I have been wearing the Sitka line of clothing for the better part of the last eight years. Their durability, comfort and performance have shined over that period of time. I find myself never looking for something better. It keeps flat-out performing each and every year and we are not talking about easy hunting environment situations. These have been long hard backcountry hunts that require the best of gear and through these times, the Sitka line has never let me down.
Could they improve upon the wear-ability and versatility and make it better? Can it compete with the gnarly weather conditions a hunter could encounter without compromising the functionality? My answer is “YES” and for 2016, they are introducing a new piece to go with the ever so popular Timberline Pants; the new Timberline Jacket.
This is a light weight jacket made to withstand whatever nature throws at it during mid to late season hunts. The stream-lined fitted hood gives you exceptional field of view and will not impede your view while drawing a bow—all while keeping the wind and cold at bay. The reinforced construction in the shoulder and sleeves are great for those times when the terrain is far less forgiving. Throw in the bombproof, seam-taped WINDSTOPPER construction and you really have a jacket that will withstand the elements.
The Timberline Jacket comes in at 18.3oz - making it a great weight for a very rugged and packable jacket that will get you through those rough times. With the added Body Mapped Micro Grid Fleece in the areas where it counts most, your core will stay warm and comfy when those passing thunderstorms push through. This makes the Timberline Jacket lighter than the Jet Stream, while still offering you the essential benefits when wanting to go with something a little lighter.
All in all, Sitka comes through again by adding the new Timberline Jacket. This makes for another great piece to have in your arsenal for a well thought out line of layering choices. With all the in-depth options in the Sitka line, I am sure the new Timberline Jacket will be a mainstay in many hunting packs for years to come. This is going to be one jacket that is hard to pass up and I look forward to using it a lot more this upcoming season.
My name is Dan Kidder, I am Managing Editor of Sportsman's News Magazine. I am a former Marine who served with the Fleet Anti Terrorism Security Team Company during Operation Desert Storm. Prior to moving to Utah, I served as communications director for Georgia Congressman Mac Collins in his Washington, DC office. I am the President and CEO of On Target Defensive Training, offering firearms and unarmed combat courses to civilians and law enforcement. My students have included federal agents of the FBI, CIA, Secret Service, Border Patrol, ICE, local and state law enforcement, national celebrities, and the general public. My beat at Sportsman's News includes tactical firearms, personal protection, survival, first aid, camping, and hiking.