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    Default Rain Gear for Sheep Hunt

    What would you recommend for rain gear on my October sheep hunt? I've heard of Helly Hanson, Sitka, and River West. I know Rivers west is good stuff but you'll sweat alot if doing a lot of hiking which is required when sheep hunting.

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    You will sweat alot in a Helly Hansen Impertech too just as fast, but everyone likes them here in Alaska,....... I prefer the Nimbus jacket by Sitka.

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    Expensive gear, but I'd check out Arc'teryx. They make some amazing gear that is incredibly water/wind proof.



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    Something breathable for sure. The Sitka stuff is pretty nice from what i have seen if you can afford it.

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    I am using an expensive eVent jacket which is doing awesome! Every time I take it on a trip it just doesn't rain!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuJon View Post
    I am using an expensive eVent jacket which is doing awesome! Every time I take it on a trip it just doesn't rain!!

    Man I would pay some HUGE bucks if I had a jacket that prevented it from raining at all



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    Default October Sheep

    You will probably be pretty far North and it may be more snow than rain. So something that has some insulation.

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    Agree with other post reference snow versus rain...really not sure on an OCT sheep hunt where you would be experiencing much rain at all--should be snow and cold to deal with especially at elevation.

    That being said--on my sheep hunt I took Impertech and a softshell like the Marmot Precip jacket (made by Millet but not many places carry it or people know about it). Think I will just go with Impertech on the next hunt--but I am talking about August sheep hunting.

    Also agree that Arcteryx makes some awesome jackets--and they sure are spendy as well.

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    Man you guys carrying impertech for sheep must be tough! I would rather be wet than carry that much extra weight!

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    Thanks for the post guys! I'll be hunting the Chugach Mountains DS240. Just want something that works and is light. I'm kind of a weight conscious. Sitka Storm-front and Storm front-lite is made by Acr’teryx. I have a friend that can order Sitka for 60% off so I might go that route.

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    I used my Sitka Gear Numbus jacket and pants last year and spent a lot of time in it. I found myself wearing it just as a wind breaking outer layer, it is very comfortable and so far has held up well. I even taped the pants and used them to cross streams. Worked well on my sheep hunt as I went above below the snow line.

    Kept me warm and dry even on Kodiak.

    From sea to summit, I will be using it again soon.


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    Quote Originally Posted by LuJon View Post
    Man you guys carrying impertech for sheep must be tough! I would rather be wet than carry that much extra weight!
    Or maybe they are just in better shape. Realistically the difference between my Gore-tex proshell rain gear I use for backpack hunting versus the HH impertech is like 6 oz. Heck at times I will backpack with my HH impertech as well. Impertech IMO the best bang for buck raingear for hunting in AK. The fact that you can buy 5 pairs of impertech for the same price of one setup of Arcteryx or Sitka rain gear makes the HH pretty attractive. In fact you could take the extra $550 savings and apply it to a lighter tent, sleeping bag, whatever else and be weight ahead. If HH would put pit zips on their impertech that is probably all I would carry.

    People (myself included) get so caught up in the weight savings thing at times that they fail to realize if they'd take a step back and see that getting in shape is FAR more important than an extra 5 lbs in your pack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alaska_Lanche View Post
    Or maybe they are just in better shape. Realistically the difference between my Gore-tex proshell rain gear I use for backpack hunting versus the HH impertech is like 6 oz. Heck at times I will backpack with my HH impertech as well. Impertech IMO the best bang for buck raingear for hunting in AK. The fact that you can buy 5 pairs of impertech for the same price of one setup of Arcteryx or Sitka rain gear makes the HH pretty attractive. In fact you could take the extra $550 savings and apply it to a lighter tent, sleeping bag, whatever else and be weight ahead. If HH would put pit zips on their impertech that is probably all I would carry.

    People (myself included) get so caught up in the weight savings thing at times that they fail to realize if they'd take a step back and see that getting in shape is FAR more important than an extra 5 lbs in your pack.
    But you can't buy "In Shape" if you could sell it, you would be rich...LOL


    I have and use my HH Impertech as well and it is great gear for the money.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Alaska_Lanche View Post
    Or maybe they are just in better shape. Realistically the difference between my Gore-tex proshell rain gear I use for backpack hunting versus the HH impertech is like 6 oz. Heck at times I will backpack with my HH impertech as well. Impertech IMO the best bang for buck raingear for hunting in AK. The fact that you can buy 5 pairs of impertech for the same price of one setup of Arcteryx or Sitka rain gear makes the HH pretty attractive. In fact you could take the extra $550 savings and apply it to a lighter tent, sleeping bag, whatever else and be weight ahead. If HH would put pit zips on their impertech that is probably all I would carry.

    People (myself included) get so caught up in the weight savings thing at times that they fail to realize if they'd take a step back and see that getting in shape is FAR more important than an extra 5 lbs in your pack.
    I hear ya on that. I simply buy all of my precip gear durring the winter on the super sale racks. Usually around 75% off so about 20-25 bucks for a jacket which is cheaper than regular priced impertech. If this event jacket holds up well it is all that I will own in the future. It is amazingly breathable I just need to find out if it really keeps the water out or not and for that it has to really rain. That said I am fine if it's lucky streak holds out for another season and I don't take more than a few sprinkles like our trip to Kodiak last year.

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    I've heard from a number of people who have it that Rivers West gets wet, stays wet, and is really heavy. I believe the Nimbus is insulated. If that's the case I'm not sure the attraction to an insulated rain suit since most people are looking for a more breathable yet functional rain suit. Sitka Stormfront lite stinks. The seems are worthless. The Stormfront is top notch, but a little trim cut. Otte makes some excellent gear. More roomy than Sitka and more generous with their cuts. Unfortunately it's a bit heavier than the Stormfront. Mountain Hardware also makes a Precep?? (I think that's the name) that's very light weight, fairly bomb proof, and more reasonably priced. Probably not the best choice for Dogs and Cats weather, but if you're on a sheep hunt and it's raining that hard you're probably inside.

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    My Nimbus is uninsulated and it also has arm pit vents that really help with keeping you from overheating while climbing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akhunter3 View Post
    Expensive gear, but I'd check out Arc'teryx. They make some amazing gear that is incredibly water/wind proof.



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    what arcteryx jackets/pants would you recommend? thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdrhunter View Post
    what arcteryx jackets/pants would you recommend? thanks.
    Arteryx and Sitka gear............I wear both brands, and combos of both...who do you think is designing the stuff for Sitka?...................ummmm ARCTERYX !!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kahahawai View Post
    Arteryx and Sitka gear............I wear both brands, and combos of both...who do you think is designing the stuff for Sitka?...................ummmm ARCTERYX !!!!
    I like you're picture!

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    Rivers West must be made out of Sham-Wow material.

    After the first good rain, my 2 hunting partners were wearing 15lb jackets and 10lb pants. Allthough neither complained of being wet, one of them did borrow my extra set of Impertech and bought a set when we got back to town.
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