alaska rain gear?
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Contributors to this thread:
Sean D. 23-Jul-19
Spiral Horn 23-Jul-19
Bowboy 23-Jul-19
nmwapiti 23-Jul-19
kota-man 23-Jul-19
Buskill 23-Jul-19
Franklin 23-Jul-19
HUNT MAN 23-Jul-19
BOWUNTR 23-Jul-19
Treeline 24-Jul-19
FORESTBOWS 24-Jul-19
standswittaknife 24-Jul-19
Bou'bound 24-Jul-19
cnelk 24-Jul-19
Southern draw 24-Jul-19
carcus 24-Jul-19
Vonfoust 24-Jul-19
cnelk 24-Jul-19
Trial153 24-Jul-19
altitude sick 24-Jul-19
Southern draw 24-Jul-19
Nick Muche 24-Jul-19
Shiras42 24-Jul-19
EJG 24-Jul-19
Lost Arra 24-Jul-19
thedude 24-Jul-19
Nick Muche 24-Jul-19
kota-man 24-Jul-19
Aubs8 24-Jul-19
TEmbry 24-Jul-19
Sean D. 24-Jul-19
Lost Arra 24-Jul-19
Nick Muche 24-Jul-19
cnelk 24-Jul-19
kota-man 24-Jul-19
Heat 24-Jul-19
kadbow 25-Jul-19
kadbow 25-Jul-19
From: Sean D.
23-Jul-19
For you guys who have been to Alaska, what rain gear would you recommend? I have some sitka cloudburst but not sure if it will be enough. Have a friend who recommended Kuiu Yukon rain gear and another who said Sitka stormfront. What do you think? I will be on the peninsula this fall.

From: Spiral Horn
23-Jul-19
Buy the Kuiu Yukon and be dry / comfortable the whole trip. Used it in Alaska during “frog-drowning” downpours and it never let me down. The Yukon is also versatile enough for you to leave the Softshell home.

From: Bowboy
23-Jul-19
^^Agree with the comments above. Why I like Kuiu is the pit zips and it's lightweight.

From: nmwapiti
23-Jul-19
Another vote for KUIU Yukon. Worked great on the endlessly rainy Kodiak days.

From: kota-man
23-Jul-19
I’ve used the following “hunting” rain gear on some pretty extreme weather hunts: KUIU Chugach, KUIU Yukon, First Lite Boundary Stormtite, Sitka Dew Point, Sitka Stormfront, Sitka Cloudburst, Sitka Cold Front, Sitka Kodiak Jacket and Kryptek Altitude Takur.

My Chugach leaked like a sieve. The Yukon was better, but takes a long time to dry. The Sitka Kodiak Jacket is a great Jacket, but also takes a long time to dry. First Lite Rain Gear has always kept me dry, is light enough to pack and dries reasonably fast. The Dew Point is good, but not made for “living in the rain”. Great for “in the pack” rain gear that is light and can be pulled out as needed. The Sitka Cold Front is bombproof, keeps you dry but not at all packable. The new Sitka Stormfront is great but similar weight and characteristics to the Yukon and Kodiak. The new Sitka Cloudburst (better than the old version) and the Kryptek Takur are my favorites. These will keep you dry, are light enough to throw in the pack and dry out relatively quickly. For me it is not only important to stay dry, but for the set to be able to get dry. The Yukon and Kodiak fail miserably in that regard IMO. If you really want to stay dry in AK, look at Helly Hanson. Not the best for being mobile as it doesn’t breath, but it will keep you dry.

Disclaimer: My Yukon was of one of the very first versions made. They very well could have made some improvements to that system since I owned it.

From: Buskill
23-Jul-19
I have Kuiu Yukon. It’s pretty awesome. I tend to carry a cheap made Camo rain jacket that’s kinda rubbery. I wear it when I’m on the boat or just sitting glassing . It’s impenetrable so it keeps my reg gear from potentially getting saturated and failing . I don’t stalk in it or anything , it’s just keeping the water off during sits and such .

From: Franklin
23-Jul-19
I have a poncho I use like Buskill…..when you`re getting pounded on I`ll put that on as nothing gets through that.

From: HUNT MAN
23-Jul-19
Helly Hansen

From: BOWUNTR
23-Jul-19
Helly Hansen x2... Ed F

From: Treeline
24-Jul-19
HHx3 for Alaska.

24-Jul-19
I've had my light weight helly Hansen rain gear 10 years I just can't buy anything else because it hasn't failed me yet

24-Jul-19
I’ve used my Helly Hansen on two trips now and it has been perfect..

From: Bou'bound
24-Jul-19
Yukon

From: cnelk
24-Jul-19
HH Impertech

24-Jul-19
Kuiu Chugach rain jacket has served me well but have not tried the Yukon.

From: carcus
24-Jul-19
HH impertech, comfortable, quiet, will keep you dry. Oh and probably 1/5 of the price of sitka or kuiu

From: Vonfoust
24-Jul-19
HH not showing Impertech on website. Is it discontinued?

From: cnelk
24-Jul-19

cnelk's Link
Amazon - see link

From: Trial153
24-Jul-19
I think you'd be fine with the cloudburst, add the pants and your good to go.

24-Jul-19
The Last hunt to AK I used Sitka waterfowl Pantanal parka.

It worked great with all the little features it has.

The time before that. Helly Hansen. And for the money. I don’t think you can go wrong with HH.

24-Jul-19

Southern draw's embedded Photo
Last year in Alaska it rained our whole hunt , we used the Kuiu Chugach and Sitka Dew point for my son and neither of us had any problems with the rain . This was around Fairbanks .
Southern draw's embedded Photo
Last year in Alaska it rained our whole hunt , we used the Kuiu Chugach and Sitka Dew point for my son and neither of us had any problems with the rain . This was around Fairbanks .

From: Nick Muche
24-Jul-19
For the Pen, bring the best. HH would be at the top of my list or even the FL SEAK.

From: Shiras42
24-Jul-19
Kota, interesting on your Chugach leaking. I've been in some pretty crappy stuff in AK without any problems with it. That being said, I picked up a HH jacket for $20 on clearance that I think I will be taking this fall.

From: EJG
24-Jul-19
I feel like my FL SEAK is as tough as it gets and very comfortable , love the cut of the design, and great ventilation.

From: Lost Arra
24-Jul-19
Anyone tried Grundens? I see a lot of Alaskans using it while fishing. I just mention it because Camofire has a Grunden camo jacket today.

From: thedude
24-Jul-19
Grudens is the tougher version of HH. If I worked on a boat I'd have grudens. HH Is all I use for my Alaska adventures.

From: Nick Muche
24-Jul-19
Nothing wrong with Grundens either

From: kota-man
24-Jul-19
Great deal on the Grundens on Camofire.

From: Aubs8
24-Jul-19
HH and Cabelas Space Rain

From: TEmbry
24-Jul-19
Ive owned Cabelas, HH, Kuiu Chugach, Kuiu Yukon, and a hand full of others.

For backpacking hunts I wear Chugach, for base camp type hunts after mid September up here, I use Yukon. I've never been let down by either.

I used HH Impertech for several years, its tough. That said, I might as well just not have rain gear as much as I sweat in it if hiking much at all. Maybe I sweat more than the average dude, IDK. I still wear my HH when on a fishing boat but beyond that I find little use for it hunting anymore as much as I've been impressed with the combo of Kuiu Gear (that said the kuiu outfits cost a small fortune so if money is tight don't sacrifice hunting opportunities saving for better gear... get the best you can afford and go hunt)

From: Sean D.
24-Jul-19
Does any of the HH come in camo? Cant seem to find any.

From: Lost Arra
24-Jul-19
Yes. I have a camo HH Impertech jacket. Only downside is the liner is white so you need the hood up while you are wearing it which isn't a big deal if it's raining.

From: Nick Muche
24-Jul-19
You don’t need Camo. The green or brown will do just fine.

From: cnelk
24-Jul-19

cnelk's embedded Photo
cnelk's embedded Photo
I wore my HH Impertech everyday for 8 days in Alaska.

From: kota-man
24-Jul-19
I agree with Tembry and the reason it was an "add on" to my post. If I'm walking at all, I can't wear the HH as I will be as wet as if I didn't wear any rain gear.

From: Heat
24-Jul-19
Prior to Bass Pro buyout Cabela's would do limited runs of HH Impertech in Outfitter Camo. I took a chance on sizing and ordered a small jacket which was about all they had left and scored big time as it fit perfect. Keep your eyes open on Cabela's just in case they do that again. Used it once on a saltwater fishing trip that kept me from getting completely drenched. Great stuff! Not any kind of official endorsement, just my personal opinion.

From: kadbow
25-Jul-19
I use Hefty. Keeps you dry. Doesn’t breathe that well but if you cut out eye holes so you can see you will also be able to breathe. Packs well but is a little pricier than generic.

From: kadbow
25-Jul-19
Actually I am headed on my first Alaska hunt this fall. NW Alaska, so good info. The trash bag does make me think about the gear I hunted in as a kid and I wonder how I never ended up with hypothermia.

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