Longmeadow Product Review: Sitka Boreal Jacket

Winter is coming, and no, we’re not talking about Game of Thrones. Winter is almost here, and in Colorado it can be brutal. Freezing winds, icy conditions, and epic blizzards make for a challenging season for hunters. However, winter hunts can also be some of the most fruitful and satisfying. There’s just something about braving those low temperatures that makes the hunt that much more worth the effort. The most important thing to consider before venturing out into the cold for you next winter-time hunting trip is what gear you need to bring. Proper socks, boots, gloves, thermal wear, hats, and jackets are an absolute must. That’s exactly why this post is the first in our new series of products reviews for hunters and sport shooters! We’ll be doing reviews for everything from guns to duck calls, and everything in between! Today, the product in question is the Boreal Jacket for Waterfowl Hunters by Sitka Gear. Sitka is an amazing apparel company that makes gear specifically designed for hunters. So, without further adieu, let’s get this review on the road!

Sitka Boreal Jacket Specs

Features & Specs

Let’s kick things off by taking a minute to look at all the great features and specs that this jacket offers. According to Sitka, this coat is specifically designed for late wintry conditions in the marsh. They claim that it is their warmest waterfowl jacket, and it is easy to see why when you realize that it is integrated with a GORE-TEX membrane and PrimaLoft® Down Blend Silver insulation. Here’s a list of specs directly from the Sitka website:

  • GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Waterfowl Marsh is designed for layout and blind hunting in the marsh, standing crops, and cut stubble fields.

  • Weight: 40.8 oz. // Size: L

  • Fabric: Waterproof GORE-TEX® Pro Laminate, Durable Polyester Twill with Woven Backer.

  • Insulation: 5.5 oz. of PrimaLoft® Silver Down Insulation Blend.

  • Durable Water Repellent finish resists light precipitation and prevents the face fabric from wetting out.

Light Weight, Fits Great!

Not only is the Boreal Jacket extremely warm, it’s also very light weight. It may seem counterintuitive for a light jacket to be able to stand up to the harshest conditions, but this coat does just that. It requires very minimal layering due to the high quality of the insulation. This is perfect for hunters as it eliminates the frustration of getting your gun caught on your jacket when shooting. While big bulky coats may keep you warm, they restrict movement and make shouldering your gun a chore. So, if you’re looking for something that will keep you just as warm without sacrificing flexibility, then this is the hunting jacket for you!

Thermometer In Snow

30 Below, Doesn’t Even Show

What better way to show you that the Boreal Jacket is the perfect choice for any waterfowl hunter than by sharing our own personal experience with it. Longmeadow Game Specialist and waterfowl guide Tye Stencel has been using the jacket for several seasons now and says that he can’t recommend it enough. According to Tye, “One of my goose hunts last year was nearly 30 below zero with 30 mph winds. All I had on under the jacket was a light weight base layer and a long sleeve shirt, and amazingly I never got cold. Plus, it has a ton of pockets!” With that kind of dependability, no wonder Sitka is the top choice for any winter hunting excursion.

So, in the end, the Boreal Jacket by Sitka Gear is our number one choice for winter-time waterfowl hunting. It has tons of great features: it is made of the highest quality materials, can stand up to the coldest of conditions, and is light weight enough to offer maximum flexibility. We would highly recommend this jacket for anyone who has to sit in cold weather for long periods of time. Perfect for hunters, or anyone who needs to keep warm in the winter months, this jacket is a must buy!

Interested in picking up your own Boreal Jacket from Sitka Gear? Contact Longmeadow today at 970-483-8368 or follow the link below to check out their website! They’ve got some of the best hunting apparel around. From jackets to hats, thermals to socks, Sitka’s got you covered this winter!  All of which will soon be available through Longmeadow.