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Napa, CA - December 7, 2009 - Sitka today announced that it will launch a new system of performance hunting gear optimized for wooded environments. The Sitka forest system features base layers, mid-layers and outerwear to keep hunters comfortable, protected from the elements and effectively concealed from their prey. Napa-based Sitka has been manufacturing performance hunting gear for open country hunters since 2005.
The launch of forest gear is a significant step into a new market for the fast-growing Sitka brand. Up to 78% of the more than $10.7 billion hunting gear market consists of hunters who hunt whitetail deer in forest environments.*
Sitka's guiding principle has always been to design and manufacture the highest quality gear for the performance hunter,â said Sitka Founder, Jonathan Hart. Whether that hunter is actively stalking prey in the mountains, or poised for hours in a tree stand, we want him to stay comfortable, concealed and focused - improving his chances of success.â
Managing Heat and Moisture
The Sitka system of gear relies on basic scientific principals of heat and moisture management. Moisture-wicking base layers keep skin dry - cooling hunters in warm environments and highly active hunts, and keeping hunters warm in colder temperatures. Sitka outerwear uses a combination of insulation like down and PrimaLoft® and high-tech protective textiles - including waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX® and windproof, breathable INDSTOPPER technical fabrics - to shield the wearer from the elements. Hunters can layer Sitka gear in combination to suit the conditions they face in the field. Sitka designed the new forest system of gear to address the specific challenges of hunting in a forest environment, which often requires hunters to endure long sedentary periods in adverse conditions, including extreme cold and precipitation.
Until now, the Sitka system was suitable for active cold-weather hunts, where there is an expected level of exertion and heat generation from the hunter,â commented Hart. With the introduction of the forest line, our gear now can provide ultimate warmth and comfort in severe cold even when a hunter needs to remain still.â Key pieces of gear in the new Sitka forest system include:
Incinerator Jacket and Bib
The Incinerator Series combines down and GORE-TEX® for waterproof warmth. A GORE-TEX® shell
protects a cozy 700-fill down interior from rain, snow and wind. Heavy articulation through the arms,
seat, and legs enhances a finished fit for a full range-of-motion and minimally restricted climbing and
bow or rifle shooting.
Downpour Jacket and Pant
Downpour outerwear features the waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX® Paclite® shell with a lightly
brushed face for quiet whitetail forest encounters. The minimalist build of the jacket enhances its
packability and the fully articulated legs of the pants maximize fit for extended sitting situations.
Stratus Jacket and Bib
Made with the WINDSTOPPER® Soft Shell, the Stratus Jacket keeps hunters protected from the wind
while giving them the freedom of movement. Its core features are ideal for extended periods of time
sitting in treestands and its fully articulated arms give this jacket a full range-of-motion. This Bib features
a clean pocket system - pockets only where you need them - and lower leg zips that make it easy to
extend over boots. The Stratus mid-weight lofted backer is appropriate for freezing and above
Dutch Oven Vest
The Dutch Oven Vest, available in Sitka's Forest system and Open Country system, runs on an Ardica
personal power system, providing continuous heat for up to eight hours without recharging. The
rechargeable, lightweight lithium-ion battery system also provides enough juice to power GPS, cell
phone, iPod® or other personal electronic devices.
Other Sitka items available in the forest line include:
Kelvin vest, jacket and pant
Core and Traverse base layers
Gloves, accessories and packs
Concealing the Hunter
Outerwear in the Sitka forest system features a lightly brushed surface to reduce noise. All Sitka forest gear also features a new GORE OPTIFADE Concealment pattern specifically designed for wooded environments. Like the original GORE OPTIFADE Concealment Open Country pattern, the new GORE OPTIFADE Concealment Big Game Forest pattern is based on how deer and other hoofed animals see, and was created with the aid of animal vision and concealment experts. The Big Game Forest concealment pattern takes into account circumstances unique to hunting whitetail in a forest environment, including:
The elevated angle of attack common in tree stand hunting
The vertical effect of trees, which can make detection of a hunter easier for the prey
Closer engagement distances than those in open country hunting
Sitka's new forest gear will be available at retail by early summer 2010. Sitka will showcase the gear for
retail buyers at the Archery Trade Association (ATA) and SHOT shows in January.
About Sitka Gear (www.sitkagear.com)
Established in 2005, Sitka is known for its commitment to using the best technology, fabrics, designs,
construction and partners to produce the best products available in the hunting market. Sitka: Turning
clothing into gear. 870 Napa Valley Corporate Way Suite N, Napa, CA 94558. Phone # (877) SITKA-MG or
About W.L. Gore & Associates (www.gore-tex.com)
Perhaps best known for its consumer products like GORE-TEX® fabric and ELIXIR® guitar strings, Gore is
a leading manufacturer of thousands of advanced technology products for the electronics, industrial, fabrics
and medical markets. The company is headquartered in Newark, Delaware, posts sales of approximately
$2.6 billion, and employs almost 8,500 associates at 50 facilities throughout the world.
For more information about GORE OPTIFADE Concealment visit www.optifade.com.
GORE, GORE-TEX, WINDSTOPPER, OPTIFADE and designs are trademarks of W. L. Gore & Associates,
Inc.Â© 2009 W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc., 295 Blue Ball Rd., Elkton, Maryland, 800-431-GORE, goretex.