Product Review: Magellan Pro Series Clothing

(Photo courtesy of Mossy Oak)

Quality value. This is the message that was delivered to us as soon as we arrived at the hunting camp last fall. Two words so often used in marketing, but rarely put together. So what does this mean exactly? Well, in the hunting industry – for better or worse – the word “value” tends to make us think that products might not be at the top echelon of a line. Or, at the very least, they probably won’t last as long as we’d like. If we are looking for a “quality” product, however, the money it probably takes to acquire it may not be what we are looking to lose either. But in this case, “quality value” was the promise. Or in other words, quality hunters want a price that wouldn’t put a major dent in the bank account.

The next five days were all about doing everything we could to challenge that statement. Our goal was to put the Magellan Pro Series line – which featured the Mossy Oak Elements Terra camo pattern – to the test as we chased the early season giants at the Canadian River Hilton Hunting Lodge in western Oklahoma. . And if it’s one thing outdoor writers do well, it’s material testing. Let’s start!

Warm weather

Temperatures, as expected in early October, were quite warm. With that in mind, I opted for the Men’s ¼ Zip Long Sleeve Pullover. Knitting and merino wool fabric gave me two things I was looking for: a lightweight garment with moisture-wicking technology that I could wear in a blind, and a comfortable, flexible fit so I could easily shoot my bow from a seated position. It was the perfect piece for hot weather: cool enough to keep me comfortable in the sun, but warm enough that I didn’t need to put on an extra layer when the sun went down. If you needed another jacket during the last hour of the day, you can easily throw one on because of its fitted design. Included in the ¼ Zip Long Sleeve Pullover is an extra attack on fragrance in the form of an antimicrobial finish. The best part? You can get one for a $50 ticket. So, value for money? I would say yes. Read on – It won’t be long before you start detecting a theme.

The Pro Hunt Men’s 1/4 Zip Long Sleeve Pullover and the Pro Hunt Tracker Pants worked perfectly in the Oklahoma heat. (Photos courtesy of Academy Sports + Outdoors)

Now, what do you combine the ¼ Zip with? Look no further than the Pro Hunt Tracker Pants. Before I get into features, let me start with a pretty straightforward statement. As far as lightweight hunting pants go, these have quickly risen through the ranks and will be a go-to for me in the future. They’re so comfortable, and it starts with a woven polyester blend with four-way stretch to keep you comfortable from start to finish. Other features I liked included the mesh-lined cargo pockets, reinforced knees and seat, an offset kick plate that reduces bulk when putting the boots on, and reliable YKK zippers. It’s not always easy to stay comfortable in a ground shade, especially in warm temperatures, but these pants are designed to help you do just that. It is important! And for $69.99, it’ll be well worth the money spent time and time again. Quality value? Yes, the Magellan Pro Series is now two for two.

cool it down

To finish reviewing this part of the Mag Pro line of clothing, I had to patiently wait for the colder weather to arrive. And while it seemed to take a little while to get here last fall, it’s finally made its annual appearance in the northeast. Fortunately, I was prepared.

We’ll start with the Magellan Pro Hunt 3 In 1 Systems Jacket. As the name suggests, there is both an outer and inner jacket as well as a detachable hood. Waterproof and windproof, we’re talking about something that’s ideal for colder temperatures. The outer jacket features zippered chest pockets, hand warmer pockets, safety harness opening, zippered waist pockets, underarm zippers and articulated elbows for complete freedom of movement. Inside you will find a down jacket. It also has a safety harness opening and zipped chest pockets. The system includes Sciessent Agion Active scent control, which treats both the interior and exterior portions of the garment. Another nice feature is that all trims and zippers are YKK for added durability and peace of mind. And the comfort? Yeah, there are plenty. I would have loved to try it blind in Oklahoma – you know, if it was 50 or 60 degrees cooler at the time. With an MSRP of $169.99, it would be hard to find a similar product on the market at this price with the same ability to keep you warm in the field.

So what do you associate it with? Look no further than the Pro Hunt Convertible Pants. Also waterproof, windproof and treated with the same Scissent Agion Active scent control, this garment has removable back straps if you like the look and feel of wearing hunting bibs. Full-length leg zippers make getting your boots on and off quick and easy, and double-layer reinforced articulated knees give you the full range of motion you always want. Each pair has an inner fleece lining and a silicone printed inner waistband. A stretch fabric gusset only adds to the comfort of a product that is sure to extend your stay. Warmth is key here, as its blend of Thinsulate down combined with high-pile fleece is the perfect complement to the 3-in-1 jacket. Chances are we all grew up wearing bibs on the pitch. This, to me, felt like old school clothing combined with today’s technology – the best of both words! MSRP is listed at $129.99, and they would be worth every penny to help you go from dark to dark on the best hunting days of the season.

The rest of the story

Apparel is a big part of the Magellan Pro range, but it dips into other categories as well. This is the men’s Vivor boot from Pro Hunt that we’ve been putting through our paces all week. (Photo courtesy of Mossy Oak.)

The Magellan Pro line also includes a few other products you’ll want to check out. The Pro Hunt Cap range, the Pro Hunt Gridded Fleece Gaiter, the Pro Gridded Fleece Liner Glove, the Pro Hunt Men’s Scaloth Boot, the Pro Hunt Men’s Vivor Boot complete their range. Plus, check out the Pro Hunt Day Pack for your trips to and from the treestand or blind ground, and the Pro Hunt Waterproof Duffel Bag – perfect for carrying all your hunting needs from one great destination to another.

I can tell you with absolute certainty – you’ll get what you pay for and more with this range found exclusively at Academy Sports + Outdoors.

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