Sitka Expert Mountain Package

Sitka Expert Mountain Package

After spending many days in the field suffering or uncomfortable a guy tends to figure out what he is missing and starts refining his gear to take on any challenge he might face on the mountain. The Linton Outdoor’s Sitka Expert Mountain Package was designed from our history of those days in the field. Sitka has perfected the clothing layering system. By building this layering system guys can get the most out of their gear while minimizing bulk and weight.

The Sitka Expert Mountain Package is designed for the guy who wants a system to face any weather that the mid to late season can throw at him. It starts with a comfortable core crew LS and core bottom. These polyester layers wick moisture quickly while retaining body heat. The next layer up is Traverse Zip shirt, this is a midweight layer that can be worn alone or for layering purposes as well.

Moving to the outerwear we have the super popular Sitka Mountain Pants. These pants are a 2 layer, 4way stretch polyester hunting pant that can easily be called one of the most comfortable hunting pants you will ever own. The Mountain pant is highly versatile with its ability to be used during the early season and late season with the use of a baselayer. The DWR finish on the pant sheds water yet still breaths well on long hikes.

Regulating your core temperature is key to your overall comfort. We achieve this with the combination of the Kelvin Lite Jacket and Jetstream Jacket. These two jackets layer perfectly together. The Kelvin Lite jacket is a primaloft insulation jacket which does a great job of insulating your body. The Jetstream is an extremely comfortable 2 layer soft shell jacket with built in windstopper. The Jetstream works great alone for 90% of the weather you will face, but when the temps drop and you are sitting for long periods glassing, adding the Kelvin Lite jacket underneath the Jetstream gives you enough warmth to push through extremely cold temperatures and harsh winds. The Kelvin Lite is also great because of its ability to pack down, taking up little room or weight in your pack when not in use.

This system is designed to keep you comfortable from approximately 80 degrees down to 10 degrees, with the ability to push comfortably down to 0 degrees if necessary.

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One thing to note. We did not add rain gear to this package because each hunters personal preference and needs vary so much. We highly recommend Sitka’s Gore-Tx rain gear systems as well as some ultra lightweight packable rain gear by King’s Camo.

Static V Sleeping Pads

Klymit Static V Sleeping Pad

Klymit Static V Sleeping Pad: 18oz, 72″ L x 23″ W x 2.5″ Thick

The Static V comes in three options: Standard (Green), Kings Camo, Insulated (Red).

Hi guys & gals, I just wanted to quickly show you a great, affordable sleeping pad we carry by Klymit called the Static V sleeping pad. I slept on this pad all last year and really liked it. It fit the perfect cost, weight and size for what I was looking for to upgrade my original sleeping pad. Watch the video below for more information or click HERE to purchase.

Awesome New Backcountry Solar Power Source

Solar Rechargeable Battery Power Pack

Brunton Ember:  3.5″x2.5″x.75”,  5 oz

If you like to carry your cellphone, gps, camera or rechargeable batteries into the woods you need to check out this new product by Brunton. The Brunton Ember is a lightweight, compact solar rechargeable battery pack. This little power source is easily slipped into your pocket or you backpack. The power pack quickly recharges any small handheld electronic device. It can recharge your smart phone 3 time before needing to be recharged. It take about 7-8hrs of sunlight to fully recharge the battery pack via sunlight. Watch the video below for more information.

Best of the Best Hunting Clothing

We sell a lot of hunting gear and we use a lot of hunting gear. This allows us to gather a lot of product field knowledge not only from ourselves but also from customers. There are a few items from a variety of manufactures that seem to standout and perform better than others. I’ll try and uncover a few of these little gems and hopefully help those who are just looking for “THE ONE” item.

Best Hunting Pants

Sitka_Outerwear_AscentPant-Open-CountrySitka Ascent Pant: Probably the best early season, warm weather pant out there. This lightweight, soft shell pant is extremely comfortable during the warm early season days. It features a perfect articulated cut, fully gusseted, keeping excess fabric (no baggy crotch) to a minimum. The Ascent pant is also available in Regular (32″) or Tall (34″) inseams. Overall one of the best warm weather pants on the market.

Sitka Mountain Pant: My favorite all purpose pant. The Mountain Pant features a high count stretch polyester weave build, DWR water repellant finish, gusseted crotch, articulated leg cut and thermo-molded removeable knee protection. The Mountain pant is extremely comfortable and leg binding is never an issue when hiking up steep mountains. This pant is breathable enough to wear early season chasing elk or you can add a baselayer underneath and chase chukar in below freezing temps with ease.

First Lite Merino Wool Kanab Pant: This is my go-to pant for any backcountry adventure where I will be spending multiple days in a single pair of pants. Merino wool is no joke and the odor control is unsurpassed. I sweat hard when hiking in the backcountry and it doesn’t take long for my poly pants to catch some odor. First Lite’s Kanab pants are the only way to go if you are heading into the backcountry on a multi-day trip and you are worried about odor. The merino wool is comfortable against your skin and the cut of the pants is very roomy. The pants tend to run a little long, which I love, staying over the top of your boots all day long. Note* the Kanab pant sells out every year so it is not an item you want to wait to get.

Best Hunting Shirts

first_lite_llano_long_sleeve_crew_shirt_1299283_1_ogSitka Core Shirt: This is the staple of the Sitka baselayers. A simple, perfectly cut, high quality polyester shirt. Highly breath-ability allows for wearing all day long even on the warmest days. *NOTE, Sitka is set to release their Merino Wool Quarter Zip shirt in Open Country camo this September. Keep and eye out for this! Merino wool is the best hunting shirt material you can get right now.

First Lite Merino Wool Llano “Yano” Shirt: This is my favorite shirt. Merino wool is replacing a lot of my polyester hunting clothing. The Llano is a very lightweight, extremely odor resistant hunting shirt, that breaths very well and dry’s very fast. I can wear this shirt for multiple days on end, soaking it with sweat every day, then dry it out and still have no odor after 3-4 days of hunting. If you are looking for something a little heavier check out the First Lite Chama.

Sitka Traverse (Mid-weight Pull Over): This is probably our most popular 2nd layer piece we sell. It features a super soft, comfortable design. Full range of motion stretch does not hinder any movements with this mid-weight shirt. This shirt fits and feels like its a second layer of thicker skin on your body. The Traverse also has a longer cut so it doesn’t creep up under jackets or backpack waist belts. If you are looking for the merino wool equivalent of this piece in First Lite, then check out the First Lite Merino Wool Labrador.

Best Hunting Jacket

oc_jetstream_jacket Sitka Jetstream Jacket: Probably one of the best soft shell jackets on the market. This jacket is very similar to the very popular Sitka 90% jacket but takes it to the perfect level by adding the WindStopper layer. This jacket features unrestricted full range of motion. Its also very quiet and has a perfect fit minimizing annoying bulk you find in other soft shell jackets. The Jetstream jacket runs fairly true to size to a touch small, so we usually recommend sizing up a size for layering. This is a great jacket for bowhunting. You can also stretch this jacket into the late season by layering a Sitka Kelving Lite primaloft insulated jacket underneath. Note* the Sitka Jetstream jacket sells out every year so it’s not an item you want to wait to get.

Best Undergarments

RedDesert_DryEarthFirst Lite Merino Wool Red Desert Boxer: This is the best hunting underwear I have ever worn. This merino wool constructed boxer brief is comfortable and extremely odor resistant. If you are hunting the backcountry the Red Desert Boxer is one of the best pieces of gear you can own. Soak it with sweat and it drys quickly. It features a comfortable athletic fit. Note* make sure you buy your correct size, do not try to size one size down for a compression style fit. Also this item tends to sell out in Large and XL every year so don’t wait to long.

Sitka Silk Weight Core Boxer: This is a great warm weather underwear. It’s durable, thin, full stretch fabric is extremely breathable and quick drying. It features a very comfortable athletic fit. Note* Sitka will be releasing a Merino Boxer fall of 2013, so keep an eye out for that!

Best Day Packs

(we will go into further detail on these packs in another article soon)

X2HP_lgEberlestock X2, Badlands Diablo, Badlands Sacrifice, Sitka Flash 32

Best Overnighter Packs

(we will go into further detail on these packs in another article soon)

Eberlestock J34, Eberlestock Blue Widow, Blacks Creek Alternative, Blacks Creek Solution, Tenzing TZ5000, Tenzing CF13

Best Selling Boots

(note* everyone’s foot is different and therefore not every boot will work for every person)

Lowa Tibet Pro GTXLOWA Tibet Pro GTX: This is one of our best sellers. Its a great all-around boot, from flatlander walking to climbing steep hills. It has great ankle support as well as a perfect medium stiffness sole minimizing foot strain during extensive hiking. The toe box is next to perfect as well as a great heel lock minimizing hot spots on long hikes. The boot is built extremely well. We have next to no warranty issues with this boot ever. This boot comes in Medium and Wide Widths for a wider range of foot sizes.

Other popular boots: Kenetrek Mountain Extreme NI, LOWA Ticam GTX, LOWA Hunter GTX

I hope you guys found some great information in this brief article. We tried to keep it short and informative. If you have any question don’t hesitate to give us a call 208.867.6710.

Linton Outdoors

Who, What and Why – First Lite Clothing

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First Lite is a company born in the Rocky Mountains of Idaho in 2007. They made their name by being the first company to imprint merino wool with camo patterns. By 2010 the buzz around this company exploded, but we still get customer asking about First Lite on a daily basis. We happen to be extremely fond of our First Lite gear so we’ll take a few minutes to let you know about this merino wool hunting clothing.


Merino wool is nothing new, in fact is been around for many years. Unlike standard wool, First Lite’s merino wool features a very fine fiber allowing it to be worn comfortably next to your skin without an itchy feeling. The composition of wool makes it warm, water-repellent, odor-resistant, flame-retardant, durable, anti-static, and a UV protector.

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So why should you spend $95 dollars on a merino wool hunting shirt. The number one reason is ODOR CONTROL. Here is information right off First Lite’s website.

While sweat itself has no odor, if it remains on the skin in time bacteria develop and create unpleasant body odors. Merino reduces the opportunity for odors to generate because it is more efficient than other textiles at absorbing sweat and evaporating it into the air.

The rate of diffusion of small and large molecules into the fiber increases and it is able to absorb odors faster. When the temperature drops, and the fiber once again falls below the glass transition, the odors are trapped within the structure even if the moisture evaporates. Later, during laundering, the garment again passes through the glass transition point and the odors are carried out of the structure by the water. Synthetics are not able to benefit from this same effect because they do not pass through glass transition during normal wear.

The odor control of First Lite’s Merino Wool is no joke and works extremely well. I tend to sweat heavily so odor is always a big problem by the time day 2 rolls around in the backcountry. I am able to wear a single set of First Lite gear + 1 extra shirt (so i dont have to sleep in a sweaty shirt) for 3 straight nights in the backcountry!

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Besides odor control First Lite’s Merino Wool is an extremely efficient fabric. It breaths well and transfers moisture away from your skin. Yet unlike synthetics, it retains warmth even when wet. So you can start warm on those windy ridges, you sweated like crazy to get up to, so you could glass.

Essential Items for your First Lite System: Llano LS Shirt, Kanab Pant, Red Desert Boxer

Full Package: Llano LS Shirt, Chama LS Q-Zip Shirt, Labrador SweaterKanab Pant, Red Desert Boxer

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Easton Outfitters Pickup Backpack

Easton Outfitters Pickup Backpack

We have had the chance to play around with the new 2013 Easton Hunting pack line and have already found a new gem. The Easton Pickup backpack is a 3000 cubic inch pack that weights in at 4.6 lbs. For those of you who know hunting packs, that’s a perfect weight and size for a do-everything pack.

This is really a standard size and shape pack with a few nice innovative features added to it. The Pickup backpack is comprised of a large main compartment, a medium outer compartment, two side optics compartments and a top lid style compartment.

Easton Pickup BackpackThe large main compartment is a simple top loading design with a hydration sleeve. The outer compartment is a long shallow pocket with a couple of smaller pockets inside. The side optics pockets are plain simple pockets and are about the size of a standard 65mm spotting scope. The top lid compartment is like a large optics compartment with a couple of small pockets as well.

Easton Pickup Backpack harnessThe pack features an adjustable shoulder harness to fit torso lengths from 17″-21″. The waist belt is a split design that fits very comfortable above and below your hip point. The waist belt also features micro and macro adjustments and allows you to cinch the pack in tight to your lower back. The frame of the pack features an 3/4 aluminum and 1/4 carbon tubular internal frame.

Easton Pickup Meat haulerThe pack uses a beaver tail style meat hauler flap that pulls out from a hidden compartment on the bottom of the pack. It features 3 connector points on each side of the pack and can even be attached to the top of the shoulder straps to keep the load tight at your upper back. The meat straps actually perform as load levelers when used this way and we really like this feature.

Overall we really like the Easton Pickup hunting pack. It’s price point and size make it a great starter pack or a specialty day pack for a western hunter. The pack fits very comfortably with 50lbs in it and minimalist style hunters could easily pull over a 1-2 bivy hunt out of this pack as well.

Easton Kilo 2P Field Test

Easton Kilo 2P

We got a chance to test out the Easton Kilo 2P tent a few weeks ago on a weekend backcountry spring bear hunt. The Kilo 2P tent shape/design is a noticeably similar design featured in some of backpacking’s top tent manufactures (Big Agnes FlyCreek, Marmot Eclipse, Mtn Hardware Supermega).

The Kilo 2P features a U-shaped arch front with a single arching pole forming the spine of the tent. The efficient/simplicity of the design with carbon fiber poles allows for ridiculous weights. The tent in my pack with what I needed to set it up was an incredible 2.5lbs!  I have not torture tested the strength of the tent completely, but it feels extremely strong and if you pitch the tapered foot of the tent into the wind it will cut like butter minimizing wind shake and noise! Even in the light to mid winds we experienced on our trip I noticed how well the tapered design minimized the wind.

Inside the tent, at 6ft tall I was able to sit-up in the tent with plenty of head room. The two person rating, like all of these tent manufactures was a stretch. It made a perfect one man tent with ample room to spread hunting gear, etc along side your sleeping system. The vestibule was plenty big to cover my Eberlestock Blue Widow pack and boots. Like other similar ultralight tents, the Kilo 2P breathed extremely well and condensation was no issue.

Overall I was very impressed with the tent. These lightweight tents feature minimalist design so the lacking features were expected (when comparing to say a Hillegerg Nallo tent) This tent will be my go-to tent for solo trips or when I am wanting just a single man tent.