I was excited to see Sitka’s new line of merino wool base layers when I came to the ATA Show, but I didn’t expect to see a new outerwear system – the Fanatic Jacket and Bibs! I asked Jeff Simpson if this was in their latest catalog and he said this was the unveiling of the Fanatic system.
Jeff was excited to share the details of the new Fanatic system and seeing him get excited got me excited because I know how much of a whitetail fanatic Jeff is.
The Fanatic Jacket features a side zipper that takes a bit of getting used to if it’s something you’ve never used before. The benefits of the side zipper are well worth the initial awkwardness. The side zipper allows for a handwarmer pocket like you would typically find on a hooded sweatshirt and also keeps the cold zipper away from your face. There’s also a zippered pocket on the handwarmer pocket and another zippered pocket along the main zipper.
What’s a little harder to see in the picture below are the two open pockets to the right of the chest zipper. One is a large open pocket for a rangefinder and the other holds your grunt tube. There’s even a place to tuck the lanyard from your rangefinder to keep it against the jacket and away from the bowstring. The Fanatic Jacket comes with a removable hood so it’s there when you need it and can be put in your pack when you don’t. The Primaloft fill on the Fanatic Jacket puts it between a Stratus and an Incinerator so it will keep you warm even when the temps drop down into the 30s. Like the Stratus Jacket, the Fanatic Jacket also has a GORE Windstopper membrane.
The Fanatic Bibs are very similar to the Stratus Bibs with a little more insulation and cargo pockets that have a zippered side pocket so you can easily put stuff away while sitting in a treestand.
The Fanatic Jacket is expected to retail in the mid-$300 range and the Fanatic Bibs are also expected to be in the $300 range.