The Equinox Guard Hoody helps prevent contact with insects in three distinct ways: limited skin exposure, bite-reduction fabric and built-in Insect Shield®. Comfortable and moisture-wicking—especially in hot, humid conditions—it’s made from a SITKA-developed ultra-lightweight, breathable, tightly knit stretch fabric that helps prevent mosquito bites. It features a breathable mesh facemask and a long tail that tucks into your pants for maximum chigger/tick protection.Product ID: #50248
Jacket & Tops Sizing
|Small||36 - 38"||33"|
|Medium||39 - 41"||34"|
|Medium Tall||39 - 41"||36"|
|Large||42 - 45"||35"|
|Large Tall||42 - 45"||37"|
|X-Large||46 - 49"||36"|
|X-Large Tall||46 - 49"||38"|
|2XL||50 - 53"||37"|
|2XL Tall||50 - 53"||39"|
|3XL||54 - 57"||38"|
Pant Sizing (Inches)
|Small||28 - 30"||31"|
|Medium||31 - 33"||31"||33"|
|Large||34 - 37"||32"||34"|
|X-Large||38 - 41"||32"||34"|
|2XL||42 - 45"||32"||34"|
|3XL||46 - 49"||32"||34"|
Dakota Pant Sizing
|Medium||8 - 8.5"||7.5 - 8"|
|Large||9 - 9.5"||8.5 - 9"|
|X-Large||9.5 - 10"||9 - 9.5"|
|2XL||10 - 10.5"||9.5 - 10"|
|Size||Calf Circ||Boot Size|
How to Take
1. SLEEVE MEASURE
Bend your elbow and put your hand on your hip. Measure from the center of the back of your neck, along the shoulder and down the elbow to the wrist bone.
2. CHEST SIZE
Take measurement under armpits, around fullest part of chest and shoulder blades.
3. WAIST SIZE
Measure around where you normally wear your pants, keeping the tape measure a bit loose or putting one finger between your body and the tape measure.
In a standing position,measure from your crotch to where you want your pants to end, breaking at the top of the shoe in the front and just above the heel in the back.
With hand partially closed, measure over the knuckles, around the hand, excluding the thumb.
SITKA Gear engineers gear with a specific Fit and intended end use in mind. These functional designs provide the user with authentic garments for the right situation.
We can communicate our Fit descriptions in 3 different ways. Keep in mind that each garment will allow for layering in accordance to the garments place in a system and described Fit
P/F - PERFORMANCE FIT
Designed for minimal layering. Whether an early season piece or already insulated this garment ﬁts to prevent inefﬁciencies in heat retention caused by dead space.
S/F - STANDARD FIT
Designed to accommodate layering for more versatility from early to late season climates.
E/F - EXPEDITION FIT
Designed for maximum layering in the worst conditions. Cut roomier to accommodate additional layering underneath.
Ultra-lightweight, breathable, tightly knit stretch fabric helps prevent against bites
Insect Shield® repels mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers and midges (no-see-ums)
Breathable mesh facemask deploys quickly and doesn’t obstruct vision
Long tail is designed to be tucked into pants for maximum chigger/tick protection
YKK® zippered chest pocket
UPF 50+ protection; treated with Polygiene® Odor Control Technology
Pair with Equinox Guard Pant and Glove for additional head-to-toe protection from insects
Total weight: 6.5 oz.
Why We Made This
Balancing the need for comfort in hot conditions with preventing contact with insects, tick and chiggers runs a fine line. A lot of existing solutions are bulky, too hot, include DEET or release smell into the environment. The Equinox Guard Hoody is a unique solution that utilizes mechanical properties to help prevent bites and permethrin built-in for the life of the garment. A specialized high-gauge textile has been both lab and field tested to reduce mosquito bites while remaining extremely lightweight, breathable and comfortable when worn in sweltering conditions where insects thrive. Providing a second element of protection, the entire garment is treated with Insect Shield which Repels mosquitoes, ticks, ants, biting flies, chiggers, and midges (no-see-ums), and does not require re-application.
This is a great early season top. The chest pocket is massive. The facemask makes packing stuff in easier. It is great to not carry a separate mask. So far it seems the insect guard works. It is still early spring here, but mosquitoes are out, and I am fine. For those who want the lightweight of the ESW and the coverage of the light hoody, this is for you. The best part is you have protection from bugs as well as stink. Polygene, and insect guard make this top a must if you are going to be in the woods!!
Built in face mask, great fit, and features of this lightweight top is amazing. A fantastic piece for the spring turkey hunter. It is as essential to the turkey hunter as the fanatic hoody is to the deer hunter.
I was fortunate enough to hunt in the Equinox shirt this past spring and was super impressed! The stretch and comfort of this piece is out of this world, seriously a game changer! The insect shield work flawlessly with zero chompers chomping. This shirt is honestly one of my favorite offerings from Sitka in a long time!
The Equinox Guard Hoody is exceptionally lightweight and breathable for those warm spring mornings. Having tick repellant along with the internal liners built into the garments is critical as ticks continue to get worse here in the northeast.
The Equinox Guard Hoodie was a wonderful addition to my hunting apparel. The built in insect guard is a life saver on those mornings when you run out of thermacell juice or you show up with no insect repellent. The built in face mask is a nice touch too! I usually put a layer underneath it if I think there's a chance I'll sweat, but when it gets wet- it dries out super fast.
The shirt had great breathability and the built in mask and hoodie is awesome. Upon receiving the shirt there wasn’t any odor like other protectants have, not mention being concerned about any harmful liquids touching your skin. After using the shirt I can confidently say I did not find a single tick on me after many sits beginning from mid April through the end of May.
I used the Guard Hoody on every turkey hunt last spring and never pulled a tick off of my skin. It is super lightweight and breathable for late season spring hunts when temps start to climb. And you can easily layer underneath with a core heavyweight or grinder shirt for those chilly mornings. The shirt stretches and moves well. The hood/face mask combo has maximum coverage to minimize the chance of a pesky mosquito finding her way in.
SITKA Team - 03.07.2022
Behind the Design: Equinox Guard
Getting eaten alive by bugs can turn an otherwise great hunt into a miserable experience. But even more importantly, insects like ticks and mosquitoes can carry all kinds of diseases, from Lyme disease to Rocky Mountain Spotted fever. In collaboration with Gore textile specialists, we looked to solve this problem.READ MORE
I originally bought a large and it was too big. Ordered a medium and it fit similar to a large lightweight hoodie. This top will do what the lightweight hoodie didn't and that was protect me from mosquitoes. I'll run this as my base layer in September. The fabric is really stretchy. I don't think it breaths as well as other tops. I like the right chest pocket because I'm left handed. It was like this top was made for just me.
I used this shirt all turkey season in VA and was really pleased with it. Never had any ticks or bite's of any kind. Bought in XL and fit was on par for all my other Sitka shirts. I'm 6'-0" and 210Lb's. The only minor issue I have is the pocket. First, it's on my my shooting side and secondly, while it's roomy the material isn't hardy enough to support the weight of a cell phone so it pulls down. Not a deal breaker I just don't use it.
This is a great hoody and have enjoyed hunting in it. I wear a XXL in the core lightweight hoody so I purchased the same in the equinox guard. It was way too big so I returned it for an Xl and it fit perfect.
Wore my my first trip of the year. Wore it under a heavier hoodie and jacket on mornings that it was near 30 degrees. By 11 am just had this on as at top with temps in the 70s. Worried about wearing in the green briar so tried to stay out of them as much a possible. Got stuck one or two times and no rips.