SITKA GEAR – Blizzard Series Parka and Pants Gear Review – By Matt Eastman

SITKA GEAR – Blizzard Series Parka and Pants Gear Review – By Matt Eastman

When it comes to performance hunting gear, Sitka Gear is at the top of the food chain. New to their cold weather system for 2014 is the Blizzard Series Parka and Bibs. This series offers a very innovative system for the coldest of conditions that guarantees to keep you warm and dry.

Designed with the late season western hunter in mind, the highly technical Blizzard Series is perfect for low activity hunting in extreme cold weather situations. With a GORE_TEX shell teamed with 650 fill power white duck down blended with Primaloft for insulation; the Blizzard Series will keep you extremely comfortable in the worst of winter like conditions.

On a cold December night I returned home to find a box at my doorstep with the Blizzard Series inside. At first glance, I noticed the gear had some bulk to it, but I was extremely surprised as I picked it up and noticed it was actually fairly lightweight. I couldn’t wait to go out and try this gear.
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My first experience with the Blizzard Series took place on a late December coyote hunt in Southwest Wyoming. Let me tell you, this piece of gear is absolutely perfect for this type of hunting. The wind was howling and the temps were just above zero. The Windstopper technology incorporated with this system blocks those cold wind chills from touching your body.

As I mentioned, the Blizzard Series is for low activity hunting. Coyote hunting falls into this category and if you are a serious coyote hunter, this cold weather system is a must have item.

While sitting in the snow calling for coyotes for half hour sequences, freezing my tail off was always a problem in the past. In fact, it was hard to sit and call for the proper amount of time. I would often throw in the towel after 5 minutes and moved on just to get warm again. This is no longer the case with the Sitka Gear Blizzard Series. The Blizzard Bibs excel in this situation. With a GORE TEX shell teamed with down insulation, sitting in the snow is no longer a problem. Another feature incorporated with the bibs are full length welded and water tight zipper, which make slipping the bibs on a breeze, even with a pair of boots already on.
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Now, while I mentioned that this system is mostly for stationary types of hunting, you’ll be surprised how well it works for short hikes as well. I was fortunate to go along on a buffalo hunt in Jackson Hole, WY and the Blizzard Series worked out great. This hunt required 1.5 – 3 mile hikes every morning with temps dropping as low as -8 degrees. While my hunting partners fought the chills, I remained comfortable and was able to focus on the hunt rather than the extreme cold.

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Blizzard Parka Key Features:

RIRI Waterproof Front Zippers And Welded and Water Tight Zippers: An array of RIRI Waterproof Zippers and Welded Water Tight Zippers are featured on the Parka and Bibs that allow you to store important items such as electronics so that they don’t succumb to moisture.
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Hand Warmer Pockets: Two hand warmer pockets can be found on the Parka and can be used when your hands need that extra warmth. These pockets are lined with soft fleece with down insulation to create superior warmth.

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Lens Cloth: This was a first for me, but inside the left chest pocket, you will find a large 8”x 8” piece of lens cloth attached with a stretch cord for quick and easy cleaning on your optics. This is a simple idea, but a great one indeed. I find it easier to use than a spud cloth that is normally attached to your binos. An excellent feature, I hope to see this incorporated in most of the Sitka line up if it isn’t already.

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Internal Sleeve Cuffs and Thumb Hole: The internal sleeve cuff along with a thumb hole fitting, found just inside the outer cuff, creates a tighter fit around the wrist and locks in heat.
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Blizzard Bibs Key Features:

Welded Water Tight Full Length Zippers: On each pant leg, Sitka incorporated full length water tight zippers which makes slipping the Bibs on and off a breeze.
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Quiet Snap Cargo Pockets: Just about each knee you will find large cargo pockets featuring Quiet Snap technology. Believe me, they are quiet. The cargo pockets are large enough to easily fit most of your necessities.

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Double Reinforced Seat: Added protection on your bottom area when sitting in damp or wet areas. This feature blocks moisture and fights abrasion.
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Summary:
It’s no surprise that Sitka Gear is bringing an excellent piece of gear to the table with the Blizzard Series. The price will scare you at first, but trust me when I say you pay for what you get. And let me tell you, if you encounter any kind of weather, it will be well worth it.

In all of my research over the years, I’ve never seen a cold weather system as technical and systematic as the Blizzard Series by Sitka Gear. This system is truly awesome. The million dollar question I always ask myself; “Would I take it in the backcountry on my hunts?” The answer is yes, absolutely. If there is any kind of weather in the forecast, the Blizzard Series from Sitka Gear will be with me every step of the way.
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Blizzard Parka Specs:
• RIRI Waterproof Front Zipper
• Welded and Water Tight Zippers
• Two Hand Warmer Pockets, Along With an Array of Zippered Pockets
• Long Cut Maximizes Overlap for Increased Protection
• Internal Sleeve Cuffs
• Drop Away Hood for Maximum Visibility
• Durable Face Fabric
• Weight: 46.4 oz.
• Sizes: M-3XL
• GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Open Country, 155G/M2 Primaloft® Down Blend Silver, GORE-TEX® Laminate
• MSRP: $699
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Blizzard Bib Specs:
• Welded and Water Tight Zippers
• Extra High Back Maximizes Overlap for Increased Protection
• Quiet Snap Cargo Pockets
• Durable Face Fabric
• Weight: 39.9 oz.
• Sizes: Reg. Sizes: M-3XL and Tall Sizes: M-XL
• GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Open Country, 155G/M2 Primaloft® Down Blend Silver, GORE-TEX® Laminate
• MSRP: $589
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10 comments

  1. Josie
    4 years ago

    Great article on the Sitka gear Matt!

  2. Jesse Nielson
    4 years ago

    Great article Matt. I was looking into Sitka but honestly I didn’t know how their winter gear would perform. Sounds like it rocks!

  3. Chris Steffen
    4 years ago

    Nice review Matt. Sitka gear is some stuff I have not tried but friends have and it seems hard to beat. Good job.

  4. David Pond
    4 years ago

    Great article and looks like some useful gear!

  5. Matt Eastman
    4 years ago

    Thanks! This system is a must have item!

    I forgot to mention as well that as a customer of Sitka Gear since they started making performance hunting apparel several years ago, I’ve had nothing but great experiences while dealing with the company. Their customer service has been second to none.

  6. Richard
    4 years ago

    I am wondering how quiet the material is that this suit is made out of? For me being stealthy is a must. When walking or moving about does the material remain silent when parts of it rub together? Thank you, great article.

  7. Matt Eastman
    4 years ago

    Richard, the outer material is Gore Tex. It’s not the most quiet material when it rubs together, it does make some noise.

  8. Nathan Kendall
    4 years ago

    Good review on the blizzard series, i liked all the pictures showing the different parts of the system. Now you just need to do a review on the new BOWTECH RPM 360, ill be watching for it!!!

  9. Larry Jardine
    4 years ago

    Matt;

    Excellent review! Great pictures. Just what we need to know!
    Thank-you,

    Larry

  10. Matt Eastman
    4 years ago

    Thanks Nate and Larry. Nate, hook me up with that bow and I’ll be more than happy to write a review on it!!!!!!! haha

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