Sitka Dewpoint Rain Gear
Have you ever been stalking a big game animal and a rainstorm decides to drop in? It does not happen very often but it has happened to me. Unfortunately, it completely ruined the stalk because I was not prepared. In the Desert of Southern Utah and much of the Deserts in the West we get the monsoon rain storms that come in during the fall. Now, these storms are usually not a big deal unless you get caught in the middle of one. They are usually not big storms and only last a few minutes, but during that time they can put down some serious rain.
Imagine stalking in on your dream animal and one of these storms rolls in and decides to dump. What’s your game plan? Hunker down under a tree? Keep moving but get soaked (which could ruin the stalk)? The best answer is to put on some rain gear and use the rain as an advantage. Nine times out of ten, when it’s raining really hard, the animal is going to bed down. So while the animal is focusing on the rain, it creates the perfect opportunity to get in close enough for a shot. In a hard rain storm it is usually pretty loud, which means it will be harder for the animal to hear you coming.
If you do decide to carry around some rain gear, which setup do you want? That will vary from person to person. As for me, I always want it to be super light and be small enough to put in my pack. The Sitka Dewpoint does just that. The jacket stuffs into one of its own pockets and the pants roll up tight. I even wrap a rubber band around them so they stay nice and compact. This allows me to put them in the bottom of my pack and almost forget I have them.
The Dewpoint Jacket weighs in at 13.58 oz for a large, and 10.98 oz for the pants. Most of Sitka’s apparel is form fitting so make sure to get a size bigger if you prefer a looser feel. Most rain gear is pretty loud, which the Sitka Dewpoint is no exception. However they have made it nice and easy to get in and out of in the field with full length side zips.
I was on a late season Elk Hunt this year when the temperature was around five degrees in the mornings. So instead of adding on more and more layers, (which I would be pulling off in the middle of the day and then carrying around) I put on my rain gear as my top outer layer, then pulled it off and put it back in my pack. That way I didn’t have to pack around anything more than what I already had. It did block out the wind, along with keeping me surprisingly nice and warm. The Sitka Dewpoint is not insulated but, being that it is rain gear, it does hold the heat in fairly well so make sure you layer accordingly.
For me the benefits of having the Sitka Dewpoint Rain Gear in my pack far outweighs the disadvantages. If you get stuck in a rainstorm you are going to be dry, which could make or break your hunt. If the temperature drops you always have an extra layer in your pack which will keep you better prepared in the field.