The 2012 line of Sitka Gear is now available and with it comes a handful of new items that are sure to be of interest to the whitetail fanatics of the Wired To Hunt Nation. New this year are the Fanatic Vest, Incinerator Hat, Core Balaclava and a line of youth gear as well! I’m most excited about the Fanatic Vest, which will certainly be the most functional whitetail hunting vest on the market (ie. handwarmer pocket, grunt tube + range finder pockets, etc). That being said, all are definitely worth a look and in addition, while not new, last year’s Fanatic Jacket/Bib is still in my opinion the best whitetail hunting suit on the market. If you’re interested in learning more about what Sitka has to offer, be sure to check out their new digital catalog here. And for a brief 101 on what their design and layering philosophy is, read below…

“The goal of Sitka’s outer wear program is consistent…create products that protect you from elements in specific situations.  For the Forest line, we address the needs of the treestand hunter. Engagement ranges are closer, noise becomes more of a factor,   warmth in extended motionless scenarios is mandatory. Our  line-up addresses conditions that range from the coldest and   windiest to the more sublime afternoon breeze. Understanding these ranges of conditions drives products that utilize  Gore-teX®   laminates for the most extreme, WindStopper®  fabrics in milder conditions, and then lighter weight Soft Shells or stretch woven at the mildest end of the spectrum. As a hunter, you   are empowered to dial in your   outer layers, based on a solid   foundation of next-to-skin and insulating pieces.”

For more, visit the Sitka Gear website