I was recently given the opportunity to test and review some of the new products being released from Härkila this year. Being a longtime fan of the brand, this was an opportunity too good to pass. Midwinters I received some products to test and as they have been with me on my latest escapades, most you have seen them on Instagram or my blog several times already. Härkila met the expectations I had to a premium brand and I would be happy to reccomend all of the tested products.
Härkila Svarin fleece jacket – Flexible and my favorite
This thin fleece jacket has quickly become one of my favorites. Härkila Svarin is made of a stretchy material named Polartec. I’m not sure if it’s a material genuine to Härkila or if it is available from other producers, but it is extremely comfortable to wear. I have used the fleece both as an outer jacket and as a shell below my GoreTex and I’m impressed by its flexibility. It was breathing fine and it remained easy to regulate the temperature when I used it under a GoreTex shell jacket – and it has been working well as a wind stopper by its own when weather has been nicer. The jacket has a small hole for the thumb in the end of the sleeve to allow you to draw it below your wrists and keep your hands warm. Nice touch. . Hunters will also appreciate the mandatory radio pocket, although I can’t really understand why a radio pocket doesn’t have a hole for the antenna…,anyway not important and I’m sure it will be added in the next version?
As mentioned, this jacket has become a favorite of mine, both for hunting and for trekking and I have no problems recommending it for either purpose. The hunter will appreciate that is noiseless and that it is free from irritating metal buttons, making a click at the wrong moment and the hiker will appreciate its flexibility.
Härkila Gevar trousers – Very comfortable
Because of the cold weather, we have had in Norway over the last months, I have only had the opportunity to try these pants out three times. But as you will have seen on my Instagram account, they have been thoroughly tested on a full day out hiking with the kids and on various walks on my hunting grounds. To me the most positive thing with these pants is the stretch panels around the knees and seat. This makes them highly comfortable to wear. In spite of their light weight, they also feel and appear durable. The durable and somewhat rough fabrics though, makes them less apt for hunting in situations where noise is an issue. They also have metal buttons on the front leg pocket, which can give off noise should you forget to close it. Eg; they are perfect for grouse hunting in the mountains or hiking, whereas if I were to go sneaking on deer on a quiet August morning, I would go for something else.
Härkila Gevar are not water resistant, but you can lie down on a moist (not wet) surface for a short period of time without being wet, like I am in the picture to the left here. The fabric is treated with a special wax, which makes the pants water repellent and wind proof. I was sceptic about this and had to try it for myself – so here I actually laid down on moist moss, only some 3-4 hours after it had stopped raining. Much to my surprise I was not at all wet afterwards. Big plus in my books.
Like mentioned above, I think the ones who will appreciate these trousers the most is the active hunter or trekker, who is not depending on being totally silent and who will appreciate the light weight and comfortable material. I will definitely wear mine grouse hunting the coming fall.
Härkila Reisa – Absolutely quiet!
Finally a rucksack which is absolutely quiet. Those who have followed me for a while or know me, knows that I am fanatic when it comes to deer stalking and trying to get quietly close to the game. The Reisa rucksack is made in wood-polyester on the outside, which makes the surface more resistant to scratching noises from for example vegetation when you lie it down or your rifle when you’re walking.
This one is made for hunters – by hunters who have been out a lot. It can hold 36 liters only, which makes it suitable for daytrips and let’s face it; if you’re carrying more than 36 liters when stalking, then the no-noise fabric won’t attract you anyway. The rucksack is comfortable to wear and a stretched mesh or ventilation net towards the back allows for ventilation and perspiration without becoming uncomfortable. Reisa has two main compartments, where the smaller one has plenty of inner pockets which I have used for game calls, mosquito repellent and my head torch. In addition it has small pockets on the sides and plenty of straps. It can also be equipped with an optional camelback.
The rucksack seems well conceived and is something I would recommend all hunters who are keen on increasing their chance of a successful hunt. When it comes to successful stalking, it is all very simple; Being silent beats not being silent – and as for being silent, the Härkila Reisa beats any
rucksack I have ever seen or tried.
Härkila is a Premium, Scandinavian brand for hunters. You can read more about the 2016 collection at harkila.com