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Sitka Gear

Clothing condusive to hunting deer in Texas just doesn't work well in the mountains of the west. Looking for that optimal layering system for a 1st rifle season elk hunt in north central Colorado. Looking at Sitka Gear. Any thoughts?

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You don't have to get very

You don't have to get very fancy to hunt elk or deer here in Colorado.  I have found that hunting in Levi's for over 40 years to be just fine.  Now if you want to get some pants that are water repellent that would be fine.  Other than that I pack a set of rain gear in case it starts to rain or even snow.  As far as layering, it doesn't bother me to wear insulated drawers all day up in the hills even during the summer.  But for the tops all I usually have on is a T shirt with a flannel shirt over that.  I will wear or have with me a sweatshirt and a lightweight orange vest if I am not wearing a orange shirt. 

There are times now days when I look at all the fancy new fabrics and clothes that you can buy just to go hunting and wonder just how we did it when I first started hunting in the 60's.  Not to mention when my dad and grandfather did it.  That along with the price of the new stuff makes me scratch my head sometimes.   

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Critter wrote:

There are times now days when I look at all the fancy new fabrics and clothes that you can buy just to go hunting and wonder just how we did it when I first started hunting in the 60's.  Not to mention when my dad and grandfather did it.  That along with the price of the new stuff makes me scratch my head sometimes.   

Yeah I agree.  There are a lot of good products out there on the market these days, but also a whole lot of unessesary and way overpriced stuff.  Most of my hunting clothing is pretty basic stuff.  The only specialised gear that I have for hunting is my waterfowl gear.  Beyond that, both my upland and biggame clothes are pretty much the same, only difference is the amount I wear given the temperature outside.

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Sitka gear is pretty pricey

Sitka gear is pretty pricey stuff and as such I don't own any or tried it out. 

I hunt Colorado pretty much all seasons and weather, Wyoming, and like you Texas every year now. The same clothes go with me everywhere. Just the layer system increases or decreases as the weather requires.

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I am considering getting a

I am considering getting a bunch of Sitka Gear,  http://www.longrangehunting.com/store/sitka-gear-clothing.html

 

Aside from the cast/value debate, I wonder if it performs well.

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Most stuff sold in stores is

Most stuff sold in stores is designed to seperate the money from the wallet.

That is not to say that the product is not worth what you pay for it, as often it is. It just depends on one's priorities. I have waterproof jackets but need something to keep my lower half dry in wet weather, hence my looking at various clothing.

My priorities dictate that I keep more green stuff in my wallet than Sitka gear. I'm sure it works very well and has features not found in jeans, Carhart, or other various assorted work/outdoor wear. Camo that works well in a desert location often doesn't work as well in an alpine environment. That's why I like to look for things that break up the human outline over dedicated camo patterns. I've been impressed with Natural Gear stuff and for me it's priced more accordingly.

Some of the advantages of the higher priced stuff is water resistance, weight, and scent control. If those are things you're concerned about have at it. Me, my big concern is water repellancy this year and so I'll look for a pair of pants to put over my jeans when needed.

With all the new "must have" camo patterns and features it makes me wonder how my ancestors ever put food on the table years ago.

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I have been hunting for 28 years and I have used a camo from numerous vendors and at numerous price points. This past year and a half I have been using Sitka. (NO I DO NOT WORK FOR OR SALE THIS PRODUCT). I am a Mountain Tech which is a closed program put out by Gore-Tex to a selection of avid outdoorsmen. This allowed me access to Sitkas line of Gore-Tex products. They are very high quality and hold up to the elements and terrain very well. I have personally bought many non Gore-Tex items from Sitka also to round out my needs. They have top notch baselayers and packs. They have 3 patterns for hunting all types of game-- waterfowl, forrest and open country. They are high end items but I feel very worth it. Look into Gore-Tex warranty it is second to none.

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Glad you love you Sitka Camo.

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Don't waste your money

In my opinion, for what it's worth, don't waste your money on Sitka. If you are looking for high end hunting gear you should check out KUIU. The company is run by the same guy who built Sitka before selling it. Their products are nicer than Sitka and cheaper because they only sell online. Just my 2 cents.

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