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Hunting pushes functional strength and endurance to their limits. Here’s the fitness gear you need to ensure a great season.

Hunting is a year-round pursuit, especially when you factor fitness into the equation.

Whether you go to a public gym or pursue your fitness goals at home, we’ve rounded up the best gear to help you get and stay fit. And we all know that the difference between filling that elk tag or not can be that extra uphill spring, pack on.

Prepare yourself with this great gear.

Fitness Gear for Hunters: 2023

Grayl Geopress Purifier – Covert Edition

Grayl Geopress Purifier - Covert Edition, hunting fitness gear

The GeoPress Water Purifier stands out for its unmatched ease, speed, and convenience in providing clean drinking water. Within just eight seconds, it produces 24 ounces of purified water, removing waterborne pathogens, chemicals, heavy metals, and microplastics.

The device features a one-way silicone valve, allowing the addition of drink mixes or electrolytes without compromising the filter’s integrity. Its RiverFlow spout delivers a fast flow of water, and the SimpleVent drink cap provides easy venting during filtration. With a durable and non-slip design, it is perfect for outdoor use. Tested to meet stringent standards, the GeoPress offers reliability and sustainability, making it an ideal alternative to single-use bottled water.

Bonus: Use it in the gym or in the backcountry, and you’ll have quality water 24/7.

5.11 TacTec Training Vest

5.11 TacTec Training Vest

The TacTec Trainer Weight Vest is durable and has been designed for intense workouts. Made from 600D polyester, it withstands tough training sessions and is compatible with 5.11 and Rogue weight plates and TacTec Weight Plate Sandbag. The vest offers a comfortable fit with adjustable yoke shoulder straps and breathable mesh padding. The stretch cummerbund keeps it secure and allows freedom of movement.

Additionally, it has front admin pockets, MOLLE platforms for customization, and internal retention straps to hold weight plates securely. The vest is hydration-compatible, and it’s perfect for various fitness activities.

Beyond Clothing Avid Ultralite L4 Pant

The Avid Pant is a highly versatile and ultralight pant designed for physical outdoor activities. Its quick-drying, 4-way stretch fabric with articulated knees ensures performance as a layer or standalone jogger. The low-profile construction and elastic waistband also provide a bulk-free fit, making it perfect for layering beneath additional protection.

With its air-sealing softshell design, the pant resists wind and retains warmth, making it ideal for active use in cold to temperate weather or as a midlayer in extreme cold conditions. Further, the durable water-repellent finish adds further protection against light precipitation, making the Avid Pant an excellent choice for challenging adventures.

KUIU Tiburon Short

kuiu tiburon short

Crafted using Toray’s Dot-Air fabric, the Tiburon Short enables gentle breezes to flow, effectively cooling your body when optimal heat management is crucial. The Tiburon shorts are treated with Makspec to resist odors, offer UPF50+ sun protection, and employ K-DWR water-resistant treatment, culminating in an exceptionally breathable option suitable for scouting, hunting, and daily attire.

First Lite Wick T-Shirt

first lite wick t-shirt, fitness gear

Expect comfort even in the hottest weather with First Lite’s Ultralight 150gsm jersey knit fabric. The Ultralight 150 Aerowool design goes beyond ordinary materials by combining premium 17.5 micron merino wool with 37.5-activated nylon fibers. The bonus of wool? You can wear this shirt multiple times before washing. And yes, it’s hot-weather approved.

The Wick takes it further by integrating 125 gram Aerowool mesh in strategic hot areas. Whether worn alone for rapid drying or as a base layer, the Ultralight Wick stands out.

HOKA Speedgoat 5 Trail Runners

hoka speedgoat

Hokas, frankly, are an ideal match for the fitness-focused outdoorsman. The Hoka Speedgoat Trail Runners are ideal for trail running enthusiasts seeking performance and comfort on rugged terrains. With their aggressive Vibram Megagrip outsole, these trail runners offer exceptional traction, ensuring stability on slippery surfaces and tricky descents. The lightweight yet responsive CMEVA foam midsole provides ample cushioning, reducing impact on joints while propelling you forward with each stride.

Designed for durability, they also feature a reinforced toe cap and seamless, breathable mesh upper that offers excellent protection against debris and abrasions. Further, the shoe’s gusseted tongue keeps dirt and rocks at bay, while the padded collar and OrthoLite foam insole deliver a comfortable, secure fit.

Uncharted Supply Co. Park Pack

Designed for the runner, cyclist, hiker and anyone who takes their workout to the streets (or trails), the Park Pack is a lightweight hip pack that allows fitness fanatics to bring along their essentials. Further, its narrow design keeps it from interfering with the workout, while the wide hip straps provide lower back support and very little ‘flop.’

The Park Pack also features waterproof construction (600D Tarpaulin + YKK water-resistant zipper), assuring your essentials will stay dry so your run, walk, hike or bike can continue — rain or shine.

5.11 PTR Weight Kit — 100 lb


Crush your workouts with the 5.11 PT-R Weight Kit 100. Two PT-R 50 liners capable of holding 50 pounds of sand each are included, along with a zippered PTR (Physical Training Ready) bag. Plus, the liners can be used separately as training weights and feature roll-top openings to minimize setup pain.

Additionally, the PT-R bag features eight reinforced non-slip handles that are ideally suited for a variety of workouts. Finally, double-layer reinforcement on the bottom and end panels shuns abrasion that forces lesser bags to surrender. 

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