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I always wondered if Sitka stuff lived up to the press that it gets. Well, I was at Cabelas getting a new pair of skins and decided to check out the Bargin Cave. I spotted some Sitka stuff and needed a pair of colder weather pants. They had a pair of Status Elevaded Optifade. The tag had been marked down to 190 bucks, but that was more than I wanted to spend so I asked if they could do better. The sales girl checked and said they could do 140 so I walked out with them. They seem well made, but time will tell.
 

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Dang, I haven't been watching the Cave, and that's what I was looking for! Darn you...lol.

I have some Sitka stuff and I like it. It's pricey, but I like it. I have some Traverse layers, some Downpour pants, and a Fanatic jacket. All are great. I am stuck in limbo with a hodgepodge because I refuse to pay full retail, so I only buy when I can get it at a really good price.

At the type of pricing you paid, I think it's worth it. At rack price, no.
 

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<span style="font-weight: bold"> I've bought most of my Sitka gear off of EBAY...As is with most buying, timing is everything.

I bought allot of my gear used, during Jan., Feb., & Mar. A good example of buying in Feb....yielded me a Fanatic jacket & bibs, worn twice for 385.00 shipped, in a buy it now deal...

After season sales = big savings...

Well worth the $$$ spent, in my opinion...</span>
 

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I used the pants a good bit during rifle and some of the colder morning during archery. They are really a well made product and have good layout of pockets and such. I just can't get over the fact that they list for crazy money, but are made in some sweat shop in China.
 

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Try KUIU. I had Sitka but decided against it when I found KUIU. Same owner/inventor except he sold Sitka off after it got real big. The KUIU is way better priced cause he sells it himself with no mark up to gouge his customers. The KUIU is definitely worth every penny.
 

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I recently looked at the Sitka Gear line of clothing at the new Field & Stream store near Camp Hill, PA.. After really taking a very close look at the coats and all they had to include heavy bibs and coats I gotta say I am VERY unimpressed with the garments. Way and I mean WAY over priced made in China clothing.
My hard earned money will not be buying ANY of the Sitka Gear stuff mainly because I feel that after looking at it and it's over all materials and quality or lack there of--for the asking prices I saw somebody is getting rich because the mark up has to be absolutely horrific. Cheap materials for high prices--No thanks.
 

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Well, I guess I'm the lone odd ball...won't be the first/last time.


I like Sitka. I have some of their stuff, and I have not paid retail for any of it. Careful online shopping can get it for anywhere from 40-60 percent off shelf price. Used correctly, and if shopped carefully, you can be extremely comfortable for not a ton of cash.

For example, I think their Traverse layers are awesome as a second layer over my merino wool base layer. The Traverse stuff is light, wicking, and adds some insulation. When I was hunting mulies in Nebraska, it was about 45 and pleasant, but with the wind, my merino sweater wasn't quite cutting it, but my jacket was too much. I got the Traverse layer off, switched it to go OVER the merino sweater, which then cut the wind and was super comfortable. The Traverse top and bottom each retail at like $100-$135, I think. That's just stupid. I got the top for $35 and the bottoms for $40, which are what you'd pay for any other similar item elsewhere, and the Sitka stuff does exactly what I want. I had to be ok with mismatched camo patterns, but I've never understood camo on layers/underwear styled cloting to begin with. The top, yeah, I get that, but the bottoms????? lol

I have a Fanatic bib/coat set that should cost over $700, I paid well under half that. It is very, very nice. I've used a little, although this warm winter hasn't called for it much. I had the temps in the single digits we usually see in flintlock season in mind when I bought it. Two weeks here yet for flintlock season, but the 10 day doesn't show any frigid temps, so it's not likely we'll see them this year. I did wear it when temps were in the low 20's in the morning with not many layers underneath and was really warm and comfortable. Better than anything else I've had so far, at least.

So yea, I like it. I don't buy it exclusively....meaning I get other brands for things I find are better bought else were. I have Core4Element merino base layers, I use Cabela's and Browning for socks, wool glomitts from I don't know what brand, etc etc.....but I like the Sitka stuff I have, and between Camofire and Ebay and other sources, I got a LOT cheaper than most think it can be had.
 

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I'm not happy that Sitka gear is made in China. However, look through your household and I'm certain you won't find to much made in the USA. After trying Sitka gear several years ago it has become my only clothing. I will not buy anything else. I absolutely love it! I do buy 90% of it on sale though. It isn't cheat as previously stated. Some good sites to get sales on Sitka is diggs outdoors and rogers sporting goods. Good huntin'
 

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6.5-284BMF said:
Try KUIU. I had Sitka but decided against it when I found KUIU. Same owner/inventor except he sold Sitka off after it got real big. The KUIU is way better priced cause he sells it himself with no mark up to gouge his customers. The KUIU is definitely worth every penny.
I have both brands....Kuiu brand is built for mountainous hunting & hunters on the move for the most part...Very well built line of gear..I use it allot for spring and fall turkey hunting....

Sitka gear is built for stand hunters in various types of weather and temps...
Warm to frigid....MY Sitka gear is older, so I can't speak for the quality of the new(er) designs...

Woolrich is the only outdoor gear made in the USA, of the 5, I researched...
 

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Most of the Woolrich stuff is imported too, even the classic red and plaid coat
 

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I think the only thing Woolrich makes in the US is blankets and not even all of them. They told me that in the Woolrich store 8 Years ago.
 

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Used Sitka gear on my sheep and grizz hunt in Alaska. Can't say enough about the clothing. When your success and life depends on your your equipment get the best. Durable, dries fast when wet, comfortable when climbing mountains and kept me warm and dry. KUIU is great clothing too it's just always out of stock when I tried to buy it. Both are great for western hunts. Never tried there whitetail line of gear but heard good things about it. I'm
 

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Used Sitka gear on my sheep and grizz hunt in Alaska. Can't say enough about the clothing. When your success and life depends on your your equipment get the best. Durable, dries fast when wet, comfortable when climbing mountains and kept me warm and dry. KUIU is great clothing too it's just always out of stock when I tried to buy it. Both are great for western hunts. Never tried there whitetail line of gear but heard good things about it. I'm
Been using the elevated 2 pattern and absolutely love it. My new favorite pattern!
 

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Bob, after talking to you several times on here and knowing how hard you hunt. do yourself a favor. look into the kuiu clothing. I have $2000 worth of their gear and bin my opinion it smokes sitka in quality and price. I think if you bought one garment you would be sold
 

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Bob, after talking to you several times on here and knowing how hard you hunt. do yourself a favor. look into the kuiu clothing. I have $2000 worth of their gear and bin my opinion it smokes sitka in quality and price. I think if you bought one garment you would be sold
I have more Sitka gear than regular clothing. My wife thinks I'm nuts. Have heard a lot of good things about Kuiu from experienced hunters like yourself. I will certainly give them a try. Good huntin' and stay safe. Blue Lives Matter
 

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I don't have any kuiu but i hear good things. All of my gear consists of first lite, sitka, grey wolf woolens and king of the mountain. i think i'm pretty well setup as these garments have taken me everywhere from the south to alberta. never have been cold.

my wife thinks i'm nuts too but on the coldest day of the year last year i had her put on a king of the mountain suit and sit outside to see how long she could stand it and she was absolutely amazed she never got cold. it was about 6 sizes too big for her but she got the point. nothing like sitting in a tree in late january with 15-20mph winds and having to fight off sleep because you're too toasty.
 

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I don't have any kuiu but i hear good things. All of my gear consists of first lite, sitka, grey wolf woolens and king of the mountain. i think i'm pretty well setup as these garments have taken me everywhere from the south to alberta. never have been cold.

my wife thinks i'm nuts too but on the coldest day of the year last year i had her put on a king of the mountain suit and sit outside to see how long she could stand it and she was absolutely amazed she never got cold. it was about 6 sizes too big for her but she got the point. nothing like sitting in a tree in late january with 15-20mph winds and having to fight off sleep because you're too toasty.
She have a sister?
 
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