Equinox Guard Hoody in Elevated II
Insect Shield
Equinox Guard Hoody in Elevated II
Insect Shield
Equinox Guard Hoody in Elevated II
Equinox Guard Hoody in Elevated II
Equinox Guard Hoody in Elevated II
Equinox Guard Hoody in Elevated II
Equinox Guard Hoody in Elevated II
Equinox Guard Hoody in Elevated II

Equinox Guard Hoody

  • Whitetail : Turkey : Elevated II
(20 Reviews)

The Equinox Guard Hoody helps prevent contact with insects in three distinct ways: limited skin exposure, bite-reduction fabric and built-in Insect Shield®. Comfortable and moisture-wicking—especially in hot, humid conditions—it’s made from a SITKA-developed ultra-lightweight, breathable, tightly knit stretch fabric that helps prevent mosquito bites. It features a breathable mesh facemask and a long tail that tucks into your pants for maximum chigger/tick protection.

Product ID: #50248
This product is only sold in the United States.

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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  • Ultra-lightweight, breathable, tightly knit stretch fabric helps prevent against bites

  • Insect Shield® repels mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers and midges (no-see-ums)

  • Breathable mesh facemask deploys quickly and doesn’t obstruct vision

  • Long tail is designed to be tucked into pants for maximum chigger/tick protection

  • YKK® zippered chest pocket

  • UPF 50+ protection; treated with Polygiene® Odor Control Technology

  • Pair with Equinox Guard Pant and Glove for additional head-to-toe protection from insects

  • Total weight: 6.5 oz.

  • Imported

Odor Control
Moisture Wicking
Product is Expedition Fit, designed for full layering in all conditions.


Insect Shield

Why We Made This

Balancing the need for comfort in hot conditions with preventing contact with insects, tick and chiggers runs a fine line. A lot of existing solutions are bulky, too hot, include DEET or release smell into the environment. The Equinox Guard Hoody is a unique solution that utilizes mechanical properties to help prevent bites and permethrin built-in for the life of the garment. A specialized high-gauge textile has been both lab and field tested to reduce mosquito bites while remaining extremely lightweight, breathable and comfortable when worn in sweltering conditions where insects thrive. Providing a second element of protection, the entire garment is treated with Insect Shield which Repels mosquitoes, ticks, ants, biting flies, chiggers, and midges (no-see-ums), and does not require re-application.

Product Comments

20 Reviews
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Reviewed On 01/26/2023

Really like the gear, haven’t worn in field yet. But plan to use this for bow season and turkey season. The hoody ran big so had to replace large for a medium. All other gear I have is a large.

Reviewed On 01/25/2023

Sitka's insect shield is awesome and everything with is has become essential for me. I hunt tick infested areas on Long Island and mosquito ridden swamps in Florida. I definitely notice a difference in both bite numbers and just the volume of critters around me when I have these layers on. Besides the insect shield they are just a great lightweight base layer. They have replaced the Core Lightweight hoody for me when I hunt anywhere there might be bugs. I cannot recommend this and the other pieces of kit with insect shield enough.

John D
Reviewed On 12/27/2022

Great piece of kit. Very light weight for hot weather or can be worn under other layers. Built in face cover is nice, and if you choose not to wear it, it is loose enough not to strangle you. The thumb loops make it very nice to wear under a jacket without it bunching up.

Reviewed On 12/18/2022

It’s everything Sitka says it is. It’s a lot of money but when you where it the first time and fully test it it’s worth every Penny. Custom gear clothes for BOW hunters. Thank you Sitka for making great gear for bow hunters

David Montague
Reviewed On 12/13/2022

My favorite sun hoodie of all time — the insect shield works incredibly well and I would no longer consider wearing anything else once the mosquitoes come out.

It’s a very lightweight fabric but stood up to some heavy bushwhacking during the elk rut without taking any damage. I snagged it a few times where I was sure it would tear but it held strong. I’m sure it would be possible to damage without some care but I found the material to be surprisingly forgiving.

If it came in solids I might wear it every day in the summer.

Reviewed On 10/29/2022

This shirt works well in repelling mosquitos, I wore this into a wet creek bottom and didn’t get bit once. It is very comfortable material and fits well. My only complaint is, it is a little fragile for the jungle of the Pacific Northwest. This is great for most any conditions as it does not cause me to overheat, but should not be worn as an outer layer when going through brush.

Reviewed On 10/05/2022

Great quality as expected from Sitka. One thing though is the chest pocket. Just really confused as to why it is on the right side on this garment. It is the only shirt that has it on this side and renders the pocket useless. Not a deal breaker by any means, but like to be able to use all features of a product.

Josh schmidt
Reviewed On 09/10/2022

Just received this hoody. Really like it as a layer it is very stretchy as I got a xl because I wear everything else in xl and I could have easily went with a large! Will give more of a review when I use it this coming season!

Reviewed On 08/07/2022

Most used piece I use by far.

Reviewed On 06/07/2022

I originally bought a large and it was too big. Ordered a medium and it fit similar to a large lightweight hoodie. This top will do what the lightweight hoodie didn't and that was protect me from mosquitoes. I'll run this as my base layer in September. The fabric is really stretchy. I don't think it breaths as well as other tops. I like the right chest pocket because I'm left handed. It was like this top was made for just me.

Todd W
Reviewed On 05/24/2022

I used this shirt all turkey season in VA and was really pleased with it. Never had any ticks or bite's of any kind. Bought in XL and fit was on par for all my other Sitka shirts. I'm 6'-0" and 210Lb's. The only minor issue I have is the pocket. First, it's on my my shooting side and secondly, while it's roomy the material isn't hardy enough to support the weight of a cell phone so it pulls down. Not a deal breaker I just don't use it.

Reviewed On 04/27/2022

This is a great hoody and have enjoyed hunting in it. I wear a XXL in the core lightweight hoody so I purchased the same in the equinox guard. It was way too big so I returned it for an Xl and it fit perfect.

Reviewed On 04/26/2022

Wore my my first trip of the year. Wore it under a heavier hoodie and jacket on mornings that it was near 30 degrees. By 11 am just had this on as at top with temps in the 70s. Worried about wearing in the green briar so tried to stay out of them as much a possible. Got stuck one or two times and no rips.

Len cottrell
Reviewed On 04/16/2022

This is a great early season top. The chest pocket is massive. The facemask makes packing stuff in easier. It is great to not carry a separate mask. So far it seems the insect guard works. It is still early spring here, but mosquitoes are out, and I am fine. For those who want the lightweight of the ESW and the coverage of the light hoody, this is for you. The best part is you have protection from bugs as well as stink. Polygene, and insect guard make this top a must if you are going to be in the woods!!

Scott Cronin
Reviewed On 03/08/2022

Built in face mask, great fit, and features of this lightweight top is amazing. A fantastic piece for the spring turkey hunter. It is as essential to the turkey hunter as the fanatic hoody is to the deer hunter.

Donnie Wilson
Reviewed On 02/24/2022

I was fortunate enough to hunt in the Equinox shirt this past spring and was super impressed! The stretch and comfort of this piece is out of this world, seriously a game changer! The insect shield work flawlessly with zero chompers chomping. This shirt is honestly one of my favorite offerings from Sitka in a long time!

Beau Martonik
Reviewed On 02/24/2022

The Equinox Guard Hoody is exceptionally lightweight and breathable for those warm spring mornings. Having tick repellant along with the internal liners built into the garments is critical as ticks continue to get worse here in the northeast.

Wes McConnell
Reviewed On 02/24/2022

The Equinox Guard Hoodie was a wonderful addition to my hunting apparel. The built in insect guard is a life saver on those mornings when you run out of thermacell juice or you show up with no insect repellent. The built in face mask is a nice touch too! I usually put a layer underneath it if I think there's a chance I'll sweat, but when it gets wet- it dries out super fast.

Ricky Hart
Reviewed On 02/24/2022

The shirt had great breathability and the built in mask and hoodie is awesome. Upon receiving the shirt there wasn’t any odor like other protectants have, not mention being concerned about any harmful liquids touching your skin. After using the shirt I can confidently say I did not find a single tick on me after many sits beginning from mid April through the end of May.

Cory Loeffler
Reviewed On 02/24/2022

I used the Guard Hoody on every turkey hunt last spring and never pulled a tick off of my skin. It is super lightweight and breathable for late season spring hunts when temps start to climb. And you can easily layer underneath with a core heavyweight or grinder shirt for those chilly mornings. The shirt stretches and moves well. The hood/face mask combo has maximum coverage to minimize the chance of a pesky mosquito finding her way in.

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SITKA Team - 03.07.2022

Behind the Design: Equinox Guard

Getting eaten alive by bugs can turn an otherwise great hunt into a miserable experience. But even more importantly, insects like ticks and mosquitoes can carry all kinds of diseases, from Lyme disease to Rocky Mountain Spotted fever. In collaboration with Gore textile specialists, we looked to solve this problem.