Sitka Stormfront Raingear – Review

The rocky terrain being hunted was tough on boots but the Stormfront system came through without a hole or tear.

I had the chance to try out the Sitka Stormfront raingear on several hunts this summer and fall in Alaska. The hunts were in a remote part of the state where getting dry wasn’t something you could count on. There is little to start a fire with and the sun shines sporadically at best. The old saying, “It’s easier to stay dry than to get dry” had to have been coined by an Alaskan hunter. If not, it still holds true in the North Country more than anywhere else.

Given the length of time afield and the country being hunted as well as the knowledge that getting dry would be a luxury if my clothes were to get wet, it was vital to have a set of raingear that was designed for the harsh elements and terrain.

Sitka Stormfront Jacket

These hunts varied in intensity and topography but I found the Stormfront pants and jacket well thought out for everything I threw their way. The mountain hunts were in steep, rocky terrain with an external pack frame that weighed 20-80 pounds depending on the day. The jacket pockets were placed high enough my hip belt didn’t interfere with them and they remained usable for storage and warmth. The pit zips made a huge difference in managing my body temperature. I opened them up all the way while climbing to allow body heat to escape and then closed them up for water and glassing breaks to preserve heat. The bottoms came with suspenders that did their job well, regardless of the weight of my pack. The pants also have full-length zippers on the sides to allow ease of use in putting on and taking off without removing boots which I appreciated in the rocks. On days with intermittent showers, I wore just the rain pants with no base layer and used the side zippers to manage airflow which worked great as well as saved me the weight of an extra pair of bottoms.

Sitka Stormfront Pants

I used the Stormfront system on a sheep hunt, mountain goat hunt, and a short stint in a moose camp, the only problem I ran into was while wading through alders, the bottom cuff strap on the pants would come loose intermittently, allowing the leg to ride up somewhat. Perhaps a locking buckle and strap would solve this problem instead of the foldover style of buckle, but it was a minor inconvenience given the overall performance. Busting through soaking wet brush for hours is a pretty good litmus test of raingear and the material held up well and didn’t become compromised.

If you are planning the hunt of a lifetime or even just looking to upgrade your raingear this year, the Stormfront system from Sitka is a well thought out, durable option to explore for those hunts where staying dry is a requirement.

Miles of wet brush tested durability.

Visit Sitka to learn more about their outerwear HERE.

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About the author: Jordan Voigt is a lifelong passionate outdoorsman. He has been blessed to hunt in numerous countries and several different states, as well as having worked for outfitters in Montana and Alaska as a camp jack, packer, and guide. He lives in Montana with his beautiful wife and is busy teaching his two sons about the outdoors and chasing the next adventure. You can follow him on Instagram @jordan.voigt

{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Campbell King December 3, 2018, 5:09 pm

    High priced is an under statement..

  • S. Patin December 3, 2018, 12:56 pm

    Sitka makes good stuff. But it is too damn expensive for the average guy. Maybe they could work on making something that works but doesn’t cost so much.

  • Douglas Folsom December 3, 2018, 10:51 am

    Your link to Sitka does not work.

    • S.H. Blannelberry December 3, 2018, 11:16 am

      Thanks, should be good now.

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