“When my phone rang at 7:24 on Thursday evening and Lance was on the other end of the line, I had no idea just how much my weekend plans were about to change. Test the entire KUIU system, every piece of it, for eight days on Kodiak Island. And just as importantly, help Lance get one of those ice-age-throw-back-brown-bears I’d heard about since childhood? Let me think about it!” – Brendan Burns
Thirty-six hours later Lance and Brendan were setting-up camp on the Alilulik Penisula of Kodiak in area strategically located among three large tidal bays and two mountain passes, and from which they were able to hunt both sides of the island. Even with only eight days left in the season, Lance was dead-set on a killing a giant bear or nothing at all. Lance told Brendan, you’ll know it when you see it, it’ll look like a buffalo. So for the next eight days Lance and Brendan hit it hard hiking and glassing for 12-15 hours a day.
Later in the week we’re going to publish more photos and a first hand account of the hunt. Until then, we’d like to talk about the hunt’s MVP, the KUIU Spindrift.
To get the most out of the limited time on the hunt Lance and Brendan were glassing up to the last minute every day. Most days it was raining and windy and cold, but some evening’s when the weather blew through and it cleared up, it was just plain cold. Brutally cold.
“Most of the big bears don’t show themselves until the last hour of the day. The monsters don’t come out until the shadows hit them. And the Spindrift allowed us to stay out to the very last minute. Its another great tool that lets you to hunt hard the entire time. Sure, we could have gutted it out and froze, but its easier to stay focused when you are comfortable. That’s the beauty of the spindrift- you don’t have to be cold to go light. It’s the best piece of gear most guys don’t own. You wouldn’t build a house without insulation, right? It’s just insane not to have one, once you have used it you’ll never hunt without it.” – Brendan
For some of you these might be obvious, but here’s five of our favorite reasons to own the Spindrift.
1. It offers essentially the highest weight/size to warmth ratio you can get in a jacket.
2. It’s packable and stowable so it’s easy to forget about, until you need it.
3. It allows you to “bag-down.” Because wearing a Spindrift inside your sleeping bag can effectively add 10-15 degrees to the bag’s heat rating, you can, when the conditions make sense, bring a lighter and smaller sleeping bag.
4. The Spindrift is built with Primaloft One synthetic insulation, so it dries quickly and keeps you warm even when it’s wet.
5. The Spindrift offers some much needed comfort in the worst of conditions and environments. It’s the perfect camp jacket, it works great as a pillow, and using it as intended, as layering piece, it can take the edge when it’s cold and dark and you need to glass up until the last second.
For more information on the Spindrift:
Look for Brendan’s first-hand account of Lance’s Kodiak Hunt in a few days.