October 19th, 2017 by asjstaff

If you plan on doing some extreme hunting this upcoming winter, make sure to check out these warm winter hunting clothing out there.
There’s nothing worse than finally getting to your hunting spot, only to be freezing cold 20 minutes later. This is the modern day not the old days, you can find some of the warmest winter hunting apparel on the market. Not all of the best hunting ranches are located in nice, warm weather climates. No matter if you’re hunting in Alaska or the brutal winters of New England, you’ll be grateful for the warmth these pieces provide.

Not only do they help you stay toasty, but you’ll be able to hunt longer and harder, increasing your chance of another great harvest.

1. Cabela’s Stand Hunter Extreme Parka
Cabela’s Stand Hunter Extreme Parka is a must-have for anyone who hunts in extreme winter weather. Designed with both Woolitimate fabric and Thinsulate Platinum insulation, this parka keeps you warmer than you can imagine. To ensure warmth, yet cut down on bulk, Cabela’s varies the level of insulation to give you warmth where you need it most.

The parka features 150-gram Thinsulate throughout, with 200 grams surrounding your core and 300 grams down your spine and around the kidneys to help heat the areas that impact the rest of your body. With a removable 150-gram Thinsulate hand warming muff, two chest hand warmer pockets and a removable hood, even your appendages stay toasty warm.

2. Core4Element Elevation Jacket
The Core4Element Elevation Jacket features Down Tek’s 700-fill power Canada Goose down to keep you warm and dry even in the harshest of conditions. The Canada Goose down is not only a great insulator, but it keeps on working even if it’s wet and is lightweight enough it doesn’t hold you back. The water-repellent finish keeps water out and heat in, even during the pouring rain. With extra features like a fleece-lined collar and inside hand warmer pockets, this jacket will soon become the one you grab when the weather is at its worst.

3. Mycore Control Heated Jacket
The Mycore Control Heated Jacket features two heating elements strategically placed to keep you warm. With one at the pulse point on each wrist, your hands and core stay warm, even when it’s brutal outside. With three different levels, you can find the right level of heat no matter what the weather. And with a two lithium-ion rechargeable batteries that last up to 12 hours, it can keep you warm no matter how long you stay in the woods.

4. Sitka Coldfront Bib Pants
The Sitka coldfront Bib Pants use innovative technology to keep you warm. Designed with a special three layer GORE-TEX shell, it blocks wind and water, while retaining your body heat to keep you warm.

The micro-grid fleece lining adds extra insulation while wicking away moisture. The high back and reinforced seat keep snow and wind from blowing into your clothes, ensuring you stay warm and dry. With optional bib straps, these can be worn as pants or bibs. These pants also feature Opti-Fade camo, based on how animals see, making you nearly invisible in the woods.

5. Cabela’s Stand Hunter Extreme Coveralls
If you’re looking for a coverall, these are the pair you need to have. Cabela’s Stand Hunter Extreme Coveralls are engineered to keep you warm even in the extreme cold. By using its Zone Insulation System, these coveralls vary the Thinsulate level to give you the warmth you need, while still allowing you room to move. They feature 150-gram Thinsulate Platinum insulation throughout, with 200 grams surrounding your core, 300 grams down your spine and kidneys and 500-gram insulation on the seat to ensure you’re warm no matter what it’s like outside. And with a removable hand muff, hood and hand warmer pockets, you’re comfortable no matter what.

6. Sitka Blizzard Bib Pants
Keep yourself warm and dry with Sitka Blizzard Bib Pants. With 650-fill power white duck down and PermaLoft Down Blend Silver insulation, these pants blend two of the best insulators out there to bring you a pair that won’t let you down. Not only do they keep you warm even in the roughest of conditions, but with GORE-TEX laminate and a water repellent finish, these pants keep you dry on the outside while wicking material keeps you dry on the inside. With extra features like a high back, reinforced seat, cargo pockets and side zips, these pants are a must have for anyone who hunts in extreme conditions.

7. Cabela’s Wooltimate Ninja Hood
If you’re looking for complete coverage, consider Cabela’s Wooltimate Ninja Hood. Made from Cabela’s unique Wooltimate fabric, it’s the perfect blend of warm wool and soft Berber fleece. Add in 100 grams of Thinsulate insulation and odor-resistant Polartec Power Dry grid fleece lining, and you’ll be amazed at how warm and comfortable this hood is to wear. With complete head and neck coverage, nothing but your eyes are exposed, ensuring you stay warm during your whole hunt.

8. Mad Bomber Rabbit Fur Hat
The Mad Bomber Rabbit Fur Hat not only keeps you warm during the bitter cold, its traditional look is a great conversation piece. Fully lined with real rabbit fur, this hat is comfortable and cozy. With both ear flaps and a neck guard, you can practically surround your head with an all natural barrier that keeps warm in and cold out. Topped with a quilted crown lining, this will soon become the hat you don’t leave home without.

9. Under Armour ColdGear Infrared Scent Control Gloves
The Under Armour ColdGear Infrared Scent Control Gloves use innovative technology to keep you warm. Armour Storm technology makes them waterproof, yet breathable, while Scent Control nearly eliminates your natural body odors. The ColdGear Infrared printed linings keep your fingers toasty by not only absorbing your body heat, but by radiating it back into the glove to surround your hand in warmth. Pair that with six ounces of PrimaLoft insulation, which traps all that heat in, and your hands stay warm all day long, no matter how late you stay out.

10. Cabela’s Canadian Stand Hunter II Gloves
If you’re interested in trying mitts, Cabela’s Canadian Stand Hunter II Gloves keep you warm no matter what. With over 1,000 grams Thinsulate Ultra insulation, it doesn’t matter what Mother Nature throws at you, you’ll be ready. These 3-in-1 gloves come with a removable power-stretch inner liner that features Data-Tip technology, allowing you to use your touchscreen phone without having to take off layers and expose skin to the elements.

The outer mitten’s all-weather grip palms not only allow you to grab onto things, it also stops saturation even in the pouring rain. The mitts’ feature trigger finger zippers to give you easy access when it’s time to pull the trigger. And the extended cuffs and two-way wrist cinches will stop cold air, wind, and snow from traveling up and under the fabric.

Don’t let the extreme cold weather stop you from doing what you love.

Sources: Cabelas, Flickr/Tom K, Molly Carter

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October 2nd, 2017 by asjstaff

Bass Pro Shops has been in the process of attempting to purchase Cabela’s for quite some time. That deal finally has come to a close to the tune of roughly $4 billion. Many employees of Cabela’s were informed this would occur through informal meetings on Friday, September 22nd. Now the general public is privileged to the knowledge of the completed sale as well.

Between the two companies, there will be 185 stores total; Bass Pro Shops with 100 and Cabela’s with 85 of their own. Most all of the stores are expected to remain open because their respective territories do not overlap much. In some cities the two giants can be found pretty close though such as Clarksville, Indiana. Situations such as that will prompt discussions for stores to be placed on the chopping block because it is irrational to compete against yourself in a small market.

With concerns from employees, their families and customers, the merged brand of Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops has already begun marketing the joint venture as “moving forward together.” This can be seen on each company’s website to alleviate any worries people may have.

This newly forged titan duo perceives themselves as being the “best-of-the-best” and hopes to exemplify that as they grow and hopefully flourish through their partnership.

Johnny Morris, founder and CEO of Bass Pro Shops, wrote a letter for all of the customers of Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops that can be seen on either website.

“Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s, two iconic brands and leaders in the outdoor industry, have officially joined forces with a vision to become North America’s premier outdoor and conservation company. The combined company is poised to provide customers with unmatched offerings spanning premier destination retail, outdoor equipment manufacturing, world-class resort destinations and more with a strong commitment to advancing conservation initiatives.

‘We are excited to unite these iconic American brands to better serve our loyal customers and fellow outdoor enthusiasts,’ said noted conservationist and Bass Pro Shops Founder and CEO Johnny Morris. ‘As we move forward, we are committed to retaining everything customers love about both Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s by creating a ‘best-of-the-best’ experience that includes the superior products, outstanding customer service and exceptional value our customers have come to expect. We’re also deeply motivated by the potential to significantly advance key conservation initiatives.’

The combined company offers outdoor enthusiasts superior products, dynamic locations and above all, outstanding customer service. Innovative experiences include Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, the largest, most dynamic retail destination experience ever created. Located on the banks of the Mississippi River, the gigantic 52-million cubic-foot facility also contains the remarkable Big Cypress Lodge. Additional offerings include award-winning hospitality and nature-based attractions like Big Cedar Lodge, the wilderness resort in Missouri’s Ozark Mountains recently recognized as the number one resort in the Midwest by Travel + Leisure for the second consecutive year. The company’s manufacturing arm, White River Marine Group offers an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading brands including TRACKER®, SUN TRACKER®, NITRO®, TAHOE®, REGENCY®, MAKO®, RANGER®, TRITON®, STRATOS® and ASCEND® among others.

Conservation and introducing new audiences to the outdoors is a key focus of Morris. Last week the conservation-minded visionary opened Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium, the largest, most immersive fish and wildlife attraction in the world. Located next to Bass Pro Shops National Headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, Wonders of Wildlife is larger than the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. With 35,000 live fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds, the 350,000 square-foot complex is a wonder in and of itself. Wonders of Wildlife is a gift to future generations from Johnny Morris, establishing a significant not-for-profit conservation attraction and education center in the heart of America.”

To see what has been accomplished as of late is quite impressive considering each company’s humble beginnings. Bass Pro Shops started out by selling its wares in a mere 8 square feet of a liquor store in 1972 of all places. But then again, maybe not that weird considering the ATF governs both (Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms; but I digress). Cabela’s similarly did not jump out the gate with the behemoth stores they have now. Initially, they began as a mail order company in 1961 which sprung up and was managed from a kitchen table.

Now with their partnership struck, they look to “move forward together” just like their newest marketing slogan states. Each company will retain its own name; nothing will be re-branded. Gift cards of either company will be honored at both stores. You will be able to make returns to either store regardless which store a product was originally purchased. If you own one of either company’s credit cards, you will be able to earn points at both locations. All of the exclusive brands and unique offerings each store carries and worked to leverage over the years will remain. Once again, nothing will be consolidated.

Sources: Original story from TFB, Daily News, Press Releases, A Scepeniak

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