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I have the Kuiu packable rain gear for backcountry hunts. It's great, other than a little noisy. I'm looking for a little quieter rain jacket for day hunts, where I'm ok packing a little extra weight. What do you guys suggest. I am willing to spend money for good rain gear, as I look at it as a priority. thanks
I have a Kuiu jacket too but for day hunting when I need less noise (whitetails) I use a Core4 Element rain jacket. It has a brushed outer layer that can get saturated and heavy but I do stay dry. I think Core 4 is no longer made but Black Ovis used to carry a Sylo brand that looked identical.
Sitka downpour kuiu Yukon
2 Things: HUK raingear for fishing is awesome. Love there bibs and all the features they have on there rain gear. The Jacket from HUK is awesome as well. I have Kuiu as well, but I also have an Under Armour Gore-Tex camo rain suit that I fricking love. It is super quiet, bomb proof, I always have it with me.
So the Under Armour is quieter?
Sitka thunderhead or downpour
Is the sitka rain gear quiet? I've heard otherwise
I've also used the Cabelas MTO50 rain gear in the past. It's quiet, but it doesn't stay waterproof very long. Looking for durable and quiet.
If you can wear a large, and are interested, i have a couple of Rivers West jackets/pants I would sell. Waterproof fleece and very effective! Scored very high on Bowhunter magazine rain gear reviews in the past. Since i have several different sets, some are like new still. Mossy Oak breakup country pattern. Just message me if so.
I find my Kuiu Chugach jacketto be quite quiet. I have Yukon pants and they are definitely louder than the Chugach. Sitka downpour is quiet, but loads up, and I have pants in the first pattern so they are essentially black when they are wet.
I haven't had much luck with run jackets with the soft outer fabric. Its by design; the outer shell wets out and then the jacket loses its effectiveness.
The best stuff I've found is the Kuiu, eVent, and in cheaper stuff the Marmot PreCip. GoreTex has been a HUGE disappointment on multiple garments.
I see the sitka thunderhead is advertised as quiet rain gear. Has anyone used this in the field
my downpour is loud, my nimbus was quiet, I used my helley hanson impertech on my moose hunt, it was quiet, its awesome stuff, and cheap
I have the KUIU chugach. Pretty good, but not as quiet as wool but better for wet weather!
I have the Sitka rain gear. Pants and jacket. It is relatively quiet, in my opinion. It is rain gear material so not totally quiet. Worked great in the few times I've actually hunted in a "real" rain.
I have the Sitka Thunderhead system. It is as advertised. It is very quiet. I have not been in an all out Coastal Rain Storm in it but have been in some wet conditions and it kept me dry. Most of all, it is extremely quiet.
Yes, the under armour gore tex is quiet. It has like a brushed camo on the outside. Super soft and quiet, the liner is Gore-Tex. I use it for a ground cloth to sit on when I am elk hunting. It is durable and quiet. I like my Kuiu but it is a bit noisey for elk and whitetail hunting. Other good feature is the pants on the under armour unzip past the knee so you can actually strip off and put on easily.
In the Sitka, SubAlpine pattern it would be the “Thunderhead Jacket” and Pants. In the Elevated 11 pattern for Whitetails it’s the “Downpour”. The two are very similar just different pattern.
Mine isn’t quiet, but usually when I decide to wear it the rain isn’t quiet either. So I don’t worry about it.
Nothing ever made that is water"proof" will ever be quiet.. Never. Now, water "resistant" can be quiet for sure,, but it doesnt keep the water out :)
None quieter than Rivers West. But you need a place to dry them out every night, the fleece outer will hold some water. You can DWR it and it's better, but still soaks up some. You will be dry and warm. Maybe too warm. They do make several weights of it.
I really love they KUIU Yukon, WRT hard shell raingear it's fairly quiet,but the RW is quieter. The Yukon is better for pack trips and really wet continuous weather. RW you need a wood stove or something to dry each night in those conditions. Had a love/hate relationship with the RW over the years.
Charlie noted the quiet Sitka options. They are best for hunts where you can dry them out overnight because the outer brushed face will hold water and become damp, which can also reduce the effectiveness of vapor transfer out. But they are very quiet raingear options.