GORE ™ OPTIFADE™ Elevated II
New in 2015, is our GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Elevated II pattern, the new and improved version of our Elevated Forest pattern. While utilizing the same technology and methods of concealment as our previous Elevated Forest pattern, the Elevated II pattern has been fine-tuned to better handle the changing seasons so it functions more as an all-season pattern while also allowing for further engagement distances. By compensating for the transformative nature of the canopy from late summer to early winter we’ve made the Elevated II pattern the ultimate concoction for extending your hunting season and your concealments effective range—putting you another step ahead of the game.
The GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Elevated II pattern is designed for whitetail hunters. Its macro and micro pattern configurations echo the higher contrast of bright sky against the shaded underside of foliage, while allowing hunters to extend their season as the leaves change. It’s designed for engagement ranges of 80 yards and under, and keeps you undetectable at 15 feet up in a tree stand.
Bobby Kendall is a country musician who hangs up the guitar as soon as fall rolls around. He spends half the year based in Lake George, New York, traveling for gigs, and the other half split between Kansas, Ohio, Illinois and Iowa where he maximizes every available whitetail season.
“If I hear they’re killing big deer anywhere in the Midwest, I’ll start knocking on doors, putting ads in the paper... whatever I have to do. I don’t wait for the big bucks to come to me. I’ll go to them,” Kendall says.
We asked him how many days he spends in the stand each year. He paused for a moment and said in his grinning semi-drawl, “Dude, it’d be a lot. I typically start with early muzzleloader season in Kansas, then into the pre-rut and rut in Ohio and Illinois. And then I roll into Iowa’s late season. I’ve never tried to count the actual number of days.”
When he was 19, he dropped out of pharmacy school to chase dual dreams of music and hunting. For years, he guided whitetail all fall and played more than 100 local gigs during the three-and-a-half months of summer.
The dreams have grown, and often bleed into one another. While music provides Bobby’s livelihood, we get the sense that hunting has a tighter hold on him.
NEW KEY WHITETAIL GEAR
Our quietest windproof top, we built the new Fanatic Vest to warm your core when deer spook at the mere rumor of noise. Insulated with Primaloft, sealed with GORE® WINDSTOPPER® Technology, and silenced with high loft, wet printed fleece. Wear it with the Celsius Series to keep your decibels down well into the late season.
Breathable enough for the afternoon heat, with just enough warmth for the sunrise snap, the new Fanatic Lite Bib specializes in all-day, early-season sits. The ultra-quiet hexagonal grid fleece construction purges excess heat, while full 2-way side zips allow additional venting and make for easy on-and-off. The Quantum adjustable suspenders maintain the correct elevation without the buckles that cause hotspots under your harness.
Lightweight and ultra-breathable, the CORE Neck Gaiter keeps the sun off your neck and pulls up for concealment when things heat up.
Minimalist in weight and bulk, the Bino Harness secures your glass to your chest while charging cross country. Non-elastic shoulder straps hold elevation, while stretch-woven cross straps let you breathe easy.