Thoughts on Sitka Water fowl gear

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Re: Thoughts on Sitka Water fowl gear

Postby Frylock » Tue Dec 10, 2013 4:29 pm

Yuchi1 wrote:BTW, I have no bias for or against Sitka apparel.

However, for a garment to be manufactured in a country long known for "sub-par" craftsmanship and yet be advertised as "premium" quality seems to be somewhat of an oxymoron.

Can't argue with that.
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Re: Thoughts on Sitka Water fowl gear

Postby vincentpa » Tue Dec 10, 2013 6:02 pm

You can't see me. I'm wearing Sitka gear. Lol! I shot two limits of mallards over the last two weekends wearing a mix of camo with none of it Sitka. I was warm dry and richer because of it.


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Re: Thoughts on Sitka Water fowl gear

Postby sim559 » Fri Dec 13, 2013 12:13 pm

A review from a customer that bought a Sitka Gear System
Here is a list of items: Incinerator hat, jacket and bib, Core bottom and top, Traverse bottom and top, neck gator, balaclava face mask, and Stratus gloves.
Was hunting for 7 days with others in -30 with snow falling some of the time. Had a warm cabin to stay in overnight.
His remarks “Stayed warm and dry, Sitka Gear fit trim. Others that were wearing other brands, looked like puff balls. His only problem were Stratus gloves conducted the cold to his hand and he wished Sitka Gear made socks”.
So when hunting in the cold , use layers and the right outer wear for the conditions and have a good hunt
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Re: Thoughts on Sitka Water fowl gear

Postby BurnettGunner » Fri Dec 13, 2013 12:23 pm

My beer gut can't fit inside that tapered Sitka vest I bought.
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Re: Thoughts on Sitka Water fowl gear

Postby aclumpkin » Fri Dec 13, 2013 12:25 pm

sim559 wrote:Stratus gloves conducted the cold to his hand

That is really my only complaint against all of the Sitka Gear... their gloves. I have the merino wool liners and the Optifade Traverse gloves. The merino liners are ok but the Traverse gloves aren't overly warm and don't get them wet at all, they are a real pain to dry out. I have not tried the Decoy gloves though. Overall, the gloves are below average in my opinion and I will definitely look elsewhere for gloves until Sitka comes out with better options.
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Re: Thoughts on Sitka Water fowl gear

Postby bighop » Fri Dec 20, 2013 7:42 am

Anyone used the Delta jacket over a duck oven? What did you think?

I have a duck oven, but I'm looking for a lighter, waterproof layer. If I could use the Delta over the duck oven on really cold, wet days, that's even better.

Someone said earlier it doesn't matter if you're down in TX and it's 60deg, but I'd say the layering matters a lot more down here when a hunt starts at 29deg and ends at 65deg, and sometimes vice versa. Windblocking is also really important on those 30mph trips across the bay in an airboat with salt spray....
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Thoughts on Sitka Water fowl gear

Postby Luvbowhuntn » Fri Dec 20, 2013 8:30 am

sim559 wrote:A review from a customer that bought a Sitka Gear System
Here is a list of items: Incinerator hat, jacket and bib, Core bottom and top, Traverse bottom and top, neck gator, balaclava face mask, and Stratus gloves.
Was hunting for 7 days with others in -30 with snow falling some of the time. Had a warm cabin to stay in overnight.
His remarks “Stayed warm and dry, Sitka Gear fit trim. Others that were wearing other brands, looked like puff balls. His only problem were Stratus gloves conducted the cold to his hand and he wished Sitka Gear made socks”.
So when hunting in the cold , use layers and the right outer wear for the conditions and have a good hunt



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Re: Thoughts on Sitka Water fowl gear

Postby aclumpkin » Fri Dec 20, 2013 10:28 am

bighop wrote:Anyone used the Delta jacket over a duck oven? What did you think?

I have a duck oven, but I'm looking for a lighter, waterproof layer. If I could use the Delta over the duck oven on really cold, wet days, that's even better.

Someone said earlier it doesn't matter if you're down in TX and it's 60deg, but I'd say the layering matters a lot more down here when a hunt starts at 29deg and ends at 65deg, and sometimes vice versa. Windblocking is also really important on those 30mph trips across the bay in an airboat with salt spray....

I own and use both. Here is what I do (my layers): 1. Merino wool uppers and lowers, 2. Traverse uppers and lowers, 3. Kelvin Pants and Duck Oven jacket (if I need them). Then I put my waders on over all of that. I always throw either my Delta or Hudson in the truck / blind bag. If if starts to rain or I need extra layers, I just put either on. Early season in NC, I leave the Hudson at home and the Delta is always in my bag. I have hunted before with no Duck Oven and just had the Traverse top and waders over it before. Works great for the early season. I still will throw in my Delta Wading jacket in case it rains.

One nice thing about Sitka imo is that whatever size you are, you are. What I mean is that I am an XL. So everything I buy is an XL. Therefore, I am not buying XL Traverse stuff and then having to buy a XXL Hudson to fit over it. The entire clothing line is designed so that an XL Hudson will fit over and XL Traverse and XL Duck Oven. I plenty of times had on (for my upper body), the merino wool top, Traverse top, Duck Oven, and Hudson jacket and absolutely do not feel like a huge marshmallow that cannot move. One of the big reasons I really like Sitka gear... it all fits together so well.

Sorry for the minor rambling. To answer your question, all of the pieces in the Sitka Gear waterfowl line work extremely well together.
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Re: Thoughts on Sitka Water fowl gear

Postby aclumpkin » Fri Dec 20, 2013 10:35 am

Oh, and from my experience, here is how I rate / rank the different jackets with how warm they are. If it is around freezing out:
- I can wear the Delta as an outer shell and be ok as long as I have a some other layers underneath.
- I can wear the Hudson with one or two layers underneath and be very warm.
- I can wear the Kelvin jacket (technically a layer jacket but I have worn as an outer jacket before) with a t-shirt underneath and while sitting still I am very toasty. Start to move around, I start to sweat. It is one extremely warm jacket and probably needs to be used for only people who have problems staying warm or for hunts up north where is gets much colder than in the teens like in NC.
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