Hunting Gear Review: The Ascent Glove from Sitka

Sitka Ascent Glove

A hunter’s gloves are often overlooked when considering all of one’s gear needs. Maybe only second to a hat, the gloves are the least expensive and simplest gear items out there. Despite this, gloves can be critically important.

Recognizing the specific needs hunters have when it comes to gloves, Sitka has created the Ascent Glove  — an intelligently-designed glove for the practical needs of hunters.

The Ascent Gloves have been well-received in the field and there are a few standout features that make these my new go-to gloves:

Lightweight

These gloves feel like you aren’t wearing much, and that’s a great feeling when you need the protection from the sun, rocks, or visibility, but want feeling, breathability, and comfort of a lightweight glove.

Practical

Let’s face it: gloves can be restrictive. The Ascent Gloves have a Printed Ax Suede™ synthetic palm that allows for grip (which is obviously critical for control of a rifle or bow), and the thumb and fingers are grippy as well, which allows for use of a phone or GPS.

Snug

The Sitka Ascent Glove is worn close to the skin. Not only does this enhance comfort, but it’s better for keeping warm (or cool when you need the material to wick).

The Sitka Ascent Glove is available now and costs $79. To check out more about the Ascent Glove from Sitka, please click here.

 

Disclosure: Sitka is in a professional relationship with Rack Camp. Though potentially benefiting from this relationship, we do not post what we do not believe to be true. To read more, click here.

Hunting Gear Review: The Sitka Ascent Pant

Sitka Ascent Pant

If you’re looking for performance pants that can keep up with your active approach to hunting, the Ascent Pant from Sitka ought to be on your radar.

The Sitka Ascent Pant is a lightweight pant designed for early season or warm weather hunting. And beyond the quick drying and wicking technology that are critical for this time of the year and conditions, these pants have design features that benefit hunters in many ways.

The Ascent Pants might be some of the most intelligently designed hunting pants out there. Features including mesh in the pockets enhance breathability while features such as a 4-way stretch Cordura Nylon allow for maximum movement.

The anatomically-designed fit brings further comfort and avoids clothing “management” when climbing around or hiking. Also, articulated knees further allow range of motion.

Of course the wicking technology prevents sweat buildup, but for hunting, this is especially important for keeping scent to a minimum. Additionally, Polygiene Odor Control Technology in the pants keeps down the human smell.

The Sitka Ascent Pants are a great choice for active hunters, especially those in the West who encounter a range of terrain types and weather. The pants retail for $189.

To check out more about the Ascent Pant from Sitka, please click here.

Disclosure: Sitka is in a professional relationship with Rack Camp. Though potentially benefiting from this relationship, we do not post what we do not believe to be true. To read more, click here.

Gear Review: The Sitka Ascent Shirt for Warm Weather Hunting

Sitka Ascent Shirt

When I started hunting, cotton was king … and I was generally miserable in the field. Too hot, too cold, sweaty (then wet), and so on were the norm. Over time, hunting clothing companies started upping the game with departing from cotton and moving into materials and designs that in effect were game changers for big game hunting. And in more recent years, it is clear that Sitka is a force in this arena.

My hunting opportunities span a wide range of conditions. In Northern California, any given week (or even day) could bring chilly cold or blazing heat. Hoping to not overspend on too many shirts or jackets and to not have to pack too much to have to change throughout the course of a day, I found the Ascent Shirt from Sitka perfectly accommodated my needs.

The Sitka Ascent shirt is a lightweight technical shirt that is absolutely ideal for early-season hunting or hunting in warm-weather climates. And if you are an active hunter who’s frequently on the move, this piece might just be for you.

This base layer will keep you comfortable when it’s cool but also provides important features when it is hot or you are sweating. Overall, this shirt feels incredibly light and is very breathable. If you sweat, the armpits have a lightweight mesh to provide ventilation, and the material overall has wicking technology and is quick-drying. Also important in the field is keeping covered from the sun. This shirt has a flip up collar to keep your neck protected (and camouflaged).

Lastly, the Ascent Shirt is designed to fit the human body. While that might seem obvious, the shirt is designed to eliminate excess material, thereby allowing the body to fully utilize the technology put into this shirt.

For warm-weather, active high mountain, and desert hunting, the Sitka Ascent Shirt could very well be the perfect fit. The Sitka Ascent Shirt retails for $169.

To check out more about the Ascent Shirt from Sitka, please click here.

Disclosure: Sitka is in a professional relationship with Rack Camp. Though potentially benefiting from this relationship, we do not post what we do not believe to be true. To read more, click here.

Gear Review: The YETI Hopper Flip 12

yeti-hopper-flip-12-tan

When I saw a photo of my friend trekking along a river well off the grid in Alaska with a YETI Hopper Flip 12 slung across his back, I was suspicious. This was an inconvenient photo op, I concluded. And then around the same time, I came across a photo of another friend carrying a Hopper Flip through the jungles of Brazil. Another photo op?

It turns out that there’s nothing inconvenient about this brilliantly designed soft cooler, and my suspicions revealed an obliviousness that I had. And now proudly I’m on the YETI Hopper Flip bandwagon.

The YETI Hopper Flip 12 is all that and more. Let’s breakdown why:

Durability

This puppy is built to take abuse. From a welded HydroLok Zipper to double-stitched handles to the tough-as-nails DryHide fabric, the Hopper Flip is adventure-ready. Not only will it handle the toughest conditions, but it’s a product you can count on as an investment that will withstand the test of time.

Leakproof

The HydroLok Zipper is not only leakproof, but it doesn’t even allow moisture to escape. And with 840 denier nylon and double TPU lamination, the Hopper Flip is both waterproof and puncture resistant. Worth noting, this not only means what’s inside won’t leak out, but also what’s outside won’t leak in. This is huge, especially if hunting in the Pacific Northwest or when I am using the Hopper Flip as a camera bag.

Convenient

When it comes to design, YETI Hopper Flip 12 impresses me more than any other YETI product (and I am very impressed with YETI overall). Beyond all of the materials and technologies used, the shape is perfect. About the width of my torso, I can trek through thick brush with the cooler easily following behind me without getting hung up on branches or other obstacles. Additionally, it’s balanced. It feels like you aren’t carrying much at all. In fact, I even put small dumbbells inside to test whether it would remain comfortable to carry. Though heavier, I could still hike all day with this cooler slung from my shoulder.

Of course, the Hopper Flip 12 has everything else you would expect as far as keeping ice and an impressive capacity for everything from drinks to snacks.

The YETI Hopper Flip 12 is presently available in fog gray with tan coming to stores soon and retails for $279.99.

To check out more from YETI on the Hopper Flip 12, please click here.

Disclosure: YETI is in a professional relationship with Rack Camp. Though potentially benefiting from this relationship, we do not post what we do not believe to be true. To read more, click here.

Gear Review: The YETI Rambler One Gallon Jug

YETI Rambler Gallon Jug

A few months ago, I finally pulled the trigger on 36-ounce YETI Rambler. Go big or go home, right?! For my needs in the woods, on the water, and on the move, these bottles make perfect sense. And while I thought the 36-ounce bottle was as big as I’d go, I was mistaken. Shortly after getting the 36-ounce bottle, I got a peak at the new Rambler Jug — a gallon-sized behemoth bottle like none other.

A gallon? Really?! Indeed. While my initial response to seeing the Jug was an out loud laugh, it took no time to realize how practical this monster is.

Let’s first break down the features:

  • As you would expect from YETI, the Jug features double-wall vacuum insulation that keeps contents hot or cold for impressive amounts of time.
  • Next, the Jug is 100% leakproof and features a “No Sweat” design that ensures everything the Jug encounters stays dry.
  • The removable lid features a stainless steel handle with an easy-to-hold grip that makes it comfortable to carry a gallon of anything from water to chili to soup without feeling held down.
  • The lid also features a MagCap. This magnetic cap allows for easy drinking or pouring without worrying about the contents spilling all over your face and shirt. Additionally, the cap has a strong magnet that secures strongly to the “docking station” on the lid.

While there are other fine features, these are among the factors that make this gear item practical for many purposes. In the months ahead, I’ve got numerous multi-day float trips planned, and there is no doubt that the YETI Jug will be tied to the raft. Whether containing ice cold water or soup for hearty evening meals, the Jug will make it easy to bring less (ie numerous cans of soup) while trusting what’s inside will be delightfully hot or cold. The same can be said for my long road trips or when I want to be a base camp hero by bringing bourbon for everyone or pounds and pounds of beans to keep the gang regular.

The YETI Rambler One Gallon Jug is going to be hitting the shelves soon and will retail for $149.99. And for those looking for the same features in something a little smaller, the half-gallon Jug will also be available for $99.99. While not cheap, these puppies will last for many years (especially as they are rust and puncture resistant), and they ought to save you money and bring convenience in the short and long term.

To check out more on the YETI Rambler One Gallon Jug, please click here.

 

Disclosure: YETI is in a professional relationship with Rack Camp. Though potentially benefiting from this relationship, we do not post what we do not believe to be true. To read more, click here.