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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Re: Thoughts on Sitka Water fowl gear

Postby Bosco11 » Wed Oct 28, 2015 10:07 am

I have the traverse zip t and the Dakota vest and I absolutely love them. I have spent a lot of money over the years on waterfowl gear and actually think you will save by just buying Sitka from the start. Don't get me wrong I have found other pieces here and there I like, but overall they are the best. I see plenty of people buying Filson that is just as pricey and it is nowhere near the quality it once was.

I hope to own a duck oven and delta wading jacket in the near future. The layering system is something I caught on to back in college and is absolutely crucial here in Louisiana. You think it doesn't get cold here, come sit with me on a wet and windy 25 degree day and it will cut you to the bone. That afternoon the sun may pop out and be 65, you better have some layers to shed.
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Re: Thoughts on Sitka Water fowl gear

Postby kbooger » Thu Oct 29, 2015 9:19 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


-30? Is that temp or windchill? It's really uncommon to get snow at -10 or under since there's no humidity at all.

A gun out in that weather will conduct cold through gloves (I don't care what kind or brand). So will an aluminum boat.

I always wonder what kind of hunting was done in -30. I went out grouse hunting one time in -15 and for the first hour it was pretty damn cold, but after that it I warmed up and it was ok. Hard to be out on a lake or river when it is -30 since that usually means a complete ice over. And the type of hunting is important. In a layout blind you are already shielded from the cold/wind quite a bit. If you're walking around, you're naturally going to be warmer.
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Re: Thoughts on Sitka Water fowl gear

Postby sim559 » Thu Oct 29, 2015 9:42 am

Hi lived in FL and was hunting deer or moose up North during the Polar vortex out brake. he said he no problem staying warm.
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Re: Thoughts on Sitka Water fowl gear

Postby xrated » Thu Oct 29, 2015 10:37 am

Sitting still at -30 not sure I buy that he didn't get cold.


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Re: Thoughts on Sitka Water fowl gear

Postby sim559 » Thu Oct 29, 2015 10:52 am

He sent me pictures had a big smile on his face.
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Re: Thoughts on Sitka Water fowl gear

Postby xrated » Thu Oct 29, 2015 11:56 am

Well heck I can smile at -30 or even -40. Doesn't mean I'm comfy and enjoying life.


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Re: Thoughts on Sitka Water fowl gear

Postby sim559 » Thu Oct 29, 2015 12:02 pm

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Re: Thoughts on Sitka Water fowl gear

Postby Yuchi1 » Thu Oct 29, 2015 12:50 pm

IMO, for the pricing differential, Sitka apparel should last 3-4X longer than less expensive items, only time will tell.
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Re: Thoughts on Sitka Water fowl gear

Postby TXducksanddeer » Sun Nov 01, 2015 12:14 pm

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 have both. The delta is extremely waterproof. I tried it out recently in these downpours we've been having a lot lately and stayed completely dry. Also very breathalble and light. I could definitely wear it throughout the whole Texas waterfowl season by layering underneath accordingly.
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Re: Thoughts on Sitka Water fowl gear

Postby kbooger » Tue Nov 03, 2015 9:04 am

xrated wrote:Sitting still at -30 not sure I buy that he didn't get cold.


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I don't either, hell at -30 it hurts to breathe. And if he said he wished Sitka made socks, he got cold.

Guy could've been hunting an elevated, heated house of a treestand for all we know.
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Re: Thoughts on Sitka Water fowl gear

Postby Gunnysway » Thu Nov 05, 2015 11:25 am

-30 is cold. Too cold to not be cold just sitting in a stand. I love Sitka, but its hard to believe he was even comfortable at that temp. Could he have been? Maybe... but that's pretty freaking cold.
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