KUIU vs Sitka Comparison Introduction

In my last post, I mentioned that I was going to do a comparison of equivalent items of Sitka vs KUIU gear.  In reading various hunting forums and talking to people, that is probably the biggest question I see or personally get asked, “Which do I like better, Sitka or KUIU?”

My plan for these reviews is compare similar items between the two companies, giving my opinions of what I like and don’t like about each one, and doing my best to rate each piece of gear.  For my thoughts on technical hunting clothing, you can click here.  For my previous review of Sitka Gear, click here.  I have added a few more pieces of Sitka Gear to my collection since I did the Sitka Gear review last year, so I will try to give my thoughts on those pieces or go back and add an addendum to the Sitka Gear Review.
I plan on breaking these comparisons into several posts: Base Layers, Pants, Jackets, and Accessories.  I have only recently purchased KUIU and Sitka rain gear, so I won’t be able to give a good comparison except for initial thoughts.  In instances where I may not have the equivalent model, I’ll compare what I know, and give my thoughts on the piece I own.

I have had this post in mind since before the 2011 hunting season, so I’ve tried to utilize my Sitka and KUIU gear as evenly and equally as possible to give each a thorough review.  I can say that both my KUIU and Sitka Gear have performed well and often times my favorite gear is that which I’m wearing that particular day.  

A few general thoughts come to mind when comparing KUIU and Sitka overall.  In regards to the camouflage pattern, I think both the Optifade Open Country and the KUIU Vias patterns work well.  While wearing them this past season, I had multiple occasions in both that I was in view of animals (deer and elk) and felt like the camouflage was effective and doing what it was supposed to be doing, breaking up my outline.  Both companies have minor color variations between different fabrics.  For instance, my KUIU 185 Merino shirt is a slightly different shade than the 250 shirt, and the Sprindrift Jacket is more muted than the other fabrics.  I’m sure this has to do with printing on different fabrics. 

Sitka has the same issue with different fabrics.  My Mountain pants are a lighter shade of Optifade as compared to my Ascent pants.  My Jetstream jacket matches the Mountain pants in regards to the lightness of the fabric.   The Sitka Merino shirt is a quite muted and different colors than the Core series Optifade shirts I have.  All in all, this isn’t a big deal.  The lightness of the Mountain Pants and the Jetstream jacket has made me self conscience in certain scenarios, but this past January while archery deer hunting one of my buddies was wearing his Mountain pants and they blended in great.  I was convinced they were a darker shade than mine, but after comparing them back at camp, they were just as light as mine.

I won’t get into the technical aspects of each companies fabrics, but the biggest difference is in the softshells and rain gear.  KUIU uses a fabric made by Toray in Japan and Sitka uses Gore proprietary fabrics.  I will go into more detail in the individual reviews, especially the pant and jacket reviews.

The KUIU gear is more minimalistic, meaning less features such as chest pockets, draw cords not routed into pockets, and overall lighter.  Sitka Gear has more features and clothing options.  KUIU is sewn in Vancouver, British Columbia, while Sitka is assembled in China.  Pricewise, KUIU is slightly less expensive with their wholesale pricing model, but at this time they are still experiencing backorders and delays.  If you pre-order from them you are in a better situation to get the gear you want or need.  Sitka is available at several major local retailers and multiple online retailers.  If you are patient, you can find most clothing discounted at least 20% off in the spring. 

From my use of KUIU and Sitka clothing this past year, I can honestly say that both are great gear and both did the job I wanted and expected them to do.  I can’t remember being let down by either company in regards to clothing performance.  There are certain pieces I like better from each company, and I will point this out in my upcoming reviews.  If I built my ultimate outfit, it would probably contain items from both Sitka and KUIU.  While both KUIU and Sitka performed exceptionally well at all temperature ranges and conditions, I find myself going towards my Sitka more if brutally cold temps were expected, but where weight was a consideration, KUIU would get the nod.  I hope you find the upcoming reviews informative and helpful in making any future gear choices.

Hard at work on the KUIU vs Sitka Comparison

Here are links to the different posts in the KUIU vs Sitka Comparison Series:
Base Layer Comparison
Pants Comparison

Jacket and Vest Comparison

Accessories Comparison


  1. I’m not that much of a online reader to be honest but your blogs really nice, keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your site to come back later. All the best
    Wholesale Camouflage

  2. "Retailers' focus is already shifting to fall, [so] savvy shoppers can use the end of summer to get major price breaks on outdoor products, including patio furniture, camping gear and more," said Jespersen. "You may not get much use out of the items this year, but these end-of-season sales are a good opportunity to buy things you'll want for next year." Buy outdoor gear online

  3. Great post and sum up! I've decided to go for Kuiu. (btw they have sale 20% off: https://share.kuiu.com/x/cLbsel )

  4. I personally have both as well. For me it's clearly Sitka. You are correct on Kuiu back orders but this has happened every year for the past 3 years. I spend 3 weeks in the field for different hunts and replace rain gear sometimes twice and Sitka always has it and Kuiu does not. Also, as far as color patterns; Kuiu will look like it's not even the same pattern because the color is so different between their Moreno and other fabric. Sitka is always in stock and their pattern/color variances are subtle.

  5. I want to favor kuiu because it's cheaper and I like the concept of the company, but having spent a good amount on both ... kuiu sizing feels like it's all over the place. I never wear my guide vest ... I gave my guide jacket to my son b/c it cuts the circulation off in my arms. The synthetic shirt sizing is like 3 sizes too small ... however, I love the merino wool gear I have from kuiu -- the fit is as expected ... and the attack pants are awesome (I wear them around the house "on the farm" and to work). But I wear my sitka mountain pants and core shirts when hunting ... It's worth an extra $30-$50 to be able to make sure the stuff fits ... and all my sitka gear has been bomb proof thus far. So I'm a little torn, but definitely favor sitka.

  6. Hi, Scott! your post about gear is really charming. I like KUIU and Sitka clothing. thanks for your review.

  7. Hey Ron Green!
    really your post about rain gear is informative.From my use of KUIU and Sitka clothing this past year, I can honestly say that both are great gear and both did the job I wanted and expected them to do.it was best.
    i have bookmarked your site for comes later. All the best

  8. when is's about outdoor sports any time you can face any problem, or you can enjoying it you can carry a Sports backack and take some sports drinks for hydration you can drink it and recover your energy, and dont forget to take a Sports Action camera to capture your best moments

  9. Hi Ron Green,
    KUIU and Sitka are both awesome. i also need some information about "how to choose a best logger boots". please write a post about best logger boots next time.

  10. I wanted to thank you for this excellent read. I definitely loved every little bit of it. Thanks.


  11. You have shared some effective information here, thanks

  12. Thank you so much for this appropriate resources


Post a Comment

Popular Posts