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So i want to get myself a nice, at a minimum, jacket that is waterproof and possibly pants too that i can use almost all season (Oct-Dec). I heard Sitka is really good but pricey. Does anyone have a suggestion on what to look at? I want something that will be non bulky, dry, warm and reasonably priced if possible. If Sitka is just the best, then I will have something to aim for price wise.
 

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Sitka stuff isn't all waterproof. A lot is treated with a DWR but has no waterproof membrane, so bear that in mind.

That said, I own a bunch of Sitka stuff. As I see things on closeouts or whatever and have a use for it, I'll snatch it up. It's good, but I refuse to pay shelf price for it. I have a Fanatic jacket and Fanatic bibs. They're my go-to for late season cold weather. They're not water proof, but I've been in rain in them and been ok. I mostly don't wear that stuff till it's sub-freezing anyway.

The issue you'll find is two-fold----

1- water/wind proof often = LOUD

2- water/wind proof often = $$$

Best bet is to get to stores and see what you can find and handle and see what works for you. I doubt you'll find one set of stuff that'll work Oct-Dec. At least, I haven't found such a thing yet.

Badlands clothing is good and not as pricey as Sitka.

Kuiu and First Lite make good stuff, but it ain't cheap.
 

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I have the pants...haven't found the jacket at a price I'm willing to pay yet, lol. The pants are very nice, though.
 

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I've always been a fan of Goretex waterproofing, but again it's pricey. To be honest with you I use frogg toggs stuff. I wouldn't say that it's durable if you're going to be stomping through the brush, but if you're looking for something just to wear while sitting on stand it's pretty cheap, light weight, and quiet. I've worn my chest high fishing waders before(not real quiet) and a frogg togg jacket. They run large as it is, but get a size or two bigger and you wear it right over whatever insulating layers you want, take it off if the rain stops.

For hunting in the rain, I'm a big fan of getting a gortex hat with a wide brim. I use a gortex boonie hat. I actually have 2, 1 camo 1 orange. They've been one of my better investments. IMO hoods are no good and interfere with your hearing, a baseball cap is useless because your neck will be soaking wet and all the water runs down inside your jacket.
 

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Look at the sitka stratus line with the Gore wind stopper in it. IMO its a lot nicer to wear than the downpour stuff they have. I think the price point may be a little better too. The gore wind stopper technology is goretex, it just is not welded at the seams. In theory, you could get wet but you would have to probably be in a monsoon to notice. I have worn mine in a multitude of different weather and have not gotten wet. I love them for sitting right down on wet stand cushions, walking through dewy golden rod and sitting through the occasional rainstorm. Worth every penny!
 

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Look at the sitka stratus line with the Gore wind stopper in it. IMO its a lot nicer to wear than the downpour stuff they have. I think the price point may be a little better too. The gore wind stopper technology is goretex, it just is not welded at the seams. In theory, you could get wet but you would have to probably be in a monsoon to notice. I have worn mine in a multitude of different weather and have not gotten wet. I love them for sitting right down on wet stand cushions, walking through dewy golden rod and sitting through the occasional rainstorm. Worth every penny!
I didn't know that about the Gore windstopper membrane...that's good info!

That explains why my Fanatic set has been really dry even in snow and light rain.

I've been eyeing the Stratus line. Seems like a good weight for late bow season and parts of rifle season. I use the Fanatic for flintlock season, and only when it's fairly cold. I can't even imagine how warm the Incinerator line is. A few light layers under the Fanatic set and I'm SUPER warm.

I gotta start hunting up a Stratus set at a good price....
 

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You can't beat the windstopper fabric. I used it for riding bikes in the cool months and then started looking for it in my hunting clothes. Don't hesitate to look in hiking, biking and other retail areas for things that are not necessarily marketed for hunting at better prices. There are a lot of fishing wading jackets that can fit the bill for hunting on a rainy day also.
 

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I have the mto 50 and it is good for all day rains, has always kept me dry. The down side of it is it is not very packable and it takes forever to dry. I have cabelas space rain and it packs down small, is light and dries quickly. It is perfect for morning or afternoon hunts when you are expecting a little weather. I end up using the space rain more because i will actually throw it in my pack instead of just taking a chance since it packs so easily.
 

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Look for Gor Tex products. My Cabelas Jacket and Bibbs kept me dry last week and have for a few years now. Still have a pair in Treebark camo.
I have a set of Cabelas Goretex jacket and insulated bibs that are goin on 12 years old in the old Timber camo and still keep me dry and warm . They are a soft fabric and are quiet. I believe they were a step down pricewise from the MT50 stuff they have now.
 

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Look for Gor Tex products. My Cabelas Jacket and Bibbs kept me dry last week and have for a few years now. Still have a pair in Treebark camo.
How heavy are they? I need something for archery that will work from the warm Ocotber days to the cold November days. Is that possible?
 

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How heavy are they? I need something for archery that will work from the warm Ocotber days to the cold November days. Is that possible?
Mine were sold as a "system". Outer shell with Goretex for early warm weather, I wore fleece jacket under it for cooler weather , also came with a heavy liner for freezing weather. mix and match underneath the shell for any temps. I don't like the insulated shells as they are too warm most times for me. I like the option of layering. Bibs were a 2-300gram thinsulate for very cold weather. I normally wear fleece pants and longjohns but will layer over that with bib rainpants for cooler or rainy weather. Only issue with archery ,the shell is loose fit so you would have to use a compression sleeve as to not snag the string
 

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I am trying the Cabela`s 10 Point 4 in 1 Parka this year. Just ordered it. It uses their own Dry Plus stuff so I am taking a chance, so I will let you know how it all goes down. I got it on sale for $89.99.
 

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I am trying the Cabela`s 10 Point 4 in 1 Parka this year. Just ordered it. It uses their own Dry Plus stuff so I am taking a chance, so I will let you know how it all goes down. I got it on sale for $89.99.
Good choice. Nice product for the money.
 
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