You Are Nothing In GORE OPTIFADE

I have been using the GORE OPTIFADE Concealment patterns for a few years now. By now most of you have seen or at least have heard of Ortifade. There are 3 GORE OPTIFADE Concealment patters as you read this. There is the OPTIFADE Open Country, OPTIFADE Forest and OPTIFADE Marsh which will be released in or around June. On this article we will primarily focus on the OPTIFADE Forest pattern, which was designed specifically for treestand hunters. But, if you are interested in the OPTIFADE Marsh pattern, you get more information here. [Read more…]

GORE OPTIFADE Concelament Marsh Pattern

W.L. GORE Associates

Elkton, MD  W.L. Gore & Associates, a leading manufacturer of advanced technology products including GORE-TEX branded products, today announced that it has developed GORE OPTIFADE Concealment Marsh Pattern.  The pattern is the third science-based GORE OPTIFADE pattern, and the first to be optimized for hunting waterfowl.  The pattern is available on gear from Beretta and Sitka, which will debut at the January, 2012 SHOT Show in Las Vegas.  Gear will be available at retail for consumers in the summer of 2012.

Our aim is to create the most scientifically advanced technologies to help hunters maximize their performance in the field and improve the outcome of their hunt, commented David Dillon, Hunting Category Leader at W.L.Gore & Associates. GORE OPTIFADE is the only concealment technology based on the science of animal vision, engagement distance and angles of attack.  We are thrilled to now offer that technology to another group of dedicated hunters the millions who hunt waterfowl.  [Read more…]

Sitka Gear’s Incinerator Line Continues Evolution

Sitka GearBozeman, MT. Sitka Gear, has introduced the Incinerator Muff for 2011 to compliment the Incinerator line of products. Staying mentally sharp is always critical for success, thinking about how cold your hands are can destroy mental acuity completely. High heat to weight ratio synthetic insulation paired with Gore Windstopper protection keeps your hands toasty when the wind chill dips and maintains the dexterity needed to allow you to not only make that shot of the season, but also keep you safer as you climb in and out the stand. [Read more…]

GORE Optifade Available on New Gear for 2011


Newark, DE  January 6, 2011  W.L. Gore & Associates, a leading manufacturer of advanced technology products including GORE-TEX branded products, today announced that three new partners will offer hunting gear featuring GORE OPTIFADE Concealment patterns in 2011. Backpacks from Mystery Ranch, bow sights and stabilizers from Archer Xtreme and arrow rests from Trophy Taker will all feature Gore’s scientifically-formulated concealment patterns based on animal vision.

Visual concealment based on animal vision is the most advanced concealment option for the serious athlete hunter, and we are proud to expand our partner base to offer GORE OPTIFADE patterns on an even greater variety of gear, commented David Dillon, Hunting Category Leader at W.L. Gore & Associates. We selectively partner with companies that share our commitment to improving outcomes in the field and will continue to find superior products to feature the OPTIFADE pattern  providing a total gear solution for those focused on performance. [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…]

Do You Know Gore?


I’ve been invited to a multi-day blogger summit at the W.L. GORE facility.  This to get a behind the scenes look at the GORE Campus and some scientific education on their products. Some of the products that you may know:


So, if you have any questions that you would like for me to ask them, share them here! The questions can be on the development of the camouflage pattern, the company’s carbon footprint to what’s next from GORE.

Just post your question here on my blog by Tuesday (11.17.10), I will relay the top questions and post replies here for you!


Changing the Game Pro Tips From GORE

The team at GORE, have put together a useful hunting related tips video. Mark Seacat’s advice is great, as he speaks to his lightweight sleeping system for backcountry hunts. Pete Buttschardt‘s advice is well received for after a successful harvest of game.