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Southern draw 05-Apr-19
I'm looking for recommendations on Kuiu rain gear. I've been considering either the Chugach or the Yukon. The hunt I'm getting these for is in the eastern Talkeetna mountains for 12 days in September of 2020. It's a fly in hunt. I'm not super concerned with weight but packability is a factor. They're both on sale right now. What are the positives and negatives of each? Thanks!
Yukon. Tough and worth it
Yukon. Tough and worth it I have both
If you're looking at a lot of rain, brush, and cooler temps then definitely go with the Yukon. If you just need something lighter, packable, and less durable then go with the Chugach. I would probably lean toward the Yukon for your hunt.
Chugach has worked well for me, starting back in 2011, although the jacket will let your shoulders get damp under your backpack straps if packing in the rain for extended periods. The pants can also wet out a bit if hiking in wet brush for extended periods...not an issue above treeline though. The pants cuffs on my 2011 pants are getting worn though the top camo layer now, but man they have a lot of rough miles on them. I've come out to the truck after a day of hiking in the rain with them muddy (last 4 miles on a wet horse trail) all the way to the crotch.
I think Chugach are so good I invested in a new set, but still keep the old ones around as I doubt I'll ever wear out the jacket and the pants are still functional.
From: Southern draw
Have not tried the Yukon but I just ordered another Chugach and my original one from 7 years ago hasn’t showed any signs of slowing down.
I think Brotsky nailed it.
I also use yukon as a non rain layer at times
They're both awesome. I have a Chugach upper and a Yukon lower. Both have been 100% waterproof. Chugach is much "lighter" in feel, weight etc. It is strong enough to withstand any trip in my opinion and more likely to be used for other puposes like whitetail etc. When I went to buy the pants they had none, so I bought the Yukon. Justified it thinking the legs get the most abuse. The Yukon is sturdier and gives you that feeling like you could survive a tumble down a mountainside and still hold water at the bottom. But it is heavier, stiffer, and noisier. The Chugach is my favourite for an upper for SURE. You don't get that feeling like you're wearing a rain jacket at all. Very nice piece.
I doubt there is much negative for either. I have the chugach and they are very good. If I were busting a lot of heavy brush then there might be a concern but I don’t think so. I slide about 30 feet down a sharp rock shale mountain in AK on my butt (not intentionally). Figured my chugach pants were toast..... not even a scratch. Mike
Thanks guys! I ordered the Yukon.