Sitka is "worth the money" IF you have the money! And no, Drake is not "just as good" but you can still go hunting in it and you won't die. Thousands of hunters before us went out there even in army surplus gear, before Sitka even existed, and they killed ducks and had a good time. I didn't start out with Sitka gear but now I have quite a bit of it. I've sat in hard wind driven rain storms in my Sitka gear, without getting cold or wet, grinning like a Cheshire cat, because frankly that's when you can really tell a difference. I also started out with a cheap Remington 870, long before I started acquiring Beretta semi-autos, and I would have a similar answer if somebody asked "is a Beretta A400 worth the money or is a Remington 870 just as good?" Without question, I am more comfortable and happier in my Sitka gear, with Simms waders, and an A400 in my hands. It's just nicer stuff, no two ways about it, but it is a luxury. Many moons ago, I was also plenty happy in my Walmart camo, some cheap neoprene waders I found on sale, and the Benelli Nova pump I "upgraded" to from the cheap 870, mainly because I didn't know any better and frankly couldn't afford the nicer stuff. Hopefully our goal as hunters is not to try to impress the other dudes at the check station with our 'outfits', so just get out there and hunt in the gear you can afford right now. If your wallet allows you to buy Sitka, I don't think you'll find too many guys who will say "oh man, I feel ripped off, this stuff isn't any better than my Walmart jacket", but it's also important to live within your means. You'll be much happier in the long run. Lastly, there are also plenty of hunters who could afford Sitka gear but they just can't fathom spending that much money for hunting gear. They might also drive a 10-year old Camry, even if they could write a check for a brand new 7-series BMW and not even flinch, but they're just morally opposed to spending that much money for transportation. They're not wrong, they may just have other priorities in life, and may not place as much value on higher end gear. Sitka gear is very nice, but it is a luxury.