A Holiday Wish List for the Huntress


Don’t know what to gift the huntress in your life this holiday season? Have no fear, below is a list of eight huntress-approved gift ideas for the outdoorswoman.

Próis Hunting & Field Apparel Archtach Down Jacket – $400

The Prois Archtach jacket. Image courtesy Prois.
The Prois Archtach jacket. Image courtesy Prois.

A recent addition to the stellar lineup at Próis (hunting clothing made by women, for women), the Archtach Down Jacket is sure to please the huntress on your Christmas list.

The jacket features 100 percent microfiber Ripstop fabric with durable weather resistance, 800 fill gray goose down, Lycra vented armpits and extra length to cover your tushy. The best part? This lightweight jacket folds down into its own pocket, making it the perfect item when packing for an out-of-state hunting trip.

Benchmade Steep Country knife – $115

The Benchmade Steep Country knife. Image courtesy Benchmade.
The Benchmade Steep Country knife. Image courtesy Benchmade.

The entire Benchmade HUNT line boasts products made from advanced materials usually reserved for spaceships and surgical equipment. My personal pick, the durable Steep Country knife, offers a 3.5-inch CPM S30V blade that is handy for opening hand warmers, notching out your hunting license and more. The Santoprene handle adds extra gripability in any weather condition, especially when you really need to get at those hand warmers.

Badlands Kali backpack – $160

The Badlands Kali backpack in the field. Photo courtesy of Michelle Whitney Bodenheimer.
The Badlands Kali backpack in the field. Image courtesy Michelle Whitney Bodenheimer.

The Kali backpack from Badlands (named after the Goddess of Hunting) is specifically designed to fit a women’s physique, including the following features: shorter torso, more contoured shoulder straps, specific center of gravity positioning, and a waist belt which is angled to fit the natural curvature of a women’s hips. Weighing in at just over two pounds, the ultra rugged and durable pack also comes with a 105-ounce hydration bladder compartment and the capability to attach a bow (using the pack straps) or rifle (with the purchase of an additional boot attachment) to the outside for hands-free movement.

SPOT Gen3 – $150–200

Give your huntress piece of mind this Christmas with the SPOT Satellite tracking system. For those hunters who travel to the backcountry, SPOT Gen3 allows you to send an SOS signal to emergency responders and allows family and friends to track your movements in real time.

Other features include Help/SPOT Assist that alerts chosen contacts that you need help in a non-life-threatening situation, the ability to check in with contacts, and custom messaging capabilities.

The device is available for $149.99, and the basic service plan starts at $49.99 per year.

Smartwool socks – $27

Happy feet equal a happy huntress, and Smartwool socks are the key to keeping her toes warm. Featuring ReliaWool technology these no-slouch socks offer durability, comfort and breathability, with a reasonable price point.

GoPro cameras and gear – price varies

A GoPro video camera is a great way to capture your hunting memories on film. Equipped with high-quality 1080p30 and 720p60 video, as well as burst photo, they can be worn on your person or attached to your gun/gear/sporting dog with the purchase of additional mounting accessories.

Eddie Bauer Yakima Breaks upland pants – $110

The author in her Eddie Bauer Yakima pants. Image by Brian Koch.
The author in her Eddie Bauer Yakima pants. Image by Brian Koch.

This women’s fit upland pants are a game changer for any huntress who likes to chase feathered quarry. Situated with a mid-rise waist, the pants are not too high, and not too low—just right! Their water-repellent, 500-denier CORDURA and 100 percent nylon fabric overlay provide optimal comfort and ease of movement when afield.

JetBoil Flash cooking system – $100

The JetBoil Flash in camo. Image courtesy JetBoil.
The JetBoil Flash in camo. Image courtesy JetBoil.

For pack-in hunts, the JetBoil Flash cooking system is a great addition to your hunting gear. Easily lit with the click of a button, the JetBoil quickly provides two cups of boiling water for hot beverages or freeze-dried meals.

Other features include a 1 liter FluxRing cooking cup with insulating cozy, adjustable stainless steel burner, color-change heat indicator and drink-through lid with pour spout and strainer. The bottom cover doubles as a measuring cup and bowl. Mountain House freeze-dried meals ($6.79 to $9.99) are the perfect, hearty dinner to cook with your JetBoil while afield.

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