KUIU’s Biggest Sale Starts Thursday Nov. 19th-Save the Date!

KUIU’s “BIGGEST SALE OF THE YEAR” is almost here.  Starting this Thursday at 8am PST, all in stock KUIU items go on sale for 30% OFF, and all orders OVER $300 receive FREE SHIPPING. We will not be taking backorders during the sale, so it truly is first come first serve while supplies last.  Take the time to log into your account and create your wish list. Items will be flying off the shelves, so get in early and don’t hesitate, GO BIG!

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Our Holiday 2015 Catalog is now available.  If you have not received a hard copy and are looking for more product information and a breakdown of our product lines, check out our online digital version.

KUIU holiday catalog

Valid for instock items only while supplies last. Sale price may not be applied to 3rd party gear, previous purchases, or gift certificates, and may not be used in conjunction with any other promotions or discounts. Sale does not apply to tax, is not redeemable for cash, and is void where prohibited by law. Free shipping applies to standard shipping for orders over $300. Expedited shipping and international shipments outside of USA, Alaska, Hawaii, APO’s, and Canada are excluded from free shipping promotion. Sale ends November 22 at 11:59 pst.

30% off Flash Sale

Don’t miss out! For the next 10 hrs all packs and pack accessories are 30% off. If you already have a pack, grab another size. If you already have all the sizes, buy one for you buddy. Just hurry up, sale ends at 6PM PST today.

Pack SaleValid for instock backpacks and pack accessories only while supply’s last. Sale price may not be applied to 3rd party gear, previous purchases, or gift certificates, and may not be used in conjunction with any other promotions or discounts. Sale does not apply to tax, is not redeemable for cash, and is void where prohibited by law.


KUIU’s New Gift Guide

Giving the gift of KUIU is the best way to show someone you love them! So this year we have made it easier by adding a “Gift Guide” to our website. Go to and select “Shop Holiday Gifts”. Under the “Refine By” drop down menu, on the left side you can customize your search for the exact kind of gift you are looking for. If you want to get your husband the “Newest Arrivals” to KUIU (since he already has 2 of everything), or get your hunting partner one of our “Top 10 Gift Picks” (so he stops bugging you to borrow yours), you can narrow down your search with our customized search options. Shopper on a budget can  also easily narrow down the search by selecting a gift price range.


If you shopped last year during our Biggest Sale of the Year, the overwhelming demand for our product overloaded our site and caused a complete crash of our system. Our servers went down in the first 20 minutes of the event bringing a complete halt to the sale. That single event opened our eyes and we realized we needed to up our game before this years Holiday Season. Early this year we teamed up with some of the best web developers in the industry to revamp our website. With our unprecedented growth every year since 2011, we needed a website that can grow with us as we expand.KUIU_BIGGEST SALE OF THE YEAR-EXTENDED_R3


Appearance was important in the design of the new site, but even more crucial was the functionality and a overall better customer experience when visiting our website. To make the website easier to navigate, we broke down the product categories to make understanding our layering system much easier. Now you can shop by PRODUCT, SYSTEM, or GEAR, and easily find the exact item that will fit your needs. Additionally we added detailed product specifications, a complete product overview and an in-depth look into the technology that goes into each of our products. All fabric weights, ingredients, and performance, are listed next to a detailed zoom-in picture, so you know exactly what you are getting before your purchase arrives.


If you are looking to find out more about KUIU, select the KUIU Story link. Here you are directed to About KUIU, The Hunt, In the Field Photos, The Building KUIU Blog, and Video Tutorials & Short Movies.  Take the time to explore our new site and enjoy the experience.  We’re glad you stepped up to KUIU.



Chugach Sheep Hunt

Not many people would sign up to do three physical backpack sheep hunts in 60 days, but that is exactly what Brendan Burns, who manages KUIU Professional Services, was able to do this fall. Sandwiched between a Northwest Territories Dall sheep hunt and a once in a lifetime bighorn hunt in Montana, Brendan ventured into the Chugach mountains of Alaska for a Dall sheep hunt in some of the most rugged sheep hunting conditions in North America. Hunts like these are a constant reminder here at KUIU of the challenge our customers face while hunting throughout the world and are the driving force behind every product we offer.


Chugach Sheep Hunt


In February of this year I found out I had drawn one of a handful of nonresident Dall sheep permits issued for Alaska’s Chugach Mountains.  At nearly five hundred miles long, the Chugach is broken up into 20+ different hunting units and hunting dates.  These areas are commonly referred to as 14A, 14C, and 13D.   Having applied with Lance Kronberger of Freelance Outdoor Adventures for the last decade, it was a pleasant surprise to draw a permit.

The area I drew my tag for could be argued as one of the lower-end quality permits to have in 14C.  The area my permit allowed me to hunt is historically a big ram mecca, but has fallen on hard times in the last few years.  Shrinking sheep numbers combined with crushing winter kill in 2012 and 2013 have left the area a shell of its former self.  After several talks with the local fish and game biologist, Lance’s scouting, and some local experts it became clear my timing on drawing this permit was a bit off.  As they say, you never know until you go.   Plus, as any hunter knows–there is no such thing as a bad sheep tag!

After a great trip to Nahanni Butte where I took a beautiful 12 ½ year old ram and a great mountain caribou (more on that later), myself and photographer Paul Bride flew from Fort Simpson to Anchorage for the second half of back-to-back sheep hunts.

My Guide on this hunt was John Rydeen.  John is a 15 year veteran of the Chugach and has been on a pile of great rams.  I have known John for quite a few years and was looking forward to hunting with him.

We had 11 days to find a ram, so we loaded six days worth of food and gear  (we would air drop the last 5 days if we needed it) and headed in.

The Chugach Mountains are widely considered some of the toughest mountains in North America to hunt.  An unusual combination of extremely steep compact mountains, loose rock, thick brush, terrible weather, and glacial ice make it a hunt like no other on the continent.

With no real intel or tips to go on, we decided to start at one end of the unit and hike out the other in hopes of finding a legal ram.  It was a big undertaking, but with nothing specific to go after, a thorough inventory of the entire area was the best option.

The first day and a half was a grind.  No other way to put it.  Tons of vertical, mind- numbing brush, and steep side hilling with heavy packs.  The only plus was unusually nice weather.

We glassed some good sheep country, turned up quite a few sheep, including a good number of young rams, all the while eliminating a large chunk of the area as we headed deeper into the glacier country.

The hunt took an unexpected turn the second evening.  While crossing a swollen glacier stream, Paul and John both got swept downstream and fully submerged.  Thankfully no one was injured, aside from Paul’s camera, which was a total loss.  Without a camera to shoot with we decided it would be best to split up Paul’s food and have a plane come get him.  The morning of the third day was spent building a small cub strip for his pickup.  In the early afternoon Paul was on his way out leaving Johnny and I with a little more food and a lot less photo talent. (You’ll notice a drop off in photo quality at this point. Between John and I we had two small point and shoot cameras with one battery apiece).

That night we climbed high onto the ridge that basically separated the area in two and set camp in as nice of a spot as you could pick.

The following morning from the highest point, we glassed for several hours searching for a direction and a ram to go after.


Two major drainage’s and a glacier away, we spotted two rams lying up on top of a mountain. One was a young ram, the other was unlike any ram either of us had ever seen.  From great distance it was clear he was an old ram by his body, but what was on his head for horns was hard to identify.  We could only see one side.  It looked as if his horn was busted off very short.  We would have to get a closer look to see exactly what he was.

With nothing better to go on we decided to make another big move into country we could only speculate we could get to.  On the map it looked like there was a route to the valley that held the ram.

It was another camp and a solid ten-hour grind to get to where we wanted to be.  Finally, after bushwhacking three valleys, losing and gaining several thousand feet each way, we finally wrapped around the toe of the glacier and headed into the valley where we had seen the rams. The weather turned awful (or normal for Chugach country) with heavy rain and high wind.   After quickly setting our fifth camp, we headed up to see if we could relocate the ram from where we had last seen him 24 hours ago.


After a few hours of creeping up the valley slowly picking apart every possible hiding spot, we finally found what we were looking for.  Staring down from a nearly untouchable perch high on a rocky spine was one of the most unique rams either of us had ever seen.  The term “ Ram with Character” is thrown around a bit loosely when it comes to sheep, but this ram would surely qualify.  We couldn’t decide if it was the ugliest ram in the history of Alaska or the coolest Dall sheep of all time.  We settled on both!


There was no doubt this was the ram I came for.  Now we would just have to figure out how to get “the beast” killed.

The good news was after four days of hiking we finally had a ram to hunt.  The bad news was the ram was perched in an unhuntable spot and looked fairly comfortable where he was. The bed and patch of rock he was inhabiting was unapproachable in any direction to less than seven hundred yards.  Even if I could have made the shot at an extreme angle (I couldn’t on my best day) the ram was unrecoverable.

John and I dissected the basin for a way to get closer to the ram.  Staying out of site, we climbed and were rejected on every possible route we tried to get within shooting distance of the ram.

We came to the conclusion we were going to have to watch and wait for him to make a mistake or a big move.  As my good friend and sheep-hunting mentor Ray Alt once said: “Sometimes you gotta make it happen and some times you gotta let it happen.”

Day after day the ram did nothing.  Same spot, same bed, feeding only in a small patch of mixed rock and grass.  Several young rams came by his perch and moved through, yet the big ram stayed put.

On the eighth day, we again climbed into the basin to watch the ram only to find his bed empty.  After exhausting every exit route in the basin we were in, we surmised he had dropped off the backside of the mountain to the glacier.

We worked our way down the valley and wrapped up the main glacier higher into country we hoped we could get to.  We were heading into the end of what we could access without climbing gear.   After turning the corner at the convergence of two glaciers, we found ourselves pinned down by two small rams.   For two hours we laid in the shale waiting for them to move up the valley.  We guessed “the beast” was very close.

As a big fog bank moved in, the smaller rams got up and headed up the moraine with purpose.  As they disappeared out of sight, we quickly followed. As the fog cleared, I spotted “the beast” and five rams picking their way back up to a deep crack in the face of the mountain leading back to his perch.

At four hundred yards “the beast” separated from the other rams, giving me what would be my only opportunity on this hunt.  My first shot anchored him, and two more finished the job.  The sense of relief as he tumbled out of sight is hard to describe.

We made our way to the ram and finally got to see up close the animal we had been staring at for days.  The ram was more than I could ask for. It’s my first Glacier Ram, and like these mountains, he is ancient, massive and unique.   The term ”score doesn’t do this ram justice” was coined for this ram.

It turns out that “the beast” had suffered a massive head injury from either a substantial fall or a horn related sickness in his cores at 3 years old (total speculation).   Amazingly he recovered over time to add ten more rings, a true testament to the toughness of these animals.


Like most hunts pushed to the end, the pack out is brutal and rushed.  Not many outfitters are dying to help on the pack out, but Lance met us half way out to share the load.  It was a welcome break and cuts hours off our exit from sheep country.

I want to thank Lance and Nikki Kronberger at Freelance Outdoor Adventures for always putting together a great hunt.  Most of all I want to thank John Rydeen for truly embracing the grind on this hunt.  It’s not easy to stay positive in tough weather and hunting conditions, but John was the whole time.   This hunt was among the most difficult I could ever hope to go on, not fun for a good portion, but that is what makes it special.  A sheep hunt and a ram I will never forget.

Good Hunting


New Boots and Insulation!

New for the end of 2015 and just before the Holidays, we are releasing 2 brand new items to our line up. The lighter and more flexible Scarpa Charmoz Pro GTX, and the comfortable Insulated Snap Shirt. Continue below for more details on why we chose these items.


Back in January of this year we began offering the Scarpa Grand Dru, a pure mountain boot with “Sheep Country” all but written all over it. The overall response to this boot has been phenomenal, evidenced by our sales numbers and the excellent feedback we’ve received from those who have purchased and chased their dreams while wearing them this season. On the other hand, customer feedback has also told us that the Grand Dru is simply too much boot for many footwear shoppers. In an effort to provide a mountain boot that fills the requirements of our customers who don’t want or need the build of the Grand Dru, we went boot shopping once again. This time we paid closer attention to weight, versatility, and flexibility.

After looking over countless boots at shows, ordering samples, and wear testing numerous possibilities, we came up with a winner: the Scarpa Charmoz Pro GTX. The most obvious thing that set the Charmoz apart from most other boots is its fully-synthetic makeup. Not only does the use of synthetic save weight compared to leather, it has performance value as well which was apparent in field testing. The synthetic does not absorb moisture like a leather does. Through creeks, rain, wet brush, etc. the boots continue to shed water off the exterior. Because of this, stretch is far reduced, and breathability is enhanced compared to wet leather. The synthetic material has shown really good durability as well, even in situations when sharp crampons were worn.


While the flex of the Charmoz would not be considered “soft”, they are pretty comfortable on flatter terrain for a mountain boot. You could wear these for many daily miles on an antelope hunt, and then take to the high country the next week and be equally satisfied in both terrains (we’ve done it).

Other features worth pointing out are the Vibram Mulaz outsole and EVA+TPU midsole, which accept semi-automatic crampons. This is a lighter weight, shallower lug outsole compared to the Vibram Total Traction used in the Grand Dru. Like the Grand Dru, the Charmoz Pro is uninsulated which we prefer for the majority of mountain hunts. The full rubber rand (which increases in depth over the toe) does it’s job well at absorbing abrasion from low to the ground rocks. Lastly, there’s no metal rivets or hardware to break in the lower half of the boot. Instead, the lace loops are built into the same synthetic material that makes up the majority of the boot’s outside structure. The weight comes in at an impressive 1 pound, 11 oz. per boot on a size 42.


The one thing we didn’t like about the factory Charmoz was it’s bright orange color. We understand its purposes for the mountaineering crowd but that’s not who we are. So to make this boot more hunter-friendly, we convinced Scarpa to make an exclusive Steel Grey version just for KUIU- or should I say just for you.

The Charmoz Pro GTX is in stock and shipping now for a price of $329.99.


Scarpa Charoz


Insulated Snap Shirt

Snap Shirt


Versatile and featuring quick-snap convenience, KUIU’s Insulated Snap shirt is highly breathable and wind resistant for superior comfort. This quick-drying, ultra quiet piece offers high performance warmth on both hunts and around town. Originally designed as a casual branded piece, we realized its potential in the field as a mid-weight 40 gm insulation piece, and quickly added it to our line up.

As an extention of the Teton line, the Insulated Snap Shirt utilizes the same high quality 20 denier face fabric as the Teton Insulated Jacket, but with a sleek, stylish silhouette that is perfect for everyday wear. With laser engraved KUIU snaps and embroidered logos, it makes a great gift item for the KUIU hunter. Available in classic KUIU camo prints, as well as new solid colors Spring Green, Burnt Orange, and Slate.

At $129.99, Insulated Snap Shirts are in stock and shipping in Vias and Verde, and available for preorder in Solids.

Photo Contest Winners Gallery

KUIU’s Facebook photo contest is over and the winners have been selected. A ton of amazing pictures were submitted and voted on by our friends on Facebook, with the top 10 winning KUIU prizes. Thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to our winners! At the bottom are four honorable mention photos.

They Are Finally Back!

We know a lot of you have been waiting a long time, and our inventory levels are getting stronger by the week. We finally have our best selling pants back in stock. Vias, Verde, and Phantom Attack pants are fully in stock and ready to ship immediately. Don’t miss the opportunity to stock up for next year, buy a couple as holiday gifts for friends and loved ones, or just add another pair to the closet.

Also available for immediate purchase is the full 8 piece Teton layering system. If you have been considering this $750 skin to shell system to build your complete set for next years hunts, now is the time to purchase as we are fully in stock in both Vias and Verde. You wont find this quality of gear for this affordable a price anywhere else.

If being fully in stock in Teton isn’t enough for you to pull the trigger, check out the link below. Huntin’ Fool’s Professional Hunt Advisor Garth Jensen has been wearing Teton all season and gives it a thorough review of its quality, fit, and feel.

Huntin’ Fool Teton Clothing Review

KUIU Kudos: Huntin’ Fool’s Garth Jenson Reviews Teton Collection


Ever since July’s big reveal of KUIU’s Teton layering system, we’ve been anxiously awaiting feedback from backcountry hunters who have had the time to give the Teton line an honest test under actual field conditions.

Huntin’ Fool Professional Hunt Advisor, Garth Jenson, was one of the first to get ahold of the eight-piece Teton collection. He used the gear on a number of late-summer scouting runs and published his impressions last month (along with a couple suggestions for improvements) in the Huntin Fool magazine and on the HF website. Check the bottom of this post for the link.  But first…….

Jenson had three pretty great hunts since posting his review. So last week, we called to check in and see how he fared. Here’s what he said:

“I took my Teton gear on all my hunts so far: an Arizona archery elk hunt; a three week Utah archery elk hunt; and Wyoming rifle hunt for mule deer. During that time we hunted elevations ranging from 7,500 to 10,500 feet. We saw rain on every hunt along with temperatures ranging from 35- to 40-degrees at night then rising anywhere from 70- to 80-degrees during the day.

“My Teton gear was in the rotation of clothes I wore. Everything performed great, but I found myself reaching for my ‘puffy coat’ Teton Insulated Jacket and Teton Zip-T the most. I also never left camp without my Teton rain jacket and pants. I actually have a set of KUIU’s Chugach NX rain gear, but based on the terrain I was hunting and the weather conditions, the Teton was more than adequate.”

Click the link below to check out Jenson’s September Huntin’ Fool review of the Teton collection.

Garth Jenson’s Teton Review


KUIU’s New Look

After months of long nights and hard work, we are excited and proud to announce the release of our new and improved online store! A refreshed look and redefined search options help enhance your shopping experience, while added product/field photos and technical product information provide you with everything you need to know about KUIU. Either shop by product or by layering system and let our website guide you to exactly what you need. Log in, check it out, and enjoy the experience.  We look forward to hearing your comments.



Until now, if you wanted your bow finished in KUIU’s Verde and Vias macro-camouflage patterns, you had to take the bow apart and have it custom dipped. But in an industry first that will come as great news for our customers, Elite Archery now offers KUIU’s proprietary camouflage as a factory finish option on all of its 2016 line of high-performance bows.

This is not your typical water-dipped finish, either. Elite uses an innovative 3-D ink/dye transfer process called “Kolorfusion” where, essentially, the color is baked right into the parts of the bow. Kolorfusion provides the most durable bow finish possible along with unparalleled color clarity and resolution.

An Impulse For Innovation

 Since founding the company in 2005, New York-based Elite Archery has carved out a niche in the archery world for striving to engineer the industry’s most “Shootable” bow.  The company’s unique, two-track binary cam system combined with its exclusive Riser Cage design provides blazing arrow speeds with nearly nonexistent post-shot vibration and hand shock.

Elite’s “Shootability” is only eclipsed by its reputation for customer service—namely their transferable lifetime warranty and groundbreaking “hunt guarantee,” an unheard of first in the archery world. Basically, if you’re ever on a hunt and your Elite bow breaks or is rendered inoperable, a ready-to-shoot loaner bow tuned to your personal specs will be delivered overnight no matter where you are.

Check It Out

Announced earlier this week, Elite’s new flagship series – the Impulse 31 and Impulse 34 (the numbers referring to different axle-to-axle length)—is the answer to customers who challenged the company to build an even faster bow that could still maintain the smooth drawing/shooting stability that fans expect. By merging all the best features from their best bows—adding a stiffer riser, new cams and perfect alignment limb pocket system—Impulse engineers have seemingly delivered an incredibly “Shootable” bow capable of pushing arrow speeds to 340 fps or more.

Check out for more information and dealer location.