Why Sitka Gear?

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Turning Clothing into Gear

Sitka set out to change the way hunters think about clothing. Rather than an afterthought, clothing is some of your most important gear. It is an integral part of the outdoor arsenal.

Sitka uses proprietary fabrics to maximize flexibility and performance. The clothing is designed to fit and move with the body. The Sitka layering system allows hunters to stay comfortable longer, regardless of conditions.

When hunters are more comfortable, they can stay on the hunt longer, with greater success.

Durability and Versatility

Sitka builds durable hunting gear that is unsurpassed for weather protection and versatility. The clothing includes details that are often overlooked:

  • Flat lock seams prevent skin chafe
  • Zipper garages eliminate rattling zippers
  • Seam-free welded pockets reduce weight and bulk
  • Silicon waist tape keeps shirts tucked
  • Articulated elbows and knees offer superior mobility

Layering

Sitka's proven layering system gives hunters flexibility for extreme ranges of weather conditions. Layers may be added or removed as conditions change.

Technology

Optifade™ camouflage patterns are scientifically designed for the way a hunter's prey views the world. Rather than merely mimicking the surroundings, Optifade™ takes advantage of the way animals see, using it against them.

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GORE-TEX®: GORE-TEX® membranes allow perspiration to escape while providing an ideal barrier against water and wind. This prevents cold winds from disrupting the microclimate next to the skin, ensuring the wearers don't get cold. While it is 100% waterproof, GORE-TEX® fabric also ensures that humidity is not trapped inside the clothing system by allowing it to escape, delivering dry comfort.

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WINDSTOPPER®: With less than 1 CFM rating, WINDSTOPPER® products shelter hunters from the adverse effects of bone chilling winds. The WINDSTOPPER® membrane works with our base layers to prevent overheating and perspiration build-up by allowing moisture vapor to easily escape. WINDSTOPPER® fabrics offer soft, lightweight weather protection in one versatile and durable garment. Owing to it total windproofness and maximum breathability, WINDSTOPPER® products will keep you comfortable longer across a wide range of weather conditions and activities.

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PRIMALOFT®: PrimaLoft® is the head-to-toe insulation for all outdoor sportsmen. The patented blend of microfibers is engineered to retain maximum warmth even when wet. Ultra-fine insulating fibers create a product that is quiet and less bulky, allowing for greater freedom of movement. Easy care PrimaLoft® provides the warmth of down, but it is fast drying and more breathable.

Optifade™ Patterns

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Open Country

Open Country

Open Country camouflage is designed for ground hunting at distances of 35 yards or greater.

Open Country emphasizes macro-pattern technology that works to break up the symmetry of the hunter's body, much like the stripes on a tiger.

The macro-pattern technology provides horizontal disruption. This makes it ideal for ground hunting, where the terrain is horizontal in nature.

The colors of the Open Country camo pattern also emphasize what ungulates would see in open terrain. It closely resembles the shades of features such as brush, tall weeds and grasses, and rocks.

Elevated Forest

Elevated Forest

Elevated Forest camouflage was designed with the treestand whitetail hunter in mind.

Elevevated Forest is ideal for use at distances of 20 yards or less, from stand heights of at least 15 feet. Using "Vertical Effect Compensation," Elevated Forest simulates what ungulates see when looking upward in the woods.

Emphasizing micro-pattern technology, the Elevated Forest camo pattern creates vertical disruption, mimicking the pattern of treetops in the forest. Elevated Forest also features an increase in shading and colorization to resemble the vertical pattern of tree bark. This colorization simulates the effect of light coming down through branches and leaves.

Waterfowl

Waterfowl

Waterfowl is designed as the ultimate waterfowl camouflage pattern. It combines a base macro-pattern, with a swirled hexagon micro-pattern overlay to confuse birds.

Waterfowl have tetra-chromatic vision, allowing them to see reds, green, blues, and ultraviolet. They have a wider field of vision than humans, but waterfowl vision is considerably more blurry. They typically scan while moving.

The swirled hexagonal micro-pattern of Waterfowl is designed for the way waterfowl see. The pattern uses eight basic colors which translate into hundreds of colors for birds. The pattern edges are blurred, rather than contrasting and sharp. This allows it to blend into the environment and result in closer shots.

Layering Basics

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While layering of clothing is nothing new to high-exertion outdoor sports, it is relatively new to hunting.

For years, hunters were content to walk to their stands, or into the mountains with heavy, non-breathable, non-waterproof, and bulky clothing. When the temperature fell, we simply put on more clothing before we left the cabin.

During times of high-exertion, like walking to the stand, climbing mountains or stalking prey, rising body temperatures caused hunters to sweat. This caused rapid release of scent to prey, and the sweat caused hunters to be colder when it was time to stay still.

Layering allows hunters to be ready for any type of condition on the hunt. You can stay warm, dry and comfortable, even when temperatures fluctuate significantly.

There are three basic levels of layering:

Next-to-Skin

Next-to-skin is your base layer. Base layers are designed to be used for moisture and scent management. This helps move moisture away from your skin to keep you dry and comfortable. The removal of moisture from the skin, paired with anti-microbial treatments, helps prevent scent from spooking game.

All base layers are not created equal. The decision to use a particular base layer should change with conditions such as temperature, terrain and exertion level.

Insulation Layer

Insulation layers are designed to trap warm air while still providing solid moisture management. These layers are ideal for getting to your treestand, glassing a mountain top, or closing out a stalk on that trophy of a lifetime.

Outer Layer

The outer layer protects you from the elements. Outer layers are designed to help keep rain, snow, and wind from ruining your hunt.

Sitka uses waterproof and windproof technology such as Gore-Tex® and WINDSTOPPER®. This lets you stay in the field longer, giving you a better chance for a shot.

Choosing Layers

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There is no exact science in choosing layers for your hunt. The choice will depend upon the product features and composition, and hunting conditions such as temperature, terrain and expected exertion level. By knowing your products and conditions, you can stay comfortable and focused in the field.

Here are a couple of examples of layering:

Open Country — Sheep Hunting on the Tundra

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Sheep Hunting on the Tundra
4:00 AM Load Horses Situation Temp: 30° - 40° Elevated heart rate Layering Remove waterproof outer layer (allows better heat transfer)
5:00 AM Ride to Mountain Temp: 30° - 40° Resting heart rate Add waterproof outer layer to stay dry
6:00 AM Climb on foot Temp: 35° - 45° Aerobic heart rate Remove waterproof outer layer. Remove insulated layer (keeps you from sweating)
7:00 AM Glass for Sheep Temp: 45° - 55° Resting heart rate All layers will keep you warm and dry from the elements

Elevated Forest — Late Season Archery Hunting

Late Season Archery
Late Season Archery Hunting
5:00 AM Arrive at location Situation Temp: 10° - 20° Dark, cold, no wind. Walking to tree stand. Elevated heart rate Layering All layers on bottom, base layer only on top (leave outer layer and upper insulation off for better heat transfer while walking)
6:00 AM In tree stand Temp: 15° - 20° Sunrise, cold, no wind. Resting heart rate Add base, insulation, and outer layers as temp drops at first light
11:00 AM In tree stand Temp: 20° - 25° Cold, windy, snow. Resting heart rate GORE-TEX® outer shell keeps you dry in the wet snow
3:00 PM In tree stand Temp: 30° - 40° No wind, sunny. Resting heart rate Base, insulation and outer layers to remain comfortable

Waterfowl — December Duck Hunting

Waterfowl
December Duck Hunting
5:00 AM Arrive at blind Situation Temp: 10° - 15° Setting up blind, throwing decoys. Elevated heart rate Layering Outer layer and base layer (Outer layer keeps you dry, base layer traps body heat)
6:00 AM In blind Temp: 15° - 20° Almost shooting light. Resting heart rate All layers keep you warm and dry during the hunt
8:00 AM In blind Temp: 30° - 35° 10mph winds, wet snow. Resting heart rate All layers keep you warm and dry during the hunt (GORE-TEX® repels water)
11:00 AM Heading home Temp: 30° - 35° Packing up, walking out. Elevated heart rate Remove insulated layer and outer layer (Keeps you from sweating while walking)

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