Cabela’s Youth Hunter Soft-Shell Jacket & Pants – Nikita Dalke


Black bear hunting at home in BC. Photo Credit: Nikita Dalke

Black bear hunting at home in BC. Photo Credit: Nikita Dalke

I had originally wanted to buy the Women’s Windshear gear but had problems finding my size in the stores close to me and I didn’t want to order them online because of the need to try pants on before I buy them. So I went with the Youth version, the Cabela’s Youth Soft-Shell with Windshear.

While trying them on I was pleasantly surprised with the fit. Being made for a youth I was expecting more of a youth fit, especially with the pants. The pants fit nicely on my waist and hips and were just the right length. The jacket fits a little boxy but it could also be that I went one size larger to have layering room. The first test run with my new jacket and pants was in Saskatchewan; they definitely were tested!

Black bear hunting in May in Saskatchewan. It was pouring rain.

Black bear hunting in May in Saskatchewan. It was pouring rain. Photo Credit: Nikita Dalke


I wore the pants everyday for 6-days straight and they never smelled; we were in a remote camp and had no means of washing our clothing. We had all kinds of weather, from cold mornings to rain to scorching heat and they performed really well. In a light rain the pants kept me dry and warm. In a heavy down pour they did get damp on the inside but they still kept me warm and blocked the wind.


Success! Photo Credit: Nikita Dalke



The jacket also performed really well in the wind and rain. I didn’t wear the jacket as often as the pants but I did wear the jacket during the evenings for the quad ride back to camp and when we received rain. Like the pants, the jacket kept me dry in the light rain and in the downpour it kept me warm even though it did get damp on the inside. The evenings were very cool and having to ride the quads back to camp added an extra chill factor, but I was very happy to find that both pants and jacket completely blocked the wind, even on the quad and even when the pants and jacket were wet from the rain they blocked the wind from the quad ride.

Back at home, I wore them on my bear hunts and they worked very well in the thick thorn bushes and for hiking. While hiking up a steep slide they wicked away the sweat, dried fairly fast, and they protected my legs walking through the thorn bushes. I am very happy with my purchase and I would purchase them for my kids and be confident that they will be kept warm and dry.

Cabela's youth hunter soft-shell jacket. Photo: Cabela's Stock Photo

Cabela’s youth hunter soft-shell jacket. Photo: Cabela’s Stock Photo

Cabela's youth hunter soft-shell pants. Photo Credit: Cabela's Stock Photo.

Cabela’s youth hunter soft-shell pants. Photo Credit: Cabela’s Stock Photo.

Both pants and jacket feature a durable 100% brushed polyester-tricot shell and pile-fleece interior. The pockets are tricot knit-fleece lined for heat-trapping warmth. They are built with Cabela’s new windshear lamination technology to block out the elements.

The pants have a center-back elastic waistband for a better fit and belt loops, they have two standard pockets, one back pocket,one cargo pocket on the right thigh and the legs zip up to just under the knee to make it easier getting boots on and off.  Snaps are conveniently located on the cuff of the pants so you can adjust them tighter around your boots. All pockets feature zippers with protective flaps. The jacket has an inside pocket, a chest pocket and two standard pockets with the inside pocket featuring a zipper and protective flap as with the pants. The hood is adjustable with a velcro tab.

The MSRP for the pants are $89.99, and the jacket $89.99. You can purchase these products at

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