First of all I would like to say your site is very informative and interesting. I have never posted on the site but have been visiting on a regular basis over the last couple years. I enjoy the site very much.
Wondering if I could pick some of your brains on gear. I will be hunting sheep/grizz on Sept 04-14th in the Brooks Range and it is a backpack hunt. Any input on field tested gear would be great. Cost is not a big factor. I have most of the gear I need but some items such as the ones below are the problem. I will be buying most of these items online and was hoping to save myself a lot of hassle.
Rain gear - I have been in to purchase Healy Impertec but the problem is I have to order it with a 50% deposit and it is non-rufundable. Not sure which is the best as there are different styles/models of the Impertec. Bib pants with 3/4 length coat is what I am thinking. Is there a better option than Healy?
Gortex Coat/Pant combo - Tried the Browning set and once it got a bit moist it took forever to dry, any input on what works and is field tested would be awesome.
Boots - I hunt sheep just about every year as an Alberta resident and use Danner Frontiers 600gram 10 inch uppers. Great boot for what I hunt sheep in but will they be enough for Alaska at this time of year? I am currently trying to get a set of Lowa Sheep Hunters in Edmonton somewhere but can`t find anybody that carries them, at least to see if the fit is good before purchase.
Sleeping Bag - I bought a MEC Hybrid good for -20, combined with a thermarest and a silk liner this system was great this year. There is down present in this bag but the "high risk" areas are synthetic. Head,feet and under lay are synthetic. Always did use full synthetic up til this year but this combination of the down with the synthetic seemed to be great. I think I know the answer to this one.
Gloves - I own several pairs of excellent gloves, usually carry 3 sets. One for extreme cold, wet and a light pair of leather ropers for every day use. For the extreme wet/cold weather I read about in Alaska what do some of you use for gloves in the storms? Thanks
I do have most of the gear I will need and have field tested many different products over the past sheep hunting trips. Any gear you would see as necessary for a hunter heading to hunt the mountains of Alaska in Sept please feel free to add your input.
Thank You very much in advance and Happy Holidays To You All...