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Live Hunt: KUIU Gear Review

Live Hunt: KUIU Gear Review

I got an opportunity to test KUIU's new camo clothing line last weekend during a backcountry shed hunting trip.
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from Aron Snyder wrote 3 years 16 weeks ago

No problem at all man and it was a question that needed asking!

As the Kuiu gear gets out to the consumer, it will be much easier for people to see the difference in the material between the two companies as well as the difference in the "fit" of each specific item. You can't go wrong with either company, but it will be a tough choice for sure.

Good luck on your decision and keep everyone posted.

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from IDmuleyjunkee wrote 3 years 16 weeks ago

Thank you much Aron, that's just what I was looking for! And didn't mean to push any buttons or anything, by thinking you might be affiliated with kuiu. Reason for my question is that I am finally financially ready to drop some money on some good gear. And can prolly get a sitka set for around the same price as the kuiu. So thats no issue, its just a few of the people I have talked to at the local pro shop swear by Sitka, and after trying on a few of the garments I too like it, (yet to try on any kuiu, they too have yet to try kuiu) I guess I might just have to wait to try on a few of their garments and maybe try them side by side... I'll be watching this, thanks again!

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from Aron Snyder wrote 3 years 16 weeks ago

Dear Idmuleyjunkee---thanks for the question.

To answer the first part of your question, I have no affiliation with Kuiu, Sitka or anyone else. As most people know who follow Live Hunt, I am a gear junkie. I test all kinds of products and you will see many more tested here as the season unfolds, but I have purposely steered clear of being on anyone’s pro-staff so that I can remain objective on everything I test. If Sitka wanted to send me there 2011 line to review, I would bet I would have great things to say about them as well since I have been very pleased with them for the last 3 years. You can't go wrong with either company!

Several people have asked me to do a comparative review between Kuiu and Sitka, so I guess this will be as good of time as any. Kuiu had several requests from people on their blog to have me review the entire line and get my thoughts from it, so they have sent me the entire line to do just that. I have purchased several more Kuiu items since then, but I have been really impressed with performance and the Kuiu gear pretty much sells itself after you have worn it (much like Sitka).

Kuiu Attack Pants VS Sitka Ascent Pants---This is an easy decision for me for several reasons. I would choose the Attack pants hands down over the Ascent (or mountain pants) because of the fit (for my body) and material. As many of you know, I have ripped the crotch out of several Ascent pants, but the area I rip the stitching out of the Ascent pants has been taken out of the Attack. So there is no stitching in the crotch area of the Attack. The material on the Attack also sheds water much better then the Ascent and the overall durability seems to be much better on the Attack. NOTE: I have 3 years of field use in Sitka and 2 weeks in Kuiu, so I'm only speculating on longevity of Kuiu Attack pants, but will keep everyone posted on the "test of time" with the Attack.

Kuiu 185 and 250 VS Sitka Core Zip and Traverse --- Well, Merino wool Vs's synthetic, easy choice for anyone and pretty much a no brainer! I will pick merino wool every time. I also had issues (as some of you know) with the 2009 model Sitka Core Crew rubbing my armpits raw, but the 2010 production line seemed to have fixed that issue and works great my season last year.

Kuiu Guide Jacket VS Sitka Jetstream --- The Jetstream was a bit warmer then the Guide and sheers wind a but better, but the Guide sheds water much better then the Jetstream. The Guide is about half the weight of the Jetstream and the "tail" of the Guide jacket is much longer then the Jetstream as well and that is important to me when glassing above treelike. The material seems to hold more water (when soaked in the bath tub) then the Guide did in the same test, but further filed testing will reveal more as time goes on.

Guide Beanie (Kuiu) Vs Sratus Beanie (Sitka)--- Neither fit me well because I have a fat head and I have limited time in both.

185 Merino Beanie (Kuiu) Vs Traverse Beanie (Sitka)--- This is another "Merino Vs Synthetic" no brainer. The 185 will last much longer before the stink factor kicks in, but both fit me very well.

I would not want to comment between the Vias (Kuiu) and Opti (Sitka) camo patterns until I get a chance to hunt with the Vias pattern on. I have had great luck with Opti and I don’t think you can go wrong with it, but time will tell with Vias. I do like the larger/open patterns like ASAT and Predator. The Vas pattern reminds me of those and should work great as well, but only time will tell.

As I stated above, I have 3 hard years in the field with Sitka gear and limited time with Kuiu, so the test of time with Kuiu will unfold soon enough, but I think both companies make a great system and either will serve you well in the backcountry!

More to come in the months ahead, so stay tuned.

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from IDmuleyjunkee wrote 3 years 16 weeks ago

Aron, I would like to know your honest opinion. And I know since you are working with KUIU and such yiou might feel obligated to state that it is the best gear you have ever worn etc etc... But honestly how does this and Sitka gear compare? In all aspects, warmth, quality of both materials, craftsmanship, and overall construction? And also the camo patterns, which do you feel has an edge on the other? Thanks

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from Aron Snyder wrote 3 years 16 weeks ago

Hey Everyone

I just got back from out second shed hunting trip. It was a great weekend and we finally were able to connect on a few good shed antlers.

I did not get the full KUIU system, but did receive the 250 Merino T and the Guide Jacket. We should have the new photos of the KUIU gear up tomorrow, as well as pictures of this weekends events.

My knee has been holding up really well, so I'm headed out to do some heavy backpack cardio over at Red Rocks in a couple hours and will hopefully be able to snap a few photos of mule deer growing their 2011 antlers.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

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from www.dropjhook.com wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

I gota have one of those tipis!!

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from orionbeme wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

...or downwind, depending on how you prefer to state that.

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from orionbeme wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

I like the camo - I think "open" patterns are simply more effective than others, and wool is always good. However, I would like to add that I am colorblind and had no trouble picking out Aron in any of the pictures; supposedly, one reason that the color-blindness gene has remained fairly common in men is that it reduces the effectiveness of camoflage - hence it was an advantage to our hunting ancestors. So if I'm any indicator of what a deer might also be seeing, I think it remains important to be still and be upwind.

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from Ram1500 wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

By using the pictorial review it show the advantage of the camo compared to looking at it in a catalog or on a store rack. Also I have also been plagued with the Ford pop ups.

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from Alex Robinson wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Hey everyone,

Since some people were having trouble finding Aron in a few of the shots, we highlighted him in red in the next slide. Also, if you hit enlarge photo, it's a little bit easier to see him (but not much). Good luck!

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from joemac wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Does anybody else have a problem with that stupid ford video ad coming up on every picture. I enjoy thumbing through these slide shows but may stop because it pops up on every new page. How irritating!!

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from Aron Snyder wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

The material on the Attack pants and Guide vest was very quiet when I walked (no swish swish sounds) and was just as flexible in cold weather as it was in warm.

I was very happy with the pocket placement on all garments and the zippers opened and closed freely. The double zipper on the Attack pants was an added bonus.

No weak spots in stitching anywhere, but I will know more on that as time goes on.

This material did not pick up stickers or debris in anyway, but the area I turkey hunt in is known for that and I will comment on this again after turkey hunting.

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from Aron Snyder wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

When I head out this weekend I will try and take a few more pictures in some different surroundings, as well as some distance shoots (40-100 yards), but it will really be difficult to find me then.

I'm hoping to have a few less "digging photos" too!

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from Dhahabutai wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

great review, this gear should be second to none. Looking forward to chasing elk up and down the mountain this fall in comfort.

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from AaronKessie wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Nevermind! Photo 19 of 37 was the one in question! I couldnt find you so my wife looked and said he is not in the pic!

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from Aron Snyder wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

In pic # 19 I'm on the right side just in front of the second patch of pine trees.

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from AaronKessie wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

equiped with a winch perferably! Aron the pic with the aspens I think #16 Are you in that one? You now have my wife and I arguing!

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from Aron Snyder wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

If anyone from Toyota is reading this!?!?! I would love to do a review on a 4 door Tacoma with a 3 inch lift with 33x12.5's in forest green!

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from Aron Snyder wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

I'm thinking about getting a Toyota, so I've been putting off getting a wench....that was a mistake!

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from AaronKessie wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

WOW! When are you going to test a winch??? Can not wait to hear all of your reviews!

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from Aron Snyder wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

I'm 6'1" and can stand straight up in the 6 man and Sawtooth.

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from Smitty wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Aron--Thanks for the weight on the Kifaru 6-man tipi. If you can divide the weight up into 3 pieces that's only 3 1/2 pounds or so for three guys to carry--pretty slick tent to use as a basecamp. And it looks like there's plenty of room to stand up in it, too.

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from odoylerules wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Great review Aron! Ive already ordered some of KUIU's gear, can't wait to try it out.

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from Aron Snyder wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

That was a 6 man Kifaru tipi with a medium stove. The total weight is just over 11 pounds for everything.

We will be using the Kifaru Sawtooth next weekend and it's a perfect shelter for 2 guys hiking into the backcountry with adverse conditions expected.

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from Smitty wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Wow! That is some kind of camo. Really works well in those aspen groves with the big blotches on the wood. How much did the teepee setup weigh all together including the tent, stove and stove pipe? Great stuff Aron. Can't wait to see what you get next weekend.

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from The Great Onalaskan wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

I still can't find him in a couple of pics.Very cool:)

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from rckymtnguy wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Very cool!

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from Aron Snyder wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

All but 2 of those pictures were taken inside of 20 yards. I was pretty amazed at the Vias camouflage pattern and it took me several minutes to find myself on the LCD screen of my camera.

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from Smitty18 wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Very cool.

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from Aron Snyder wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Those are from Outdoor Research.

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from cbeck36 wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Aron, what is the brand name of the ankle gaiters visible in image 11 of your KUIU Gear Review post?

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from cbeck36 wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Aron, what is the brand name of the ankle gaiters visible in image 11 of your KUIU Gear Review post?

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from Aron Snyder wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Those are from Outdoor Research.

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from Smitty wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Aron--Thanks for the weight on the Kifaru 6-man tipi. If you can divide the weight up into 3 pieces that's only 3 1/2 pounds or so for three guys to carry--pretty slick tent to use as a basecamp. And it looks like there's plenty of room to stand up in it, too.

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from Smitty18 wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Very cool.

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from Aron Snyder wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

All but 2 of those pictures were taken inside of 20 yards. I was pretty amazed at the Vias camouflage pattern and it took me several minutes to find myself on the LCD screen of my camera.

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from Aron Snyder wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

That was a 6 man Kifaru tipi with a medium stove. The total weight is just over 11 pounds for everything.

We will be using the Kifaru Sawtooth next weekend and it's a perfect shelter for 2 guys hiking into the backcountry with adverse conditions expected.

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from Aron Snyder wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

I'm 6'1" and can stand straight up in the 6 man and Sawtooth.

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from Aron Snyder wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

I'm thinking about getting a Toyota, so I've been putting off getting a wench....that was a mistake!

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from joemac wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Does anybody else have a problem with that stupid ford video ad coming up on every picture. I enjoy thumbing through these slide shows but may stop because it pops up on every new page. How irritating!!

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from AaronKessie wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

WOW! When are you going to test a winch??? Can not wait to hear all of your reviews!

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from Smitty wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Wow! That is some kind of camo. Really works well in those aspen groves with the big blotches on the wood. How much did the teepee setup weigh all together including the tent, stove and stove pipe? Great stuff Aron. Can't wait to see what you get next weekend.

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from Ram1500 wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

By using the pictorial review it show the advantage of the camo compared to looking at it in a catalog or on a store rack. Also I have also been plagued with the Ford pop ups.

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from orionbeme wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

...or downwind, depending on how you prefer to state that.

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from Alex Robinson wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Hey everyone,

Since some people were having trouble finding Aron in a few of the shots, we highlighted him in red in the next slide. Also, if you hit enlarge photo, it's a little bit easier to see him (but not much). Good luck!

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from The Great Onalaskan wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

I still can't find him in a couple of pics.Very cool:)

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from Aron Snyder wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

If anyone from Toyota is reading this!?!?! I would love to do a review on a 4 door Tacoma with a 3 inch lift with 33x12.5's in forest green!

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from Aron Snyder wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

In pic # 19 I'm on the right side just in front of the second patch of pine trees.

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from Aron Snyder wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

When I head out this weekend I will try and take a few more pictures in some different surroundings, as well as some distance shoots (40-100 yards), but it will really be difficult to find me then.

I'm hoping to have a few less "digging photos" too!

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from Aron Snyder wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

The material on the Attack pants and Guide vest was very quiet when I walked (no swish swish sounds) and was just as flexible in cold weather as it was in warm.

I was very happy with the pocket placement on all garments and the zippers opened and closed freely. The double zipper on the Attack pants was an added bonus.

No weak spots in stitching anywhere, but I will know more on that as time goes on.

This material did not pick up stickers or debris in anyway, but the area I turkey hunt in is known for that and I will comment on this again after turkey hunting.

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from Aron Snyder wrote 3 years 16 weeks ago

Dear Idmuleyjunkee---thanks for the question.

To answer the first part of your question, I have no affiliation with Kuiu, Sitka or anyone else. As most people know who follow Live Hunt, I am a gear junkie. I test all kinds of products and you will see many more tested here as the season unfolds, but I have purposely steered clear of being on anyone’s pro-staff so that I can remain objective on everything I test. If Sitka wanted to send me there 2011 line to review, I would bet I would have great things to say about them as well since I have been very pleased with them for the last 3 years. You can't go wrong with either company!

Several people have asked me to do a comparative review between Kuiu and Sitka, so I guess this will be as good of time as any. Kuiu had several requests from people on their blog to have me review the entire line and get my thoughts from it, so they have sent me the entire line to do just that. I have purchased several more Kuiu items since then, but I have been really impressed with performance and the Kuiu gear pretty much sells itself after you have worn it (much like Sitka).

Kuiu Attack Pants VS Sitka Ascent Pants---This is an easy decision for me for several reasons. I would choose the Attack pants hands down over the Ascent (or mountain pants) because of the fit (for my body) and material. As many of you know, I have ripped the crotch out of several Ascent pants, but the area I rip the stitching out of the Ascent pants has been taken out of the Attack. So there is no stitching in the crotch area of the Attack. The material on the Attack also sheds water much better then the Ascent and the overall durability seems to be much better on the Attack. NOTE: I have 3 years of field use in Sitka and 2 weeks in Kuiu, so I'm only speculating on longevity of Kuiu Attack pants, but will keep everyone posted on the "test of time" with the Attack.

Kuiu 185 and 250 VS Sitka Core Zip and Traverse --- Well, Merino wool Vs's synthetic, easy choice for anyone and pretty much a no brainer! I will pick merino wool every time. I also had issues (as some of you know) with the 2009 model Sitka Core Crew rubbing my armpits raw, but the 2010 production line seemed to have fixed that issue and works great my season last year.

Kuiu Guide Jacket VS Sitka Jetstream --- The Jetstream was a bit warmer then the Guide and sheers wind a but better, but the Guide sheds water much better then the Jetstream. The Guide is about half the weight of the Jetstream and the "tail" of the Guide jacket is much longer then the Jetstream as well and that is important to me when glassing above treelike. The material seems to hold more water (when soaked in the bath tub) then the Guide did in the same test, but further filed testing will reveal more as time goes on.

Guide Beanie (Kuiu) Vs Sratus Beanie (Sitka)--- Neither fit me well because I have a fat head and I have limited time in both.

185 Merino Beanie (Kuiu) Vs Traverse Beanie (Sitka)--- This is another "Merino Vs Synthetic" no brainer. The 185 will last much longer before the stink factor kicks in, but both fit me very well.

I would not want to comment between the Vias (Kuiu) and Opti (Sitka) camo patterns until I get a chance to hunt with the Vias pattern on. I have had great luck with Opti and I don’t think you can go wrong with it, but time will tell with Vias. I do like the larger/open patterns like ASAT and Predator. The Vas pattern reminds me of those and should work great as well, but only time will tell.

As I stated above, I have 3 hard years in the field with Sitka gear and limited time with Kuiu, so the test of time with Kuiu will unfold soon enough, but I think both companies make a great system and either will serve you well in the backcountry!

More to come in the months ahead, so stay tuned.

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from rckymtnguy wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Very cool!

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from odoylerules wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Great review Aron! Ive already ordered some of KUIU's gear, can't wait to try it out.

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from Dhahabutai wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

great review, this gear should be second to none. Looking forward to chasing elk up and down the mountain this fall in comfort.

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from www.dropjhook.com wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

I gota have one of those tipis!!

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from orionbeme wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

I like the camo - I think "open" patterns are simply more effective than others, and wool is always good. However, I would like to add that I am colorblind and had no trouble picking out Aron in any of the pictures; supposedly, one reason that the color-blindness gene has remained fairly common in men is that it reduces the effectiveness of camoflage - hence it was an advantage to our hunting ancestors. So if I'm any indicator of what a deer might also be seeing, I think it remains important to be still and be upwind.

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from Aron Snyder wrote 3 years 16 weeks ago

No problem at all man and it was a question that needed asking!

As the Kuiu gear gets out to the consumer, it will be much easier for people to see the difference in the material between the two companies as well as the difference in the "fit" of each specific item. You can't go wrong with either company, but it will be a tough choice for sure.

Good luck on your decision and keep everyone posted.

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from AaronKessie wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

equiped with a winch perferably! Aron the pic with the aspens I think #16 Are you in that one? You now have my wife and I arguing!

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from Aron Snyder wrote 3 years 16 weeks ago

Hey Everyone

I just got back from out second shed hunting trip. It was a great weekend and we finally were able to connect on a few good shed antlers.

I did not get the full KUIU system, but did receive the 250 Merino T and the Guide Jacket. We should have the new photos of the KUIU gear up tomorrow, as well as pictures of this weekends events.

My knee has been holding up really well, so I'm headed out to do some heavy backpack cardio over at Red Rocks in a couple hours and will hopefully be able to snap a few photos of mule deer growing their 2011 antlers.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

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from AaronKessie wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Nevermind! Photo 19 of 37 was the one in question! I couldnt find you so my wife looked and said he is not in the pic!

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from IDmuleyjunkee wrote 3 years 16 weeks ago

Aron, I would like to know your honest opinion. And I know since you are working with KUIU and such yiou might feel obligated to state that it is the best gear you have ever worn etc etc... But honestly how does this and Sitka gear compare? In all aspects, warmth, quality of both materials, craftsmanship, and overall construction? And also the camo patterns, which do you feel has an edge on the other? Thanks

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from IDmuleyjunkee wrote 3 years 16 weeks ago

Thank you much Aron, that's just what I was looking for! And didn't mean to push any buttons or anything, by thinking you might be affiliated with kuiu. Reason for my question is that I am finally financially ready to drop some money on some good gear. And can prolly get a sitka set for around the same price as the kuiu. So thats no issue, its just a few of the people I have talked to at the local pro shop swear by Sitka, and after trying on a few of the garments I too like it, (yet to try on any kuiu, they too have yet to try kuiu) I guess I might just have to wait to try on a few of their garments and maybe try them side by side... I'll be watching this, thanks again!

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