Grinder Hoody
Grinder Hoody
Grinder Hoody
Grinder Hoody
Grinder Hoody
Grinder Hoody

Grinder Hoody

  • Waterfowl : Waterfowl Marsh
(17 Reviews)

The Grinder Hoody was born to pull double-duty for waterfowl season. Worn between a next-to-skin layer and a shell for core insulation or as a breathable, water and abrasion-resistant outer layer. The Grinder has become the go-to high-performance intermediate layer for duck guides and is an integral piece in a waterfowlers system.

Product ID: #70019

Sizing Guide

Jacket & Tops Sizing

Size Chest Sleeve
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)

Size Waist Reg Tall
30 30" 31"
31 31" 31"
32 32" 31" 33"
33 33" 32" 34"
34 34" 32" 34"
35 35" 32" 34"
36 36" 33" 34.5"
37 37" 33" 34.5"
38 38" 33" 34.5"
40 40" 33"
42 42" 33"
44 44" 33"

Pant Sizing

Size Waist Reg Tall
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

Size Waist Reg Tall
30 31" 31"
32 33" 31" 33"
34 35" 32" 34"
36 37" 32" 34"
38 39" 32" 34"
40 41" 32"
42 43" 32"
44 45" 32"

Glove Sizing

Size Palm Circ Length
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"

Gaiter Sizing

Size Calf Circ Boot Size
M/L 17.5" US 6-10"
L/XL 18.5" US 10-14"

How to Take
Your Measurements


    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.


    Take measurement under armpits, around fullest part of chest and shoulder blades.


    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.

  • 4. INSEAM

    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.

  • 5. GLOVES

    With hand partially closed, measure over the knuckles, around the hand, excluding the thumb.

Fit Guide

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.

Fit Descriptions

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
  • S/F
  • E/F

    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.


    Designed to accommodate layering for more versatility from early to late season climates.


    Designed for maximum layering in the worst conditions. Cut roomier to accommodate additional layering underneath.

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  • GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Waterfowl Marsh is designed for layout and blind hunting in the marsh, standing crops, and cut stubble fields.

  • Fabric: Water Repellent Heavyweight Comfort Stretch Fleece (93% Polyester/7% Elastane).

  • Stretch Thumb Loops: Easily remove layers without compromising the rest of your system.

  • Heavyweight fleece insulation: Provides warmth in addition to being water-repellent in light rain.

  • Polygiene® Odor Control Technology safely neutralizes odor caused from sweat.

  • Imported

Moisture Wicking
Air Permeability



Why We Made This

Waterfowl season is a grind and hunters have been looking for a durable lighter-weight insulation piece to get them through the season. They needed a jacket that could pull double duty: from dynamic workloads of getting to the field and setting up decoys to transitioning to insulation for periods of static activity in the blind. Our approach was to use the combination of lofted fleece for the interior to deliver core-warmth and superior abrasion-resistance technology on the exterior for ultimate durability. A DWR finish provides water-resistance from light precipitation that won’t wet-out the face fabric and the hood form-fits to your head for added warmth, concealment and protection from the elements without hampering your field of vision.

Product Comments

17 Reviews
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Reviewed On 11/11/2021

I love this pullover. Great to layer over a wool base layer. I use this as my outer layer when warm as well. Love the hood and longer zipper. Finally a tall that has long sleeves!

Stephen Ellwood
Reviewed On 10/27/2021

Amazing hoodie. I've hunted the north slope of the Brooke's Range in Alaska since 1999 and this August of 2021 was my first time using Sitka. Hands down, it's the best gear there is. This hoodie was absolutely perfect for that kind of weather and extremely unpredictable environment. Got a nice caribou as well and I learned in Alaska Sitka is the only way to go.

Reviewed On 02/25/2021

Perfect mid layer! I’m 6’1 and 200 lbs and wear a large. I wear a large core midweight under it. Great combo to stay warm under the Dakota vest.

Reviewed On 01/12/2021

I wear this piece on every single hunt. The hood is simply amazing. Great for concealment and knocks the chill off. If you prefer wearing hats to toboggans, this piece is for you. Pull up the hood when it's cold and no vision obstruction. Warm mid layer but very breathable. Went with timber and it works great whitetail hunting as well.

Reviewed On 12/24/2020

I wear this duck hunting and bow hunting in Utah once the leaves fall and everything is dead. Warm for how thin it is. Love how the hoodie zips up. Covers face perfectly for bow hunting and staying warm duck hunting. Fits great, purchased L and I’m 5’9”, 150 lbs.

Reviewed On 12/06/2020

Just an update to my previous 5-star review. I'm downgrading only slightly because I've been battle testing this hoodie. First, the hoodie is insanely comfortable and PERFECT for low-50's and high-40's however, I'm not sure this is the most DURABLE standalone. In the marsh yesterday I had to walk through a rough patch of stalks and put a few snags on the seam threading. I understand this is technically a mid-layer, even though Sitka advertises that it can also be used as an outer layer, which I have; so it's no big deal but I'm not sure it's as bombproof as a 4/5 bars on durability. Maybe a 3/5? But that's been my only observation (not even really a complaint but just not worthy of a 5-star). At the end of the day, I still LOVE this hoodie!

Ryan B.
Reviewed On 11/28/2020

First off, I'm 5'8" 175lbs with an athletic build and the medium fits perfect. I don't know where to start with this hoodie. It's a great piece of gear. I wore it this morning with lows in the mid 40's. I usually have to wear a cold weather base layer, a hoodie, and sometimes a jacket in those temps. Today I took a thin base layer, the grinder, and the gradient hoodie just in case. To my surprise, the grinder did it for me by itself all day. Other than the moisture wicking layer, it was all I needed and was super comfortable.

The best feature on this jacket, whether they intended it to be used this way or not, is the hoodie. When it's not on your head, you can put your neck through the head hole, zip it up all the way, and you have a lightweight neck gaiter. This is one of those pieces of clothing I'll wear every time I hunt after early season for sure.

Reviewed On 11/26/2020

Firstly I love this piece and wear it on 95% of my hunts. It has an excellent warmth to weight ratio and the fit is absolutely perfect. I was surprised by the water repellentness of the hoodie after taking it off after getting hot and setting on my blind bag. It began to rain lightly and 30 minutes later I was ready to put the warm layer back on. I went to my blind bag fully expecting the piece to be soaked. It was completed dry. The DWR finish shed all of the water. Very very impressive. The only reason I am not giving it 5 stars is because it could be better. Like others have mentioned a kangaroo pocket should be included with this piece. However, I use this piece as a base/mid-layer and rarely have it on by itself. Lastly the garment itself is pilling around the shoulders and back after a season of hard use. I am still extremely satisfied with this product and, like I said above, I wear this on almost all of my hunts.

Reviewed On 11/23/2020

Bit the bullet and finally decided to purchase some Sitka gear about a month ago. I ordered the Grinder hoodie along with the Dakota pants. I absolutely love the fit and feel of his hoodie; I could see this being an early to mid-season piece in Kansas and then becoming a solid, mid-layer piece after December. I was worried about sizing because I typically wear a Medium in most clothing and according to Sitka's sizing model, I needed a Medium but being more broad in the shoulders than an average Medium-fit it had me nervous. I went ahead and ordered the Medium and it fits great, like PERFECT; should be able to sneak a base layer under there just fine. I'm 6'1" and 175lbs with a measured 39" chest. My only complaint, not a SUPER huge fan of the zip-to-the-nose portion; wished it was set up more like the Gradient without being as warm as the Gradient.

Reviewed On 11/08/2020

Probably my favorite Sitka piece. Perfect for Georgia fall and winter.

Hunter Hills
Reviewed On 10/17/2020

This hoody is a special piece. I have had it for about 2 months now during the early months of waterfowl in Minnesota. I love Sitka gear and plan to add the gradient jacket and delta wading jacket to finish out my system. I already have the core mid zip undershirt. I walked dykes on rice paddies for 4 1/2 miles today and was never hot, it cools so well. This piece really has so many different uses, I really like to jump ponds and walk dykes and this piece has been a dream come true for me. Holds up well in light rain which is all I’ve had. My favorite hunting hoody out of all the ones I own!

Steve Farris
Reviewed On 03/18/2020

OK, what a wonderful surprise is this piece of “gear”. It looked interesting in the picture, but I’d never have guessed how functional it would be. Of course I find this phenomenon to be true of a lot of Sitka products. You really don’t know how great they are til you use them. But this “mid layer” was on me every waterfowl hunt of the 2019/2020 season. And I am in the hunting business… in the field a lot! I was amazed at the hood itself. I own and hunt on lands along the North Platte River in Western Nebraska. My usual deal was to everyday wear a fleece balaclava of another brand. That would always keep my neck warm and on the cold days (which we can really have), I would pull it up over a baseball style cap to keep my ears warm. Been doing this for year! So when trying a full Sitka system out, I first bought their core lightweight balaclava, but used it only once. Nothing against that piece (though it should be cut a lot bigger), but once I started pulling up the hood of the Grinder, I never went back. And I still thought, “Someday, it’s going to be truly cold and too much for this hood”. But it never was. Mind you, we didn’t have much in the way of blizzard hunting (my favorite) this year. But if the wind and cold is too much, nothing the hood of my Delta Wading, or Hudson Jacket pulled up over the Grinder won’t handle! The Grinder Hoody is so good, so comfortable, and clearly makes me look so cool (Ha!), that I gave one to one of my guides for Xmas, and I haven’t seen him without it on since… hunting or not! I bought a second one and put it into storage in case they ever discontinue it... but i doubt they will!

Reviewed On 02/28/2020

Love this top as it sheds light rain and moist air conditions great without getting hot while exerting energy early setting decoys, walking to a spot or in and out at the boat ramp. Only thing I would change is they need to add a kangaroo pocket. It’s annoying when you’re done for the day and wearing it around and you go to put your hands or keys/wallet there and nothing but slick sides. Add a simple kangaroo Sitka it’s a feature that needs to be there on a hoody.

Reviewed On 01/09/2020

WORTH IT! I wore this hoody in Northwest Nebraska for a January duck/goose hunt. when putting out decoys in 20 to 30 mph winds while it was 20degrees out was no problem having a merino wool shirt under and Dakota vest over this. i only put my jacket (dakota hoody) on when i was sitting still during the hunt. the outer material did great in wind and snow keeping me warm and dry. every duck hunter should have this. only reason for not giving a 5 start is no kangaroo pocket.

Reviewed On 12/05/2019

Fit, fabric, and finish are all great, plus it's the perfect weight for layering late season or solo early and mid season. However, IT ONLY HAS ONE CHEST POCKET, no side pockets or kangaroo pocket on the front, unlike every other hoody I've ever owned. C'mon Sitka, that's an obvious inclusion on a $170 garment that pulls double duty.

Chase Knieriem
Reviewed On 11/24/2019

The grinder hoody is a amazing layering piece. Great for Under a vest or waterproof jacket. Very warm and great for early-mid season conditions.

Reviewed On 10/11/2019

This might be my favorite piece of clothing. I wear way too often because its about the perfect heavy sweatshirt type of garment. Super comfortable. The DWR is awesome when using it as out lighter outer layer and the dog splashes water on me setting up decoys.

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