Backcountry System

We strive to work with you to build a system that will cover all of your hunting needs. Every part of the system is important and every system is just a little different. Here we will go through the Gear we use to create your system Base Layers to Hardshells.

Base Layers

Merino wool is the only thing we wear on our skin. If you look around you will see that every gear manufacturer, company, group etc. has started using merino. There is a reason for that. It is amazing. It works as advertised. We’ve been using merino wool for years, we’ve used alot of the available makes and models. We are big believers in the First Lite line. This year Sitka will be in the merino business and odds are good this line will be great also.

We use the same Base System year ’round, everywhere we go this is the beginning of our system. Alaska to Arizona.

Llano The Llano long sleeve crew is the ultimate first layer shirt for any hunting situation. Inspired by whitetail hunts in the Texas hill country, this shirt can be worn just as easily on a September elk stalk in the Rocky Mountains. This shirt is your foundation for those days when it is 30 degrees at dawn, 85 at 11:00am and back down to 40 at sunset – the ultimate comfort in all situations.

Chama The Chama shirt provides for either a very comfortable, nonitchy first layer or it can be layered with our Llano long sleeve crew to create a breathable and insulated combination for all day comfort. Whether you are spending the day high in your stand or high in your favorite mountain basin, this midweight layer will provide the warmth and comfort to get the job done.

Red Desert Slip on the First Lite 100% Merino Red Desert Boxer Short for the most comfortable and breathable experience you can find for those days when you will be on the move or the temperatures won’t require a full length bottom. You will be amazed at the Merino’s ability to control odor and regulate temperature on even the warmest days.

Alleghany Our Allegheny is the ultimate first layer in your hunting outfit. Once the leaves are off the trees, these midweight bottoms will provide warmth, breathability and odor control all day long, day after day. Also a great layer under your waders for those cold mornings in the duck blind.

Sitka Gear Merino Layers will be here June 2011. We will have them in the field ASAP and give a full report. We are very confident that these will be great pieces. But, we will not sell the customer gear that we don’t use or believe in. Stay tuned.

Intermediate Layers/Add Ons

Traverse 1/4 Zip & Hoody- The Sitka Gear Traverse tops are your expedition weight compliment to the merino base layers series. The wind resistant and durable face allows the Sitka Gear Traverse tops to be worn in all technical situations, while the soft lofted inside will hold in heat and silver will ward off odor causing bacteria. The Sitka Gear Traverse tops have thumb loops on the extended sleeve cuff, a welded chest pocket, and a deep chest zip.

Contrail Windshirt- Lightweight and packable this windshirt may be all you need for an outer layer during an early season day hunt. 4-way stretch, water resistant, extremely breathable and highly wind resistant to retain body heat. In GORE® OPTIFADE™ Open Country™.

Insulating Layer

Top & Bottoms- We use both the Sitka Kelvin (PrimaLoft) series and the Montbell Thermawrap(ThermaWrapTM) series for insulating layers. We choose a synthetic insulation for two basic but fundamentally critical qualities. It stays warm when it’s wet, and it dries quickly. PrimaLoft’s ultra-fine microfibers are specially treated in a proprietary process; the result is a fiber core with incredible insulation properties. As a whole, Primaloft is soft, breathable and water repellent. The ThermaWrap TM posseses the same desirable qualities as the PrimaLoft just a separate proprietory process to get there.

One exception to the rule: we do use the Montbell U.L. Tec Down Pants. They have a full separting leg zip that allows us to get them on and off in the field without removing our pants or our boots.

Incredibly light and compressible, both of these series are designed to be accessible at all times – either on your back or in your pack. Extremely hydrophobic and breathable, these jackets are perfect for glassing, as a quick-warming mid-layer, or late season layering. Designed for warmth, both offer a very high warmth to weight ratio, which is ideal for back country hunts.

Soft Shell Layer

Jetstream Jacket- This is our GO TOO jacket! Constructed with GORE’s WINDSTOPPER Soft Shell, the Sitka Gear Jetstream Jacket is a no brainer for cool wind protection. The soft shell fabric facing allows for a smooth and almost seamless finish to help ward off light drizzles and snow flurries. A guide’s best friend, the Sitka Gear Jetstream Jacket is a treat for glassing sheep on a wind blown ridge or stalking into a north wind. The Sitka Gear Jetstream Jacket has a new hood this year that adds even more functionality to an already proven performer in the field. WE LOVE IT FOR ALL SEASONS! Pit zips and breathability allow this garment to be worn all season long.

90% Jacket- This is a great medium-weight layer. The Sitka Gear 90% Jacket is for tough grinds, mellow breezes, and the need for speed. Built to work with you while powering up hills, the Sitka Gear 90% Jacket is built of a durable and breathable, 2-way stretch, DWR treated soft shell material. It is designed for the active hunter, and sturdily supported by the innovative soft shell finish.

Ascent Jacket- Early season light weight layer. Ultra breathable, and 4-way stretch woven, the Sitka Gear Ascent Jacket is designed for really warm weather hunts. Brushed fabric for a silent finish, and full front zip make this jacket easy to peel off or pile on. The Sitka Gear Ascent Jacket is ideal for when your hunt requires full concealment, but wish you could wear a t-shirt.

Timberline Pants- NEW! The new Timberline Pant is the next evolution in backcountry gear. A mid-weight all purpose fully articulated pant that takes the punishment, so you don’t have too. Waterproof/Breathable seat & knees protect all areas that you will make contact with Terra Firma. Thermo-molded, closed-cell foam knee pads protect your wheels and won’t retain any moisture. Not only will these pads protect you from the sharp, hard objects they also keep your knees dry and warm when in contact with the ground. Extremely durable pant, made to hunt. We are very excited about this addition.

Mountain Pant- Everyone fell in love with the Mtn. Pant last year and rightfully so. Taking the Ascent Pant to the next level, the Mtn Pants add on more features, more aggressive patterning, and more durable fabric. With the hunting guide and hardcore hunter in mind, the Sitka Gear Mountain Pants include removable knee pads for stalking, a low profile, built in webbing belt that fits underneath your pack’s hip belt, and full size cargo and thigh pockets. For the extended back country trek, or the professional hunter, the Sitka Gear Mountain Pants are your go-to pant. We love em!

Ascent Pant- While growing as the main stay with hunters all across the west, the Sitka Gear Ascent Pants are strong on all fronts. Like the jacket, the pant offers maximum breathability and mobility. With a roll up pant-leg system, and a five pocket configuration, Sitka Gear Ascent Pants are for hunters on the move. Used in conjunction with our Base Layer the Sitka Gear Ascent Pants can bring you well into mid-season hunts when the temp starts falling.


Hard Shells

Coldfront Series- Tailored for cold and wet weather, the Sitka Gear Coldfront Series has no equal. Constructed with GORE-TEX Softshell technology, you’ve never experienced anything like it. Teamed with a lining of microfleece, the Sitka Gear Coldfront is your choice for the coldest and most wet conditions imaginable. No detail is left behind. Articulated elbows for full range of motion, a bomber hood, water tight chest and hand pockets, taped and welded seams that are guaranteed to keep the water out in the worst of conditions. Full length leg zips, and the same genetics as the jacket, the Sitka Gear Coldfront Pants are unrivaled at best. Featuring a gusseted crotch and articulated knees, the Sitka Gear Coldfront Pants are a testament to the evolution of mankind. Waterproof, breathable, and built to play hard-ball in nature’s worst conditions. The Sitka Gear Coldfront Jacket & Pants command a view from highest perches of rainwear technology. – 100% Waterproof and highly breathable The Coldfronts are THE Gear for your Peninsula Bear Hunt, the Sheep Hunt of a Lifetime or your one-layer solution!

Stormfront Series- Built with intense durability in mind, the Sitka Gear Stormfront Series employs a 3-layer GORE-TEX Performance Shell making it some of the most abrasion resistant, breathable rain gear on the planet. Designed for Alaska guides that depend on their hunting gear, the Sitka Gear Stormfront Jacket has it all. Articulated elbows for an unrestricted range of motion, pit zips to dump heat during a climb, and taped and welded seams. The Sitka Gear Stormfront Jacket also features water tight chest and hand pockets and a bomber hood that will withstand prolonged exposure to nature’s wrath. The perfect partner to the jacket, the Sitka Gear Stormfront Pants serve as a critical shield against a saturated mother earth. Designed to satisfy the heartiest breeds, no detail was spared on this burly better half. The Sitka Gear Stormfront Pants feature removable suspenders, gusseted crotch, articulated knees, and full length leg zips.

Stormfront Lite Series- The first two-way stretch GORE-TEX Packlite raingear, the Sitka Gear Stormfront Lite’s are ultra-light and packable. The Sitka Gear Stormfront Lite’s are designed for the minimalist hunter who still mandates the need for guaranteed storm protection. Based on a light and fast mentality, the Sitka Gear Stormfront Lite Series is camouflage rain gear designed for those unpredictable situations the mountains can throw at you. This Gear is designed to be packed for that unexpected high country rain/snow etc. Please be aware that the Lite’s are not designed to thrash around chasing sheep, bears, moose etc. The Stormfronts & Coldfronts on the other hand ARE designed for just that.