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Sitka Waterfowl Gear
My Columbia old school camo waterfowl jacket and liner are beat. It has given me good service for 35 years and really owes me nothing. I was considering purchasing some of the Sitka gear. They must have a dozen jackets, liners, hoodies. Anyone have any experience with this gear? Your observations greatly appreciated.

Joe
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Its expense but well made and designed now. I understand the early water fowling gear was designed by big game hunters but now it is different. I wear the goretex waterfowl proof coat and it works and is rugged.

They always says if you find a duck hunting coat that you like to buy two cause they'll stop making it by the time you wear out the first one.
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Sitka gear is the best I've seen. It's very pricey which is why I have so little of it. No doubt it's worth the price if you can afford it. If you're a veteran or in law enforcement you can get 40% off which would make it more reasonable, but still far from cheap.

The specific pieces you want will likely depend on where you're hunting. I'd like a Hudson jacket but the $550 price tag is a bit too much for me to swallow.
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Picked up a Dakota Pullover after end of season last year on good markdown. Well made garment but thought it would be warmer than it is. Probably good with a good heavyweight base layer to about 40 sitting still to be comfortably warm. Not waterproof and isn,t advertised as such. Material is fairly rugged compared to their Duckoven jkt. which i,d rip pretty easily in my use. I believe their hudson is their warmest jkt. Their sizing varies greatly within models of garment so check that out on their website if you decide to purchase. Theres a chart there to referance to. They,re trying to sell a layering system so might not be quite as cut and dry as just grabbing your old Columbia w/liner.
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I have the Dakota Hoodie, Duck Oven, and Fahrenheit jacket. All fantastic pieces. I simply love the warmth and windproofness of these three items. I was utterly shocked of how much warmer these items were compared to any other jacket I had worn in the past. IMO the Duck Oven is the warmest followed by the Fahrenheit jacket then the Dakota hoodie. However I tend to wear the Dakota hoodie the most waterfowl hunting as it is plenty warm on most of my hunts and the most durable of the 3 items. I use the Fehrenheit jacket mostly as a underneath layer when I deer hunt as it isnt nearly as durable as the other 2 items.
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You can go to there website answer a few questions and become a dealer. Get 40% off. We had a local guy do it and we all order through him. Makes the price little better, but still expensive. Boreal is suppose to be the warmest. Everybody says the Duck Oven is warm. I think the Dakota Hoodie is warmer. I go to a sporting goods store and try on for fit then order through my friend.
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I got the Duck Oven jacket for Christmas. I'm in SC so it's rarely below 20 degrees. The first time I wore it I was paddling in 35 degree weather to make a little wood duck hunt. This coat was so warm I had to stop in the river strip down to my bare skin to cool off and then peel out of a couple of layers due to overheating. LOL It's unbelievably warm probably because it doesn't breathe. Next time I paddle in, it'll be stored in a dry bag until I get to where I'm going.

I've never had a coat so lightweight and warm in my life.
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I was the guy laughing at the Sitka wearing guys. Until... my wife bought me ( bald) a Dakota hat. Warm as hell. My 20 some year old browning vortex jacket is wore out. I then got a Hudson. 100% dry coat and I was hooked from there. I?ve pretty much switched all my gear to Sitka. I will say it took a couple years to appreciate some of it and figure what combos work best together. Plus I?d never pay full price. Plenty of sales and great deals on Facebook.
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If you get on Leo Adventures, they offer discounting on multiple lines along with Sitka. It is for LE, Fire, Educator and more, it will get you a discount. If you are a vetran, you can go directly to Sitka and they will also give you the discount.
I have tried all sorts of various jackets over the years. Columbia, Drake, Beretta, RiversWest and Sitka has been the best. If it is a downpour, I go for my Grundens or Helly Hanson slicks.
I have been sold on the Sitka as I use it on Big Game and Waterfowl. I have the Hudson and Delta as my main go to jackets. I have the marsh and timber in both. I have picked up every piece of the marsh waterfowl they offer other than the waders. I went with Sitka as I am usually out chasing ducks and geese around 100-120 days a season. I like to be dry and warm on the inside, not soaked and cold.
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