GORE ™ OPTIFADE™ Open Country
In 2009 we introduced GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment’s Open Country pattern, optimized for backcountry hunters of elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, and other ungulates. The Open Country pattern uses the larger neutral areas of the pattern (macro-pattern) that are more critical to concealment at greater engagement ranges.
GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment incorporates the micro and macro patterns of the animal kingdom to help make hunters unrecognizable as predators, even when detected. Stalking predators, like tigers, have a macro-pattern of stripes that break up their body symmetry as they chase prey. One of the scientific principles behind the GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Open Country pattern is the emphasis of the larger neutral areas of the pattern (macro-pattern) which are more critical to concealment at the greater engagement ranges imperative to hunting in the backcountry.
Big Game Athlete
Kiviok Hight is the archetype of the mountain athlete: adventure racer, multi-sport competitor and passionate hunter. “People go on vacation to relax and de-stress, but then have to come back and deal with regular life. I do the opposite. I go and try to physically exhaust myself so that real life seems like a vacation,” he says.
He’s always on the move, training, competing, building strength, agility and endurance – all for his first love: hunts involving steep, rugged high country, archery equipment, and majestic mountain sheep. “I love the mountaineering side of it. I just really love the challenge; to know that you’ve truly tested yourself while you’re out there.” He is no stranger to hunts requiring 12-hour pack-outs. “I love the exhaustion.”
Kiviok suffers for what he loves, but he’s not a masochist, and refuses to suffer without purpose. He seeks out the lightest, most comfortable, most reliable gear available, and for years, that meant using gear designed for alpine-style backpacking on his hunts.
“No one had brought backpacking gear into hunting before Sitka,” he says. “Now that they have, I use my Sitka Gear for absolutely everything – mountain biking, hiking, and in my triathlons and adventure racing.” With technical gear built specifically for hunting, his hunts have become easier and much more comfortable.
NEW KEY BIG GAME GEAR
Streamlined to move like the wind while standing strong against it, our Mountain Jacket defies gravity and graupel alike. Imperceptibly light and minimal in bulk, it nearly disappears in your pack. Once deployed, the effects of its seam-taped WINDSTOPPER® construction are impossible to ignore.
When a pulsing artery of the jet stream is ripping everything apart, the Timberline Jacket helps you keep it together. The bombproof seam-taped WINDSTOPPER® construction seals out driving wind, while reinforced shoulders and sleeves hold their own in rugged terrain, making this our most versatile jacket for the mid to late season.
Light, warm, and tougher than gnarly scrub, the Mountain Pant specializes in moving fast in the mid and late seasons. For 2016, we rebuilt it from the ground up with a more precise fit and a newly-developed fabric, making rugged stalks quieter and more comfortable then ever.
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 workhorse. The Timberline Pant is a highly technical 4-way stretch polyester spandex pant with double reinforced waterproof/breathable nylon ripstop knees and seat with articulated knee pads that are removable.