and twigs. Brent Pike, originator of Pyke Gear does say, however, that he wouldn’t trust the garb to withstand the challenges of something as unforgiving as multiflora rose cane and thorns.

    We were especially impressed with how the shirt offers such freedom that it seemed to “slide” over our trunk and shoulders when we twisted through the brush or mounted and swung our gun. In the pants we especially appreciated the attention given to thigh radius; it made the pants fit as if they were “draping” our legs rather than “wrapping” them, if that makes sense. Their nylon facing also worked as a nice wind block on a cool spring day in the field.

    Made in the U.S., Pyke Gear is offering upland hunting apparel that is both comfortable and practical.



    Filson x Danner Combat
    Hiker – $340

    • Custom, smooth-surfaced leather

    • GORE-TEX waterproofing

    • Flexible Vibram Bifida outsole

    The limited edition Combat Hiker is a custom version of a boot formerly issued to U.S. troops for use all over the world, from sandy deserts to rugged mountain terrain. Given that history, it’s understandable when we say the boot’s combination of tough construction and comfort has earned it a spot in the regular lineup this fall. Basically, the outside of the boot proclaims “protection” while the inside coos “comfort.”

    The Vibram Bifida outsole seems to absorb all shocks and provides traction in slick conditions and great ground-feel on uneven terrain. The rubber rand that wraps around the entire boot adds a layer of protection from cuts, abrasion and water. And in a welcome first for many of us, the boot comes in EEE-width, standard.

    As always, no matter the features touted by manufacturers, our primary consideration when evaluating boots is this simple question: “Do our feet feel as comfortable after wearing them all day as they did before we put them on?”

    The Filson x Danner Combat Hiker delivers a resounding “yes!”

    SureCan, Inc.


    2+-Gallon Utility Tank

       w/Spigot – $42.49        5-Gallon Utility Tank

       w/Spigot – $52.49

    • Spigot replaces flexible spout

    • Six-layer, high-density polyethylene


    • Loads of uses

    Two years ago, Rob Thorsted of SureCan introduced the original SureCan, a “better mousetrap” in terms of gas cans. It prevents spills in a simple way: The spout is on the bottom of the can so the fuel flows without the need for tipping over the gas can. The spout rotates and, once the thumb trigger is pressed, gas flows out the bottom of the can. Plus, the SureCan is built to be environmentally safe.

    At the time, Thorsted said he was working on a version to be used for nonflammable liquids, and now it is here: the SureCan Utility Transfer Tank.

    As with the gas can version, the Utility Tank can operate without the need to tip it over. But there’s more. An inexpensive, optional spigot — it only adds $3 to the cost of a standard Utility Tank — adds several layers of the term “utility” to this product. We liked how in the field the spigot can allow us, without having to fiddle with anything except its handle, to take care of regular tasks: Filling dog water bowls, scrubbing the hands, rinsing birds while cleaning them, cleaning up afterwards, filling pots for some truck side coffee. It can perform these and other “utilitarian” tasks in any number of other scenarios, too: campsite, at work, on the boat, at tailgates, picnics, outdoor gatherings and so on.

    The SureCan might become a “MustHave.”


    Grand Uplander Jacshirt – $155

    • Brush Cutter Canvas,

      6.5- or 8.5-ounce weights

    • Double shooting patches

    • Belted bi-swing back

    • Buffalo plaid trimmed collar and cuffs

    The Grand Uplander Jacshirt is new to Braevel’s Field Duty Collection.

    Worn as either a jacket or overshirt, the Grand Uplander is a very durable option for hunting that provides extra protection from briars and thickets. This is because the canvas is made using a high tensile weaving process and includes wax cotton arm guards from cuff to elbow.

    The canvas is pigment dyed and provides unique patinas. Additional style comes from Braeval’s signature buffalo plaid trim rather than traditional hunter orange under the cuffs, collar and neck. Legend has it that Braeval founder Gregor McCluskey’s great-uncle Big Jock McCluskey from Scotland traded with Native Americans in the late 1800s. He offered goods designed in his family’s Rob Roy MacGregor tartan. The Indians had never seen such a deep rich red color and believed it was dyed from prey and enemies of McCluskey and thought they could gain his powers if they wore it. McCluskey traded the material for buffalo skins, and from that it became known as “buffalo plaid.”

    The 8.5-ounce heavyweight Curry Tan version is also available for women.

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