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Dakota Vest

Dakota Vest

Wind Stopper
Product Rating   Star Star Star Half Star   13 Reviews

The Dakota Vest is an ideal solution for windy days in the blind. Use it as an outwear piece in moderate temperatures or a layering piece on bone chilling days.

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  • 17.6 oz.

  • 2 Hand Pockets
  • 2 Chest Pockets
  • Micro Grid Backer

    Fabric Details
  • WINDSTOPPER® Softshell
  • Polyester Knit Face

    Tech Drawing
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The Dakota Vest can operate as either an outer layer choking off chilly winds, or as a toasty insulation layer. The key is the WINDSTOPPER® Softshell, which minimizes the effects of windchill, paired with a micro check backer that provides light insulation.

A high collar warms and protects the neck. High hand-warmer pockets and traditional zippered hand pockets give you flexibility whether you’re wearing waders, bibs or pants. Lanyard loops keep your calls organized, and you can even stash them in a low tubular pocket to keep them from swinging around on early morning slogs to the blind.

Athlete Perspective

Athlete Perspective

"I wear a Dakota Vest almost every day in the early season. Worn with a Traverse layer, the Dakota Vest is perfect for those chilly mornings when an extra layer is nice but a full blown jacket unnecessary. As the season progresses, the Dakota Vest is still one of my favorite pieces or gear. All around, this is a phenomenal layering piece."

- Matt Brimmer, Waterfowl Athlete

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Ben B
November 24, 2015
Star Star Star Star

This thing is incredible. Combined with the proper base and mid layers, it kept me at the perfect temperature during windy a 30 degree morning. I had fully intended on wearing a jacket after setting the spread but, due to the performance of the system, I simply forgot.

Jake S
September 24, 2015
Star Star Star Star

Very pleased with my dakota vest. From early to late season, this is one heck of a piece. Early season I often combine this piece with a traverse zip t where as late season I will layer this under my dakota jacket or over my duck oven. Great piece to have in your arsenal.

July 13, 2015
Star Star Star Star

Have used the vest more than I even thought possible. Fits true to size and adds just the right layer of warmth with enough pockets. This was designed by hunters for a hunter. Thanks

May 24, 2015
Star Star Star Star

Not only do I wear this vest on nearly every early season waterfowl hunt, but I also use it as a layer as the year progresses. It fits perfectly (and snug) over my Traverse Zip T, allowing me to easily move without the 'bulkiness' of other vest on the market. Also, when they say windproof, they mean it! The protection and durability this product offers is second to none! With multiple easily accessible pockets, there is plenty of room for a lot of infield necessities. The hand pockets on this vest are ideal for those brisk mornings and allow for a quick warm up in between calling sessions. This vest is a necessity for any Waterfowler!

Brooks Heath
March 20, 2015
Star Star Star Star

This is one of my key pieces of layering gear I own. It works great on those mild mornings with a light base layer for some core warmth as well as an additional layer on the blustery cold mornings when you just need a little more core heat. From layout hunts in the goose field to laying in a layout boat on the eastern shore this piece of gear allows a wide range of torso twist to kill those bird on the corners.

Back Porch Outfitters LLC
February 22, 2015
Star Star Star Star

This vest is phenomenal. It provides the perfect barrier between you and the elements for your early to mid-season hunts. Whether out in the water wading, or in a ground blind, this vest is sure to be with me. Being a professional hunter and guide, durability is a must. This vest has survived an entire season without any sign of wear. With the perfectly placed hand pockets and oversized collar (great for keeping your lanyard in place), everything on this piece was amazingly designed. I highly recommend this piece to any and all waterfowl hunters!

Chad Offsafety
December 9, 2014
Star Star Star Half Star

I've worn this vest for the entire 14-15 season so far. I have worn this vest all over and up and down the Pacific Flyway. From warm early season mornings over my Traverse zip t, to freezing temps in Eastern Washington under my Hudson. This vest does it's job, incredibly warm for how light it is... This is an essential piece of my waterfowling system. The optifade looks great at well. Gotta look good to hunt good. When you drop the coin on Sitka, it is a statement to the other guys in the sweat line or club that you know your gear and that you take your waterfowling seriously. *I am not a GORE tester, but would like to be lol.

Tom Guy
November 17, 2014
Star Star Star Star

I love this product I hunt in the northeast and I wore the Dakota vest and Traverse hoody with a Core base layer into the first weeks of November with plenty of warmth no jacket required.. wind stopper is awesome!

Andrew Pals
November 5, 2014
Star Star Star Star

Bought this vest right before the season started in Northern Indiana. I will tell you one thing, you will never find a better vest in your whole entire life. This thing, 100 percent, stops all wind no matter how hard it is blowing even 40 mile per hour gusts straight off lake Michigan. The next best thing is how wonderful the pocket placement is. This product was designed by hunters for hunters. Talk about a nice piece. Honestly at this point I expect nothing but the best from Sitka and they just keep on producing the most quality gear in the world. Thanks Sitka team

October 30, 2014
Star Star Star Half Star

love this vest. wind stopper is a must in Dec in MN. Love all my Sitka gear.

Scott Read
January 7, 2014
Star Star Star Star

This is a great garment, I wore it everyday of the season this past year. Early season it was nice with just a base layer to keep the wind off while keeping your core warm when driving a boat. Mid season it was perfect over a hoodie, and then latter it was a nice insulating layer under a jacket. The chest level hand warmer pockets are perfect while wearing waders. Would love to see it as a full jacket also, maybe a Dakota Vest/Jetstream Jacket hybrid.

Keith graffagnini
August 14, 2013
Star Star Star Star

Great addition to your duck kit! It really keeps the wind off you. Duck hunting in Texas or Louisiana can be unpredictable. It typically warms up fast but the first 2 hrs from 5am to 7am can be brutal as the cold wet humidity can cut through most gear if not prepared. I have been caught in rain with this piece and the rain rolls right off and stays lite. It keeps your core warm and arms cool for the warm natured people. I pair this up with zip tee or core layers after sun comes up. It also is great everyday piece. I have been asked several times where I found this vest. I am not sponsored by anyone but consider myself as a Sitka Gear geek.

Ed Gramza
July 29, 2013
Star Star Star Star

The Dakota Vest is a great addition to any waterfowl hunters system. The Windstopper layer helps to keep the chill off of you in the early morning. The vest can be used as an outer layer about the Traverse Zip-T or as an additional layer under a jacket. I use this vest in conjunction with my Pantanal Parka while sitting in the duck boat or the layout blind.

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