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
When you’re scraping your nose on scree with two-thousand vertical left to the top; quads are pulsing, stinging sweat in your eyes, and 10 days of the same torture behind you, it’s easy to find refuge nestling back on the vented frame of your backpack and to just give up. In fact, many hunters might. But, there are some that always push past the pain, and never lose confidence in the success of their pursuit. Through these select few, we share their experiences, gain insight, live vicariously through them, and are just thankful that we don’t have to feel their pain. Dustin Roe is one of those super heroes.
At a scrappy 5' 6" 140 pounds, Backcountry BC and Beyond owner Dustin Roe consistently guides his clients to some of the biggest sheep in the gnarliest crags of the west. You can usually find him lugging all of his gear, and most of his client's gear, on his back with the reinforcement of trekking poles and his pack dog Sitka by his side. Dustin’s backpack is their house, their kitchen, their butcher shop, and their hospital all strategically packed down to the ounce for weeks of surviving the rigors of the backcountry.
To date, Dustin has successfully guided 14 species in BC, NWT Dall Sheep, Yukon Stone’s Sheep, Desert sheep in Mexico, Tahr, Chamois, and Red Stag in New Zealand, and Alaska Brown Bear. He’s even found the rare opportunity between clients to tack on a Four North America Wild Sheep of his own.
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.