GORE ™ OPTIFADE™ Subalpine
At SITKA Gear we know the value of technology, but more importantly we understand the science behind it. As manufacturers of some of the industry’s highest-performing, most innovative fabrics, we’re committed to discovering the ways technology can benefit our customers. For 2017 we are excited for the introduction of GORE OPTIFADE™ Concealment Subalpine™.
The GORE OPTIFADE™ Concealment Subalpine™ pattern is designed specifically for stalking and ambushing ungulates from ground level in tree covered and vegetated terrain. The concealment technology is optimized for engagement ranges of 50 yards and less.
GORE ™ OPTIFADE™ Open Country
In 2009 we introduced GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment’s Open Country pattern, optimized for backcountry hunters of 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 Open Country Athlete
SITKA Athlete Adam Foss is the youngest archer to have taken all four species of North American Wild Sheep, but he’ll be the last to tell you that. He quietly practices his shot with friends and charges mountain trails to get into what he calls ‘sheep shape.’
At 25, he is also the youngest athlete on our team. Growing up in the Alberta Rockies, he comes from a family of accomplished archery sheep hunters. Together, his dad, Tom, and brother, Cam – both Sitka Athletes – have been scaling Canadian cirques and headwalls for years, but if you ask him about his own hunts, he just humbly talks about following in their footsteps.
Friendly and self-deprecating as he is, Adam is fiercely competitive. He relishes being pushed and pushing others. Growing up, he was a scrap boxer and talented lacrosse player. He applies the same team philosophy to tackling big days in sheep country.
"It's hunting with somebody, for somebody, that pushes you through some tough situations in the mountains. Those kind of boonedoggles are the best. The other guy encourages and carries you on his back and because he knows you'll do the exact same. Those bonds can't be tempered in any other fire. Sometimes, to think about what you’re putting yourself through is almost comical and all you can do is laugh, put your head down, and follow your buddy's bootprints in the snow. But it doesn't take long for the soreness to fade, blisters to heal and you can't wait to do it all over again."
NEW KEY BIG GAME OPEN COUNTRY 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. The Timberline Pant in Moss will be discontinued in 2018.