Sanctuary Insulated Jacket
Silent Construction 37.5 Insulation
Sanctuary Insulated Jacket Details
- Insulated Outerwear
- 200g insulated body
- 160g insulated sleeves/hood
- Harness pass through
- True to Size: Purchase your normal size to wear under other layers
- Maximum insulation for warmth in extreme conditions + Moisture resistant DWR exterior repels snow/rain
- Dead quiet even in sub freezing temperatures
- Stays warm whether dry or wet
- Exclusive 37.5 fabric uses Active Carbon Technology moving perspiration (human signature) to the outside of the garment where it is functionally neutralized
- Built-in stretch for complete range of motion
- Constructed with biomechanically accurate Shooter's sleeves, shoulders and hood
- Machine Wash Cold and Hang Dry
How It's Built
- Material: 37.5 Synthetic Insulation
- Cut: Cut to Wear Over Your Kit
- Primary Uses:
- Tree Stand
- Weight: 55oz.
Where to Use
- Pacific Northwest
- Temperature Ranges:
- Below 20F
- 20F - 45F
The jacket and bibs are not windproof, but are super warm otherwise.
Same review as the bibs...This series would be great if FL would incorporate Windstopper or something equivalent into their outer layers. Works well in a box blind but in a tree stand it fails when there's a steady wind.
The Sanctuary Jacket is hands down the best jacket I have ever used for hunting. From the intricate pattern, to efficiently design pockets, to the incredible warmth... This was the best purchase I have ever made for hunting gear. I will be a FL customer for life!
This is a fantastic piece of gear for temperatures from 40 degrees down to -20. It's easy to layer under it and I no longer have to use the heater body suit during those bitter cold November sits. When you pair this with the bibs so no wind can make it through it's tough to beat. The pockets keep heat in and I'll throw hot hands in them so I don't compromise my shot and can wear smaller gloves no matter how cold it is. I think the most important feature of this jacket is the cut around your arms. The string does not touch this jacket when you release your arrow. Over 60 days in the field and no signs of wear. Expensive and worth every penny.
When I first received the FirstLite Sanctuary Jacket, I felt like it was going to be a perfect jacket for whitetail hunting during Iowa's late season muzzle-loader season. Temps drop and the hunter may experience many different types of weather (below zero, high winds, rain, freezing rain, ice, snow, etc.). I paired this jacket with FirstLite base layer / mid layer and another brand's wool vest. This setup kept me very comfortable during cold temps and breathed great!
Inside the jacket has ample space to store some gear and layer appropriately. The material is also very quiet when movement is necessary and soft to the touch.
I have 3 major complaints.
First is that I got to deal with freezing rain and the jacket's DWR finish did not repel / shed water. Instead, I got "soaked to the bone" because the jacket retained water and my undergarments showed proof. This made staying in the stand very challenging and I had to cut my time short because of the harsh weather. NOTE: When rain is not an issue, the jacket keeps me very warm. I wish the description was more upfront about "shedding" water.
Second complaint is that the zipper on my specific jacket is junk. Every time I go out to the field, the zipper becomes disengaged at the mid-point. I am consistently having to unzip and re-zip the jacket...maybe it's a great way to vent :P
Third complaint is that because the jacket did not "shed" water, the pockets became useless with the recommended "hand warmers only, no gloves needed." Not only do hand warmers not work once they get went, the pockets don't allow your hands to move in and out of the pockets when wet without major issues. This led to my hands becoming so numb that I couldn't work the muzzle-loader safely when a nice 12 point walked within 125 yards of my stand and then left the field shortly after.
NOTE: this is about the 12 time using the jacket but the jacket itself is probably 3 years old. Maybe the DWR finish fails with time.