Sitka vs First Lite

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  1. Boardman Brookies

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    What does everyone think for these brands and cold gear. I am talking low 40s down to single digits. I have my mid to upper 40s and and above figure out. I want to upgrade base layers, bibs and jacket with some gear where I am not freezing my ass off after 2 hours.

    I've read review and watched the vids. I am thinking either the Sitka Fanatic II system or the First Lite sanctuary. The Sitka cost about $200 more for the set that First Lite. Buf if the Sitka is much better I am not as concerned.

    Also looking at several brand for merino wool base layers. What is everyone using for that? Thanks in advance.
     
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    I’ve never touched anything from first lite so I can not compare the two. I pulled the trigger on the sitka incinerator bibs and jacket this year. I have not hunted in it but it feels bad ass! I don’t even want to talk about the price of it tho. I had a heart attack last year and have lost 75lbs. Combine that with the meds and I’m always cold this year. I wore the under Armour outfit I used to use in gun season for a morning sit last week and I froze my but off. Tomorrow morning I’ll be in the incinerator
     

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    I have a UA suit now and I was cold yesterday when it was around 30. I think the Incinerator might but a bit much for both price and need for me. But they do sound like some great super cold gear
     
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    The guy who usually hunts with me in NW Ontario bought the full Sitka Fanatic set plus under layers (can’t tell ya which ones) and he likes them a lot. He gets cold easy but the last really bitter sit we had together he was warmer than me. It seems like very good stuff.

    I typically wear wool and the only cold I feel is in my skinny legs. After trying his stuff on I went to Jay’s shopping but I just didn’t like the cut of the Fanatic pants and I’m not a bibs guy. I ended up getting Cabelas Wooltimate pants and have been very happy with them + my Filson Dbl cruiser etc on top in some very cold weather, like 15F and below with wind. I mostly sit out in the woods vs in a box blind.

    I hear good stuff about First Lite too and IME it would be good to try some of each brand on.
     
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    I purchased Sitka this year (early,mid,&late season). So far I’m extremely happy with them. With my summer (traverse) set set it keeps me very cool and wicks well. With little bit of laying I could sat those early morning down to 38 degrees with no problem. But it was windy it got a little chill. When it drop below that I put my mid season (stratus) on and was perfect even with the wind. I haven’t got a chance to try my late season (fanatic) on yet. But I’m sure it going to be plenty warm.
     
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    I’m pretty happy with my Sitka fanatic suit, Im not sure that I’ve hunted in Single digits Yet with the Sitka gear, but in some pretty cold/windy weather and it’s the warmest Hunting suit that I’ve owned. I also wear some cabelas brand merino wool underlayers when the temps drop. The only negatives for me was the bibs can get a little too warm if walking in long distance or carrying gear..and The older fanatic bibs like i have are burr magnets, supposedly they have tried to address that with some sort of different material on the lower portion of the bibs now that is more burr resistant. I also purchased a pair of Sitka equinox pants for slightly more moderate temps and really like those too. I haven’t owned first lite, but I’ve heard good things and had considered them as well.
     
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    whatever you get make sure it is windproof. I don't believe the fanatic II is windproof. So I would say Fanatic or the Stratus system and then layer underneath it. I have some sitka stuff, stratus pants, equinox hoodie etc and they are awesome. The stratus pants are what I wore in the single digit/teens last season and they were fine with some merino underneath. I bought a huntworth windproof jacket for a third of the cost of the stratus jacket and I swear that is comparable with the sitka.
     
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    I would choose neither. I just bought the complete Kryptek Aegis Extreme system. About a third less money but just as good at keeping you warm and dry. Extremely quiet too. And I love the Highlander camo pattern.
     
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    Hows the fit on the aegis for bowhunting?
     
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    No issues with the sanctuary, I haven't been cold yet, and I use it primarily in late November through December. Been in single digits with it. I haven't used it in the rain nor do I expect to stay dry in the rain using it without raingear.
     
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    Black ovis merino wool for me. Camo fire often has sales on it.
     
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    I have the sanctuary and love it. Its not something you want to beat the brush with as its pretty soft but its extremely quiet
     
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    I've been using the Sitka Fanatic bibs and coat for 8-10 years. Can't complain. They have held up very well. Haven't tried First Lite.

    Look up John Barklow on Instagram or podcasts. He's a Sitka guy but he does a great job of explaining how to layer. Some great stuff on The Stickbow Chronicles podcast about wearing a thin Windstopper layer right over base layers. He's also great on explaining Merino vs. synthetic base layers.
     
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    Perfect. It stretches during the draw. Warmest I ever wore.
     
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    I was looking real hard at First Lite & Kuiu and then stumbled upon the DIY Sportsman's review of Thlete camo. Gave me cause to think more...


    For merino I settled on the LLBean Cresta 250 because it came in tall sizing. Very happy with that purchase and glad I bought Merino first and am trying it because it's giving me a better idea of how I want to layer for cold weather.
     
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