Bowhunting.com Submit your photo

NEW Sitka Gear Merino Wool Line. Comfort Re-Introduced.

by Bow Staff 29. January 2011 16:21
Bow Staff

Sitka Gear’s Merino Line Excels in Comfort
The Key to Comfort and Odor Resistance Begins With the Merino Line

NAPA, CA. Sitka Gear, has introduced its latest line of high performance gear for the serious hunter, its Merino line.  The benefits of Merino Wool have long been appreciated and used in high performance athletic wear and used in activities such as, running, hiking, skiing and cycling. 

Since this material is naturally odor resistant, it is an ideal fit for hunting.  Merino is also excellent at regulating body temperature, especially worn directly against the skin.  The wool provides some warmth, without overheating the wearer and also wicks moisture making it comfortable against the skin.

The Merino line will have the following features:

● Wicks moisture away from skin
● High heat to weight ratio
● Naturally odor resistant
● 100% Merino Wool
● Available in GORE® OPTIFADE® Concealment Open Country, Forest pattern, and Charcoal
● Available in sizes small to 3XL for Open Country or Forest and medium to 2XL for Charcoal
 
Items in the Merino line will include the Core Zip T, Core Bottom, Beanie and Liner Glove.

Suggested Retail Prices
● Core Zip T:  $119 (Charcoal) $129 (Open Country or Forest)
● Core Bottom:  $119 (Charcoal)
● Beanie:  $29
● Liner Glove:  $35 (medium to XL)

Sitka Gear’s top-quality products feature the most scientifically advanced visual concealment pattern ever to hit the market – GORE® OPTIFADE® Concealment, the first-ever concealment based on the science of animal vision.  The unique micro-pattern considers the way a deer or other ungulate perceives color, the ratio of positive to negative space and other visual elements to create an effect that allows the hunter to blend with the animal’s perception of the environment.  The macro-pattern breaks up the symmetry of the human body so that if a hunter is detected, the animal will not be able to identify the hunter as a predator.

About Sitka Gear, Inc.
Sitka Gear is the leading manufacturer of high-performance hunting apparel that utilizes cutting-edge technology to keep hunters warm, dry and comfortable in any condition.

 

Categories: Current News

Sitka Gear Announces NEW Layering System for 2010.

by Bow Staff 16. June 2010 09:53
Bow Staff

SIT ALL DAY WITH SITKA’S LAYERING SYSTEM.
Three layers work together to deliver serious comfort and mobility on stand!

NAPA, CA. Sitka Gear Inc., has a few suggestions for hardcore whitetail hunters that find themselves looking for a layering system that performs during all aspects of the hunt. Layering has been a highly effective method for active hunters in mountainous terrain to stay comfortable in the fluctuating conditions the high-country doles out and now whitetail hunters can maximize their field time by layering with Sitka Gear’s appropriate offerings.

To start with, all hunters need a base layer. The ideal candidate for this crucial, next-to-skin component is the Core Zip-T (Core Bottoms are available as well), which features Silver Scent Elimination Technology and SUPER Dry with Odor Technology. Equally important is the insulation layer, and Sitka’s Kelvin Jacket fits the bill perfectly. The lightweight Kelvin Jacket (Pants are available as well) has an extreme heat-to-weight ratio and is filled with Primaloft, a synthetic highloft insulation. Lastly, to stave off the most brutal of outdoor conditions, Sitka recommends the new Stratus Jacket and Bib. Both feature WINDSTOPPER® fabric, a lightly brushed face to eliminate noise, and full range of motion to aid in every step of the hunt.

Sitka Gear’s top-quality products feature the most scientifically advanced visual concealment pattern ever to hit the market – GORE® OPTIFADETM Concealment, the first-ever concealment based on the science of animal vision.  The new Big Game/Forest pattern takes into account the distance and extreme angles found while treestand hunting and works to obscure elevated hunters. GORE® OPTIFADETM Concealment Big Game/Forest incorporates a micro and a macro pattern.  The unique micro-pattern considers the way a deer or other ungulate perceives color, the ratio of positive to negative space and other visual elements to create an effect that allows the hunter to blend with the animal’s perception of the environment.  The macro-pattern breaks up the symmetry of the human body so that if a hunter is detected, the animal will not be able to identify the hunter as a predator.

About Sitka Gear, Inc.
Sitka Gear is the leading manufacturer of high-performance hunting apparel that utilizes cutting-edge technology to keep hunters warm, dry and comfortable in any condition. For more information about Sitka visit their website or call 877.SITKA-MG.

Categories: Bowhunting Blogs

Sitka Gear Enters Whitetail World!

by Bow Staff 14. June 2010 02:48
Bow Staff

NAPA, CA. Sitka Gear Inc., has owned the apparel market where serious western hunters are concerned. With the philosophy that clothing should be an integral part of any hunter’s equipment list, Sitka Gear has quickly gained a following amongst those that venture into the roughest terrain the West has to offer.

In just half of a decade Sitka’s apparel line has grown to include clothing that goes so far beyond what hunters have come to expect that most view it as essential gear. From base layers to rainwear and high-quality outerwear, Sitka has provided hunters with garments that keep them comfortable in the areas that mule deer, elk, sheep and even mountain goats call home.

But, while Sitka Gear has taken over the western hunting market, those hunters that live in the Midwest and east have had little opportunity to utilize their products. Until now…

In 2010, Sitka Gear has introduced the Forest line that is specifically designed for hunters that live for the adrenaline rush that whitetails provide. Several new additions to their overall product line invite whitetail hunters to test out the Downpour, Incinerator and Stratus series along with other Sitka mainstays like the Core base layers and Kelvin Series. While this apparel stands out on its own as the best of the best, Sitka Gear’s top-quality products feature the most scientifically advanced visual concealment pattern ever to hit the market – GORE® OPTIFADE Concealment, the first-ever concealment based on the science of animal vision.  The new Big Game/Forest pattern takes into account the distance and extreme angles found while treestand hunting and works to obscure elevated hunters.

More Bowhunting Products - ATA Show Day 2

by Justin Zarr 10. January 2009 05:00
Justin Zarr

The 2nd day of the 2009 ATA Show found me wandering the halls with several members of the Bowhunting.com staff, looking for any cool new products that caught our attention.  While there were definitely a lot of new products to look at, not too many of them really wowed us.  However, we did find a few that we think are going to do very well this year.

One of the first products we saw was the StepBrother from SwiveLimb Treestands.  Another extremely simple product that serves a great purpose, the StepBrother is a durable injection-molded handle that slides over your screw-in tree steps and provides a secure handle that rotates for screwing them in.  No more gloves getting caught up as you turn the step, and no more sore hands from screwing in steps all day.  With an MSRP of only $9.99 this product is affordable, and should be part of your stand-hanging gear for this summer.

SwiveLimb also had another cool little product called the TreWinch.  Designed specifically for hunters who go into the woods on their own, the TreWinch ratchets securely to a tree  and includes a 30 foot rope and carabineer that supports up to 300 lbs.  This can be used for a variety of tasks including hosting deer to let them hang overnight, lifting animals from the bottom of a ravine or ditch, lifting a feeder, or anything else you may not be able to lift on your own.  The next time you're out hunting on your own and you need to drag that 250 lb buck up a hillside you may be wishing you had a TreWinch with you!

The next item that caught my eye was a big Jim Shockey banner hanging down from the Alpine Archery booth. I’ll admit that I’m a Shockey fan (how can you not think the guy is cool??) so I figured I would check out what was going on. What I found was a new Jim Shockey Signature Series bow from Alpine, in Jim’s signature flat black riser and camo limbs. Unfortunately this bow isn’t finalized yet so there were no specifics available. As I learn more this spring I’ll make sure to bring you an update.


The Jim Shockey Signature Series bow from Alpine - more details coming soon!

Speaking on this product not being ready yet, I still don’t understand why the ATA show is so early in the year. People are just finishing up their busiest time of the year, some of us are still hunting, and manufacturers barely have time to get working prototypes available to show to dealers and the media. Why this show can’t be moved until February or March, I have no idea. It would give everyone time to get things in better shape before releasing them to the public. The only thing I can think of that benefits anyone are the print publications who are 3-4 months out from the time they get the info until it hits the press. But since print is dying, who cares? The Internet is the future of everything, and why the hunting industry keeps fighting that is beyond me!

But alas, I digress. Two other items I found at the Alpine booth that are new for this year are fully camo cover Soft-Loc quivers (no more black rods or mounting brackets), and a cool little wind checking device on a stretch cord with a handy carabineer. The quivers are available in a variety of camo patterns including Mathews exclusive Lost Camo for you Mathews fans.

After I left the Alpine booth I headed over to Stealth Cam to check out what’s new for this year. Todd has really sparked my trail camera curiosity as of late so I couldn’t resist.

The first thing that caught my eye is the new Prowler HD. This is the first trail camera (that I know of anyways) that takes HD video – both in day and night. Although it’s not full 1080 HD, it is 760 which is a lot better than the standard 640x480 that we’re used to. The Prowler HD also features an 8.0 mega pixel sensor for still images that are in a widescreen format. And the best part? Both the physical size and the price of the Prowler unit have been reduced for 2009!

Also new from Stealth are two new Jim Shockey Signature Series cameras. I guess Mr. Shockey has his hands in a lot of things these days! The new Sniper Pro is a standard flash 8.0 mega pixel camera while the Sniper IR is an infrared camera with 30 foot flash range and a 5.0 mega pixel sensor. The Sniper IR also does standard definition video (640x480) as well, which the Sniper Pro does not.

Around the corner from Stealth Cam I ran into my buddy Scott Bakken at the Bohning Archery booth. Scott and his brother David finished 2nd in this year’s Campbell Outdoor Challenge Whitetail Archery Qualifying event, taking the largest archery whitetail in Challenge history. I’ve seen the footage, and let me tell you it’s AWESOME! Check out the new episodes of the Campbell Outdoor Challenge airing on Versus now, Wednesdays at noon Central Time. You can also see Scott’s footage on the upcoming Bowhunting.com promo DVD which will be out later this summer.

New from Bohning for this year is a fletching jig that allows you fletch your Blazer vanes at a perfect 3* right offset every time. This jig is super easy to use and features an oversized rotational knob with a secure locking mechanism so you don’t have to guess whether you’re locked in or not. Yet another simple product that’s cheap, easy to use, and very effective. That certainly seems to be the trend in bowhunting gear this year.

Speaking of easy-to-use products I stopped by and visited with Andrew Hooyman at Hooyman Saws for a bit as well. The original Hooyman saw was one of our biggest sellers for this year, and we’re really excited about the improvements they’ve made for this year and the new 10’ model that will be released shortly as well. Todd is going to bring you more information about that product, but I did want to mention the new carrying case that’s available for the original units. This handy case can be attached to your belt, your pack, or even to your treestand so your Hooyman is always within arm’s reach.

After Hooyman my next stop was to see James and Barbara McGovern over at Rinehart Targets. New for this year is a Polar Bear target which has been added to Rinehart’s already huge lineup of popular 3-D targets. The Polar Bear is 60" tall, 23" wide, and simulates a 300 lb live animal.

One cool thing about the ATA show is the ability to shoot a variety of new bows that you may not get to shoot at your local shop or dealer. I took advantage of the lanes to shoot a few bows and one of my favorites was the new Ross Carnivore. As you may know, Ross archery was acquired by Bowtech several months back and the two companies have combined their technologies to improve their line of already impressive bows.

The most unique feature of the Carnivore is the hybrid cam system featuring the "Krank" system which provides an ultra-smooth draw cycle. I originally picked up my Diamond Marquis because of it’s smooth-drawing single cam but I think the Carnivore has it beat. This bow shoots great, is available in 3 different axle-to-axle lengths, 50/60/70 lb peak draw weights, and has an IBO rating of 310-318 fps. I’m hoping to get my hands on one for some additional testing and reviews so check back for more info on this great new bow.


Good friend, Bowtech staffer, and Bowhunting.com member Greg Staggs showing off the new Ross Carnivore.

Another product that I really liked, even though it’s not "new" (it was released last year) is the String Splitter from Sterner Duttera. The String Splitter is a peep-sight with an open bottom end which allows in more light during those critical low-light bowhunting situations. You simply line up the top of your pin guard with the arch of the String Splitter, settle your pin, and shoot. The String Splitter is available in 6 different sizes and 4 different colors so there’s something for everyone. The most popular version is the "Mini" with a ¼" opening. The Mini weighs in at 20 grains so it may be a bit on the heavy side for your speed freaks, but I’m willing to sacrifice a few FPS for better low-light shooting any day.

Trophy Taker, best known for their popular line of dropaway arrow rests, has acquired Shuttle T-Lock broadheads and released a new straight-blade head for this year called the Terminal T-Lock. The coolest thing about this head is that it uses the same ferrule as the popular T-Lock so all you need to do is purchase new blades if you want to switch heads. It’s only available in a 100 grain version with a 1 1/16" cutting diameter for this year, with more options likely to be available in 2010.

Another new product I have really enjoyed the past several seasons is the odor-eliminating storage products from ScenTote. For this year they have improved their entire line of soft storage bags with a new rip-stop material, which is good for those of us who are hard on our gear!

Also new for this year is an odor-eliminating bow case that is designed to allow storage of a bow with quiver attached, and features plenty of pockets to carry additional gear with you.

The changing mat from ScenTote is another great new product that is simple and to be honest I’m surprised someone didn’t think of this earlier! It’s a simple waterproof mat that you can stand on when getting changed in the field, which means no more standing on your storage bin lids, floor mats, old jackets, or trying to do a one-legged balancing act in the dark! The changing mat comes with all new ScenTote soft storage bags which have an external zippered compartment for storage, which is good considering it will probably get pretty dirty throughout the course of a season!


The ScenTote changing mat - ingenious!

The last product I want to mention in this blog is the new apparel from Sitka Gear. Since it was released a few seasons ago I’ve always wanted to get some of their stuff, and this year I just might. Sitka has teamed up with W.L. Gore (as in Gore-Tex) to feature their new Omnifade camo patter. This pattern was digitally created to blend into any terrain and be nearly invisible to ungulates (like deer). I won’t go into too much detail in this blog, but check out their videos at www.thescienceofnothing.com to see for yourself. They’re a bit long, but they’re well worth the watch. I have to admit, it’s nice to see camo technology evolving to be more effective in the field, not just on the store shelves!

New for this year from Sitka are several new lines including the StormFront gear for severe weather protection, and the Kelvin line featuring Primaloft insulation. Primaloft is super lightweight and extremely warm. I also have to mention the new line containing Ardica technology, which utilizes a lithium-ion battery to heat panels of the garment and keep you toasty warm on stand. Although I’m not so sure about the new "Dutch Oven", this looks like a pretty nice vest!

Now for two honorable mentions to some cool people we met during this year’s show.

First, noted outdoor writer and TV personality Mr. Greg Miller. Greg is a super cool guy who can kill big deer with the best of them, and has a great sense of humor. He didn’t even mind us razzing him a little about a buddy of ours who is a Greg Miller impersonator on the side. And the scary part is, they only live 10 miles from each other! Coincidence, or long-lost relatives? You decide!


Mike with the REAL Greg Miller.


Johnny "Fake Greg Miller".  Scary, isn't it??

And finally this guy, I’m sorry I have no idea who he is even though he was signing autographs at the Muzzy booth, with one of the coolest sweatshirts I’ve ever seen. I have no idea if he knows Jim Shockey or not, but just the premise of "Jim Shockey Mows My Lawn" makes me laugh.

I do have more info to post on new cameras from Cuddeback and Moultrie, a cool new broadhead called the "Reign", some more info on the new Muddy Outdoors climbing sticks and improvements to their safety harness, new Aftershock broadheads, a new sight and improved Montec from G5, and cool new flashlights from Primos but I’ll have to do that tomorrow. Check back for updates!




About the Authors

The Bowhunting.com staff is made up of "Average Joe" bowhunters from around the country who are serious about one thing - BOWHUNTING.  Keep up to date with them as they work year-round at persuing their passion and bring you the most up-to-date information on bowhunting gear and archery equipment.

» Click here to learn more about the Bowhunting.com Staff.

Editorial Disclaimer

The opinions expressed by Hunting Network LLC bloggers and by those members providing comments are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of Hunting Network LLC. Hunting Network LLC is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by bloggers or forum participants. Hunting Network LLC is not responsible for any offense caused inadvertently through interpretation of grammar, punctuation or language.


Sitemap