I ended up going all in on Sitka. I think for me a lot of it came down to what fit the best. They each make good gear so it really comes down to what fits you and whether they have a line that suits your hunting style
If you hunt where it gets cold and there is wind, you cannot go wrong with Sitka. The Windstopper membrane is a lifesaver in the cold windy rut hunts of the midwest. Even if you have to buy a little bigger to layer underneath, it's the best stuff out there for treestand hunting the rut in the northern half of the country.
I've tried skre as well. The rain gear is pretty good. I just got the hardscrabble pants and while I don't mind em. For bowhunting they're terrible. They're loud as hell. The fit is good somewhat. Little too baggy for what i like but they seem durable. Will save them for squirrel hunting or something.
I have no experience with FL or Sitka.
I have a lot of Kuiu.
I hunt Whitetails in CNY. So it can be 75 degrees to below zero degrees in any given season.
Kuiu is not made for whitetail hunting in my mind.
They have however come out recently with their proximity line (a little late in my opinion) but I haven’t heard much about it yet from people who have used it, so the jury is still out there.
I have their wool under layers and some is ten years old and looks like new.
Some of their mid layers as well are good too .
I have the guide DCS jacket in XXL (I’m 5’7” and 180 lbs.) with layering anything smaller was too tight. It’s a good soft shell for early to mid season but not late season temps!
I also have several pairs of their attack pants and recommend them. I usually wear a size 34 jeans but have to wear a 36 in attack pants.
Kuiu runs SMALL!
I’m really interested in how the proximity lines pans out and can’t wait to hear some reviews on that.
Mix of random stuff for mobile hunting and base layers/rain gear/wind proof and puffy stuff. But for long days sitting I’m using solitude bibs and a sanctuary jacket and now that it’s 20 degrees with a foot of snow i switch my bibs to the sanctuary bibs and same jacket. Hike in super light and put on heavy bibs and jacket. Works for me! Best fit for whitetail
Stuff I’ve found. HOWEVER, the new proximity stuff looks insane.
I’m in Michigan and we only do stand hunting. Spot and stalk doesn’t really work as well here.
For outerwear I have the cabelas/redhead tundra pants. They are great at blocking the wind and cold.
For a coat I have an old gander mountain 4-1 parka deal. It is bulky as heck. I want a new jacket, but it isn’t really needed.
Base layer is the heavy or mid weight stuff I get from cabelas.
Mid layers? I don’t use mid layers on bottom. I don’t like how sweaty I get. On top I use a kuiu merino 200 hoodie. I also throw on a generic vest over top of that.
I love to have warm hands. This next year I am going to change it up to a hand muff with chemical warmers and light gloves.
Currently I use the cabelas stand hunter mittens on really cold days.
I switch to a generic glove when I am drying them out.
Hats. Can’t speak highly enough of the Kenai hat from kuiu. Love that thing.
I really am looking forward to the hand muff idea next year.