Gear Review

Posted on January 3, 2012


“The Bushman huntsman sets out in pursuit of game afoot without any of the advantages bequeathed to the modern day woodsman. He has no knapsack filled with sandwiches, trail mix and power bars; he takes on nourishment only if and when he locates something edible…and due to the limitations of his weaponry, he must get very close to his quarry in order to be successful. It seems the balance between man and beast is quite equitable and if it were not done solely to vanquish the pangs of hunger, this would indeed be classified as sport of the finest kind.”

                                                                   – R.G. Bernier, The Deer Tracker’s Journey


Christmas came early for the deer tracker this year…well not exactly, but I did receive a very nice package of merchandise in October from the folks at Irish Setter. They generously provided me a list of items from which to choose from and consequently, field test during my deer hunting/photographing forays. Let me say at the outset, if it says Irish Setter, it’s 100% quality! I was not disappointed with the functionality, durability, comfort or warmth with any of the products tested; they were that good.


Wool Loft Stewart Mitt 

Being a tracker/still-hunter I need as light a pair of gloves as conditions allow and still keep my hands comfortable. Although the Stewart Mitts could be used for my style of hunting due to the ability to extend fingers through the pre-fashioned slits, they may be better suited for the hunter that spends his days on stand. However, where these mitts really shined for me personally was behind my camera lens. During inactivity they kept my hands both warm and dry, important as a nature photographer, and when it was time to begin pressing the shutter release all I needed to do was roll back the top of the mitt, stick my fingers out and click away without restraint.

Irish Setter Stewart Mitt

  • WOOL LOFT® – NATURE’S TECHNOLOGY featuring 100% wool insulation that provides a high level of thermal comfort and natural moisture management
  • ULTRA DRY™ – Wind resistant and waterproof membrane
  • Realtree AP HD™
  • Super Micro tricot shell
  • Featuring magnetic lock technology for silent use
  • PU palm traction grip
  • M-XL
  • Suggested retail $39

Camp Mocs


There is nothing like slipping into a warm, comfortable pair of slippers at the end of a long day afield. I was pleasantly surprised with the moc’s gum sole that allowed me to wear these outside, even on a wet surface. These may well be my favorite item and were certainly the envy of my hunting partner who desperately wanted a pair. Heck, I’m even wearing them right now as I type this, they are that enjoyable.


A comfortable option for slipping into after the hunt, around town or in your home.

The new Irish Setter Camp Mocs are a comfortable option for slipping into after the hunt, around town or in your home. These casual styles are built with the same quality found in Irish Setter’s legendary line of hunting boots.

Comfort is a key component of every Irish Setter shoe or boot. The Irish Setter Camp Moc slip-ons feature a cozy lining, removable footbed, leather/canvas uppers and a naturally cushioned, non-marking gum sole.
Sportsmen will love the easy-on, easy-off convenience of these shoes that are styled for the outdoorsman. No laces, no hooks – just slip them on and go.

The Irish Setter Camp Mocs are offered in a light brown on brown (#3810) slip-on version and another with darker trim (#3811) in an oxford height. Both styles retail at $79.


Woodbury Jacket

Man, when wearing this jacket I feel like, “Bernier, you’ve got it going on.” This became my go to jacket of choice for my nightly restaurant dining throughout the deer season. Not only is it functional, but fashionable as well. So yeah, the Deer Tracker was indeed styling this past fall whenever he was out on the town.


Irish Setter Woodbury Jacket

Irish Setter Woodbury Sueded Cotton Short Bomber Jacket

  • Center back length measures 28″ on size large
  • Antiqued finish sueded cotton with contrast stitching
  • Zipper front
  • Inside cell phone pocket with zippered safety pocket
  • Adjustable drawcord bottom
  • Offered in Bark
  • Available in Men’s Sizes M – 3XL
  • Suggested retail from $139



Wool Coat


Wool is my absolute favorite and preferred outer garment for deer hunting. It’s warm, quiet and retains its ability to keep you comfortable even when wet. This coat has the ability to do just that even in the nastiest conditions.

Irish Setter DeerCampWoolCoat

Deer Camp Wool Field Coat

  • Melange Wool
  • ULTRA DRY – Wind resistant and waterproof membrane
  • Center front zipper covered with a snap front placket
  • Fully insulated
  • Two lower dual entry pockets
  • Center back length measures 31″ on size large
  • Offered in Red/BlackBuffaloPlaid or Charcoal
  • Available in Men’s Sizes: M – 3XL
  • Suggested retail from $129

Ridge Hawk Boot

As advertised, these boots were comfortable right out of the box. No hype necessary here as the Ridge Hawk is lightweight, flexible and warm even at below-freezing temperatures and a real joy to have on my feet. I wore these during my early autumn forays that included all of my photo shoots. These boots can taking a beating and be ready for more come the next morning.

Irish Setter Ridge Hawk Hunting Boot Is AN Aggressive Big Game Boot

Irish Setter continues to develop comfortable, more agile hunting footwear to meet the needs of today’s hunters. Built on an athletic-inspired last, thes ‘Irish Setter’ Tidge Hawk boots are made to be comfortable out of the box and handle rugged terrain.

The Irish Setter Ridge Hawks feature premium components like a Gore-Tex waterproof membrane and Thinsulate Ultra insulation. A Ground Claw sole incorporates aggressive lugs with serrated cleats upfront to assist with uphill traction and a heel kicker in back.

A Realtree AP Camo version #3801 provides 400 grams of Thinsulate Ultra insulation for $169.The Mossy Oak Break Up Camo version #3802 includes 1000 grams of Thinsulate Ultra insulation and retail for $179.

“These aggressive Ridge Hawks are equipped for varying terrain and conditions,” said Mark Dinndorf, Director of Irish Setter Product and Marketing for Red Wing Shoe Company. These new Irish Setter Ridge Hawks will be available in July 2011 at leading sporting goods retailers. Visit for the retailer nearest you.

About Irish Setter

Based in Red Wing, MN, Irish Setter is a division of the Red Wing Shoe Company, Inc. that includes a full line of performance hunting boots, fishing shoes and outdoor casuals. Irish Setter continues to use leading technologies and the finest materials to provide customers the best quality outdoor footwear. For more information about Irish Setter’s heritage, products and retailers, visit Irish Setter. The Hunt Never Ends.

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