If you want an Anorak that is out of stock, we suggest placing a backorder (price of 0) on the website or by phone. You can reserve by leaving a credit card on file (SHIP ASAP) so we can ship and charge as soon as your garment is ready, but it's not a requirement
We are beginning to offer Anoraks, both FullWeight and MidWeight, in another color: Natural White/Cream. This is undyed wool
The current production run of Anoraks will be almost all Solid Drab Color, both FullWeight and MidWeight. We will also offer a few in Natural White. The Natural Whites are mostly reserved, but some still available. We are already shipping some of these now, and we should be filling all the ASAP backorders for these by October/November of 2023. I had thought we'd complete these sooner. I'm very sorry to have passed incorrect information.
I am guesstimating and hoping March of 2024 we'll ship Anoraks that are not already in production. But that is not a promise or a guarantee. If you want something not in stock, please get an ASAP order on our books.
We love that our Anorak has been on TV a bunch. It's a favorite among the participants in History Channel's Hit series Mountain Men and Survival Contest ALONE. The WeatherWool Anorak has been worn on History by Mike Horstman, Brady Nicholls, Benji Hill, JP Quiñonez, Callie Russel and Amós Rodriguez. It's also worn by hundreds of people in the Military.
The Anorak is a design of the first inhabitants of North America's Arctic Region. (Our Finnish Advisor Anton Kalland tells us the term comes from the Finnish Anorakki, which in turn comes from the Ancient Greenland word Annoraaq.) Our Anorak handles a wide variety of conditions and activities and is designed for a relatively active individual to wear over one or sometimes two light base layers.
The Anorak is intended for temps between from 10F/-12C to 80F/27C. But people push it, successfully, into much colder conditions. Most people will be comfortable in temps from 20F/-7C to 70F/21C, indoors and out, with low to moderate levels of activity. The FullWeight Anoraks is better at lower temps and the MidWeight better at higher temps.
Richard Mills, a photographer (NaturesCapture.com) from the Carolinas, was spending Christmas of 2022 in Yellowstone National Park, and sent me this video on 23 December. In the video Richard states he is wearing two base layers and a FullWeight Anorak, and the temp is -31F/-35C. HUGE THANKS and MERRY CHRISTMAS, RICHARD!! This is well outside recommended temperature range, but it worked well for Richard.
Our custom-made 100% wool Fabric is soft enough to be worn directly on even the most sensitive skin, yet durable enough to see you through the most rugged adventures. Choosing the best fabric weight and garment size will depend on your climate, activity level, base layers, and personal preference.
Our Anorak features:
Our custom Jacquard woven Fabric throughout the entire garment
Offered in both MidWeight and FullWeight
Craftsmen-sewn, ultra-durable construction and materials
Like our other garments, the structural seams of the Anorak are sewn with Mil-Spec Anefil water-resistant thread used by the US Army
A modern take on the classic design, with a focus on comfort and utility
Extra-long sleeves, reducing the need for gloves. Sleeve cuffs can also be "let-out" for unusually long arms
Wrist cuffs can be adjusted to six sizes (flap can go around wrist either way)
Four buttons at the neck closure, allowing for ventilation, comfort, and warmth. Our Neck Gaiter can be added for extra warmth around the neck
Waist cinches to create a more tapered shape, reduce air space, prevent updraft
Extra-large hood. Rear cinch enables the hood to be pulled back. Pull-cords in front, at each side, enable the hood to be fitted close around the head. We have lately switched the front cords from synthetic shock-cord to wool cord. The cords are now made from the same fiber as the garment. The new cords are shown in a close-up at left (black cord on Brown 'Rak). We can send wool cord to anyone who wants to upgrade an old Anorak. And we can even send shock cord to anyone who likes the synthetic better. You can switch by attaching the new cord to the old and carefully pulling though. We left the cords long and many people will cut them shorter. The hood will protect the head from a great deal of weather, even sideways weather. The large hood is also very good to provide some privacy and darkness for sleeping ... and a lot of people, particularly Military and travelers, do sleep in the Anorak (instead of hotel during long layover!)
Generous front pouch, with elastic organizer strip, closure secured by slot buttons. A friend of mine who lives in Yellowstone National Park told me he never leaves the house without his bear spray tucked into the right-most position of the organizer. I visited him in 2022, and he was completely serious about the bear spray.
Hidden zipper pocket inside the body of the jacket, behind the front pouch
Inconspicuous yet spacious zippered pockets on each side of the chest. Left side has an additional cell-phone sleeve. Phone will be inside the garment, where body-heat will help extend battery power
Super-long zippers on each side of the Anorak enable venting of heat and ease entry and exit. Side zips also facilitate access to anything on a belt. Opening the side zips also makes it comfortable to sit without hiking the 'rak. Jennifer H has reminded me the side zips are useful during pregnancy.
At the base of the side zips are a button and elastic; tab. With the bottom of the 'rak buttoned this way, the zippers can be left open and there is no flapping.
On 19 September 2023, I heard two expectant Moms told me the Anorak is great maternity wear! The photo at left is my daughter-in-law, Carla, in the summer of 2022.
In size Large, a FullWeight Anorak weighs 3 lbs., 7 oz (1.6 kg) In size Large, a MidWeight Anorak weighs 2 lbs., 12 oz (1.25 kg)
We have lately changed the front pull-cords from synthetic shock to knitted wool (photo at left). The cords are now made from the same wool as the Anorak itself. If anyone wants to switch out the synthetic, just let us know. And actually, if anyone wants to switch from the wool cord to synthetic, we can send synthetic, also. Either cord can be replaced by simply pulling the new cord through (carefully).
At this point, you'll find a lot of independent review and discussion of the Anorak and other WeatherWool products on the web. Here are a couple of nice comments/reviews from 2018, when not many people had heard of us: