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
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
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 foris 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 insulation 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 insulation 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
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
The Heavyweight Bottom is a foundational next-to-skin baselayer that keeps the lower limbs warm during long periods of frigid inactivity while wicking moisture when on... View full product details
The Kelvin Lite Hoody is our most versatile lofted jacket and takes the chill out of mid-season hunts. Durable 4-way stretch panels ensure a complete... View full product details
Highly packable, quickly deployable and exceptionally comfortable, the Kelvin Down Windstopper Hoody is a versatile cold-weather workhorse. Filled with 250 grams of water-resistant, heat-trapping insulation... View full product details
Constructed from a brushed polyester face over 3-layer GORE-TEX INFINIUM™ with WINDSTOPPER® Technology; the Mountain Jacket is deadly quiet, fully windproof and weather-ready to stand... View full product details
The Mountain Pant is–hands down–the Swiss knife of big game pants. Designed to deliver the highest performance in the widest range of conditions from chasing... View full product details
This softshell pant is the go-to for those tough mid-to-late season conditions in the backcountry. Constructed with ultra-durable 4-way stretch polyester with double reinforced ripstop... View full product details
Like the name implies, the Stormfront Jacket is ready for the most extreme and wettest climates. At the apex of waterproof durability, the Stormfront features... 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 Stormfront Gaiter is the over-the-calf protection you need for hunting in extra-rugged environments. This durably lightweight gaiter is built with 3-layer GORE-TEX and a... View full product details
Built to perform in the harshest winter weather conditions found in late-season big game hunting. The glove features a 3-layer GORE-TEX taped shell eliminating the... View full product details
The Blizzard GTX Mitten is a must-have for cold-weather hunts. A rugged waterproof GORE-TEX® 3-layer laminate shell shelters your hands from snow and rain while... View full product details
Patterned for a tighter feel, the Traverse Glove has the same benefits as the rest of the Traverse family, so it can be worn alone... View full product details
The Jetstream Beanie was born from the same fabric as our celebrated Jetstream Jacket and will keep your head in the game while trudging up... View full product details
The SITKA Cap is constructed of the same water-resistant, breathable, stretch woven fabric as the Ascent Series. This cap will become your go-to headwear regardless... 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. GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment... 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
A versatile hunting backpack for multi-day treks into the wilds, featuring both a large main packsack and a removable lid with zippered pockets. The King... View full product details
Effective organization for the backcountry hunter who goes out for an overnighter or an all day excursion. Low-profile silhouette and ingenious organization. With the same... View full product details
Finally, a pack built for general outdoor, backpacking, and mountaineering use featuring the patented OVERLOAD® feature. Your new secret weapon when carrying awkward, excessive loads.... View full product details