The Sporting Life: Gear Essentials

Hunting and fishing gear for sportsmen who demand the very best.

Outdoor Life Online Editor

**Dozier Buffalo River Hunter **
If you want a high-quality knife for hard field use, you can't get better than this drop-point design from famed knife maker Bob Dozier. It balances great in the hand and holds a wickedly sharp edge. ($245; 800-255-9034;

Filson Shooting Shirt **
Filson has built a better shooting shirt by incorporating a high-tech recoil pad at the shoulder. Made from Filson's Dry Finish cloth, it is called, appropriately, the Super Shooting Shirt. ($125; 866-860-8906;
**Beretta Cortina Jacket

This fleece jacket from Beretta will keep you warm and dry on chilly mornings at the clays course. The sleeves zip off to convert the jacket to a vest. ($220; 800-636-3420;

**Van Staal VSB 150 **
Van Staal has added a titanium bail to its newest spinning reels. Like the reel's machined aluminum frame and stainless-steel gears, the bail is salt resistant. The VSB 150 holds 330 yards of 30-pound-test braid and retrieves 32 inches of line with each crank. ($689; 800-718-7335;

**Hunter Torlundy **
Some of the finest rubber hunting boots have leather liners. Hunter's Torlundy goes one step better with all-leather uppers. The boot is waterproof and has a moisture-wicking lining to control odors. ($349; 877-495-1500; hunter

Parker AAHE 28-gauge
The Parker Shotgun is back thanks to a partnership between Remington, which owns the Parker name, and Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Company, which will make these exquisite side-by-sides. With a Mercedes-caliber price tag, numbers will be limited. ($49,000;;