Night Out on Stewart Island

August 15, 2011

Hi Rob,

I’ve had a Hunters Element XTR Jacket Generation 3 for the last 18 months and it was definitely put to the test on a trip last week (last week of July 2011) to Stewart Island chasing Whitetail.

We (a party of 5) arrived to snow on the beach to the high tide mark and it didn’t thaw for two days.

The jacket was saturated every day and still continued to keep the inside layers dry and warm!

I spent an unexpected night out in the bush when the XTR was already saturated from a day bush stalking the Grey Ghosts of Rakiura. I ended up spending the night (the coldest night this year in NZ as it turns out) on a remote south-facing beach while there were 50 knots of wind and associated downpours buffeting the island.  The XTR kept me dry, warm and in one piece – at least on the top half.  The bottom half without HE gear was wet, cold and desperately in need of a pair of XTR PacStealth trousers!!

The other 4 guys in the party would tell you the only addition the jacket requires is a built in locator beacon (or a Garmin GPS)!?

Thanks for a great product.  It couldn’t have had more of a workout than 7 days (and a night) mid-winter on saturated Stewart Island.

Keep up the good work!



Rob and the Team at Hunters Element are pleased to hear you made it out safely.

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