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Sitka Fanatic Vest

Thursday, March 8th, 2012


Sitka introduced the new Fanatic Vest at this year’s SHOT Show. Based on the Fanatic Jacket it features the same, main diagonal zipper design. This leaves a clean front for a kangaroo-style handwarmer pocket. It also offsets the zipper so there aren’t a bunch of zippers piled up on the chin. Manufactured from 133g/m2 Primaloft Sport insulation and WINDSTOPPER fabric in Forest Concealment sizes Med – 3XLge.

Remember, Sitka products are intended for hunting but the features of this vest might do well for certain tactical applications.

Coming later this year from

Random Stuff We Saw at SHOT Show

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Mystery Ranch NICE 6500 in WL Gore’s OptiFade Camo

AAC’s Blank Firing Adapter

CCW Breakaways

WL Gore Releases OPTIFADE Concealment – Forest

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Last year we introduced readers to WL Gore’s proprietary camouflage pattern OPTIFADE Open Country pattern. This year they have introduced a new pattern; Forest which is specifically designed for tree stand hunting in wooded environments. Like the Big Game/Open Country pattern, the new Big Game/Forest pattern is based on how deer see, both spatially and colorimetrically. Incorporating both micro and macro patterns, the unique micro-pattern considers the way a deer or other ungulate perceives color, the ratio of positive to negative space and other visual elements to create an effect that allows the hunter to blend with the animal’s perception of the environment. Whereas, the macro-pattern breaks up the symmetry of the human body so that if a hunter is detected, the animal will not be able to identify the hunter as a predator.

Sitka Incinerator Jacket with Gore OPTIFADE Forest Pattern GORE-TEX

As a bit of a side note, while WL Gore has shown the patterns at military trade shows to gauge interest they have been quite adamant that they are not for use by military forces and furthermore that they are not at work developing a military pattern. Interestingly, their partners in development of both of these patterns have been Guy Cramer and Lt Col Tim O’Neil both well known for the introduction of numerous military patterns into the market. Regardless, the science behind OPTIFADE is solid and now there are two options available for outdoorsmen depending on environment.

OPTIFADE clothing in both patterns is available from Sitka which was recently purchased by WL Gore. Packs in OPTIFADE can also be purchased from Mystery Ranch.

Optifade Camo Revealed

Friday, October 10th, 2008

With Tim O’Neil involved of course it had to be digital. Here is a pic of Gore’s new optifade pattern compared with Realtree from Gizmodo.

Optifade Versus Realtree

Check out the story at Gizmodo.

The Science of Nothing – The Story of WL Gore’s New Camo Pattern

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Gore Optifade Concealment Technology – remember that name. It will probably be one of the biggest things at SHOT show this year but you can find out all about it now. Optifade has been developed specifically for the hunting and outdoor market but the information on the website is fantastic. It is presented in a Discovery Channel-style documentary format and I suggest everyone check it out for themselves. Of particular interest is the interview with Tim ONeil.

For more information check out Optifade. Not only do they discuss the science behind the camo, they also show behind the scenes at WL Gore.