Men's Big Game Systems

Open Country

  • Early Season
  • Mid-Season
  • Late Season

Late Season System


The Late Season Open Country System is engineered for uncompromising protection from brutal winter conditions at high altitudes–when your gear can mean the difference between success and a rescue.

For optimum stealth, GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Open Country technology is used across this entire system. Scientifically engineered to confuse the vision of elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats. It offers maximum concealment when stalking among rocks, brush, and scattered trees at ground level. The Open Country concealment is designed for engagements of forty yards or less in this terrain. 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.

Counting Ounces

Adam Foss

I’ve refined my system for about 15 years but write this with only one caveat — don’t simply take my word for it. Yes, these are my personal choices, but the ideal setup for you may vary based on your body type, hunt conditions and preferences. Furthermore, the best system for an individual is only obtained through the trials of personally testing gear in backcountry environments.
With that disclaimer in mind, the gear in this list is what I’d typically bring for an extended mountain hunt and has covered me from summer through early fall. With a few substitutions (warmer headwear, gloves and insulation layers) I’ve comfortably used these pieces in some of the coldest conditions in North America.