7E Chronicles Extra: New Ridge Reaper Gear!!
|I know I gush over Under Armour Ridge Reaper, but look at this photo...can you find me? It's that good!|
The 7E Chronicles, sponsored by Gaia GPS (sign up here with a discount). Camo gear provided by Under Armour Ridge Reaper (shop here on Amazon).
I went to the Sportsman's Warehouse customer loyalty sale last night intending to just grab a few things for sighting and cleaning my new rifle and on the way back to the shooting section I walked right past the camo and saw that they have all sorts of new UA Ridge Reaper gear, so I got stuck there for about 45 minutes marveling over the new items and trying things on. Let me tell you, it takes dedication to try on a down coat layered under a Gore-Tex coat when it's still over 100 outside and you've spent the day moving furniture. The pictures aren't great since I just took some quick shots as I tried to wrap up my shopping, but they still give a good sense of what's new!
The most exciting stuff was what's only in the Sportsman's Warehouse store or on the Bass Pro Shops website (maybe in store too, haven't been lately). Not sure why the UA website doesn't have the whole line yet, but that's consistent with years past where UA will feature some items but you have to shop all the hunting retailers to find everything. The best way to find things on the UA website is to search all men then refine by camo color, for some reason if you go to the Ridge Reaper page only a couple items come up. Similarly, go to BassPro.com and search for Under Armour then refine by Hunting Clothing to see their items.
|Gore-Tex Waterproof coat and pants|
Another nice surprise was finding the down coat that I've heard rumored. And even nicer was seeing the down pants to go with them (pictured below). I still haven't found either online, but Sportsman's Warehouse has them in store. Talk about a great way to stay warm in a tree stand or on an exposed ridge glassing for elk! The jacket did seem a bit bulky even for down, but still compressed down decently when I balled it up and pulled it tight. And the XL down jacket mostly fit under the XL Gore-Tex coat. It's not clear if the down pieces are intended to be worn as outer layers or as mid-layers. I'd typically use down as a mid layer with something windproof/resistant over it. But the jacket was a couple inches longer in the body than the waterproof coat so it wouldn't be fully protected from the elements under the Gore-Tex. It also made for a snug fit that I wouldn't want to be in for longer than necessary. By itself, however, the down coat was super comfortable. The down pants seemed more compressible than the jacket and I immediately thought I found the solution to cold morning hunts in Virginia, but the inseam on these was definitely closer to the 32" that comes standard on most UA Ridge Reaper pants when they're released for the first season, so I'll have to wait until next year to consider them.
|Down pants, coat to the left|
Hope you're as thrilled about the new pieces as I am...nothing screams "hunting season is around the corner" more than new camo gear hitting the shelves.
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