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Old 12-27-2019, 06:44 PM   #1
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So I am looking to pick up a few pieces of quality hunting apparel, pants jacket and a couple of shirts. I donít need it for Texas but have some western hunts and AK/Canada in the next few years that I will want quality outerwear and base layers.

I donít even know where to start as far as Sitka, First lite, Kuiu, Pythal, or any of the other various brands. Looking for quality and performance while keeping cost in mind

So what is the consensus as far as good and what to avoid. Also any good outlets for discounted sales
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Old 12-27-2019, 06:49 PM   #2
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KUIU, SITKA buy it once cry once, sitka has a lifetime warranty.
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Old 12-27-2019, 07:00 PM   #3
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My plythal stuff has been great. Check camofire from time to time. They ran some on great sales last year.

Sitka core heavy weight base later is unbelievable!
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Old 12-27-2019, 07:09 PM   #4
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wish i would have took a better look into some of these before i bought all new carhartt apparel this past year. its rugged and i like it but its bulky and can be pricey also
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Old 12-27-2019, 07:11 PM   #5
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So I am looking to pick up a few pieces of quality hunting apparel, pants jacket and a couple of shirts. I donít need it for Texas but have some western hunts and AK/Canada in the next few years that I will want quality outerwear and base layers.

I donít even know where to start as far as Sitka, First lite, Kuiu, Pythal, or any of the other various brands. Looking for quality and performance while keeping cost in mind

So what is the consensus as far as good and what to avoid. Also any good outlets for discounted sales

Badlands is 50% off. All quality stuff.
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Old 12-27-2019, 07:11 PM   #6
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...where do yall try this stuff on at
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Old 12-27-2019, 09:29 PM   #7
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I use a mix of First Lite and some of the gorp eater brand
for base is usually first lite, black ovis or patagonia
usually a first lite or TNF mid-weight fleece
in cold I will use a patagonia R1
Currently using MyTrailco down

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Old 12-27-2019, 09:44 PM   #8
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For base layers I'd focus on merino wool stuff. Kuiu, badlands, sitka, whoever's has the best deal for the weight you want. I have kuiu and first lite wool stuff, as well as a black ovis heavyweight hoodie.
Once you have base layers, figure out how you hunt and what peices cover the needs you actually have to have filled. Pants were actually the hardest one for me to pick. I went with kryptek alaios.
I dont really subscribe to one company but so far really like the things I've gotten and they've all served their purpose well.
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Old 12-27-2019, 09:46 PM   #9
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...where do yall try this stuff on at
Unfortunately dont get to alot of the time. But they're usually good at swapping sizes with you
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Old 12-27-2019, 09:47 PM   #10
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Black ovis and under armor also have some good base and mid layers that you can pick up for a good price. The black ovis merino stuff pops up on Camofire frequently. I’ve picked up some good deals on under armor and kryptek on amazon.
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Old 12-27-2019, 09:47 PM   #11
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In for responses too

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Old 12-27-2019, 09:48 PM   #12
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So the badlands mutton base layer a good option? Pretty good price with the discount.

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Old 12-27-2019, 09:51 PM   #13
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So the badlands mutton base layer a good option? Pretty good price with the discount.

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Yup, especially with the discount, it's a steal.
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Old 12-27-2019, 10:55 PM   #14
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To me it depends on what type of hunting you’re doing. Sitka has different lines for different types of hunting. Kuiu is mostly for active hunting. Bothof these are layer-based systems. I have some pieces from each line and each is great when used as intended. I joinedseveral fb groups to learn from the members what they use and why.
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Old 12-27-2019, 11:11 PM   #15
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Another vote for badlands since they 50% off right now. Great gear I have the Venture Jacket thatís been great so far.


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Old 12-28-2019, 09:09 AM   #16
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Big fan of Sitka. If you can get past the price and figure out what layering works for your needs youíll not want to use anything else


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Old 12-28-2019, 09:53 AM   #17
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I've gotten rid of everything else and am 100% KUIU now.


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Old 12-28-2019, 09:59 AM   #18
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Kuiu for me. Comfortable and holding up good.
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Old 12-28-2019, 10:04 AM   #19
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Kuiu. It’s much lighter than Sitka and plenty warm for my needs of I layer correctly
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Old 12-28-2019, 10:27 AM   #20
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If you really want to research the subject and what works for the various types of hunting out west, get on Rokslide forum. It’s an invaluable resource for information on all things out west. Most people will end up buying way more stuff than they need. If you are packing in, with weight on your back, you’ll need less clothing, even in colder temps. Once you get to a glassing spot, or a location that you are not moving, a good down puffy over your base layers will cover you 75% of them time. You have to factor in where your are hunting, time of year, “possible” types of weather.....etc.
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Old 12-28-2019, 10:30 AM   #21
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I have a ton of Kuiu and Sitka. Kuiu wins if youíre moving while hunting. Itís lightweight. Sitka shines when hunting stationary. Where it really outperforms Kuiu is itís ability to block the wind.

My Sitka merino base layers are the best hunting clothes items I own.


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Old 12-28-2019, 10:36 AM   #22
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First things first I have to get back in shape but will be looking for a good base layer, jacket pants and a vest coupled with good gloves and rain gear.


Looking forward to some new experiences away from a blind
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Old 12-28-2019, 10:38 AM   #23
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I have a ton of Kuiu and Sitka. Kuiu wins if youíre moving while hunting. Itís lightweight. Sitka shines when hunting stationary. Where it really outperforms Kuiu is itís ability to block the wind.

My Sitka merino base layers are the best hunting clothes items I own.


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I didnít completely buy into Sitka being with it. However, I have the core heavy base layers and unreal! Hunter a few weeks ago in the base , and early season pants and jacket - 35 Deg light N wind.
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Old 12-28-2019, 10:42 AM   #24
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First things first I have to get back in shape but will be looking for a good base layer, jacket pants and a vest coupled with good gloves and rain gear.


Looking forward to some new experiences away from a blind
Buying expensive hunting gear is a good motivator to get and stay fit... wife would be pretty ticked off if I had to buy more cause I got fat! Which reminds me... I need to watch it the rest of the holidays or I will be in this predicament lol
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Old 12-28-2019, 10:52 AM   #25
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Just picked up the new badlands reactor pack, mutton leggings and the rifle boot to carry the bog death grip tripod for $120 shipped thanks to the year end sale
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Old 12-28-2019, 11:15 AM   #26
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I am slowly transitioning to mostly KUIU, great product once you find what fits you.
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Old 12-28-2019, 04:45 PM   #27
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I have a ton of Kuiu and Sitka. Kuiu wins if youíre moving while hunting. Itís lightweight. Sitka shines when hunting stationary. Where it really outperforms Kuiu is itís ability to block the wind.

My Sitka merino base layers are the best hunting clothes items I own.


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Agree with this 100% until the last sentence but to each their own.

I prefer the First Lite merino (if there is a need for camo base layers on your hunt) or SmartWool has some great stuff if you are ok with solids. The one things I will not budge on with my standard gear is plenty of zippers. I will only buy merino shirts that are quarter or half zip. I wonít buy pants without hip vents. And I wonít buy jackets (other than insulation layers) that donít have pit vents. Those things allow me to regulate temp on the fly and that is important when you are hunting out west.


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Old 12-28-2019, 04:52 PM   #28
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This is good stuff (info).
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Old 12-28-2019, 09:41 PM   #29
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Iíve enjoyed some ďpredatorĒ Camo I used this year. Really fits n feels good. Some colors appear shiny to me, but the fall grey doesnít. Have some Sitka That is nice but $$$. Iím too fat for Kuiu


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Old 12-28-2019, 10:09 PM   #30
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Kuiu zip-off base layers are awesome if your going to be moving and it warms up.
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Old 12-28-2019, 10:48 PM   #31
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Yup, especially with the discount, it's a steal.
Hope so, I just bought a couple of tops and bottoms with the 50% off sale.
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Old 12-28-2019, 10:51 PM   #32
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really wanted the mutton long sleeve also but theyre out of most sizes
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Old 12-29-2019, 08:18 AM   #33
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I have both KUIU and Sitka, your not going to go wrong either way. I’d say overall I prefer the Sitka to the KUIU but honestly I can’t tell you why, it’s just what I wear more. Go with whichever one you like the look of more. I’ve had both for several years and used both about equally no complaints yet.
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Old 12-29-2019, 12:50 PM   #34
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Minus 33 for merino baselayers and I have a mixture of outerwear, kuiu mostly, FL and alittle sitka.

They are all good but I prefer the athletic fit of kuiu.
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Old 12-29-2019, 05:59 PM   #35
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Any of you Kuiu guys want a deal on a closet full, I have been kicking around the idea of selling off all of my stuff, as western big game hunting just isn’t in the cards for me for at least the next couple of years.

I have hesitated because I have a LOT of stuff...I would guess around 20-30 pieces and a retail value of $3,500-4,000. Would be looking to unload it all to one buyer or a couple of guys could split it up, I don’t want to go piecemeal.

Most everything is Verde with just a couple of Vias pieces. All in the 34-36” waist range on pants and XL to XXL on tops, maybe also a couple of 3XL, I would have to look.
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Old 12-29-2019, 06:10 PM   #36
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Overall Sitka is king IMO. The thing that makes it edge Kuiu is its consistency and it fits like it should. Other than that you can find lines with each that do the exact same thing. There is one piece Kuiu has that you don’t get with the others and that is the merino zip off bottoms and that’s something everyone will love. Keep in mind no company makes the best of everything.

It’s good to look into some hiking brands also though as you can get some of the same gear cheaper without the camo

Here is an idea of what I take 99% of the time

Kuiu merino top and zip off bottoms
Sitka 90% jacket or Sitka core heavyweight hoodie
Sitka Ascent pants or Marmot Scree pants (marmot is slightly warmer)
Sitka Kelvin down hooded jacket
Sitka stormfront raingear
Currently RAB gaiters but by next hunt will be moved to Kuiu

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Old 12-29-2019, 06:30 PM   #37
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Man this has had some good info and I see that they have features I didnít even know about. Going to hit up the stores and get a feel for the product on the shelf. Now to get serious on the fitness.

All this cold weather talk as I sit in the deer blind with a pair of pants and a t-shirt
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Old 12-29-2019, 06:55 PM   #38
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Can someone post a link where Badlands can be found 50% off plz.
I find lots of sites but not the 1/2 price stuff. Thanks
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Old 12-29-2019, 07:05 PM   #39
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Can someone post a link where Badlands can be found 50% off plz.
I find lots of sites but not the 1/2 price stuff. Thanks
https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...d.php?t=753634

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Old 12-29-2019, 08:12 PM   #41
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I would encourage anyone in the market to try on (if possible) before committing to a brand based on fit. What fits better for one person wonít fit another. And just because one brand has certain things that may work better for you it doesnít mean that other pieces from other quality brands wonít work. Iíve got a ton of Kuiu, Sitka and First Lite. For me, Iím not a fan of the way Sitka fits for active hunting. It may work for you. But when Iím packing for an elk hunt or a mule deer hunt Iíve got a hodge podge that Iíll take with me because trial and error has taught me what works best for ME.
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I would encourage anyone in the market to try on (if possible) before committing to a brand based on fit. What fits better for one person won’t fit another. And just because one brand has certain things that may work better for you it doesn’t mean that other pieces from other quality brands won’t work. I’ve got a ton of Kuiu, Sitka and First Lite. For me, I’m not a fan of the way Sitka fits for active hunting. It may work for you. But when I’m packing for an elk hunt or a mule deer hunt I’ve got a hodge podge that I’ll take with me because trial and error has taught me what works best for ME.
Kuiu and Sitka should fit the same with Kuiu its just figuring out what size actually fits. I might have medium large and Xl where Sitka I can get all the same size. Makes it simple when the measurements online work

The hodge podge way definitely ends up being better overall picking the best of each

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Old 12-30-2019, 12:47 AM   #43
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sitka…...all the way. I wish I would have used their stuff years ago. it costs an arm and a leg but I don't even use heaters in the blind.....their stuff has been DURABLE even in cactus....everything is well thought out, warm and lightweight......like its made with fairy dust. if youre in houston west Houston archery has sitka
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