The First Lite Kanab Pant represents a new generation of camouflage wool hunting clothing that far outperforms the wool hunting gear of years ago. If you were to sit down and think about what attributes you would like in your ultimate lightweight mountain hunting pant, the end result may just be very similar to the First Lite Kanab hunting pants. These are not your grandfather’s heavy wool surplus. The First Lite Kanab Pant is designed to be THE hunting pant for the active backcountry hunter. It can be worn with the Allegheny full length base layer bottoms when it is 30 degrees and windy or with the Red Desert boxer shorts when it is 90 and sunny. The First Lite Kanab is made from 100% merino wool with ballistic rip stop to enhance durability.
Why a merino wool hunting pant? When compared to microfiber, wool has superior breathability, better resistance to burrs, the ability to retain 80% of its warmth even when soaking wet and most importantly, naturally inhibits odor buildup even after days in the field. Wool offers exceptional stealth qualities as well due to the lack of shine or UV signature common in synthetic materials. The pant is also constructed without velcro or zips on the pockets to ensure maximum quiet while in the field. The wool material also remains deathly quiet no matter the season or temperature of your next outing. Look to the First Lite Kanab Pant for your next hunt to experience a new benchmark in hunting pants.
The Survive Outdoors Longer Escape Tactical Bivvy is a revolutionary backcountry emergency shelter. What the SOL Escape Tactical Bivvy does so much better than other bivy style emergency shelters is breathe. Condensation is no longer an issue and you never again have to choose between staying dry and staying warm. The proprietary fabric lets moisture escape at the same time that it keeps precipitation and wind on the outside all while reflecting your body heat back to you. Waterproof seams plus a drawstring hood closure and side zip mean you can seal out the elements entirely or use the bivvy like a traditional sleeping bag. The new low visibility Olive Drab Green color of the tactical bivvy with repeating black logos is also ideal for those times when you don’t want to be seen. For the experienced minimalist hunter, the SOL Escape Tactical Bivvy can also serve as protection from spindrift and moisture in an ultralight tarp bivy system for backcountry hunting. With a very compact packed size, the bivvy tucks away into the smallest of day packs, yet offers an 84″ x 31″ size at a lightweight 8.5 ounces. The Escape Bivvy is worth a serious look to complement your survival gear on your next mountain hunt.
First Lite was conceived in 2007 by Kenton Carruth and Scott Robinson, avid outdoorsmen from the Rocky Mountains of Central Idaho. Being involved in the winter sport and outdoor industries through skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling, they were influenced by the recent trend toward natural, high-performance fabrics in use for base layers; specifically with the emergence of Merino Wool as a next to skin fabric. After testing various Merino wool products for winter sport endeavors, First Lite began trying them out in the fall during the hunting season. They found that they could use these products for bow hunting in September, rifle in October, upland and waterfowl in November, and predator hunting in December. The fabrics performed in all seasons and in all conditions providing warmth during the cool mornings, cooling as the day heated up and kept them completely odor free day after day, hunt after hunt. However, they found that in many hunting conditions, they wanted the Merino layer to be on the outside but we were limited to black as the only color option. Finding the solution to this problem launched them on this journey. After many hours working with suppliers of the highest quality Merino wool, fabric mills and sewing shops, First Lite developed a collection of next to skin base layers and outerwear hunting gear that are available in camouflage patterns so they can be worn for concealment as well as layered. This combination of the most versatile fabric available, sewn in camouflage patterns that meet a hunter’s needs offered in camouflage is the backbone of the First Lite vision. First Lite is passionate about bringing the highest quality hunting products to you, the avid hunter who demands the highest quality gear to ensure that comfort and odor control don’t get in the way of your passion for hunting the backcountry. If you are looking for better performing gear, be sure to give First Lite hunting gear a serious look.
Sitka Gear Ascent Pants are a lightweight hunting pant designed for maximum breathability and range of motion during early to mid season hunts. Featuring a 4 way stretch woven polyester material, the Sitka Ascent Pant offers durability while maintaining critical lightweight construction for hunting high alpine regions. A quality durable water resistant treatment sheds those intermittent mountain showers, yet the lightweight design yields a 20 ounce average weight. The material provides quiet stealth in close up hunting situations and exceptional concealment due to the GORE OPTIFADE Concealment Open Country Camouflage.
The Sitka Gear Ascent Pant delivers exceptional heat and perspiration management keeping your mind on the hunt and not on uncomfortable gear. Roll up pant legs with snap retention permit stream crossings while articulated knees make trekking in steep country a breeze. Hip pockets, cargo pockets and a rear zippered pocket keep backcountry hunting essentials at hand. Worn alone during the early season or layered up to handle mid season torture tests, the Ascent Pant offers plenty of value to the dedicated hunter.
Sitka Gear was founded in 2005 based on necessity. The requirement was to build a hunting gear system that enabled a hunter to move farther, more comfortably and with less fatigue in the most challenging and grueling hunting conditions. Hunting gear that enabled a better hunting experience.
Why did hunting at various elevations have to translate to overheating on a climb to a favorite glassing spot only to morph into cold and wet with sweat once stationary? Why was discomfort from your hunting gear causing such a hinderance in your efforts to gain elevation on your quarry part of the experience? So, on that September morning, at timberline, surrounded by bugling bulls, the vision that became Sitka Gear was realized.
Drawing on lessons learned from the climbing and mountaineering industries, and countless ventures into the backcountry, a system of hunting gear was formed. A layered system of hunting clothing that enables rapid adaptation to terrain, weather and exertion. Sitka Gear was built to be an extension of the hunter and not simply a barrier between the individual and the environment. If you are looking for better performing gear, be sure to give Sitka Gear a serious look.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is an invaluable resource for both resident and non-resident hunters planning for a backcountry hunt. The Alaska Fish and Game website offers guidance on physical and mental preparation, backcountry travel and safety information, hunting regulations and licensing, and game species information. There is even a basic Alaska Hunt Planning Worksheet to get you started thinking about the necessary planning an Alaskan backcountry hunt requires.