Dakota Vest
Dakota Vest
Dakota Vest
Dakota Vest
Dakota Vest
Dakota Vest
Dakota Vest

Dakota Vest

  • Waterfowl : Waterfowl Marsh
(46 Reviews)

The Dakota Vest is a solid modular piece of gear to have in your duck system. Use it as an outerwear piece in moderate temperatures or a layering piece when the biting wind kicks up and you need protection and warmth. High handwarmer pockets plus traditional pockets work with waders, bibs or pants to keep your hands warm between shots.

Product ID: #30025

Sizing Guide

Jacket & Tops Sizing

Size Chest Sleeve
Small 36 - 38" 33"
Medium 39 - 41" 34"
Medium Tall 39 - 41" 36"
Large 42 - 45" 35"
Large Tall 42 - 45" 37"
X-Large 46 - 49" 36"
X-Large Tall 46 - 49" 38"
2XL 50 - 53" 37"
2XL Tall 50 - 53" 39"
3XL 54 - 57" 38"

Pant Sizing (Inches)

Size Waist Reg Tall
30 30" 31"
31 31" 31"
32 32" 31" 33"
33 33" 32" 34"
34 34" 32" 34"
35 35" 32" 34"
36 36" 33" 34.5"
37 37" 33" 34.5"
38 38" 33" 34.5"
40 40" 33"
42 42" 33"
44 44" 33"

Pant Sizing

Size Waist Reg Tall
Small 28 - 30" 31"
Medium 31 - 33" 31" 33"
Large 34 - 37" 32" 34"
X-Large 38 - 41" 32" 34"
2XL 42 - 45" 32" 34"
3XL 46 - 49" 32" 34"

Dakota Pant Sizing

Size Waist Reg Tall
30 31" 31"
32 33" 31" 33"
34 35" 32" 34"
36 37" 32" 34"
38 39" 32" 34"
40 41" 32"
42 43" 32"
44 45" 32"

Glove Sizing

Size Palm Circ Length
Medium 8 - 8.5" 7.5 - 8"
Large 9 - 9.5" 8.5 - 9"
X-Large 9.5 - 10" 9 - 9.5"
2XL 10 - 10.5" 9.5 - 10"

Gaiter Sizing

Size Calf Circ Boot Size
M/L 17.5" US 6-10"
L/XL 18.5" US 10-14"

How to Take
Your Measurements


    Bend your elbow and put your hand on your hip. Measure from the center of the back of your neck, along the shoulder and down the elbow to the wrist bone.


    Take measurement under armpits, around fullest part of chest and shoulder blades.


    Measure around where you normally wear your pants, keeping the tape measure a bit loose or putting one finger between your body and the tape measure.

  • 4. INSEAM

    In a standing position,measure from your crotch to where you want your pants to end, breaking at the top of the shoe in the front and just above the heel in the back.

  • 5. GLOVES

    With hand partially closed, measure over the knuckles, around the hand, excluding the thumb.

Fit Guide

SITKA Gear engineers gear with a specific Fit and intended end use in mind. These functional designs provide the user with authentic garments for the right situation.

Fit Descriptions

We can communicate our Fit descriptions in 3 different ways. Keep in mind that each garment will allow for layering in accordance to the garments place in a system and described Fit

  • P/F
  • S/F
  • E/F

    Designed for minimal layering. Whether an early season piece or already insulated this garment fits to prevent inefficiencies in heat retention caused by dead space.


    Designed to accommodate layering for more versatility from early to late season climates.


    Designed for maximum layering in the worst conditions. Cut roomier to accommodate additional layering underneath.

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  • GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Waterfowl Marsh is designed for layout and blind hunting in the marsh, standing crops, and cut stubble fields.

  • Weight: 17.6 oz. // Size: L

  • Fabric: GORE-TEX INFINIUM™ with WINDSTOPPER™ Technology.

  • Durable Water Repellent finish resists light precipitation and prevents the face fabric from wetting out.

  • High Handwarmer Pockets and Zip-Secure Hand Pockets: High hand-warmer pockets and traditional zippered hand pockets give you flexibility when worn with waders, bibs or pants.

  • Integrated Lanyard Loops: Lanyard loops keep your calls organized and are stashable in a low tubular pocket to keep them from swinging around on early morning slogs to the blind.

  • Imported

Wind Protection
Water Protection
Product is Standard Fit, designed to be layered for versatility.



Product Comments

46 Reviews
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Reviewed On 07/31/2022

This vest is a nice layering piece or as an outside layer. Definitely my favorite hunting vest when you need a little more warmth. Packs pretty well too after you take it off.

Ben M
Reviewed On 06/14/2022

Easily the best vest ever! I have worn this on different hunts and for everyday life. I highly recommend this piece of gear for anyone!

Gary Moses
Reviewed On 05/29/2022

Best vest EVER! It started out as a hunting vest but has become the favorite I wear almost everywhere. Upper pocket perfect for my phone, handwarmer pockets placed at optimal position.
My only request is make this in some standard everyday colors too!!

Barrett P.
Reviewed On 02/21/2022

A lightweight workhorse! I wear this vest on hunts from 60°F down to 20°F degrees over my heavyweight base layer and under my Dakota hoody. The windstopper makes a huge difference. Great for layering and durable enough for outwear. You won't be disappointed.

Chase Jones
Reviewed On 11/22/2021

I was a little hesitant to buy this vest because I struggled with selecting the correct size in vest. Very often I find the XL to be too big and the Large to be too small if I layer up too much. I’m 6’1”, 225 lbs and the XL fits me perfectly. I read a few reviews that said the vest was short for tall guys, but the fit is great to me. I wore this vest with a base layer for our season opener and it was enough to keep me warm without the added bulk of a full jacket. I especially like the high hand warmer pockets in addition to the zippered pockets. The only change I would suggest would be to replace the zippered pockets for deeper flap pockets like the ones on the Hudson jacket. I haven’t worn it under my Hudson Jacket yet, but I fully expect them to pair up nicely for late season hunting.

Jason Milner
Reviewed On 08/10/2021

The second best article of clothing behind the Dakota jacket. This thing gives you core warmth. It is another article that goes hunting every day of duck season.

Reviewed On 07/30/2021

This is my most worn piece of gear. Early season I team it up with a Grinder half zip and as the season goes on and gets colder I team it up with a Gradient hoodie and have hunted down to the mid 20s comfortably. Throw the Delta wading jacket on too of that you are set!

Reviewed On 07/14/2021

I've never been a vest kind of guy but I pulled the trigger on this one to use for both deer & ducks as a windproof layer. Man have I been missing the boat.... this thing is incredible. It's every bit as advertised. It's phenomenal at breaking the wind & had no issues in keeping me dry in a light rain. The chest handwamer pockets are a great touch when wearing waders and when wearing a backpack. Most backpacks cover the standard pockets on the vest and these were still accessible when I'd stop to catch my breath. This has become an absolute staple in my clothing. I've worn it from single digit temps on up and it's been the key in keeping me comfortable.

Reviewed On 03/03/2021

4 stars because of the sizing. I fall in between sizes on a lot of sitka stuff. I'm 5'11, 155 lbs, 32 waist, skinny build. My grinder hoody is a large and runs fairly big, but the medium fits like spandex. I've opted to buy large in most sitka outerwear. I scoured the internet looking for detailed information on the sizing of this vest, and ultimately went with a medium based of a review in the comments here. The vest fits perfectly EXCEPT for that it is skin tight around the bottom. I can't raise my arms without it riding up and then sitting higher when I lower them. I will be exchanging it for the large. I've never experienced that with any garment, and it's really odd considering how the rest of the piece fits, form fitting but still with ample room to layer. In terms of the design, materials, etc., it's top notch.

Reviewed On 02/25/2021

Love this vest, cuts the wind. I’m 200 lbs and 6’1 and wear a large. I wear the core midweight, with a grinder hoodie and then this vest. Great combo when setting up and picking up.

Zach Miller
Reviewed On 02/25/2021

Love the vest as a whole, the warmth isn't that much but honestly I got it for the wind blocking ability, 5/5 all day long!

Taylor Henke
Reviewed On 12/06/2020

I love this thing. Its not super bulky allowing great maneuverability. Super comfortable I wear this casually even with the marsh pattern. The only con I can think of is it isn't extremely stealthy but is durable. The chest pocket i wish was slightly larger to fit my phone. Aside from that the arm holes stretch. Definitely worth it its a nice dressy design too like something you would see in Cinch or Ariat western clothing. I've owned this thing for about 2 or 3 years now. I live in Texas so its not always cold. But man does it protect from the wind. I choose this over a wind breaker. I wear this every season when the temps get down and I'm always looking forward to it. Its probably my favorite piece of clothing that I own.

Steve Kane
Reviewed On 12/01/2020

Love the vest. I am 5 ft 9 245 lbs ordered the xxl and it fits perfect. It’s about 27 and 1/2 inches from arm pit to arm pit. The vest is very well made and very this which means light weight. But with the wind blocker and Gortex it’s what I needed to go under my other Sitka jackets. That way when I am to warm I can take the Boreal jacket off but have some protection. Magnet closure on the upper chest is great for my cell phone and easy access. Two lower zip pockets and two upper hand warmer pockets.

Chris Gardner
Reviewed On 11/29/2020

I love this vest. I wear a Med on this vest and a large Duck Oven jacket. I'm 6ft 180

Rob Abe
Reviewed On 11/26/2020

Love this piece of gear and I use it as my outer layer for most of the WI duck season. When the temperature dips I will add the Dakota vest for warmth.

Michael Benninghoff
Reviewed On 07/15/2020

This is a great, low weight vest. Like everything I’ve worn or handled from Sitka, you can feel the quality and durability. It cuts the wind amazingly. The hand warming “pockets” above the wader line are a very useful addition. All the pockets are very roomy. A very well thought-out piece. In the timber pattern, I was able to use this vest from dove season all the way to spring turkey season.

Caleb Allen
Reviewed On 01/20/2020

I love this vest and wear it on virtually every hunt under a hoodie, and paired with Delta Wading jacket. It's thin, warm, and non restrictive. It does a very good job insulating. I will say that of the 40+ pieces of Sitka gear I own, this is the only one that fit a little snug.

Chase Knieriem
Reviewed On 11/24/2019

Amazing vest super warm and layering over a sweatshirt or other Sitka hoodies. Keeps heat in well and wind away.

Zack young
Reviewed On 09/28/2019

Absolutely love this vest! With my midweight zip up and a hoodie underneath you won’t get cold. A+

ryan huttner
Reviewed On 08/06/2019

This vest is great, with a nice hoodie and this vest you can stay warm and keep your arms free! A+

Chandler Daggett
Reviewed On 06/17/2019

This is my most worn piece of gear during duck season or working around camp by our entire crew. Comfortable, durable & amazingly warm. The Gore Windstopper works! Definitely recommend!

Reviewed On 06/12/2019

Tried and true, this will keep your core warm in any environment with proper layering. Early season, over a lightweight hoody, late season, over a gradient and under a Hudson. Never a disappointment, there is a reason this is one of the most sought after pieces from waterfowlers year to year. One piece of advice, add at least one, if not two exterior shell pockets just like the Hudson jackets so we can shed a layer and still have placement for shells. Even my advice doesn't fault this product from being FOUR STAR. Great job, great product. Sitka isn't a brand, it's a way of life!

Jake Lonier
Reviewed On 10/14/2018

I’ve never been a vest guy until I tried this one on and it’s one of my favorite Sitka pieces. Very warm and wind proof. Drawstrings in each pocket to tighten the bottom so it stays tight if worn under a jacket or waders. 10/10 would reccomend. 6’ 1” 230 and I bought an XXL. Too big for a t shirt but perfect for sweatshirts.

James Zambetti
Reviewed On 07/30/2018

I got this before the beginning of this past waterfowl season, and I have been nothing less than impressed. Wearing this in combination with my Midweight Zip-T is a perfect early-mid season clothing solution in Texas, and definitely my go-to upper layer. When the temperatures drop and I need additional warmth, I'll throw this on top of my Dakota Hoody or underneath my Hudson Jacket. It's a great layer to have and probably my favorite piece of Sitka Gear. Besides wearing it to go hunt, it is also great to wear day-to-day in the fall and winter. It's versatile to the point where I wear it hunting no matter what, it never gets left in my closet. It's durable, warm, comfortable, and ultra-functional. It's everything and more than what you'd want in a piece of hunting clothing. I'd buy this vest again and again.

Reviewed On 06/13/2018

Absolutely love this product! Like others have said it’s a shame you can’t give it 5 stars because this is one that deserves it. If you’re looking for a quality layering vest or even just a vest for when it’s just cold enough to need a little something more the Dakota Vest is it!

Reviewed On 01/16/2018

It's a bummer you can only give this vest 4 stars. I think it deserves 5! This was the piece that got me hooked on Sitka. It is an awesome piece of clothing that can be worn in all conditions. I have worn it on every waterfowl hunt I have been on this year. This vest will keep you warm in any and all conditions whether it is worn as a layering piece of on top of a Heavyweight Hoody. I am 6'4 200 lbs and the XL fits me perfect.

Ryan Lynch
Reviewed On 01/07/2018

This is a useful windblockong layer for early to mid season. It even can be a useful layer under another jacket. Gore is at forefront of windstopper tech. For as thin as it is, the Windstopper construction make it feel much warmer than it appears. Excellent piece to have in your closet.

Tom Dotson
Reviewed On 10/07/2017

Keeps you very warm on those brisk late early mid-season mornings.

Colton Wright
Reviewed On 03/21/2017

Definitely my go to in all conditions that I'm faced with.

Caleb Smith
Reviewed On 01/17/2017

When I got this jacket I wasnt sure I would wear it a ton. I was definitely wrong as I have worn this on every hunt I have been on this year. Midweight Core, Vest, Duck Oven, Hudson is how I layer with this. I am 6'1" 190 lbs and a Large fits me great, as with all Sitka, it is a tad small, but its just right for layering and is not constricting at all. I will be buying another one of these in a Solid color because its simply a good looking vest.

Juan Rodriguez Jr
Reviewed On 01/10/2017


brookes v
Reviewed On 10/21/2016

My go too. Shooting way more ducks when I wear it.

Anthony B
Reviewed On 09/22/2016

After recieving the Dakota Vest earlier this week, I was impressed at the durability, feel and overall quailty of it's design. Lightweight yet warm, For early - mid season this is a valued piece in the field moderating your body heat. Fit's true to size, easy accessable pocket locations. A truly great addition to your line of waterfowl gear. Exceptional job Sitka. My first piece of gear and will definately be ordering much more.

Ben B
Reviewed On 11/24/2015

This thing is incredible. Combined with the proper base and mid layers, it kept me at the perfect temperature during windy a 30 degree morning. I had fully intended on wearing a jacket after setting the spread but, due to the performance of the system, I simply forgot.

Jake S
Reviewed On 09/24/2015

Very pleased with my dakota vest. From early to late season, this is one heck of a piece. Early season I often combine this piece with a traverse zip t where as late season I will layer this under my dakota jacket or over my duck oven. Great piece to have in your arsenal.

Reviewed On 07/13/2015

Have used the vest more than I even thought possible. Fits true to size and adds just the right layer of warmth with enough pockets. This was designed by hunters for a hunter. Thanks

Reviewed On 05/24/2015

Not only do I wear this vest on nearly every early season waterfowl hunt, but I also use it as a layer as the year progresses. It fits perfectly (and snug) over my Traverse Zip T, allowing me to easily move without the 'bulkiness' of other vest on the market. Also, when they say windproof, they mean it! The protection and durability this product offers is second to none!

With multiple easily accessible pockets, there is plenty of room for a lot of infield necessities. The hand pockets on this vest are ideal for those brisk mornings and allow for a quick warm up in between calling sessions.

This vest is a necessity for any Waterfowler!

Brooks Heath
Reviewed On 03/20/2015

This is one of my key pieces of layering gear I own. It works great on those mild mornings with a light base layer for some core warmth as well as an additional layer on the blustery cold mornings when you just need a little more core heat. From layout hunts in the goose field to laying in a layout boat on the eastern shore this piece of gear allows a wide range of torso twist to kill those bird on the corners.

Back Porch Outfitters LLC
Reviewed On 02/22/2015

This vest is phenomenal. It provides the perfect barrier between you and the elements for your early to mid-season hunts. Whether out in the water wading, or in a ground blind, this vest is sure to be with me. Being a professional hunter and guide, durability is a must. This vest has survived an entire season without any sign of wear. With the perfectly placed hand pockets and oversized collar (great for keeping your lanyard in place), everything on this piece was amazingly designed. I highly recommend this piece to any and all waterfowl hunters!

Chad Offsafety
Reviewed On 12/09/2014

I've worn this vest for the entire 14-15 season so far. I have worn this vest all over and up and down the Pacific Flyway. From warm early season mornings over my Traverse zip t, to freezing temps in Eastern Washington under my Hudson. This vest does it's job, incredibly warm for how light it is... This is an essential piece of my waterfowling system. The optifade looks great at well. Gotta look good to hunt good. When you drop the coin on Sitka, it is a statement to the other guys in the sweat line or club that you know your gear and that you take your waterfowling seriously. *I am not a GORE tester, but would like to be lol.

Tom Guy
Reviewed On 11/17/2014

I love this product I hunt in the northeast and I wore the Dakota vest and Traverse hoody with a Core base layer into the first weeks of November with plenty of warmth no jacket required.. wind stopper is awesome!

Andrew Pals
Reviewed On 11/05/2014

Bought this vest right before the season started in Northern Indiana. I will tell you one thing, you will never find a better vest in your whole entire life. This thing, 100 percent, stops all wind no matter how hard it is blowing even 40 mile per hour gusts straight off lake Michigan. The next best thing is how wonderful the pocket placement is. This product was designed by hunters for hunters. Talk about a nice piece. Honestly at this point I expect nothing but the best from Sitka and they just keep on producing the most quality gear in the world. Thanks Sitka team

Reviewed On 10/30/2014

love this vest. wind stopper is a must in Dec in MN. Love all my Sitka gear.

Scott Read
Reviewed On 01/07/2014

This is a great garment, I wore it everyday of the season this past year. Early season it was nice with just a base layer to keep the wind off while keeping your core warm when driving a boat. Mid season it was perfect over a hoodie, and then latter it was a nice insulating layer under a jacket. The chest level hand warmer pockets are perfect while wearing waders. Would love to see it as a full jacket also, maybe a Dakota Vest/Jetstream Jacket hybrid.

Keith graffagnini
Reviewed On 08/14/2013

Great addition to your duck kit! It really keeps the wind off you. Duck hunting in Texas or Louisiana can be unpredictable. It typically warms up fast but the first 2 hrs from 5am to 7am can be brutal as the cold wet humidity can cut through most gear if not prepared. I have been caught in rain with this piece and the rain rolls right off and stays lite. It keeps your core warm and arms cool for the warm natured people. I pair this up with zip tee or core layers after sun comes up. It also is great everyday piece. I have been asked several times where I found this vest. I am not sponsored by anyone but consider myself as a Sitka Gear geek.

Ed Gramza
Reviewed On 07/29/2013

The Dakota Vest is a great addition to any waterfowl hunters system. The Windstopper layer helps to keep the chill off of you in the early morning. The vest can be used as an outer layer about the Traverse Zip-T or as an additional layer under a jacket. I use this vest in conjunction with my Pantanal Parka while sitting in the duck boat or the layout blind.

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