Without a doubt, here, as in no other selection, Sitka Gear displays its full potential. But it’s also where we put our criterion to the test to show you the best possible selection.
First of all, it’s necessary to understand what the main characteristic that converts a sortie into a hunting expedition is:
The time of stay in the hunting area is 24 hours a day for various consecutive days with no feasible possibility to re-provision or for intermediate stays in large towns.
Therefore, can an expedition be a prolonged stay in our habitual hunting area? No, if there’s the possibility of easy re-provisioning. And if it’s a ranch in Montana? You will
have had a long and pleasant trip, but no. And a four day Fly Camp in a hunting area in the Alps more than five hour’s walk from the nearest village? Yes, this would really
be an expedition.
Secondly, we are going to specify the four criteria that we have taken into consideration to offer you the selection:
Destination: Even though it can be a nearby destination, expeditions usually imply long and complicated displacements to far away destinations which means weight
and volume limitations to our equipment.
Load: Although we may not have to carry our own kit during the hunt, it’s a possibility which must be taken into consideration, and so volume and weight are essential factors.
Length of Stay: Perhaps the main handicap on an expedition is a lengthy stay in the hunting area. This means that we are dependent on our equipment 24 hours a day
for a number of days.
Variety: The biggest challenge in designing an expedition kit is that the variety of destinations, climates, activity levels, and temperatures that have to be catered for is very wide.
Even though we’ve tried to simplify things to the fullest, some garments included in this section perform the same function. That is, they would occupy the same place in
your kit. So you should choose between them. While taking the functionality of both items into account, we have tried to offer you only a single option, the most
recommended. However, in some cases due to their high suitability we have offered two. Although both products would be highly recommendable for this activity, slight
differences in their functions will allow you to choose the one which best fits your needs.
So that you don’t confuse the duplicated garments and the characteristics that can help you choose the one that fits your needs better:
Merino Core Bottom vs Heavyweight Bottom:
The main difference is thermal capacity. Higher in the Heavyweight Bottom, this is therefore relegated to hunts in the colder latitudes or with lower activity levels, while
the Merino Core is lighter and more suitable for higher activity levels. In any case, the combination of both Bottoms is a good option for intensely cold conditions.
Kelvin Lite Hoody vs Kelvin Down WS Hoody:
Although both belong to the Kelvin family, garments with high thermal isolation capacity, their functionality is different. While Kelvin is a second layer that protects
us in medium cold conditions, Kelvin Down is a third layer designed for when temperatures plummet. In intensely cold environments, the two garments combined
is a good option.
Mountain Pant vs Timberline Pant:
We could call the Mountain Pant an “All-Year-Rounder”. It’s perfect for expeditions in milder latitudes. Its lightness gives it exceptional dynamic properties.
Even though we could also call the Timberline Pant an “All-Year-Rounder”, it is a better option for facing expeditions in the colder latitudes. Reinforced and
waterproof kneepads and rear mean greater protection when we move in wet and snowy terrain.
Stormfront GTX Globe vs Blizzar GTX Mitten:
Both designs are similar, a removable layer of thermal isolation plus a third layer of Gore-Tex. The principal difference lies in the thermal capacity, greater in the Blizzar
GTX Mitten, this being relegated to hunts in latitudes of extreme cold, while the Stormfront is lighter and suitable for more active hunts, or cold but not freezing temperatures.
Traverse Glove vs Merino Glove:
Though both have very similar characteristics, the Traverse Glove offers inferior drying times, while the Merino Glove is a warmer and more comfortable under-glove.
Nevertheless, on expeditions in humid environments it’s advisable to include both.
Mountain Hauler 2700 vs Mountain Hauler 6200:
The Mountain Hauler 2700 backpack is a perfect daypack for expeditions in which horses or porters carry your equipment.
The Mountain Hauler 6200 backpack is our recommendation for expeditions on which we have to carry our own equipment or carry a slain animal.
This diagram presents all the variables that we have taken into consideration to offer you this product selection.
The new Merino Lightweight Half-Zip features premium 17.5-micron merino wool spun around a nylon core, creating a high-performance next-to-skin layer that combines the comfort, warmth,... View full product details
The new Merino Lightweight Bottom features premium 17.5-micron merino wool spun around a nylon core, which produces a high-performance next-to-skin layer that combines the comfort,... View full product details
The CORE Midweight Zip-T features quick-drying comfort stretch mid-weight fleece and a high-zippered neck to keep your active body temperature regulated as the thermometer rises... View full product details
With breathable heavyweight fleece insulation and articulated patterning, the Heavyweight Bottom keeps the lower limbs warm during long periods of frigid inactivity while wicking moisture... View full product details
Worn as an outer layer or underneath a shell, the Kelvin Lite Hoody is built for lightweight, all-over warmth. Filled with 80 g/m2 of PrimaLoft®... View full product details
With 250 grams of water-resistant, heat-trapping insulation wrapped in a resilient GORE® WINDSTOPPER® shell, the Kelvin Down WS Hoody combines maximum warmth, lightweight weather resistance,... View full product details
With full side zips, the Kelvin Lite Pant delivers instant warmth to your lower limbs without removing your boots. 80 g/m2 of Primaloft® Hi Loft... View full product details
This all-around mountain workhorse features an updated two-way stretch and deadly quiet brushed Polyester face over 3-Layer GORE-TEX INFINIUM™ with WINDSTOPPER® Form Fit Technology. The... View full product details
The mountain pant is our most versatile hunting pant and a foundational piece to any SITKA hunting system. The Mountain pant offers an articulated fit... View full product details
A burly sheep hunting pant built for racking up vertical in mid to cold conditions, our Timberline Pant has long stood as the alpine hunter’s... View full product details
The Stormfront Jacket is built for enduring brutal weather in the world’s most dynamic and wet climates. A pinnacle of durability, the jacket features the... View full product details
The Stormfront Pant is the perfect companion to the Stormfront Jacket, utilizing our most durable and abrasion-resistant GORE-TEX 3-layer Pro Shell laminate. To further enhance... View full product details
The new Stormfront Gaiter is updated to provide durable, lightweight, over-the-calf protection for the most rugged environments. The 3-layer GORE-TEX and gripper elastic bottom maintain... View full product details
Offering a first-of-its-kind in the hunting industry, the Stormfront GTX Glove features a 3-layer GORE-TEX shell taped to eliminate the need for a waterproof liner,... View full product details
The Blizzard GTX Mitten is for hunters who leave no stone unturned when glassing for game and thrive when the weather is at its worse.... View full product details
Alaska. Quebec. New Zealand. The places that stir your soul rarely serve up clear skies. The Stormfront GTX Cap offers 3 layer protection for long... View full product details
Patterned for a tighter feel, the Traverse Glove can be worn alone or in combination with a base layer or shell. Conductive thread technology in... View full product details
Combining the comfort and warmth of wool with the durability and elasticity of nylon, the Merino Glove is a heat-retaining liner to keep your hands... View full product details
Lightweight, odor-resistant, low-profile warmth worn on it’s own or easily layered over to adjust to colder temps. Materials : 54% Nylon Face, 46% 230-gram 17.5... View full product details
Cut from the same fabric as the Jetstream Jacket, the Jetstream Beanie is ideal for charging up steep faces in bitter cold, or sitting motionless... View full product details
Our go-to cap constructed of the same water resistant, breathable, stretch woven fabric as the Ascent Series. Durable Water Repellent Finish: The DWR finish resists... View full product details
Lightweight and ultra-breathable, the CORE Neck Gaiter keeps the sun off your neck and pulls up for concealment when things heat up. Micro-Grid Interior: Promotes... View full product details
Streamlined, functional organization and storage for the big game hunter. The Mountain 2700 pack is a hard-working day pack that can comfortably and quietly support... View full product details
For the committed backcountry hunter willing to work harder and go further to enhance their experience, the Mountain Hauler opens a world of opportunity for... View full product details
Nasty weather might get the critters moving, but a pack full of soggy gear will slow you down. The Pack Cover works double time to... View full product details
This featherlight modular pouch provides weather-resistant and easily accessible storage for phones, GPS devices and range finders. An internal pocket holds smaller items like keys,... View full product details
Designed to fit in the bottom of the Mountain Hauler 6200 sleeping bag compartment to compress your gear and keep it dry and clean when... View full product details
Redesigned for a better fit, lighter, and an unfettered line of sight with lightweight suspension and one handed access to your optics. We’ve included a... View full product details