Sitka Gear Review: Mountain Pant and Core Lightweight Hoody

It’s one thing to look at a piece of gear from the comfort of home and it’s another altogether to use it in the field. When I can, I like to test gear on actual hunts to see how it will perform in a real-world hunting situation. With this in mind, I had the opportunity to thoroughly test the Sitka Mountain Pant and Sitka Core Lightweight Hoody on a recent moose hunt in northern Alberta. This hunt was my first experience with Sitka apparel.

The weather was unseasonably warm on this hunt. While I had other clothing, the Sitka items were the lightest weight clothing I had along on this hunt. Given the warm weather, I kept reaching for the Sikta gear each morning and ended up wearing it every day for six days of hunting.

The surprising thing – after not showering and wearing the same clothes for a week – was the utter lack of smell. I should have been downright foul by the end of this hunt, but I smelled much better than I deserved to. Sitka attributes this to its proprietary odor-eliminating technology. I and my mates in the wall tent can attest to its effectiveness.

Sitka Mountain Pant – Overview

Sitka Mountain Pant

The Sitka Mountain Pant is a versatile pair of big game hunting pants. With proper layers, I can see this one pair of pants taking you from early season to late season elk without a problem. The material is synthetic and very water-repellent. I found the mountain pants to be exceedingly comfortable and with a bit of stretch in the right areas. I also found them to be extremely durable. There were several times when I was sure that I had snagged them in the bush, but they always came away without any rips or tears.

Mountain Pant – Specifications

  • GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Subalpine is designed for stalking and ambushing ungulates from ground level in tree-covered and vegetated terrain.
  • Weight: 26.2 oz. // Size: L
  • Fabric: 4-Way Stretch-Woven Polyester.
  • Durable Water Repellent finish resists light precipitation and prevents the face fabric from wetting out.
  • Articulated Fit: Delivers a maximum range of motion with minimal bulk.
  • Removable Knee Pads: Removable knee pads offer additional protection whether you’re scrambling through talus in the Northern Rockies, picking your way through cactus in the Sonoran Desert, or field dressing an animal.
  • Imported
  • Price: $209 (At this writing)

Sitka Core Lightweight Hoody – Overview

Sitka Core Lightweight Hoody

The folks at Sitka designed the Core Lightweight Hoody to be a foundational piece of their clothing system. It’s an excellent base for layering, and on a warm-weather hunt like mine, it was all I needed to wear on top. It has just the right amount of stretch and was super comfortable. I appreciated the integrated hood and facemask and the zip breast pocket is perfect for your phone or diaphragm calls.

Core Lightweight Hoody – Specifications

  • GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Subalpine is designed for stalking and ambushing ungulates from ground level in tree-covered and vegetated terrain.
  • Weight: 6.6 oz. // Size: L
  • Body and Hood Fabric: Quick-Dry, Lightweight Comfort Stretch Knit (100% Polyester)
  • Facemask Fabric: Quick-Dry, Lightweight Stretch Mesh (88% Polyester/12% Elastane)
  • Polygiene® Odor Control Technology safely neutralizes odor caused from sweat.
  • Stretch Thumb Loops: Shed layers with ease without compromising your foundational layer.
  • Built-In Ultra Breathable Mesh Face Mask: Conceal your face on the move and increase your success rate.
  • Imported
  • Price: $129 (at this writing)

Sitka Mountain Pant and Sitka Core Hoody – Final Thoughts

Sikta is a premium outdoor brand and for me, they lived up to the hype. The quality was top notch and they made my hunt more comfortable. I reviewed these items together because they work as a system. If you’re considering investing in Sitka gear, these are the two pieces I’d recommend that you start with as they will cover a wide range of hunting scenarios.

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