Who Likes Superior Warmth While Hunting?

Sitka Gear Fanatic with Primaloft 1

Have you ever been in a treestand and your body gets so cold that the tree starts you, the treestand and the entire treestand shaking?! I haven’t had this issue for several years now thanks to PrimaLoft and Sitka Gear.

I am fortunate enough to hunt all year long, even during the cold winter months of November through March. Needless to say, I put some serious hours on stand. This takes a different kind of toughness to endure this kind of cold 15+ feet in the air. What makes this hostile environment worse is trying to draw your bow back after sitting on stand and completely still for several hours. You muscles nearly lock up! If you add wind and or rain, this just increases most hunter’s chances of heading home to watch reruns of their favorite hunting shows on TV.

Some of you are thinking to yourselves, “Yep, that’s me!” So, how do I combat from shivering and nearly falling off stand? Sound the trumpets…the combination of Sitka Gear and PrimaLoft are the vital pieces for me! I have already used the Sitka Gear Fanatic pieces about a dozen sets on stand as I type this and the rut revving up. I have had myriad of weather conditions thus far with mornings in the mid-twenties, to windy, to light rain and heavy wet snow. [Read more…]

Sitka’s Scrambler Series Brings A Youthful Look

Sitka Youth Scrambler Jacket Optifade Open CountryBozeman, MT- Sitka Gear, the industry leader in performance hunting gear, is proud to unveil the Scrambler series jacket and pant, a premium performance set designed specifically for your favorite young hunter. The Scrambler series is a testament of Sitka’s overall passion and commitment for the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts.

The Scrambler jacket’s light insulation will ward off the tykes chill in early mornings and late evenings, yet provide maximum breathability throughout the day. With articulated elbows, a micro-fleece lining, and a functional chest pocket, there’s nothing Sitka left to chance for youngsters. [Read more…]

Archer Xtreme Partners with Optifade

Archer Extreme AXT

The Primal XD delivers precision and performance. AXT changes the performance of a bow sight by strategically combining the low light accuracy with the exclusive Fiber Harness system and Center Core Pin technology.

• A full lifetime warranty on all manufacturer defects.
• Laser marking for horizontal and elevation adjustments.
• Precision micro-adjustment for horizontal and elevation.
• Tool-less lockdown knobs for fast in-the-field adjustments.
• Absolute Zero pin-gap spacing is possible. [Read more…]

Sitka Gear Merino Line Excels in Comfort

Sitka Gear Core Zip T Optifade Open CountryThe Key to Comfort and Odor Resistance Begins With the Merino Line. NAPA, CA – Sitka Gear, has introduced its latest line of high performance gear for the serious hunter, its Merino line. The benefits of Merino Wool have long been appreciated and used in high performance athletic wear and used in activities such as, running, hiking, skiing and cycling. Since this material is naturally odor resistant, it is an ideal fit for hunting. Merino is also excellent at regulating body temperature, especially worn directly against the skin. The wool provides some warmth, without overheating the wearer and also wicks moisture making it comfortable against the skin. [Read more…]

GORE Labs2Woods Blogger Summit Day 4

The morning came early and the last of my deer camp pals gathering all of their gear to catch their early flights back to their homes and we were about a 2 hour drive the Philly airport. I opted to not hunt at all and organize my gear, partake in the beautiful surroundings and reflect on the past few days.

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GORE Labs2Woods Blogger Summit Day 3

We were up early and I was in my stand well before first light. It was a bit cooler where I was hunting with a stronger breeze.  I did see several deer, just not within bow range. But, I still remained very comfortable while on stand. Dennis and John both harvested a very nice bucks this morning.

We headed back to the lodge for some lunch and plan on the evening hunt. It was great to come back and talk with all the attendees about their experiences with the Sitka Gear. It was also great to hear Jeff Simpson’s story of the huge 181” buck he had harvested just days earlier and to get some great tips on deer management.

We headed out for the evening hunt this time I was overlooking a CRP field in a very strip of woods about 5 yards wide. I had a steady breeze in my face all evening and remained comfortable during my  hunt. I had several small bucks and does come within bow range, but opted not to shoot. I hunted until dark and made my way to my pick-up point.

Once back at the lodge, I got changed into street clothes, ate some dinner and continued with the hunting stories and information sharing with the attendees and GORE Associates.  Most of the attendees left that evening, while a few of were leaving the next morning. The lodge owner Travis offered us to stay one more day and partake in the opening day of Goose Hunting or continue deer hunting.

GORE Labs2Woods Blogger Summit Day 2

We were up early, ate a quick breakfast and checked out of the hotel by 7am. We were then shuttled to the GORE facilities in Elkton, Maryland. This is the actual testing and production plant so we were not allowed to take photos. As this is where the process of how Expanded Polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) is made into different laminates.

One of the key “take-a-way” from the GORE Labs2Woods Blogger Summit was learning about the science of ePTFE and the making of garments waterproof and breathable. This science applied to all forms of outerwear. That makes this information is very useful for any outdoor consumer, to assist in making correct garment purchases.

Get out your pocket protectors and prepare for Geekdom! [Read more…]

GORE Labs2Woods Blogger Summit – Day 1

Recently, I was invited by W.L. GORE & Associates to visit their headquarters to attend their first GORE Labs2Woods Blogger Summit. They had an action packed few days for us! I toured the GORE facilities, talked with their engineers, and got to personally test some gear! I even got a 20 minute stint in the Rain Room.

While making the drive north, I couldn’t help from getting stoked about this opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at the GORE Compound and share it will all of you.

The GORE Labs2Woods Blogger Summit was a short and intense deluge of education, entertainment, and laughter with fourteen other outdoor writers and GORE associates. I met with some of my fellow outdoor writers such as Katie Seacat of Seacat Creative,  Marc of NYBowhunter, Rick of 24hourcampfire, Tracy Breen, Fredy of Ammoland just to name a few! Also met with Mark Seacat of Outdoor Life’s Live Hunt, Jeff Simpson of Fence Post Media Group and Colonel Tim O’Neill, a.k.a. the Father of Digital Camouflage.

I did not personally set any expectations, so I could remain open minded and ready to absorb as much as I could. [Read more…]

G5 Bows Feature GORE OPTIFADE

New Line of PRIME™ Bows Available in Concealment Pattern Based on Animal Vision 

Newark, DE – November 17, 2010 – W.L. Gore & Associates, a leading manufacturer of advanced technology products including GORE-TEX® branded products, today announced that G5® Outdoors, a leading manufacturer of premium bows and archery equipment, will offer GORE®OPTIFADE® Concealment in both Open Country and Forest patterns on its newest line of premium PRIME™ bows.  The bows will be available for purchase at retail in time for the Holiday season and the remaining 2010 hunting season.  GORE OPTIFADE Concealment is the first-ever concealment technology based on how animals see, both spatially and colorimetrically.    [Read more…]

Sitka Mountain Gear in GORE OPTIFADE Concealment Now Available!

Sitka GearThe 2009 Sitka Mountain Gear performance layering system of hunting clothes now features the revolutionary GORE OPTIFADE Concealment camouflage, a first-of-its-kind hunting camouflage pattern based on how deer and other hoofed animals see. Also, the extremely effective multi-season camo, Mountain Mimicry is still available. Build using technologies from the mountaineering industry, Sitka Mountain Gear is sure to improve your hunt. By utilizing performance driven fabrics and construction techniques in a true layering system, Sitka Gear excels in the most diverse and challenging range of hunting conditions.

This is awesome and painful at the sametime! Now you can view it online, but the wait for the shipment continues…

You can pre-order the Sitka Mountain Gear in GORE OPTIFADE Concealment Sitka Gear.