The 2017 line of Sitka Gear products are available and for sale right now, and you’ll find the widest selection at 1800Gear.com.
Sitka Gear takes a comprehensive approach to designing hunting clothing. They select high-performance materials, utilize the best clothing technologies like Gore-Tex, Windstopper, PrimaLoft, and Polygiene, and deploy them in strategic combinations to address various hunting situations. For more on Sitka Gear Technology, check out The Technology Of Sitka Gear.
Let’s take a closer look at several of the top Sitka Gear hunting products for 2017, starting with the newest pattern Subalpine.
The Sitka Gear Gore Optifade Subalpine pattern is the newest addition to the already loaded Sitka Gear hunting clothing line, and it addresses an important big game hunting scenario that many encounter. Subalpine is designed for ground level stalking and ambushing game, and it is specialized for close engagement distance, generally 50 yards or less. The pattern has green elements and it works best in terrain with lush vegetation, above the plains but below the tree line. Subalpine is perfect for bow hunters after big game, but it works just as well for rifle hunters who utilize stalking strategies in lush vegetation.
The flagship apparel line in Subalpine is the Ascent Series, and it is all brand new for 2017. Sitka Gear Ascent clothing is perfect for hunters who work hard to stalk and ambush big game. It is warm weather gear well-suited for the moderate temperatures that come with early season big game hunts. Ascent clothing is lightweight and breathable, and it is designed to keep you cool after a period of intense activity common in mountain terrain. Ascent apparel utilizes four-way stretch nylon fabric for silent performance in the field, and each item is treated with Polygiene® to keep hunters fresh and odor-free all day long. All items in the Ascent line are fast drying so unexpected rain or a splash from the creek doesn’t leave you soaked all day.
The Ascent Line consists of the following items, best utilized together:
Another valuable addition to the Subalpine series comes in the Sitka Gear Flash Pullover. This minimalist pullover shell is outfitted with Windstopper Technology and a DWR finish to fight unexpected wind and rain respectively. The Flash Pullover packs easily into backpack storage pockets when not in use. Taped seams ensure water stays out and a zippered chest pocket stores essential gear when not in use. This is a great backup shell for hunts when inclement weather threatens.
Sitka Gear has developed a new raingear system for 2017 in the Thunderhead Series jacket, pant and gaiter. Built to be easily deployed when the skies open up, Stika Thunderhead rain gear is minimalist and packs away when not needed.
The Sitka Gear Thunderhead Jacket is 100% waterproof and features Gore-Tex technology and a brushed polyester knit face and backer for silent performance in the field. Tapered arms keep the jacket from interfering with bow draws or shots, and a draw string hood keeps the rain off your head without obstructing your view.
Sitka Gear Thunderhead Pants accompany the jacket for complete waterproof performance in the field. Of particular note in the Thunderhead Pants are full-side zips for easy on/off, even without standing up. The Thunderhead Pant utilizes the same 100% waterproof Gore-Tex material sandwiched between polyester stretch knit material like the jacket.
Built to provide an additional layer of waterproof protection at the vulnerable junction of the pant and boot, Thunderhead GTX Gaiters are specially designed for stealth in the field. Zip sides ensure the gaiters stay put unlike Velcro attachments, and a cable strap attachement under the boot provides stealthy performance in noisy brush unlike thick nylon straps and buckles found in most gaiters.