RedHead Mountain Stalker Elite Four-Way Trophy Jacket with Liner Jacket for Men
Keep warm and dry but mind that hood...
I bought this for use during a week of mountain deer hunting in the Appalachians, here's my gear report:
Looks: Bought this jacket with the matching bib in the Realtree Blaze pattern, this was a very attractive looking combination that was very visible but provided some breakup in the camouflage to aid in concealment. Jacket has a nice overall look to it.
Fit: Had trouble sizing the jacket (required a couple of returns) because my chest size is 41" which is smack dab in the middle of Medium (38-40) and Large (42-44). I settled on the medium size which was ultimately the right choice for me. The jacket fits around the waist and is not in the parka style (hanging low) which worked for me because I had the bib. The neoprene cuffs didn't bother me at all but they did make it difficult to just slide your hands in and out of the jacket without grabbing the cuffs with your other hand. I read in some reviews that there are thumbholes but I believe the more recent jackets do not have these (mine did not have these). The jacket has to large front pockets which I used quite a bit and two side pockets I put my gloves in. There is also an inside pocket which is harder to use when the liner is zipped up but nice to have when wearing the jacket out in public without the liner.
Dryness: I treated this jacket with ScotchGuard and wore it in 2 days of light rain and stayed dry. I also leaned against several snow/ice covered trees and rocks and never got wet.
Warmth: I wore this jacket with the liner and a single base layer of Under Armour cold gear and I was very warm. Temperature range during the trip was from 22 to 49 degrees. When I was moving quite a bit uphill I would sweat quite a bit and I would have to keep the jacket unzipped and sometimes even remove the liner altogether. The hood was very warm and could replace a hat in colder weather. The hood kept your neck and ears warm and blocked the wind pretty well.
Toughness and build: I was able to walk through thickets with thornbushes without too much issue. Seemed like I was covered in sticker burrs afterwards though I don't know if there's a good solution for that. I put a backpack on that must have pulled on the hood. By the time I got back to camp I noticed that the hoodie zipper was hanging on by like 2 threads and I had to remove it for the rest of the trip. I also noticed the hood didn't zipper on securely and I will probably need to add a safety pin or something to keep it from unzipping in the field. Other than the disappointing quality on the hood, all the stitching and seams and zippers seem to be of good quality.
Conclusion: This jacket represented a good intersection between value and quality. It did its job: I stayed warm and dry. I would like to see that hood stiching improved but that really the only drawback for me. They probably could remove those neoprene sleeve cuffs seeing how most people wear gloves anyways - but it wouldn't have bothered me either way. I would recommend this jacket for others but I would say that it pairs best with a bib because it is not a parka style. Thanks for reading and Happy hunting.
December 7, 2013
Bought this jacket for hunting in November in Alberta. Performed excellent, it was more than warm enough at -20C. The option of the removable liner helped when it warmed up. Didn't notice the wind. Only fault is the neoprene cuffs would be better without them.
November 28, 2013
This jacket kept me warm & dry, however the cuff on the right arm split at the seam on day two of a ten day hunt. I wasn't impressed considering it was the first hunt I wore the jacket on.
November 27, 2013
Overall ok Jacket/coat.. Kept me warm opening weekend,did not mind the cuffs as some other reviewers did. My issues were noise discipline and craftsmanship. The outer material is noisy as all get out. And despite only having a small skinning knife and compass in the front outer pocket, it tore along the seam. I would send it back if I weren't so lazy. Not worth the hundred I spent.
November 21, 2013