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posted 10 months ago
I have chased good gear since the 70's as a gore-tex athlete test runner... For most part today, I have standardized on Sitka Gear both for hunting and on my sport fishing charter business. Expensive but it is hunting gear that functions as survival gear. I have found that the sitka gear base layers do not hold stink. I tested one set for a week in Canada last summer and have reworn one in a week's worth of workouts with same effect - they do not hold stink - with the added benefit that they do not feel cold and clammy when wet, body heat will dry rather quickly. The only non-Sitka Gear that I wear is sox (have not found a great solution there) and ExOfficio underwear (has same qualities as sitka gear T's - dries quickly with body heat and does not feel cold and clammy when wet. Just spent 10-days in Montana on self-guided hunt - we relied on Sitka Gear from base to outer layers.
Hunting in grizzly bear country: Sidearm vs bear spray -
posted 1 year ago
Why would you not carry both. There are situations where one is more effective while there are situations where you would not want to use one... Bear grabs you while you are in your tent - bear spray will be useless... and that is an outright feeding attack - fight for your life. Bear spray would be first line of defense for an open charge or challenge as it should put up a boundary parameter to prevent physical contact. But what are you going to do for the second charge when you are out of spray. Carry both and leave something else at home if you are that weight sensitive.
To bivy or not to bivy? That is the ultimate question -
posted 1 year ago
Chris W. - If i really want to go light weight, I would just skip the tent or bivy altogether and just live out of my Sitka Gear GorTex. More than enough if stuck on a mountain while chasing down a trophy. I consider it survival gear that I can use as daily wear on the mountain... I always cary a small tarp that can be made into a leanto style shelter with my hiking poles for long scoping sessions in the rain or snow. Otherwise we use the tarp to cleanly process meat. The tent is a luxury.
I am just trying to find the ultimate weight advantage option with all my gear as planning a backcountry (10-day) trip to Montana this year with my son. Just trying to determine if you found something that I missed. For ultimate light weight, I will just find a tree to lean against and stay in my Gore-tex hunting gear.
I think the Kuiu tents are still a lighter solution without the need for a couple trees. I had looked into hammocks but wanted one to be about 20' off the ground so that I would be above bear reach. ha ha ha...