Its tough to find gear, especially clothing, that is both high quality and functional. Cabela’s seems to have found that balance in the Prairie Runner jacket. Although probably not designed for the Southeast its a perfect fit. The coat is heavy enough for those rare 20 degree mornings yet light enough to wear up to roughly 50 degrees. Its tough to find an upland jacket that’s not just to darn hot for southeastern hunting conditions. The pit zips come in very handy when the temps push 50 during the midday.
The jacket features a front loading and backloading game bag than is more than generous in size. The game bag also has an internal suspender system to better distribute weight, that’s a huge plus when hunting pheasants and you are trying to carry 5-6 birds any distance at all.
This coat also has plenty of pockets. It has 4 zippered pockets and two bellows pockets. The bellows pockets will comfortably hold well over a box of 20/28 gauge shells apiece. It also has a pocket that is designed to hold your tracking/training remote. Most jackets have pockets but this one seems to have the right pockets!
I can say this jacket is in fact very water proof and breathable.
Most upland coats fail the range of motion test but not this one. The sleeves are designed to facilitate not just motion but the motion of mounting a shotgun and swinging through a bird. The polyester ” stretch” in the sleeve area helps that range of motion a lot.
Other features are the D rings positioned about the bellows pockets and the compartment for a water bladder.
Over all this coat gets 5 stars in the upland coat department.