Wad­ing into new ter­ri­tory

Sitka Gear has a strong pedi­gree when it comes to keep­ing wa­ter­fowl hun­ters warm, dry and com­fort­able, so the re­lease of its first waders has been ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated.

Field and Game - - WADING IN -

Sitka Gear wa­ter­fowl mar­ket­ing man­ager Ryan Bassham wore pro­to­type waders on his re­cent hunt­ing trip to Vic­to­ria and South Aus­tralia, but the real deal is now of­fi­cially on the mar­ket.

It has not been an easy jour­ney, with years of re­search and de­vel­op­ment to make what Sitka is call­ing the “last pair of waders you will ev­ery buy”.

“At Sitka side, what we re­ally pride our­selves in do­ing is mak­ing gear that al­lows you to go into the field and stay in the field longer and more com­fort­ably,” Ryan said.

“There’s lots of dif­fer­ent op­tions of gear to wear, but you don’t want to have to leave the field be­cause of your gear, whether its dis­com­fort or fail­ure. If it fits right, and per­forms the way it should then you for­get about it and you can worry about what it is you are there to do.”

The waders come in two ver­sions, the Delta Wader and Delta Zip Wader, and they will set you back either US$849 or US$949 but the big dif­fer­ence is the waders are fully ser­vice­able. “The wader we’ve de­vel­oped for wa­ter­fowlers are pretty spe­cial, it has been a four-and-a-half-year project that in­cluded vis­it­ing fac­to­ries around the world,” Ryan said. “Waders the world over are dis­pos­able, mean­ing they are de­signed to even­tu­ally fail, so we de­signed ours to be ver­sa­tile for a wide range of tem­per­a­tures, more durable and ser­vice­able. When they fail, and they will be­cause they are most used and abused piece of equip­ment in a wa­ter­fowlers ar­moury, we can fix them.”

Avail­able in the GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Con­ceal­ment Tim­ber and Marsh pat­terns, the waders have in­te­grated Lacrosse boots with Aero­form in­jec­tion-molded in­su­la­tion, cre­at­ing an ul­tra-warm, com­fort­able, light and durable boot. Re­in­forced and rugged foam pads cover the shins and knees while high hand-warmer pock­ets, wa­ter-re­sis­tant zip­pered stor­age pock­ets, and no-buckle sus­pen­sion make com­fort and func­tion a pri­or­ity. Delta Zip Waders in­clude a durable and wa­ter­proof front zip­per for sim­ple ac­cess.

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