The Dakota Jacket is a great versatile jacket utilizing Gore-Tex Infinium with Windstopper Technology, providing great protection from the elements while allowing for great breathability to move moisture while setting large spreads of decoys or for the long hike in.
Complete Windproof Protection: A 100% windproof GORE® WINDSTOPPER® membrane with a body-mapped high-loft Berber fleece interior seals out the cold without added bulk.
Reinforced Forearms: Added durability for crawling into layouts and pit blinds.
Hand Warmer Pockets: Hand warmer pockets placed high on the chest keep your hands warm without disturbing the necessities zippered into the lower security pockets.
Technology: WINDSTOPPER® Laminate, Durable Water Repellent Finish
GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Marsh:
Specialized systems and concealment built to handle the heat, cold, rain, snow, wind, cattails, cornstalks, muck and finicky flocks found in water and dry field marsh environments.
Environment: Marsh / Field
Scenario: Dry Field, Wetlands
GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Timber:
Advanced concealment, specialized features and reliable durability constructed for the world of backwater waterfowl hunting.
Bought the Dakota Jacket last year and love it. Best piece of Sitka gear I have. I primarily layout/field hunt and this jacket is great for the WI weather. I wear this early season over top of a long sleeve when its raining. Mid to late season I pair it with a Core Midweight Zip-T and the Gradient Hoody to last well into late October early November. This jacket is great against the wind, freezing rain, and snow. It is also very lightweight, comfortable, and not bulky at all.
Its a great jacket but, personally, I like the Dakota Hoody better. I have the "old style" hoody, so it fits a little tighter. The Large Jacket to me, was a little baggy in the chest/shoulders. It is very durable and you will not feel any wind at all with this thing. It is also is very water resistant. I haven't been in an outright downpour in it, but I have been in rain with it enough to know it will definitely do the trick.
I’ve never been much on bossiest as there sometimes difficult to take off in the water. When the Dakota jacket came out, I had to have it. Like a fellow guide and friend of mine once said, “the Dakota is the only camp you need, it does it all”. And he was right. It’s warm, but not to warm, free movement and VERY durable. Definitely one thing that goes hinting 60 days starting in November.
Has to be the best all around piece of gear they sell. If you have a grinder hoody get this In a jacket, if you have the grinder half zip get this in the hoody. This piece is the pinnacle of sitka waterfowl clothing. Warm, wind proof, water resistant, great warm pockets with thick fleece, huge chest pocket, athletic fit. I own a lot of gear and I love it all. If I was starting a system it would be with this piece first. I love layering a grinder hoody and Fahrenheit vest underneath. It is all the perfect cut when places together. I was wearing it in my 60* bed room for about 5 minutes before I got too hot and had to take it off. Doesn't restrict movement like usual when you have all those layers on. I can't stress enough how nice of a jacket this truly is. Buy it. It is the best piece of gear that sitka sells without a doubt.
Deceivingly warm, in a good way. This is my first piece I’ve owned from Sitka, and I was a little skeptical but Must say I’m impressed. I’ve been using this jacket deer hunting here in Georgia. Looking forward to getting it in the duck blind soon but either way this thing is lightweight, solid and super warm. It’s kept me toasty on windy mornings in the low 30’s with a base layer and vest underneath. It’s really nice to have something flexible and non restrictive that’s not super heavy and bulky. If there were a 6 star rating, it would be appropriate for this jacket!
I love this jacket! I am a huge fan of the hoody, but I always wanted it in jacket form. I immediately tested out layering a Grinder hoody, with a gradient underneath it (my go to under the DH) and it layers very well with plenty of freedom of movement. I can’t wait to test this system in the elements of Wisconsin.