Rated 4 out of 5 by TerryLivingston Objective Review
First, I would like to state that I am purely a recreational hunter, my vocation is operating an professional engineering company, and that I have no fiduciary relationship with any outdoors company. My goal is to provide an objective review of this product (I will discuss both jacket and bibs). The first observation I had was that Sitka provided good packaging to ensure the clothing was not damaged in transit, for those who may order online. This is too much money to have to deal with damage, wrong orders, and bad sizing. It is immediately obvious when first handling the Incinerator that the craftsmanship is superior. This is no ordinary retail camo. The cut lines are clean, the stitching is tight, and the fabric is beautiful. I bought the Forest pattern, and thus far, I have had several deer, both bucks and doe, in close proximity to my ladder stands without being spotted. The deer did look my direction and even upwards, and did not bust. All I got was the happy tail swoosh and head back down for food. And the deer in my area are rabbit-like skittish. My experience, thus far, is that the scientists at Gore-Tex have done something good with the optical science behind Opti-Fade. Now about the fit. Be cautious if you will order by their fitting guide. I fit out as a medium by Sitka's guide, but I needed a large. If you cannot try it on, buy one size larger. As far as the thermal protection, it is quite excellent. However, let me dispell one notion you might get from the name. This is a very warm outer layer, but please do not think that one can be careless about base layers and not get cold. I experimented with substandard base layers intentionally. You will be able to lower your base layer requirements, but one set of common cotton thermals below this suit is not going to give magical results. You may find yourself shivering. There are a couple of negatives I must share, one being that the largest zipper on front is not smooth. It is rugged, but Sitka should have coated it with something polymeric to smooth it. It can be sticky and stubborn. I had to coat mine with bowstring wax. The smaller zippers are fine. And speaking of bowhunting ( which is all I do season-round), this is important. This suit is fine for most bowhunting occassions. But there are those mornings when one can hear a leaf break from the branch, and you can hear the leaf hit the ground. If you have hunted much, you know those mornings. This fabric is not going to work on such a dead still morning. It is "brushed", but it is not good enough. It has a rustle, and an animal like a whitetail deer will bust on it. Gore-Tex has some work left to make this fabric quiet like fleece. On those type settings, it may be best to wear fleece or wool over this suit. All in all, this is a high quality, high tech, well engineered set of clothing. There are a few negatives, and hopefully Sitka and Gore-Tex will iron those out in the future. Best wishes and may the wind be in your face.
January 29, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by keatonp Excellent but Pricy
I just purchased this great bib as I was having trouble staying on stand for hours when it was less than 20 degrees. This surpassed all my expectations. Very warm, very comfortable, great pockets, and exceptionally quiet. You pay more for Sitka products, but I am a new believer.
December 24, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by DJMNAT excellent bibs
as with all sitka gear that i have purchased it's very well made, very well designed, very comfortable and very, very expensive. all sitka pants, base and mid layer garments tend to run small and i have had to order one size up. coats and jackets run true to size. i gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because of the cost.
October 5, 2012