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First lite sanctuary vs sitka fanatic
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Contributors to this thread:
caribou77 22-Nov-17
Guardian Hunter 22-Nov-17
kota-man 22-Nov-17
Charlie Rehor 22-Nov-17
Steve Leffler 22-Nov-17
Hawkeye 22-Nov-17
Hawkeye 22-Nov-17
caribou77 22-Nov-17
JW 22-Nov-17
Brotsky 22-Nov-17
caribou77 22-Nov-17
huntabsarokee 22-Nov-17
Brotsky 22-Nov-17
Z Barebow 22-Nov-17
Grunt-N-Gobble 22-Nov-17
Neubauer 22-Nov-17
Ucsdryder 22-Nov-17
Bullhound@Home 23-Nov-17
mouse 23-Nov-17
caribou77 23-Nov-17
bas4109 23-Nov-17
Dwitt2n 25-Nov-17
Z Barebow 03-Dec-17
Brotsky 03-Dec-17
Scoot 03-Dec-17
Z Barebow 03-Dec-17
Pat Lefemine 03-Dec-17
Steve Leffler 03-Dec-17
ChasingFAHL 03-Dec-17
From: caribou77
22-Nov-17
Anyone handle either of these? How do they compare to say a cabelas stand hunter extreme?

22-Nov-17
I struggled over these exact models. I like the ASAT pattern but did not know if it was as warm as the legend of Sitka. I went with Sitka and am glad. I'm sure i would have liked both. No regrets.

From: kota-man
22-Nov-17
I have had all three. The Sanctuary is WARM. Warmer than the FAnatic more on par with the Incinerator and Stand Hunter Extreme. Though I LOVE the Fanatic, I use it less and less these days as I will wear the Stratus until it gets too cold, then switch to the Incinerator. They are all excellent pieces and have their place, but unless you layer the Fanatic it is not a true sub zero garment. However, the Fanatic is tough to beat in that 20 to 40 degree range.

22-Nov-17
I’ve only used the Fanatic but that’s my lead outer wear after 11/20. The Cross zipper allows for a built in hand warmer and convenient place for my video camera when I chose to film rather than shoot.

In extreme cold I’ll add the bibs, Shacket and neck gaiter and I’m good to go.

22-Nov-17
How about quietness? I have the Fanatic and it is really warm but to be completely honest it makes some noise when drawing. I believe it is the wind stopper. I shoot traditional so like them close! Is First Lite quieter?

From: Hawkeye
22-Nov-17
I have had the Sanctuary and Woodbury and IMO-be tough to beat the Woodbury jacket with sanctuary bibs. I also used the Stratus top/bottom this year to sample and fell in love with that setup. Love my FL bases and when it's 25 or colder that woodbury and sanctuary bib is tough to beat.

From: Hawkeye
22-Nov-17
Sanctuary is DEAD DEAD quiet. The windstopper is a tad loud on the stratus but I killed a buck at 5 yards Sunday in dead still conditions and didn't hear a thing. But the Sitka is a bit louder.

From: caribou77
22-Nov-17
Steve do you have the original fanatic series?

From: JW
22-Nov-17
I've got the same setup as Hawkeye. Both the sanctuary and Woodbury are extremely quiet, don't collect burrs and hitch hikers like the fleece on the Sitka and are much lighter weight.

From: Brotsky
22-Nov-17
I went away from my Sitka set-up this year and switched to the Woodbury jacket and Sanctuary bib set-up like Hawkeye is using. It is excellent. The ASAT version is on sale right now and can be had as a set for about what just the jacket might cost you for the Sitka. I went away from Sitka because we have tons of burs and beggar's lice where I hunt and the berber is a nightmare with that kind of stuff. This is going to be a Ford/Chevy type argument in my opinion. Both sets are outstanding and really do a great job. You'll be happy either way.

From: caribou77
22-Nov-17
Brotsky....thats simple. FORD. Lol I actually picked up a Woodbury this morning for 160$.Trying to decide the bibs or if my stand hunter extreme coveralls fit my late season bill.

22-Nov-17
How is the sizing on the sanctuary? I wear a XL in almost all jackets but the First Lite base layers run big and I wear a L in then. Is the sactuary the same as the base layers. I am 6'0 and 220.

From: Brotsky
22-Nov-17
The First Lite runs a little big in the jackets and right on in the bibs. I'm the same size as you and wear an XL in both and could actually use a smaller jacket but it is a nice fit for layering.

From: Z Barebow
22-Nov-17
I just ordered the Sanctuary bibs in ASAT. I am 5'8' and 160 and I ordered a Medium. I can't justify a Sanctuary Jacket as I have plenty of other upper body options for layering and windstopping.

22-Nov-17
Im pretty sure Firstlite sizes their clothes as a layering system, that is if you wear a size large in the base layers, you stick to that size the entire way, as each layer is progressively larger than the next.

From: Neubauer
22-Nov-17
I have switched from the Fanatic to the sanctuary and now I’m loving my cabelas stand hunter. The previous two had wind shear or something comparable and always made a slight bit of noise. I believe if I can hear it the deer certainly can. The stand hunter doesn’t have the wind barrier but is completely silent and ridiculously warm. My two cents. Best of luck this fall

From: Ucsdryder
22-Nov-17
Wow. 15 responses and no fan boy hero’s! I’m impressed. I don’t have either but have a good amount of FL gear. I like merino so I prefer their stuff to Sitka but I have Sitka rain gear and that stuff is top notch quality!

23-Nov-17
Have the Fanatic and thinking of going to the First Lite. Fanatic is nice but it does make some noise.

From: mouse
23-Nov-17
were is the best place to by first lite?

From: caribou77
23-Nov-17
Lots of first lite sales going on. From first lite, midway usa, black orvis, s and s archery, Linton outdoors.

From: bas4109
23-Nov-17
This is my first year with the Sitka Stratus and I like how versatile it is. It is great for layering and the windstopper is tough to beat.

From: Dwitt2n
25-Nov-17
Luke, PM sent.....

From: Z Barebow
03-Dec-17
Used my Sanctuary bibs this weekend. Top notch quality. Very warm. Almost too warm for walking any distance. I zipped legs down to try and stay cool on hike in 1/4 mi @19 Deg.

From: Brotsky
03-Dec-17
Z..I put mine in when I get to the tree. Way to warm to walk in for me.

From: Scoot
03-Dec-17
Z maybe you're just not in good enough shape. Maybe get off the couch and work out occasionally? ;)

From: Z Barebow
03-Dec-17
There aren’t any critters at the Y!

If I was a good hunter, I wouldn’t need cold weather gear. I would already be tagged out!

Looks like I will get to really try the bibs out after this week. Need some river ice so those Minnesota deer can wander over and become North Dakota deer.

From: Pat Lefemine
03-Dec-17

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Sitka fanatic system is extremely quiet
Pat Lefemine's embedded Photo
Sitka fanatic system is extremely quiet
Pat Lefemine's embedded Photo
Shot from video frame
Pat Lefemine's embedded Photo
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Pat Lefemine's embedded Photo
Last day doe in NY’s northern zone
Pat Lefemine's embedded Photo
Last day doe in NY’s northern zone
Dead quiet this morning with a mature old alpha doe at 9 yards. Never knew what hit her.

03-Dec-17
Congrats Pat. Way to stick with it. I don't think you can go wrong with Sitka or First Lite. We are lucky to have such great cold weather gear available.

From: ChasingFAHL
03-Dec-17
I am on my second fanatic suit(i only sold the original to upgrade to the new pattern) and it is easily my favorite piece of hunting clothing. I can hunt in temps that nobody else wants to and its still slim enough to draw my bow comfortably.

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