boondock29510 wrote:I refuse to buy any piece of clothing over $200... Unless it attracted pretty, naked ladies. Then maybe.
Tim Terrell wrote:I finally decided to retire my 15yr old Columbia Wigeon wading jacket after this last waterfowling season.
I was very intrigued with Sitka Gear--based on their Big Game hunting gear reputation--and their new Gore Optifade waterfowl pattern. I suffered through a couple of the wettest hunts I've been on in recent memory last season... and a little light-bulb finally went off after the second morning of being soaking wet.
I'm pushing 59yrs old and I don't care to be soaking wet... and I found myself soaked when my ol Wigeon failed to turn the rains. I was so wet one morning I was standing at 'port-arms' holding my shotgun... and the water had literally puddled at each elbow.
So I decided to invest in what I believe is the best gear on the market. I've got to tell you my Sitka Duck Oven is my go-to jacket... hunting season or not. The thing is so dang warm and versatile I found myself wearing it to work... and the grocery store. I also have the Delta Wading jacket and the features are unlike anything else out there on the market that I've SEEN or handled.
I'm taking a leap of faith on the Gore "Optifade" waterfowl pattern, but it makes sense and I'm a fan of it now... and keep in mind my 'ol Columbia Wigeon was WORLD WAR TWO BROWN. Yes, pretty much a quantum leap for me. I'm impressed by the quality of the materials, the care in which it's all stitched together and all the clever features that tell me they were listening to what duck-hunters wanted.
Is it worth the $$$? So far I would say yes, and my wish list is for more Sitka Gear. If you'd spend $1500 on a top-flight shotgun... why would you skimp on the clothing that keeps you comfortable and dry in the course of your hunts? For me it was easy to connect the dots. I got lucky and found some terrific deals on Sitka Waterfowl gear just as the 2012 season was closing. 25% off, no sales tax and free-shipping (internet) sealed the deal for me.
JWG wrote:Finally got a Cabelas waterfowl. I knew Sitkas were high but $489 for bibs and $489 for jacket!?! Ya get what ya pay for but that doesn't stop barbed wire
sim559 wrote:I automatically now see all Sitka gear as being ~35% less. After the season ends, there are tons of places selling Sitka gear for 30-40% off (Camofire, Santana Outdoors, Kruger Farms, BlackOvis, etc). I even got some stuff 45% off.
These items are most likely close out items that Sitka has replaced with something else. I am sure you cannot find a Sitka item right now at 30% off
When there is a sale I will take 20% off. I also buy closeout items and these are not subject to MAP pricing so these can be sold at any price at any time.
It is hard to say what the difference is without comparing like items under the same conditions. All I know for sure is Sitka spend a lot of time in design and assembly. It the product does not meet their specifications it is destroyed. I am dealer with Sitka Gear and I try my best to be to help my customers get what they want. If they have a problem with the item, I will take it back exchange or refund without any hassles.
As a dealer I feel the need to represent Sitka in the best possible way. I in no way want to tarnish Sitka's reputation.