Is Sitka Worth It?

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Re: Is Sitka Worth It?

Postby Terrapin » Fri Dec 25, 2020 10:17 pm

I started with Dakota Vest, then Dakota hat, then Duck Oven coat. This year for Christmas, I got (bought) the Delta wading jacket and Dakota pants. I suppose I spend a couple hundred every year. I hate being cold. I’m out about 50 days a year in wet and cold N Idaho. Sitka always functions as advertised and seems to hold up well. I can afford it, and I don’t like to feel like my gear limited my enjoyment of my days out hunting.

I took a guy hunting this fall on a pretty nice day. He made fun of my Sitka vest and coat. He’s poor and has limited earning potential, so I understand his objections. But then he wanted to quit at 9:30 because he was cold. So politeness caused me to quit as well. That’s unforgivable.

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Re: Is Sitka Worth It?

Postby OGblackcloud » Sat Dec 26, 2020 6:31 am

You're a jerk
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Re: Is Sitka Worth It?

Postby Madhook » Sat Dec 26, 2020 7:28 am

I always tell anyone that hunts with me that we are going to hunt till I am ready to go. I drive 2 hours from my home to the marina then a 30 min boat ride to my perfered spot. I also keep a blanket and small tarp in the boat should someone need it to warm up.

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Re: Is Sitka Worth It?

Postby HNTFSH » Sat Dec 26, 2020 7:34 am

I'll quit when it's really cold or I'm really cold but I am never cold when there's birds.
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Re: Is Sitka Worth It?

Postby kahunna » Sat Dec 26, 2020 11:03 am

I think...whoops, thought this was a deer hunting thread...sorry, carry on.

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Re: Is Sitka Worth It?

Postby dduckman » Sat Dec 26, 2020 2:04 pm

I own zero sitka waterfowl gear, have several base layers and jackets for mountain archery hunts, the stuff fits me like a glove and is warm and very functional. I got all mine on sale or even slightly used.

Well worth it to me.

As far as there waders go, I would just buy USIA for half the price, I assume they make Sitkas waders but have no idea really?
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Re: Is Sitka Worth It?

Postby aclumpkin » Tue Dec 29, 2020 12:24 pm

I haven't been on DHC in a while but years ago, this question came up quite a bit. I am sure if you search on it, you will find quite a few posts that I made about it.

The high majority of what I hunt in is Sitka. The year that they introduced their waterfowl line, a friend who had a Duck Oven let me borrow his for a few hunts. I bought one soon after. In years two and onward, I steadily added pieces. As others have mentioned, many pieces I added were after season deals at at least 30% off. Some pieces I got for 50% off.

Are they expensive? Yes. Are they worth it? In my opinion, they are if you wait and do not pay retail.

I will also add:
- I do not own their waders. I love my Cabela's breathables too much.
- In my opinion, their outerwear is better than their inner layers. I have not had great luck with their thermals and gloves. But the coats: Hudson, Duck Oven, Dakota vest, Parka, etc are amazing! If you were to try Sitka Gear (or are looking to start a collection), I would start with the outerwear first.

One of the main reasons why I like Sitka Gear the most is the company. I have never had any issues with any of their gear over the last 5 or so years until last year. One of the pockets on my Hudson jacket started to delaminate. I called Sitka, expecting them to tell me that it was well passed the warranty and I would have to come out of pocket. Nope. They nicely told me: we will send a box, you put your old coat in it and send it back, and we will send you a brand new Hudson, free of charge. And they did just that. (I will say that I like the older Hudson version better, but that is for another day.)
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Re: Is Sitka Worth It?

Postby Woodiewhacker82 » Wed Dec 30, 2020 7:58 pm

I don’t care about the cost or the quality it’s the tackiest looking camo I’ve ever seen.
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