Light Gear for the Dark Continent

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posted on February 2, 2016
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Leupold “Go” Afield Binocular Harness
Those who use a chest-mounted binocular harness already recognize its benefits; those who don’t should get with the times. This harness takes the concept to a new level of versatility with the addition of pockets for cell phones and calls, as well as the ability to attach a rangefinder or GPS. Other features include four-way adjustable straps and a quick-release bino tether. MSRP: $99.99.

Danner Pronghorn Boots
The fourth generation of this popular boot has an updated design with a lighter, more streamlined profile that will take any terrain Africa may dish out, be it the Kalahari Desert or the flooded Caprivi Strip. Waterproof leather and denier nylon uppers are attached to a breathable foot bed with wider toe-box and rugged outsoles. Gore-Tex membrane is waterproof and breathable. Available in multiple camo patterns, in 6- and 8-inch heights. MSRP: $190.

Galco Field Grade Culling Belt and Safari Five Cartridge Wallet
Designed to be worn over your clothing, the culling belt holds up to 20 big-bore showstoppers as large as .500 Nitro Express within easy reach. Sturdy cotton duck material is mated with rich brown leather and a solid brass buckle. For those wishing to carry a bit less, the Safari Five Wallet holds, you guessed it, five rounds from .338 to the meanest .458 Win. Mag., and everything in between. MSRP: belt $89.95; wallet $79.95.

Cabela’s Serengeti Safari II Short-Sleeve Shirt
While it won’t stop you from getting held up in the wait-a-bit bushes, you’ll be glad the tough 6.5-ounce cotton calico canvas of this mid-weight shirt is taking the thorns rather than your bare arms. Sports one sleeve pocket and two zippered chest pockets (perfect for your phone and passport), and two more pockets with button flaps, one of which has cartridge loops. MSRP: $39.99.

NRA 5.11 Taclite Pro Shorts
Made specifically to perform in hot and humid climates and designed to handle the rigorous duty of combat operators, these shorts will tackle the African plains with aplomb. Made of durable yet breathable rip-stop fabric. Additional features include deep front and rear pockets, two cargo pockets and one utility pocket. And of course, they sport the three little letters you proudly want to display: NRA. MSRP: $49.95.

Boyt Safari Gaiters
A simple yet useful tool in Africa, these boot gaiters keep the endless supply of grass seeds, thorns and gravel off your socks and out of your boots, meaning less time stopping and more time stalking that trophy gemsbok. Use them once and you’ll see why the PHs in Africa all wear gaiters. Made of 10-ounce canvas. One size fits all. MSRP: $16.

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