Equinox Guard Pant in Optifade Subalpine
Insect Shield
Equinox Guard Pant in Optifade Subalpine
Insect Shield
Equinox Guard Pant in Optifade Subalpine
Equinox Guard Pant in Optifade Subalpine
Equinox Guard Pant in Optifade Subalpine
Equinox Guard Pant in Optifade Subalpine
Equinox Guard Pant in Optifade Subalpine
Equinox Guard Pant in Optifade Subalpine
Equinox Guard Pant in Optifade Subalpine
Equinox Guard Pant in Optifade Subalpine

Equinox Guard Pant

  • Big Game : Turkey : Optifade Subalpine
$249.00
(19 Reviews)

The Equinox Guard Pant helps prevent contact with insects in three distinct ways: limited skin exposure, bite-reduction fabric and built-in Insect Shield® protection. Comfortable and moisture-wicking, especially in hot, humid conditions, the pant is made from a lightweight SITKA-developed fabric that promotes airflow and features zippered leg vents that expel heat when moving fast and zip up for extra protection. Internal leg gaiters helps prevent against ticks and chiggers from crawling up your legs when worn under socks.

Product ID: #50247
This product is only sold in the United States.

Men's
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

  • 1. SLEEVE MEASURE

    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.

  • 2. CHEST SIZE

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

  • 3. WAIST SIZE

    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
  • P/F - PERFORMANCE FIT

    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.

  • S/F - STANDARD FIT

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

  • E/F - EXPEDITION FIT

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

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FEATURES & SPECS
  • Lightweight, breathable fabric with raised internal grid pattern promotes maximum airflow

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

  • Internal leg gaiters helps prevent ticks and chiggers from contacting your skin when worn under socks

  • Two YKK® zippered side leg vents with mesh gussets expel heat when moving fast

  • Front leg YKK® zip pockets for additional ventilation and storage

  • Dedicated knife pocket

  • Hidden suspender attachment points

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

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

  • Total weight: 13.5 oz.

  • Imported

Wind Protection
Water Protection
Durability
Warmth
Quietness
Breathability
Fit
Product is Standard Fit, designed to be layered for versatility.

Technology

Polygiene
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 Pant utilizes mechanical properties to help prevent contact with ticks and chiggers. A specialized high-gauge textile is utilized for comfortable, low-bulk internal leg gaiters designed to be worn inside socks, while textiles and vent promote air flow. 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

19 Reviews
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Daryl Damron
Reviewed On 11/24/2022

Great pants with some really cool features. The addition of built in knee pads would get them 5 stars, but without them they fall short of being a 5-star turkey hunting garment.

Anthony Smith
Reviewed On 10/22/2022

I absolutely love these pants. I wore them all season, except for one hunt. That one hunt where switched to a different brand made me a believer in the tech that is in these pants. That is the only day I had ticks on me all season. I hunted multiple States. Everything from the Swamps and Mountains of Tennessee to thickets of North Missouri. No ticks while wearing these.

Luke Williams
Reviewed On 10/11/2022

I took these pants archery elk hunting in September... LOVED them! For warmer weather and active pursuits, these pants breathe exceptionally well! The fabric breathes great, in addition to the hip vents and 45-degree angle mesh pockets! The fit was spot on for me and they felt great, especially hiking with a backpack. The fabric on the outside is quiet, very soft, and durable. For how lightweight and soft these pants are I was amazed at their durability as I took them through the thick brush and prickly country. The stretch is also great. I feel like these pants could easily be marketed toward more big-game pursuits. On those more chilly days, I layered with a merino long john and it worked great. Wouldn't recommend them for colder weather as that's not what they are made for. If you're looking for lightweight, quiet, breathable, stretchy, durable, and great-fitting pants the Equinox will fit your needs.

Derek Harvey
Reviewed On 08/18/2022

I bought the equinox hoody and really want to buy the pants but I feel like Sitka missed a great opportunity here to include pockets for knee pads. Not only are the knee pads great for turkey and elk hunting, the knee pads would be perfect for those hot early season whitetail hunts out of the saddle for some knee protection against the tree.

Jack
Reviewed On 07/03/2022

Almost the perfect pant (for me). I’ve always wanted Sitka to add a heat vent to their Mountain pant to make the perfect all season pant. I was very excited to see these pants with a heat vent and zippered pockets (unlike the Apex). However, these pants do not have knee pad pockets. I think for the price of these, the mesh pockets should have been sewn in and then the customer could purchase knee pads if desired. I’m having my wife’s seamstress see them in and she said it’ll be easy and not expensive. If you don’t care about knee pads then these pants are a 5 star, but I’ve got to give 4 stars since they are important to me.

Todd W
Reviewed On 05/24/2022

Equinox Guard Pants. I was a little skeptical about a pair of light weight hunting pants at the price point. After hunting all turkey season, I'm all in on them. Light enough for the humid VA turkey season and never had any bites from any of the spring bitters. Never found a tick anywhere on any price of the collection. Sizing was my normal 38" waist ( Wranglers, Carhartt and Sika) with enough room for a light bottom underneath on those cooler mornings if needed. I'm 6'-0"and 210 LBs. They do ride low like others have commented. My only complaint is the lack of back pockets but I knew that when I purchased them.

Ron Thompson
Reviewed On 05/18/2022

Pants are more than just a leg covering, they often are a critical gear in hunting. I plan on purchasing a pair in elevated II for this falls Archery Season but I am concerned that certain features such as a reliable place to hold the grunt tube as you work that target buck may be missing. I prefer a leg placement as it gets the grunt tube out of the way when drawing a bow. Nice to see Beau's comment here. I own about every piece for whitetail hunting from Sitka and it never lets me down hunting my property in Ohio or my hometown woods in PA. Keep up the great innovations.

S vasicek
Reviewed On 05/06/2022

Turkey and mushroom hunted in these 10-12 days. Never did see a tick advancing on the equinox playing field. Like this better than dousing clothes with chemical every couple weeks. Sure would have liked to have back pockets on these pants though!

Hans Solo
Reviewed On 04/29/2022

I echo the comments of the other review, "I just received my pants (28 Apr 22) and I ordered a size up based on previous comments and got a 40R" waist. They are exactly 2" too big for me and the legs aren't anywhere near tight." These pants do not run small, they are true to size. I will be returning my 40R and going with 38R.

John
Reviewed On 04/27/2022

Very comfortable pants. I wear a 37 in most sitka pants and based on reviews I sized up to 38. I am glad I did, they fit but are a little snug in the waist but everywhere else they are perfect.

Tom Ehrhart
Reviewed On 04/19/2022

Interesting comments so far on the sizing. I just received my pants (19 Apr 22) and I ordered a size up based on previous comments and got a 40R" waist. They are exactly 2" too big for me and the legs aren't anywhere near tight. Maybe they shrink if you wash in hot water (you are supposed to use cold). I would call them the same as my other pants (mountain, equinox, ESW, stratus, and traverse) so I would say order your normal size. I can't see using these for layering underneath, but there is room to go light layer if you want. I will need to exchange these for 38R when they come back in stock.

Len Cottrell
Reviewed On 04/16/2022

These pants run a bit tight in the waisted, but fit well in length as well as thighs. I have always had tree trunks for legs. These pants are snug, not tight, and fit well.
The cargo pocket could be a bit bigger, but it works well. I like the material for pocket knives. The interlocking cuff of the pants are great. They don't compress your legs, and provide plenty of overlap so no bugs crawl up your legs from your boots. Having insect guard and polygiene, help kill any stinks well as keep bugs off you. I think I like these more than the ESW pants. The ESW pants are thinner, less rigid, and stretch more than these pants. I am ok with having a thicker material to keep skeeters from biting my legs. They are a must have!!

Thomas
Reviewed On 03/10/2022

Nice quality but sized WAY small in the waist. I am 6'2 and 225 and usually wear a 38 tall. Length was good but size up at least one size (maybe two) in the waist. The pants also sit a bit lower than actual waist - closer to hip huggers (for those of you who remember).

Scott Cronin
Reviewed On 03/08/2022

Fantastic pants with venting all while helping prevent tick borne illnesses. The pants are very comfortable and functional. Very impressed and functionality second to none for turkey hunters.

Beau Martonik
Reviewed On 02/24/2022

The Equinox Guard Pant is exceptionally lightweight and breathable for those warm spring mornings. The hip vents on the pants allow for maximum airflow, but the mesh inside keeps the bugs out. Along that line, having tick repellant along with the internal liners in the pants to tuck into your socks 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 Pants are my favorite piece of hunting clothing that I've ever owned. They are so innovative. They provide me protection from ticks, chiggers, and mosquitos, yet they are quiet and comfortable. Their built-in, breathable zipper zones allow me to hunt the cool spring mornings and the hot southern afternoons in the same gear. I can't tell you how many people I've shown them to because they are a must-have.

Ricky Hart
Reviewed On 02/24/2022

The pant has the comfort of the grinder but provides reassurance against ticks and mosquitoes. Upon receiving the pants, there wasn’t any odor like other protectants have, not mention being concerned about any harmful liquids touching your skin. After using the pant 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.

Brett Ayers
Reviewed On 02/24/2022

The Equinox Guard Pants are legit. Quiet, comfortable and have all the features. Love the zip vents in the legs that allow air flow on those hot days. The Guard in the ankle area gives you comfort in knowing the ticks will not be crawling up your pant legs.

Cory Loeffler
Reviewed On 02/24/2022

I used the Guard Pant on every turkey hunt last spring and never pulled a single tick off my skin. Compared to when I used to only wear solid-colored pants so I could try spot ticks crawling on me before they reached my skin and picked up to a couple hundred off in a day, thousands a season!! They are quiet, breathe well with mesh backed vents, stretchy and super comfortable. They are similar to the Apex pant with some added features such as Insect Shield and tick stoppers. Tick borne diseases have scared the heck out of me because of my amount of exposure each year deer, turkey, waterfowl hunting and dog training. Lymes cases are high in the area I live and the effects of that disease can potentially kill you.

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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.

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