Sitka Gear has become the industry leader in high performance outdoor clothing and the new ColdFront jacket and pants are a prime example of some hard core gear. Designed with moose and brown bear hunters in mind, these guys spend some of the worst days Mother Nature can throw at you trying to find trophies while still attempting to stay warm and dry.
The original ColdFront jacket and pants were great and we have tested them for many years and in all sorts of conditions, but the newly redesigned offerings take things to a new level. Newer fabrics have become available and the mountaineering community has embraced it to help reduce rips and tears from the hard core granite. Hunters deal with this same sort of problem, while alders and brush provide added issues for tearing as well, so Sitka has utilized this new textile to make for one of the most durable fabrics on the market.
The three-layer GORE-TEX makes for a 100 percent waterproof and windproof shell that is still soft to the feel. The lofted micro grid fleece backing traps in body heat while the grid structure draws warm air into cooler areas within the jacket to create a more consistent microclimate. All zippers are welded and watertight. The jacket comes with elevated hand pockets which keep your necessities clear of your pack’s hip belt and keep your hands warm, not wet, as water sheds off your elbows rather than rolling down the sleeve into the pocket.
Low zippered hand pockets and a chest pocket cache additional necessities and keep them dry. Rubberized cuffs and an extended, reinforced tail seal out water and wind. And when the action heats up, the four-paneled hood can be stowed in a zippered collar pocket to cut down on noise, to keep your ears keen.
The articulated patterning of the ColdFront pant offers comfort and freedom of movement. The streamlined design incorporates five strategically located pockets with welded, watertight zippers to keep your gear organized and dry. Full-length side zips make for easy on and off as conditions change. A low-profile integrated belt, high back and suspenders keep the piece in place to seal out cold moisture in any position.
Both pieces are designed to be a major part of your Sitka layering system which means they are a bit oversized allowing for those other layers. So, whether you are a moose or brown bear hunter or just one of those guys who will endure whatever it takes for to get that trophy, the new ColdFront jacket and pants are the ideal late season extreme setup.