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Title: Late Season Jacket
Post by: vandeman17 on October 02, 2020, 10:27:02 AM
I have been slowly upgrading my gear over the years through sales and have been on the lookout for a late season jacket. I freeze my arse off when sitting in a stand in November so wanting to add a nice top and puffy bottom to my arsenal. I have a timberline jacket and heavyweight zip shirt that I was thinking would be my combination along with a regular base layer. Thoughts on this jacket?

https://www.mountain-archery.com/sitka-kelvin-hoody-open-country.aspx
Title: Re: Late Season Jacket
Post by: Stein on October 02, 2020, 10:55:30 AM
If you aren't set on synthetic, there are quality down jackets in the same price range if you don't need them camo.

I've been thinking about upgrading my puffy, I've hunted in it for 6-7 years now and it's starting to clump and not as warm.  I can't decide on fill because I use it for dry cold hunts in MT as well as wet cold duck hunts in WA.  I love down for warmth, weight and packability but obviously it isn't as good when it gets wet.
Title: Re: Late Season Jacket
Post by: vandeman17 on October 02, 2020, 11:30:30 AM
I am not really set on anything at this point. I am just looking for a warm jacket that doesn't weigh much that I can pack in with me to my stand
Title: Late Season Jacket
Post by: jackelope on October 02, 2020, 11:40:37 AM
I really like my First Lite Uncompaghre jacket. Iím having a hard time picturing silently drawing my bow from a tree stand in a puffy jacket though. Probably something to consider. I think puffy jackets are more intended to be used while sitting and glassing etc where making some noise isnít a big deal.
Title: Re: Late Season Jacket
Post by: vandeman17 on October 02, 2020, 11:42:41 AM
I really like my First Lite Uncompaghre jacket. Iím having a hard time picturing silently drawing my bow from a tree stand in a puffy jacket though. Probably something to consider. I think puffy jackets are more intended to be used while sitting and glassing etc where making some noise isnít a big deal.

Agreed and I have actually been looking at the FL pants. As far as drawing my bow, this would mostly be used for late rifle as well as sitting and glassing
Title: Re: Late Season Jacket
Post by: BULLBLASTER on October 02, 2020, 12:33:07 PM
I have sitka kelvin pants and kelvin down ws puffy. Both are plenty warm.

Im not sure how firstlite can even call the unconpongre a puffy. The sitka kelvin lite is also lacking in extreme cold.
Title: Re: Late Season Jacket
Post by: Mtnwalker on October 02, 2020, 12:53:15 PM
My go to for late season is a Kelvin Lite with a down puffy vest underneath. I usually have another puffy in the pack if itís really really cold but Iíve only had to put it on once or twice. The vest adds a lot of versatility vs one heavier coat
Title: Re: Late Season Jacket
Post by: jackelope on October 02, 2020, 05:29:15 PM
I have sitka kelvin pants and kelvin down ws puffy. Both are plenty warm.

Im not sure how firstlite can even call the unconpongre a puffy. The sitka kelvin lite is also lacking in extreme cold.

I don't disagree on the puffy in terms of the way it looks, but I wear mine a lot and it's weird warm.  I'd only ever wear it sitting. I've tried to hike with it on with weather in the 20's and it's too much. I'm a fan.

Title: Re: Late Season Jacket
Post by: Ironhead on October 02, 2020, 05:58:40 PM
I have a Sitka Puffy that I call my glassing jacket. Its not only warm but extremely lightweight.
Title: Re: Late Season Jacket
Post by: Wingin it on October 03, 2020, 12:19:35 PM
I have the Kuiu superdown and its been awesome. I use when it's gets really cold in Montana and have used it in Alberta in late November too.
Title: Re: Late Season Jacket
Post by: BULLBLASTER on October 03, 2020, 01:12:54 PM
I have sitka kelvin pants and kelvin down ws puffy. Both are plenty warm.

Im not sure how firstlite can even call the unconpongre a puffy. The sitka kelvin lite is also lacking in extreme cold.

I don't disagree on the puffy in terms of the way it looks, but I wear mine a lot and it's weird warm.  I'd only ever wear it sitting. I've tried to hike with it on with weather in the 20's and it's too much. I'm a fan.
I think its probably like the kelvin light. Just not enough for extreme cold but fine for some cold.
Title: Re: Late Season Jacket
Post by: huntnnw on October 03, 2020, 01:41:20 PM
One of the best things I have for stand hunting is my set of predator camo heavy fleece. Super warm and as quiet as it gets for drawing a bow. Layers underneath and how many on how cold it is
Title: Re: Late Season Jacket
Post by: BULLBLASTER on October 03, 2020, 01:53:04 PM
 :yeah: for treestand sitting i have camo columbia brand wool bibs and jacket to go over my insulation layers
Title: Re: Late Season Jacket
Post by: CaNINE on October 05, 2020, 06:57:38 AM
For long glassing sits in cold temps I rely on the Sitka Kelvin. When things are really bad I burrito wrap myself in a Kifaru woobie. Last years Wyoming elk hunt found me sitting for hours behind the glass in single digit temps.  That set up plus a small warming fire made it doable.
Title: Re: Late Season Jacket
Post by: baker5150 on October 05, 2020, 07:35:23 AM
I run a First Lite Brooks and when needed I'll throw my KUIU Guide Coat over the top.  No weather gets thru and it's very comfortable and packable.  I also use the FL Unclepadre pant when needed.
I run cold and this has been the only set up I've been able to pack tight as well as sit and glass for hours in. 
I've also ran the KUIU Super Down.  The Brooks is warmer and more comfy fit, but the KUIU is MUCH more durable.  I wouldn't wear the Brooks while hiking in any type of brush.  KUIU I have, and will run thru thick stuff without issue.

All the Sitka stuff was way too tight in the fore arm area for me. 
Title: Re: Late Season Jacket
Post by: grimace on October 05, 2020, 09:41:25 PM
My late season archery kit for NE Washington/Idaho is the following:

Sitka Jet Stream
Arcteryx CERIUM LT HOODY
First Lite LS Chama
Synthetic undershirt

I can wear the Arcteryx under or over the Jet Stream, it really just depend on how long of a sit. It's light and very warm, and since it's not camo I'll wear it topping mountains, snow shoeing or what ever.

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Title: Re: Late Season Jacket
Post by: buglebuster on October 05, 2020, 09:58:24 PM
I LOVE my first lite chamberlain puffy! That paired with either my kuiu axis hybrid jacket or sitka jetstream has kept me super warm and comfortable in -16 degree temps in Montana with wind and snow blowing
Title: Re: Late Season Jacket
Post by: Mossy on October 28, 2020, 08:20:24 PM
So what did you go with?
Title: Re: Late Season Jacket
Post by: vandeman17 on October 30, 2020, 08:26:33 AM
So what did you go with?

So far I have ended up sticking with my Timberline jacket as outer layer and an eddie bauer puffy that I wear under. I did buy a pair of First lite insulated zip off pants so hoping that combo will help. We will see during the opener of late deer as forecasts showing it will be in the teens to low 20's