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
After photographing, filming and writing about 16 different sheep hunts, Sitka Athlete Mark Seacat got his own tag in the fall of 2012. Still, it wasn't solely his hunt, and after eight days documenting fellow Sitka Athletes Bobby Warner and Kiviok Hight's incredible successes, he had one day to make it happen. Using a borrowed left-handed rifle, he harvested a beautiful old Dall. As he and his companions were packing out in an icy rain, they couldn’t find passage through the steep canyon and raging river between them and camp. With much effort and luck, they managed to build a weak and smoldering fire with green willows to wait out the night, and their collective rushed and shivering woodcutting left Mark with a deep slice to his hand, followed by a proud scar to commemorate his first ram.
Later that year, while hunting with Sitka Athlete Adam Foss, his Montana elk season came to a close with a seven-day backcountry mission during the season's worst blizzard. when the blinding storm broke, and Mark harvested a fine bull. But by that point, the duo was dangerously low on food and supplies, and the ensuing 50-hour pack out left them stumbling with exhaustion, dehydration and malnourishment.
What makes Mark different from other overenthusiastic hunters is that he actually wants to hunt like this, while most of us want only to have hunted like this.
“I’m constantly looking at how to push myself further,” he says. “Like, how do I find an animal that would somehow define the effort I put into this?”
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.