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
Not every hunter possesses the strength, stamina and endurance required to meet the demands of mountain hunting. Fewer still couple physical fitness with an iron will to excel and the mental toughness to endure. But for Sitka Athlete Cameron Foss, custody of the complete package has never been in question.
As a youngster, Cameron followed his Dad, Tom, also a Sitka Athlete, into the mountains. At the age of 15, watching his father arrow a giant Stone’s Sheep convicted Cameron to be a sheep fanatic for life. But it wasn’t the isolated kill that inspired him. Rather, he was enthralled with the entire process, the small triumphs and failures and the incredible effort that goes into harvesting a mature ram with archery tackle.
Whether leading his NCAA lacrosse team on the field, excelling in his professional career or archery sheep hunting, Cameron takes the same dogged approach: set the bar immensely high and strive to achieve it. Unwilling to compromise, he stubbornly commits himself, and, to him, it matters not if a goal takes a season or lifetime to realize.
Though the passion to pursue majestic animals burns in many hunter’s hearts, the unselfish nature to help friends and family achieve success is typically unheard of for someone who doesn’t make their living as a professional guide. At the drop of a hat, Cameron abandons a busy work schedule to be by is brother Adam, also a Sitka Athlete, or Dad’s side in the mountains. It’s their equal love of pursuing wild animals and sharing it with each other that is truly unique. Whether he personally releases the arrow, or calmly whispers range-found distances for his hunting partner, the pinnacle of his mountain experiences are defined in those moments.
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.