Sitka Gear Turns Fowl

 

Sitka Gear Marsh Waterfowl

It’s hard to believe that Sitka Gear could revolutionize yet another hunting gear segment! They have teamed up with GORE once again to develop an OPTIFADE pattern for the waterfowl hunter, yes that’s right I said, “waterfowl hunter”! Like OPTIFADE Open Country and Forest, GORE OPTIFADE Marsh pattern is a digital concealment, not mimicry. Rather than trying to make the hunter look like something, the pattern’s intent is to make the hunter appear to be nothing to the animal.  The OPTIFADE pattern is designed for the ground use for all waterfowl hunting. The Marsh pattern is detailed as possible to confuse bird vision.  

The science behind the development of the OPTIFADE Marsh pattern is completely different of that of Open Country and Forest. There are a few important notes in the development in the OPTIFADE Marsh pattern is that humans and ungulates both need to be stationary in order to focus on an object. Waterfowl on the other hand, are moving most of their time. Think of it as if you are driving down the road in your car, you can see the for sale on that  house, but you can’t read the realtors name and phone number. Waterfowl are constantly scanning the ground below for food and to see if anything is out of place. They can pick off blinds in the marsh, fence rows, corn fields and the like. So, the Marsh pattern was developed with the waterfowl eye for scanning  while it’s flying overhead. Waterfowl hunting is done in a high contrast environment.  Skylight from the horizon, or light reflected from the water surface will shine through gaps in rushes creating concentrated light spots.  GORE OPTIFADE Marsh pattern is high contrast to be consistent with the environment, and includes elements that are light in color and elements that are darker in color. The other note is that waterfowl have a 300* field of view, so the engineers at GORE needed to keep that in mind during development.

The Sitka Gear Marsh line will have an extensive line for your upcoming waterfowl seasons. We have provided an overview below on this exciting lineup:

Sitka Gear Traverse Zip-T

TRAVERSE ZIP-T
Tight woven jersey face
Micro fleece backer
Deep center front zip
4-way stretch
Thumb loops
TECHNOLOGY: Anti-microbial treatment
FABRIC DETAILS: Super stretch polyester knit
Sizes: S-3XL
Retail: $99

Sitka Gear Kelvin Jacket

KELVIN JACKET
Hardshell exterior for better durability
Lined collar
High heat-to-weight ratio
Packable
Tightly woven polyester face
170g/m2 PrimaLoft Insulation
Sizes: M-XXL
Retail: $229

Sitka Gear Dakota Vest

DAKOTA VEST
Similar to the Jetstream Jacket
WINDSTOPPER
2 Hand pockets, 2 Chest pockets
Micro grid backer
Sizes: M-3XL
Retail: $169

Sitka Gear Duck Oven Jacket

DUCK OVEN JACKET
2 Hand pockets, 1 Chest pocket
Thumb loops
Easily tuck able lower fabric
Tight woven jersey face
WINDSTOPPER
PrimaLoft
Sizes: M-3XL
Retail: $249

Sitka Gear Delta Wading Jacket

DELTA WADING JACKET
Super lightweight
GORE-TEX
2 Chest pockets, 2 Shell pockets
Magnet pocket lids to keep the pockets open for easy access to your pockets for get more shotgun shells
Functional hood
Water sealing cuffs
Sizes: M-3XL
Retail: $369

Sitka Gear Hudson Insulated Jacket

HUDSON INSULATED JACKET
2 Chest pockets, 2 Shell pockets
GORE-TEX
PrimaLoft Sport 130 G/M2
Sizes: M-3XL
Retail: $399

Sitka Gear Pantanal Parka

PANTANAL PARKA
Micro fleece lining
Pit zips
2 Chest pockets, 2 Shell pockets
Magnet pocket lids to keep the pockets open for easy access to your pockets for get more shotgun shells
GORE-TEX
Sizes: M-3XL
Retail: $469

Sitka Gear Pantanal Bib

PANTANAL BIB
Micro fleece lining
Full side zips
6 functional pockets
Reinforced knees and seat
GORE-TEX
Sizes: M-3XL
Retail: $489

Sitka Gear Delta Deek Glove

DELTA DEEK GLOVE
Elastic wrist
Draw cinch cord
Removable liner
GORE-TEX
Gauntlet style allows you to keep your gloves on during setting and removing your decoys in icy waters
Sizes: M-XL
Retail: $169

Sitka Gear Traverse Glove

TRAVERSE GLOVE
4-way stretch
Tight woven jersey face
Micro fleece backer
Anti-microbial
Sizes: M-XL
Retail: $30

Sitka Gear Hudson Lobster Mitt

HUDSON LOBSTER MITT
Elastic wrist
Draw cinch cord
GORE-TEX
PrimaLoft 130 grams
Gauntlet style allows you to keep your gloves on during setting and removing your decoys in icy waters
Sizes: M-XL
Retail: $159

Sitka Gear Pantanal Glove

PANTANAL GLOVE
Low loft fleece lining
Leather palms
GORE-TEX
Sizes: M-XL
Retail: $99

Sitka Gear Dakota Beanie

 DAKOTA BEANIE
4 Way stretch
Micro check backer
WINDSTOPPER
Sizes: OSFM
Retail: $25

Sitka Gear Hudson Hat

HUDSON HAT
Adjustable back buckle
GORE-TEX
Functional earflaps
Sizes: OSFM
Retail: $69

Sitka Gear Pantanal Cap

PANTANAL CAP
Lightweight
2-Way Stretch
Welded seams
GORE-TEX
Sizes: OSFM
Retail: $39

Sitka Gear Traverse Balaclava

TRAVERSE BALACLAVA
4 way stretch
Micro fleece backer
Sizes: OSFM
Retail: $39

Sitka Gear Full Choke Pack

FULL CHOKE PACK
VOLUME: 1700 cubic inches
FABRIC DETAILS: Soft Shell Fabric
Sizes: OSFM
Retail: $189

Sitka Gear Half Choke Pack

HALF CHOKE PACK
VOLUME: 1200 cubic inches
FABRIC DETAILS: Soft Shell Fabric
Sizes: OSFM
Retail: $169

 

The line is expected to ship from Sitka Gear to me in early July. Be the first on your waterfowl set to have the Sitka Gear Marsh, Sitka Gear

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  • Rudy!! This is really cool…I didn’t get to see all the other pieces until I just looked at this….the vest, the traverse, the hats, gloves, …. AWESOME!!!!

    • Chad, we are glad you like the gear! I look forward to receiving some pics of you in your Sitka Gear in Marsh pattern with some waterfowl!

  • Thanks for posting this spread of the new gear coming out. The video, like anything by Sitka Films or F2, is nothing short but inspiring..

    • windedbowhunter

      No problem on spreading the word on the best gear in the world! Jeff and F2 have raised the bar once again with their creative eyes!