Just picked up the Russell APX Gale L4 jacket in MAX-1 camo from Cabela's...on sale for only $85!!
I've been looking at the various options for jackets in this category; comparing this one to offerings from Sitka, Badlands, King's, and a couple of others.
I favered the Russell design over the others I've seen due to it's collar & cuff design, over all fit for me, and the availability of the MAX-1 or King's Shadow camo patterns.
My second choice would have to be the Badlands Velocity, with the only negatives being it's treestand oriented camo pattern and I'm not overly fond of the velcro cuffs either. Overall, an impressively nice jacket otherwise.
The King's XKG is obviously available in the western oriented Shadow camo patterns, but the main negative is the black paneling. As a bow hunter, I believe these panels can be the difference in getting busted and remaining undetected.
Lastly, I find the Sitka 90% offering to just be too spendy. I simply cannot justify the price difference over the other offerings. There were others in this category like the Core 4 Element, but I did not get the opportunity to see them in person.
Really, I think I would be happy with any of these offerings, but just got lucky with the right deal at the right time with the Cabela's offer, and it just so happened to be my favorite of the bunch, in my favorite camo pattern.
Now, I'm anxiously looking forward to trying it out on my January deer hunt. Hopefully, I can follow up with positive results.