Sitka Rain Jackets – Stormfront vs. Cloudburst vs. Dewpoint – Which Works Best for Your Hunt!

Finding the perfect rain jacket can be a daunting task. Finding the right one for your hunting style and the weather in which you will be hunting can be difficult without trying them out in the field. While searching for the best Sitka Rain Jacket for your hunt, it’s nearly impossible to find comparisons for the 3 jackets Sitka offers. The Stormfront, Cloudburst, and Dewpoint are all top of the line rain jackets by Sitka, but the one for you may be different than the one you were planning on buying. Here is a breakdown of each jacket:

Stormfront JacketCloudburst JacketDewPoint Jacket
Stormfront Jacket
Cloudburst Jacket
Dewpoint Jacket
Price
$599.00
$349.00
$399.00
Weight
22.00 oz: Medium24.00 oz: Large
18.30 oz:Medium20.80 oz: Large
12.70 oz: Medium14.40 oz: Large
Features
  • Most durable hard-shell in Sitka’s line
  • Foldaway Hood
  • Extended Tail
  • Water tight cuffs
  • 4 Strategicaly located pockets (2 chest, 2 sleeve)
  • Pockets are placed to be easily accessed with a pack on
  • Elevated hand pockets to keep rain water out
  • Pit-Zips
  • Most versitile in Sitka’s line
  • 2 Hand pockets
  • 2 Chest pockets
  • 1 Sleeve Pocket
  • Hood Zips into collar
  • Pull Cords for Hood in chest pocket
  • Pit Zips
  • Lightest weight
  • Most packable
  • Ideal for the ounce counter
  • Pit Zips double as hand pockets
  • 1 True Pocket (Chest)
Type of Hunting
Extended periods of time in wettest conditions. Perfect for more time in the brush. Alaska is a great fit for the Stormfront. Weight is not your first concern
Hunting with a pack, but not concerned about weight. Great for the occasional heavy rain storm. Ideal for early archery bow hunting with the August storms
Backpacking – Count those ounces! Not spending hours each day in rain jacket. You don’t need lots of features, just want to stay dry!
Fabric Details
3 Layer Gore-Tex Fabric
3 Layer Gore-Tex Laminate
3 Layer Gore-Tex Fabric
Technology
Micro Taped SeamsDWR Finish
Micro Taped SeamsDWR Finish
Micro Taped SeamsDWR Finish
Hunting Conditions
Torrential downpour for days
Heavy to Intermediate rain
Light to Intermediate rain for shorter periods of time

 

Ok, ok I know, it’s a chart with a bunch of info on it. So I am going to tell you short and sweet what rain jacket to buy depending on where you will be hunting.

Stormfront: You will be hunting in long periods of rain, sometimes for days. This is perfect for the guy that needs to wear his rain jacket while bushwacking or hiking through dense brush. Alaska comes to mind for the Sitka Stormfront Jacket. So if you have a trip to Alaska, get the Sitka Stormfront Jacket.

Cloudburst: This is the rain jacket I use the most. I don’t worry too much about the weight I am packing in since I am usually on day hunts or maybe an overnighter. I get all of the features of the Stormfront with a bunch of pockets, but I won’t be diving through brush so I don’t need the full durability of the Stormfront Jacket.

Dewpoint: This is for the backpacker. The guy counting ounces that is going to be hunting bivy style and needs the waterproofing of Gore-Tex but does not need the features with pockets and a stowaway hood.

Also while you are looking for rain jackets, don’t forget the rain pants!

Whichever you choose, it will keep you dry! Backed by Gore-Tex’s Lifetime warranty, you can rest assured that it won’t leak, won’t break down, and if it does Gore-Tex will hook you up.

11 thoughts on “Sitka Rain Jackets – Stormfront vs. Cloudburst vs. Dewpoint – Which Works Best for Your Hunt!

  1. Jeff

    Okay, I thought Gore Tex was Gore Tex. For the Northwest, we get days of rain sometimes for Elk season. When the fabric of my current raingear gets wet its hard to dry out, since it’s not dry (and hard to dry out stuff in my truck’s canopy.

    Bushwacking it going through the wet firs/cedars/vine maple and stuff. No blackberries.

    So is the cloudburst best then for that?

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    1. Tyson Wall Post author

      Jeff,
      If you are going to be bushwacking through some nasty stuff and beating it up a bunch the Stormfront is the best. But if it is an occasional bushwack the Cloudburst will hold up great. I had the same issue as you when it came to my rain gear not drying out. Last year with the Cloudburst jacket it would dry out overnight without any issue at all. So overall if you need the extra durability and will be in the rain for days on end, you need the Stormfront. But if you don’t need that heavy duty of a jacket and don’t want to spend that much $$, I would say go with the Cloudburst for sure!

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  2. michael

    I’m in Colorado, dry but we do get short intense storms.

    If you wanted to save money and weight but have the ability to bushwack would you get a tougher pant or tougher jacket? For example, stormfront pant and dewpoint jacket.

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    1. Kendall Card

      The set up that Michael suggested is the exact one that I run – Dewpoint Jacket with Cloudburst Pant. I like the pants for their pockets, durability and cinch around the bottom of the leg. They will stand up to a little more than the Dewpoint pants will. I use the Dewpoint Jacket because it’s a little lighter, I don’t think I’d ever need to stowe the hood and I don’t need jacket pockets as much as I do pants pockets.

      Hope that helps.

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  3. Tj

    I know this is an older article but looking at the chart I see the stormfront and the dewpoint both consist of 3-layer Gore-Tex fabric compared to the laminate cloudburst offers. As someone who is always skeptical of any product stamped laminate I am curious to where the increased durability comes in for the stormfront compared to the dewpoint? I see there is almost a 10 oz in the two sets, is this derived from the extended features such as pockets on the stormfront while the basic fabrics of the are the same as the dewpoint? I ask with interest not only for the durability but also longevity. I can understand how these two may be confused as one in the same but in my situation where I do not see long periods of rain they get used multiple hunts and multiple terrain and would much rather spend $1000 on a set than $600 if it will give me multiple years of use?
    Thanks

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    1. Judson Jennings

      Hey TJ, the Stormfront and the Dewpoint are both 3-layer Gore-Tex fabric but the Dewpoint uses a lighter weight 2 way stretch Gore-tex fabric that is still highly abrasion resistant but not as bombproof as the Stormfront. Guides and outfitters that spend numerous weeks/months using their rain gear all use the Stormfront because they can rely on it. The Dewpoint is designed as a light, but tough, no frills rain-gear for guys who aren’t wearing their rain gear all season long. For someone hunting in Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, California where there is very little rainfall I would suggest the Dewpoint. For guys hunting Alaska, B.C, Washington, Oregon or Northern Idaho or where there is alot more rain and therefore more time will be spent in the rain-gear I would suggest the Stormfront. I hope that helps.. Thanks for the comment!

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    1. Keenan Magoon

      Yes with the proper layering underneath it will work just fine. They aren’t insulated, just a Gore-Tex waterproof shell. To use it in those temps I would use either a Core Midweight or Heavyweight next to skin layer and one of the Primaloft or Down insulation piece under the Cloudburst. Call us if you have any questions.

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    1. Marcus Springer

      Paul, none of them are going to be super quite. Anytime you have a Gore-tex, laminate type shell that’s waterproof, it’s going to have some noise to it if you rub it together. They’re really meant to pull out only if it starts to downpour on you, and at that point nothing is going to be quite! The rain will wash out any sound that comes from your apparel.

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