PLEASE NOTE: This page describes the 3rd generation Al's Anorak.
Please click here to see a Youtube video introducing WeatherWool and the Anorak, along with comments about the Anorak from Advisor Rob Allen, who has been wearing it for two winters.
- Feedback from Dave Canterbury (Pathfinder Survival): "... absolutely top of the line product in both technology and comfort."
- Rob Allen of Sigma 3 Survival also posted his own, more detailed review of the Anorak on Youtube. Also featured on this same video is Advisor Will Myers of Mantis Outdoors.
Some people just love a pullover. Our Anorak is suitable for a huge variety of outdoor activities and social settings, and can protect in fairly serious cold without much layering underneath. Some of the most hardcore folks going, such as US Military Special Forces, favor this Anorak. It was a surprise that instructors at the US Air Force Arctic Survival School (the Cool School) near Fairbanks, Alaska, preferred the MidWeight Anorak to the FullWeight Anorak. Military Personnel and other outdoor professionals always seem to zero-in on the Anorak.
- Available in both our FullWeight Jacquard and MidWeight Jacquard Fabrics ... FullWeight Anoraks are available in the following colors: Black, Drab, Duff and Lynx Pattern ... MidWeight Anoraks are available in Drab and Lynx Pattern. The color palette can be seen among the Anorak product photos.
- Sleeves are long enough to allow the hands to be pulled inside so there is less need for gloves
- Four Slot Buttons at the neck/chest can be opened or secured as needed
- Tightness of cuffs can be adjusted by securing the "wrist flap" to any of three Slot Buttons
- Super-long side zippers enable a lot of venting and make it much easier to get into and out of the Anorak
- The side zips also enable items to be held invisibly on a belt, but still immediately accessible
- When the sides are unzipped, you can button the bottoms together if you want to prevent flapping. Younger guys have told us they like to just leave the sides open and moving freely to create a unique style
- Cinches at the waist at each side of the rear panel enable snugging of the waist to seal out updrafts
- Large Hood can be worn/adjusted several different ways: it is big enough to create a microclimate around your head and keep weather completely off your head and face. The Hood is also big enough to shade and hide your face for concealment or just to catch some sleep. Wear a Hat with a bill and this Hood will keep rain and snow off your face and your face will be completely shielded from wind coming from the sides. Or adjust Hood with rear cinch to maximize peripheral vision. Hood can also be snugged around the face by means of adjustable draw strings
- Generous front pouch-pocket secured with slot buttons. At each side, the bottom couple of inches (a few centimeters) is sewn shut, creating a "gutter" so that items do not simply slide out. Together with the buttons, items placed loose in the pouch are relatively secure
- The front pouch is easily large enough so that both hands can meet inside the pouch, and tools can be held in the hands but not seen from the outside
- Elastic strip inside kangaroo pocket enables small items to be held in place
- Inconspicuous, zippered pockets on each side of the chest. Left chest pocket has a sub-pocket for phone
- Large, secure zippered pocket on the inside, hidden behind the kangaroo pocket
- At the back of the neck, inside the Anorak, is a small loop from which the Anorak can be hung
- The Anorak can be folded so that the entire body and sleeves of the Anorak can fit inside the Hood, which can then be used for a pillow or seat. Folded this way, into a rough semi-circle, the Anorak also helps to form and stabilize the floor of a backpack. Advisor BJ Hagg was the one who told us about this, and he actually made a video to show us what he meant ... the video also gives a great sense of how meticulous are Military Contractors about their gear!
- People who ride -- horses, bikes or cars -- appreciate the side zips when seated. And for that matter, the side zips are also great in the office or restaurant
- In size Large, a FullWeight Anorak weighs about 3 pounds, 7 ounces (1.6 kg). In size Large, a MidWeight Anorak weighs about 2 pounds, 9 ounces (1.2 kg)
Military people interested in the Anorak for Active Duty and people interested in donating an Anorak to the Military, please click here to visit our WarriorWool page.
Sometimes people ask us about having a neck closure on the Anorak. We feel a permanent neck closure would be more of a limitation than a feature ... the neck can easily be sealed by addition of our Neck Gaiter ... and people frequently wear our Anorak in warm temperatures, where a built-in neck closure would not be as comfortable. On this page is one picture showing the Anorak plus neck Gaiter (worn here as combination Scarf, Shemagh, Balaclava, although it is most frequently worn as a simple Neck Gaiter, sometimes called a buff). People sometimes wear the Anorak in conditions more severe than I had in mind originally ... but that always happens ... more severe, and milder, too!
A utility Belt can be worn under or over the Anorak ... and even through the Pouch.
Please click here to read a little bit about the differences between FullWeight and MidWeight Fabrics, and which might be more suitable for a given situation,
Al's Anorak is named in honor of a late family friend, a very serious outdoorsman who seemed always to wear his Anorak.
Sizing Chart: Measurements are of Garment, not your body. If your chest is 47 inches, you need an XLarge Anorak.
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20 September 2017