UmatillaJeff wrote:So when you ask a guy how he likes his new Sitka coat he always has a predicable response as nobody likes to admit a high dollar buying mistake.
So with that in mind... How does the rainproof ability of Sitka gear compare with what you guys used before Sitka gear and what models have you owned and what are your opinions of this gear.
nitram wrote:Before I ended up with a bunch of Sitka gear in early last Fall, my main hunting clothes had been Columbia/GoreTex Horicon Parka, Bibs, and a Omni Widgeon Jacket. I was fortunate to win a contest where I selected a Sitka Duck Oven, Wader Jacket, Merino Gloves, Gaitor, and a Beanie. I immediately learned I had to dress differently under the Sitka. I'd always worn a t-shirt under a chamois shirt and maybe even a hoodie with the Columbia. With the Sitka, I was way over-dressed. A Heat Gear LS Henley was enough under the Duck Oven, either moving or sedentary, for Alberta and the Montana opener. While in Ohio, right after Thanksgiving, I bought a Boreal Parka and a set of Pantanal Bibs. Considering the excellent service I'd received from the Duck Oven and Wader Jacket I figured the parka and bibs would do as well if not better. And I wasn't wrong. In mid-January I was hunting on the Tennessee River and it rained, sleeted, and snowed one day before turning nasty the next. The temps were from -5 to 7*F. that day with a stiff North wind and I wore a HG Henley, a Wooley Pully, and the Duck Oven/Wader Jacket and Waders. And seriously, I was very comfortable. In all, I hunted over 80 days last season and as most in the midwest and mid-south can attest, we had a pretty crappy winter, at least weather-wise. Everything I've worn and worked in from Sitka has performed flawlessly. They're as waterproof as anything I've ever worn and as user friendly (as in washing and drying them) as a man could ask for.
In all honesty, I probably would not have bought the Duck Oven and Wader Jacket at the prices they were fetching earlier, without being able to try them out. I was seriously looking into Stormr considering my experience with Neoprene. It's no secret that we used to wear scuba shorties while hunting in extremely cold weather as it really keeps your core warm, but that's for another story. But I caught a lucky break and won the Sitka gear. I will say my experience with the Duck Oven convinced me to buy the Parka and Bibs.
So to answer the original question: Are they waterproof; Yes. As much as any garment I've ever worn. Are they warm; Yes. I'd even say toasty. You'll have to learn more about layering and adjust to your specific needs. Are they functional; Yes. Pockets galore and everything fits. It took a little adjusting to the "tightness" but no snagging, swishing, or binding. Is it worth the cost; Yes. I think it's an all-out performer and the direction hunting gear is headed. I'm of the age where I'm not gonna put up with leaky waders nor pretty colored but cold clothing. That ship sailed a long time ago. Customer Service; I haven't had to use it.
I wore Sitka Gear exclusively all season. As you've read, I have zero complaints except for the costs. But they're slowly coming down. If you're on the fence about buying some, I hope this post can ease your anxiety. It's a big leap to shell out the coin but I'll close this mini version of War & Peace by simply stating not once last season was I disappointed in the performance of the Sitka Gear.
Hope this helps,
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