Whitetail Gear System Basics
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 hard shells.
Every system starts with the exact same base layers, we use these on every hunt. We actually removed a few options for this specific hunt list.
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 a lot of the available makes and models. We are big believers in the Smartwool and Sitka base layers. We use the same base system year round, everywhere we go, Alaska to Arizona - this is the foundation of all of our systems.
MERINO 150 or CORE LWT
These short and long sleeve crews are the ultimate first layer shirt for any hunting situation. From Dall sheep in Alaska, to whitetails in Iowa and 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.
MERINO 250 or CORE MID (synthetic)
These pieces provide for either a very comfortable first layer or it can be layered with above piece 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.
MERINO 150 Boxer
Slip on the Smartwool 100% Merino 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.
MERINO 150 & 250 (and ¾ length option)
This is the ultimate first layer in your hunting outfit. Once the leaves are off the trees, these light and mid-weight 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.
*These garments will wick moisture away from your skin when you work up a sweat walking to the stand. They will never feel clammy or wet next to your skin. They won’t hold odor and they will “air out” well at camp for the next day.
Intermediate Layers / Add Ons
Core HWT Zip & Hoody
With lofted fleece insulation and a form-fitting hood for added warmth and concealment, the CORE Heavyweight Hoody and CORE Heavyweight Zip-T keep you from shivering on long, frigid stakeouts. Permanent Polygiene® Odor Control Technology neutralizes odor by stopping the growth of odor-causing bacteria and fungi. These garments are the perfect compliment over merino wool base layers. And that combo is great for early season hunts and a great foundation for late season.
Core HWT Bottom
With lofted insulation and articulated patterning, The CORE Heavyweight Bottom keeps your lower limbs snug during long periods of frigid inactivity. Permanent Polygiene® Odor Control Technology neutralizes odor by stopping the growth of odor-causing bacteria and fungi.
With the Fanatic Hoody, we took the chassis of a traditional hooded sweatshirt and turned it into a stealth hunting apparatus. Body mapped grid and microgrid fleeces precisely regulate your temperature while keeping scent to a minimum with Polygiene® Odor Control Technology. The hood is cut for maximal peripheral vision, and from within it you can deploy the built-in facemask for enhanced concealment. The half-zip construction allows for a built in hand muff, which, together with the flip-over hand mitts in the sleeves, works to keep your fingers warm and dexterous. This garment is also perfect for layering over the merino.
Outer LayersEarly Season
Equinox Jacket & Pants
The lightweight, breathable Equinox system keeps you comfortable and concealed in the early season. Its durable construction is designed to quietly tackle thick underbrush and unruly canopies, while the 4-way stretch fabric and tailored fit help the jacket move with you. Zippered hand and chest pockets and a rangefinder pocket with tie-off keep your essentials accessible. Layered with proper Base and Intermediate Layers these will get you into and through the mid-season.
Fanatic Lite Bib
Breathable enough for the afternoon heat, with just enough warmth for the sunrise snap, the new Fanatic Lite Bib specializes in all-day, early-season sits. The ultra-quiet hexagonal grid fleece construction purges excess heat, while full 2-way side zips allow additional venting and make for easy on-and-off. The Quantum adjustable suspenders maintain the correct elevation without the buckles that cause hot spots under your harness.
Outer LayersMid Season
Stratus Jacket & Pants
The Stratus Jacket and Pants are part of our most versatile whitetail system. We’ve sandwiched the GORE® WINDSTOPPER® membrane between a wet-printed Micro-Fleece shell and a micro grid fleece backer, creating the quietest 100% windproof/quiet system. On its own, the Stratus can take you into the mid-season, and since it’s fitted for insulation under layering, you can make it your go-to shell well into November.
A Berber fleece face silences the GORE® WINDSTOPPER® barrier, and 133 g/m2 Primaloft® Silver Insulation traps in body heat. Rubber boots fit comfortably over the low-bulk hems, where a dedicated ankle pocket lets you rest your traditional bow hands-free. Lined hand pockets keep your digits toasty when used without the jacket.
Outer LayersLate Season
A virtual walking sleeping bag that’s 100% waterproof, the Incinerator Jacket brings two crucial firsts to the whitetail world: It is the first whitetail jacket ever to be insulated with warm when- wet PrimaLoft® Silver Down Blend, and it’s the first jacket with a waterproof safety harness pass-through port. The 3-layer GORE-TEX® membrane is wrapped with a perceptibly quiet, lightly brushed face fabric, internal cuffs seal off heat leakage, and a YKK waterproof front zipper ensures you’ll stay dry.
A virtual walking sleeping bag that's 100% waterproof, the Incinerator Bib wraps the warm-when-wet Primaloft® Silver Down Blend in a 3-layer GORE-TEX® cocoon. Fully detachable side zips make for effortless on and off, while an array of strategically placed cargo, chest, and hand pockets keep your essentials at the ready.
Hats and Handshoes
There is a proper piece for every situation in this line-up.
A Great Selection
Gloves are the toughest thing in almost any system to define or get correct. Sitka has put together a great collection of gloves and mittens that are functional and useful.