Sitka sleeping bag, jacket help hunters stay comfortable in adverse conditions

Bill Van Ness shares his reviews of apparel solutions from Sitka:

Sitka Kelvin Aerolite 30 sleeping bag (Photo courtesy of Bill Van Ness


This is a multi-functional sleeping bag designed to be an extension of your clothing systems. It comes with Gold Cross Core insulation, with a 30-degree comfort rating that withstands moisture and insulates even when wet. A front, two-way zipper makes it double as a large jacket with easy of entry and exit, while zippered armholes let you wake and brew coffee from the warmth of your bag — insulating the core while being able to still use your arms and hands. Bonus: A stowed hook at the bottom attaches to a mid-length interior loop, so walking around camp in your bag doesn’t require hopping.$399,

Sitka Kelvin Aerolite jacket (Photo courtesy of Bill Van Ness)


This lightweight, packable, hooded jacket helps you prepare for those unforeseen flare-ups of cold, windy afternoons or brisk morning breezes while glassing from the shade of a north-facing slope. It traps heat with 80 grams of Gold Cross Core insulation, creating a jacket weighing just 16 ounces that packs down to a slightly larger than fist-size in your pack. With a polyester DWR finish shell, YKK zippers, and adjustable hood, hem and cuffs, this jacket packs a punch for something so lightweight and packable. It’s my single- or multi-day jacket for any condition requiring the possibility of adding a layer at any moment.$299,