Gore-Tex Pro Waders: SITKA Goes Chest Deep

SITKA Gear will work with drysuit manufacturer Kokatat to build a Gore-Tex Pro wader for waterfowl hunters. It’s a first of its kind.

Sitka chest deep gore tex pro wader

All fall and early winter, rumors in the waterfowl hunting world spread about a new SITKA wader. These rumors are confirmed with the Delta and Delta Zip Wader, released last week at SHOT Show.

At their base, the Delta Waders use Gore-Tex Pro fabric, a durable and proven waterproof-breathable membrane. These waders promise long-lasting durability in addition to tech and performance.

But all these features come at a price (literally). SITKA’s Delta line will tip the scales with a retail price starting at $850. The total package, according to representatives of the brand, is “one of the most highly anticipated product launches in SITKA waterfowl history.”

Sitka chest deep gore tex pro wader

SITKA Gear Serviceable Hunting Waders

First things first – $800+ for a pair of waders? That is far beyond budget for most people. You can buy inexpensive waders for one-tenth the cost.

But the incorporation of Gore-Tex Pro, in addition to the SITKA’s repair policy, means the Deltas will last about as long as anyone would need them.

Hardcore waterfowl hunters wear through and damage waders. And often they will throw them away because there’s a lack of repair options. But SITKA can repair Delta Waders if they leak.

To build the burly waders, SITKA partnered with Kokatat, a U.S.-based industry leader in Gore-Tex-constructed drysuits. To that extent, much of Kokatat’s line lasts beyond 10 years.

Plus, the Delta Waders service program will have a menu of options to repair seam tape and pinholes as well as remove and attach new boots. All options are non-insulated and constructed with layering capability to allow for usage in varying hunting conditions.

Designed for Comfort: Delta Wader

SITKA set out to construct a durable wader with as much comfort as possible. Thus, the knees articulate to allow ease of movement when setting decoys and holding tight in the blind.

Sitka chest deep gore tex pro waderAs waterfowlers know, this flurry of activity in setup causes sweat buildup, followed by hours of waiting for birds to fly in.

The four-layer Gore-Tex Pro laminate pulls moisture off the body and keeps any water from coming in. Weight stays at a minimum, allowing you to insulate appropriately for early- to late-season conditions.

The integrated Lacrosse Aeroform boots range from size 8 to 13, with injection-molded 1,500-gram insulation.

Plus, the Aeroform secures with a heatable adhesive for ease of repair. That is an industry first.

SITKA Waterfowl Hunting Line

The Delta and Delta Zip Wader come in 38 sizes in SITKA’s Timber and Marsh colors. SITKA claims this is its final piece in the waterfowl line, but we have a feeling it’s not going to be the last innovative product the brand launches in this category. 

The Delta Zip Wader will run $950, and the Delta Wader is $850. They will be integrated into other gear systems currently offered. Look for them on SITKA’s site this summer.

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