I have had a chance to use both of these pieces a bit more since I shot the following video, and each time I use them I am more impressed than the last time. Unlike some of the other Badlands apparel items, the Inferno jacket and Convection bibs aren’t loaded with special features. They are just quality, highly functional pieces of gear that will keep you warm when the mercury drops.
However, Badlands did seem to be very intentional with the design elements that they added to these pieces.
If you don’t see the video above, please watch it here.
I love the Hex-Lite fleece lining inside the body of the Inferno jacket, but I am glad that Badlands left that lining out of the sleeves, which makes the Inferno easy to slide on and off over other layers. The warmth to bulk ratio on this jacket is great; it isn’t too bulky and it will compresses down into your pack easily. I was a bit worried about how quiet this jacket would be for bowhunting, but it hasn’t proven to be an issue so far. It isn’t silent, but it doesn’t have the giant “swoosh” noise that I anticipated either. So far, so good!
What I love most about the Convection bibs is how easy it is to use the full-length, dual zipper system to “customize” the level of warmth or ventilation that you need. The fit on these bibs is also outstanding. They stay in place thanks to the integrated waist belt and wide suspenders. Unfortunately the chest zipper did come off track for me, but fortunately the bibs are still usable since it is a dual-zip system. And as always, Badlands will stand behind any issues like this and take care of it for me.
It can always be a challenge to stay warm in a treestand, especially on a day like I encountered last weekend where the temperature was about 20 degrees, the sun was hidden behind the clouds, and a wind was pretty consistent out of the north, but I managed to stay warm thanks to these pieces. Gone are my days of wearing layer-upon-layer – the Inferno and Convection will keep me warm.