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SITKA Gear was born from the belief that the experience of hunting is as important — if not more important — than the harvest. Going places few people go and enduring weather that keeps most hunters home is the fabric of our Tribe. We live for the uncommon experiences and awe-inspiring moments found through the pursuit. Hunting offers a focus rarely afforded to us in the constant distraction we face in our day-to-day lives. It provides a meaningful connection to the wild around us, and it awakens the wild still within us. This connection grounds us, gives us much-needed perspective, and shapes our lives far beyond a day spent in the field.


Innovation became an obsession, and we continue to approach our mission methodically, one problem and one solution at a time, constantly refining, constantly questioning ourselves in an effort to enhance every aspect of the pursuit. While we believe our gear fundamentally improves hunter safety and success, our ultimate mission at SITKA is to solve these problems so hunters can focus less on their gear and more on the extraordinary experience hunting provides.

GEAR & CONCEALMENT

As GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Open Country continued to prove its effectiveness in the field, we quickly began to apply the OPTIFADE™ concept and technology to other pursuits. We developed a whitetail pattern specifically designed around the vertical environment of tree stand hunting. We created two innovative waterfowl patterns informed by research on the vision of ducks and geese in flight. And in 2016, we introduced GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Subalpine for hunting ungulates from ground level at close range in vegetated terrain.


Each pattern is optimized to exploit the visual processes of highly evolved quarry, and each is paired with premium gear specialized for a specific pursuit to give the modern hunter effective tools developed through science and proven in the field.

BIG GAME

Big Game pursuits vary from one species or environment to another, but they all share a common thread: crossing expanses of terrain to get within striking distance of animals that are infinitely better suited to these wild places. SITKA Big Game products give hunters the tools needed to excel in these challenging conditions. From blistering heat to frigid winter storms and dense forests to desolate rocky ridges, our specialized systems are built to enhance performance with advanced fabrics, specialized design, and the only concealment patterns scientifically designed to confuse the vision of big game animals. 


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GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Open Country is scientifically optimized for engagement ranges of 40 yards and beyond at ground level in rocky terrain above the timber line. 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 Subalpine is designed for stalking and ambushing ungulates from ground level in tree-covered and vegetated terrain. Subalpine is optimized for engagement ranges of 50 yards and less. 

WHITETAIL

Whitetail deer possess hyperactive senses of smell and hearing. They can also see the most subtle movement even at distance or elevation. SITKA Whitetail products feature advanced fabrics and designs that minimize noise and scent and regulate body temperature across a wide range of conditions, working with the hunter to enhance focus and precision. They also utilize the only concealment pattern scientifically engineered to confuse the vision of deer: GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Elevated II. 


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GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Elevated II is designed for whitetail hunters in an elevated position. 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 or less and keeps the hunter undetectable at 15 feet up in a tree stand. 

WATERFOWL

From the timber to the marsh and meandering rivers to the open ocean, waterfowl hunting conditions and strategies vary far and wide. SITKA Waterfowl Systems integrate into any hunt, offering versatile layering options, refined fits, advanced technologies and specialized features designed to completely optimize the waterfowl experience. They also offer the only waterfowl patterns scientifically engineered around the vision of descending ducks and geese: GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Waterfowl Marsh and GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Waterfowl Timber. 


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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. While most patterns are designed as though the bird is on the ground looking at the hunter, the Marsh pattern utilizes a swirling effect to exploit the vision of birds in constant motion above the hunter. The optimal engagement distance is 35 yards at 45-degree and steeper angles.

GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Waterfowl Timber is optimized for engagement distances of 10 to 40 yards in the darker environments of flooded timber. Because water reflects both the brightness of the sky and the dark underside of the canopy, the pattern displays areas of high contrast. As a bird descends closer to the hunter, its environment darkens, which is represented in the pattern’s overall darker appearance.

EVERYDAY

We seek a closer connection to the wild, beyond the confines of a hunting season. We make gear for your pursuit of mastery — from dream hunts to working the back 40 — constantly innovating and obsessing over the details to enhance the life we live as hunters, 365 days a year. 


Article By: SCHEELS