15 May 2017
Definition from Wikipedia: An Anorak is a type of coat with a hood ... The hood protects the face from freezing temperatures and wind. The Caribou Inuit invented this kind of garment, originally made from caribou or seal skin, for hunting and kayaking in the frigid Arctic. Strictly speaking, an Anorak is a waterproof [WeatherWool is water-resistant but not water-proof.], hooded, pull-over jacket without a front opening.
One customer of ours, a truly heavy-duty outdoorsman, just ordered three of these. He'd already given one to his Dad and another to a guide, so Jeff has now ordered at least 5 Anoraks ... FullWeight, MidWeight, DRAB, LYNX ...
We made our first Anoraks in Spring 2015 and ever since they have been very popular with some very serious outdoor guys. Based on excellence, it was chosen by Bill McConnell of Discovery Channel’s Dual Survival for the initial episodes of the 2016 season. [Bill told me he would have worn WeatherWool for all the cold-weather episodes, but the show's producers would allow him to wear us for only one adventure.] The Anorak also earned a tremendous review from Tom Brown III, another well-known professional outdoorsman. It's also very highly rated by serious guys in the United States Army, Air Force and Navy. And we'd love to show the Anorak to people in the Marines and the Coast Guard.
Al's Anorak is named for a family friend, a truly heavy-duty worldwide outdoor adventurer who left us much too soon. Al really loved to wear a Pullover with a Hood. There is something about that design that just gets to some people, and Al was foremost among them.
We make three pieces with integral Hoods ... the others are the SkiJac and the Hooded Sweatshirt. But the Anorak is our only Pullover
Al's Anorak features zippers on the sides that can be opened up to make it easier to put on, then zipped shut to snug the Anorak in around the waist. The side zips can also be used to vent heat. The zips can be opened all the way and the sides can be buttoned together at the bottom to prevent flapping.
The Anorak has a tapered fit and without the side-zips some people would have difficulty getting in and out of it. Here is a link to a YouTube video of our Fit Model putting on the original Anorak.
Al's Anorak has a cellphone pocket on the chest and a generous Kangaroo Pocket in front, plus an inside zippered pocket hidden behind the kangaroo pocket.
The Hood can be adjusted by means of pull cords at either side, and at the rear.
The outer Kangaroo Pocket measures 10 inches by 15 inches (25 cm x 38 cm). The side openings are almost 7 inches (18 cm) in length. The bottom three inches (8 cm) of the sides are sewn shut, to help secure the contents of the pouch. (Even though pouches of actual kangaroos open at the top, the garment industry calls these side-open pouches Kangaroo Pouches.)
The Inside Pouch measures 8 inches by 8 inches (20 x 20 cm) with a 6-inch (15 cm) zippered opening.
The front closure features four slot buttons that securely close the opening up to the neck.
Al's Anorak is available in FullWeight Fabric in BLACK, DRAB, DUFF and LYNX Pattern. It is also available in MidWeight Fabric in BLACK, DRAB and LYNX Pattern. You can see all of the color selections in the pictures on this page. The Anorak size chart is at the bottom of this page.
We like to think our Friend Al would be very happy with Al's Anorak!
Here are a few other features:
- Sleeves are long enough to allow the hands to be pulled inside (less need to bring gloves!)
- Adjustable cuffs let you snug the wrist if you want to be sure your hands stay outside
- Side zippers lock in place and move up or down only when you want them to
- A button and buttonhole at the bottom of the sides let you leave sides unzipped for venting but prevent flapping by buttoning them together
The Hood can be worn/adjusted several different ways. It is a very large Hood ... the idea being, in part, that when you want a Hood, you want to be able to keep the weather OFF your head. 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.
You can see the various ways of adjusting the Hood in the pictures to the left.
You can tighten the strap in back, which pulls the entire Hood toward the rear of the head. Tighten the pulls at each side of the front of the Hood and you can snug it pretty well to your face.
By working with the different adjustments you can vary how much peripheral vision you have (and how much of your face is exposed to wind).
If you leave all the adjustments relaxed, you can move your head somewhat inside the Hood without your movements showing on the outside.
Some interesting input on the Anorak:
- A Lady told me she really liked the extra large Hood because she has a lot of hair and it all fits comfortably inside the Hood.
- A Green Beret told me the Hood is great for concealing his face ... whether he is trying to hide or just get some shut-eye.
- Advisor Mike Dean told us one of the things he likes about our Anorak is that he can wear it inside a sleeping bag.
- One of our Advisors, a self-defense and security professional, told me his team really likes the flaps of the Anorak because they enable instant access to a knife when employing "scout carry"; this also applies to ease of access of holsters; both appendix, 3 o'clock and 6 o'clock. IWB and OWB. As well as spare magazines. The flaps are ideal for this because they allow immediate access while maintaining a non-print profile. The flaps solve the problem of having a garment long enough for concealment and rigid enough for durability while offering a solution to very fast and easy access to the ever imperative belt line.
- The same security professional said the LYNX Pattern facilitates concealed carry both on the belt line and in the kangaroo pouch because the pattern obscures printing of objects.
- In summary, he notes that the pattern is just as effective at concealing objects on the body as well as the wearer themselves, while not possessing the stereotypical stigma of traditional "camouflage" patterns. It's camouflage that camouflages not only the wearer and objects on the wearer's body, but in many ways, it also camouflages itself. [Debby refers to the LYNX Pattern as ‘camo-camo’.]