WeatherWool Anorak Reviews from Civilians
I'm nowhere near keeping up on reviews of the Anorak that are publicly available via searching the web, social media, etc. But there is some good stuff here. If you have a review or can flag something that should be on this page, please let me know! -- Thanks! -- Ralph
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There are lots of independent WeatherWool reviews, with new ones coming out steadily, on Instagram, YouTube, web forums and various websites. But I put a review here from time to time. Reviews are seldom posted on this website without permitted attribution.
Perhaps the most meaningful review we've gotten was this one, from American Military Special Operations Command in Afghanistan in 2018: "The coats are phenomenal and all the guys that wear them absolutely love them. ... My entire detachment continues to request additional coats and Hats." If you have interest in the Military application of WeatherWool, please visit our WarriorWool page. But this page focuses on Civilian Reviews. We actually get several one-liners sent to us directly by email each week.
2022-05-15 ... Tom Zaun on Instagram
On 14 May we asked on Instagram for people to name for us their most-admired products and companies of any kind. We received some very kind replies about our own products, even though we were hoping to hear about other companies (as a way to learn). But positive feedback from our own customers is what we are really working for, and it's hard to beat the feedback from Tom Zaun: "I can’t comment enough on how awesome the heavy weight Anorak is I got mine last fall and it was the only thing I wore through the winter upstate New York in the mountains I live in . I will never be without one I wish I would’ve known about it years ago. And it’s the only garment I’ve ever worn out in public where people would come up to me and say holy shit where did you get that it is awesome and I passed the name on to so many people this winter . No BS. Ralph at WeatherWool is the real deal." BIGTIME THANKS TOM! -- Ralph
We posed the same question on our Facebook page, and Byron Bellinger wrote one of our very favorite things to read: "It goes with me everywhere."
2022-04-12 ... Michael Riddle, USMC Veteran
Dramatic photo from Michael Riddle, United States Marine Corps Veteran, who purchased through the WarriorWool Program when he was on Active Duty:
Michael testing our wool: “No gloves. No layers. Just a cotton shirt and the FullWeight Duff XL Anorak with your Watch Cap and Neck Gaiter, in a Utah squall at 5-10 degrees F [about -14C] with 35-40 mph [about 60 kph] gusts of wind and heavy snow. Stayed toasty and bone dry.”
Michael is a big guy, and has experienced severe conditions in the Military. Most people would not be comfortable in the weather and clothing he describes. And he clearly was not far from shelter. Michael's test illustrates a major goal of ours: We hope people will wear WeatherWool even in mild conditions because they like it, and if circumstances somehow get nasty, the wool can make a huge difference.
2022-03-27 ... Drew Gray
This is a video review from a month of testing in Minnesota in February and March 2022. Thanks to Drew for this review!
2021-10-13 ... Brad Veis
Brad is an outdoor pro (cameraman, videographer, producer) who sent us photos and review that I put on a separate page. THANK YOU BRAD!
2021-08-21 ... Tom Mohi comment on our Facebook post of 20 August 2021:
2021-08-11 ... Review from Craig Matheson of Ontario
Craig reviewed both the MidWeight and FullWeight Anoraks, and his comments were long enough that I put them on a separate page.
2021-06-05 ... From Stephen Hubchen
We've lately sent out a bunch of Anoraks and have happily received quite a few reviews. Thanks to lots of people for gratifying feedback and to Stephen for this one:
This is easily the most expensive article of clothing I ever purchased so I was honestly apprehensive to receive the anorak. Apprehension is gone as this is easily the best made piece of kit I ever owned. The downside is I need to wait at least four months before I can wear it. Thanks again!!
When I wrote to Stephen asking permission to use his words, he added:
I’m currently cranking up the air-conditioning just so I can wear it around the house!
2021-03-26 ... From Nick Nelson
I received my Lynx anorak yesterday, and I must say.....this is a thing of beauty and WELL worth the wait!
Thank you for putting out such a quality product at the highest of standards. Normally, I'm a firm believer in getting what you pay for.
In this case, I'm getting more than what I paid for. I like to think I'm very picky, and this garment is flawless. Not a stitch out of place, and I checked ;)
2021-03-03 ... This was pretty cool ...
Ivan Hageman, who is the Head of a School in Manhattan, wrote me:
All is very well, and I wish the same for you and your family. I have worn my mid weight anorak all winter - for my bike ride across Manhattan to work! I have stayed warm and dry, even with the wild fluctuations of weather we have been getting in these last few years.
I would like an AAJ in the Lynx pattern - do you have a medium in stock? If so, I will place an order on the website. Grateful, Ivan
I replied to Ivan that we do have the All-Around Jacket on hand, and asked if we could quote him on this page. To which he replied:
The anorak is my absolutely favorite piece of clothing. People should know about your company - the care, the craft, and the quality - please feel free to use my words! When the City was shut down and my school was one of the few places open, the anorak served as my armor and gave me a swagger and confidence heading out in a quiet landscape and inclement weather. After riding across Manhattan I stand and greet every student, no matter the temperature, and after the fast bike sprint, I have been comfortable in the anorak while standing in front of the building in sub freezing temperatures getting everyone inside. Your outer wear has a place in the urban landscape, too, especially as we move away from formal dress in the changing workplace. Thanks! I
Wouldn't it be great if the Head of every school greeted every student every day, regardless of weather!!!??????
2021-01-27: Bob Yotko was helping us research zippers. While thanking him for some photos he sent, I told him to let us know if he ever has a problem with any of our garments. He replied: "My Anorak is the best piece of gear I've ever owned."
On 6 January 2021, Craig Matheson of Canada ordered a FullWeight Anorak and dropped a great line in the process: "I've had my MidWeight for over 2 years now and pretty much worn it every day that the temp was below 18C [64F]." And he followed up with a little more info the next day: "I was apprehensive about midweight vs heavyweight - but as soon as you're doing anything in the cold - even real cold - the midweight keeps you at a sort of ideal working temperature. I actually wear it even when I go out on my bicycle in the winter."
28 August 2020: Robert Kossak just texted me ... "My wife is still absolutely loving her Anorak. For the first time in our lives, she looks forward to cooler weather so that she can wear it."
27 July 2020: Sam Ferguson of British Columbia, who works and plays outdoors all year long, sent us a nice general comment when we posted about the possibility of using smaller cord locks: "The anorak is the best thing I’ve ever worn in the rain, snow, Pacific Northwest weather! Planning on grabbing a couple more for work and play and family! You guys are truly making heirloom products and these seem like they are going to make what is already outstanding, even better."
On 18 July 2020 we received a review from Wendy, who is founder and proprietor of KumasonCo, a pet care company. We put Wendy's review on a separate page because Wendy sent several photos.
Also on 18 July 2020, @etho.gram posted a few great photos and a gratifying narrative ... We particularly like this post because it comes from a professional wildlife biologist. We've published the review on a separate page because of the four photos.
On 13 June 2020, @Taozen posted a photo on Instagram and when I commented that I hoped his wool was still working, he wrote: "@weatherwool it does a perfect job at keeping me warm even after 2+ hours of rain, as well as letting my body 'breathe'. Temperature regulation is just amazing."
An Instagram Post from Chris Sheets, a professional Wildlife Biologist in Wyoming, 27 May 2020 ...
When I thanked Chris for posting the photo, he replied "my favorite piece of gear for sure!" ... That's a big deal coming from a person who works in the Wyoming outdoors year round. Also, we like seeing the wool on the water. Many people are not aware of how well wool works for fishing.
Quoting from a nice post from Instagram on 2 May 2020: "If I had to pick only one jacket for the rest of my life that would probably be this Weatherwool Al’s Anorak (Lynx camo, full weight) #weatherwool #rambouillet #merino #wool". ... We at WeatherWool need to continue to improve so that our customer's next post omits "probably".
Quoting from an Instagram post by a field research scientist on 9 April 2020: "Hiking waterfalls in the rain to blow off steam and have one last adventure with @angelralphh before he leaves the island. Thanks to @weatherwool for keeping me warm in the pouring rain. I feel extremely lucky to be in a place where I can continue to do my research and explore in relative isolation and safety from the ongoing pandemic. #weatherwool #waterfall #fieldbiology #ornithology #hiking"
This is a review (3 April 2020) from a different angle than usual. Jim Bonney asked to return his Anorak in favor of a Hooded Jacket because he's decided he wants a zip-front instead of a pullover. When I wrote him we'll always facilitate our customers, but that we don't know when we'll have a Hooded Jacket for him, here is what he emailed in return:
I’ll wait until [Hooded Jackets] are out and about. I like the Anorak enough that I gave my [big-name, old-time wool jacket] to my dad. No way is that Anorak leaving unless there’s an equivalent product taking its place. You happen to make the only equivalent products. I like the [Hooded Jacket] because it looks very similar to the Anorak minus the 'over the head' part. I was considering the A. A. jacket as well, it just doesn't get that cold around here and I'd probably never wear it. 25 [-4C] and dry is the lowest my Anorak has ever seen.
Of all the things that impress me the most about the Anorak is the rain tolerance. My [big-name wool] products have done fine, but your wool holds rain out for so long I've never been able to find out if it's even possible for me to get wet. The hood in particular, quite nice.
In any case, best regards and I routinely check your site for new products. WeatherWool I can wear under my WeatherWool would be very welcome!
THANK YOU for the note, Jim, and for permission to use it. We (or at least me!) are really looking forward to making WeatherWool base layers but it would be almost like starting a new company and ...
Here is a review copied from Instagram, posted by @dragoncanoe71_ on 1 February 2020. THANKS TJ!
You must maintain your gear at all times , no matter what it is ! Now this WeatherWool Has been the only jacket I have worn now for the last year and a half ! For work or play or just out and about no such thing as bad weather only bad gear ! I’ve been comfortable from 65 to -25 f , rain snow wind sun all I do is change my layers under from nothing to just a couple layers ! And only in heavy rain I have worn a outer shell ! I also use it as part of my sleep system when out on scouts , I brush it out every two weeks as I do laundry takes me about a hour ish ! But summer it needs a good hand washer! It’s made here in the USA by a small company that have a passion for it and are very patriotic also ! As we all should be ! Yes more expensive than others but look what this one jacket has replaced for me ! I am down to just one jacket ! Dragon approved gear right there ! 🐉 HooRaw ! #weatherwool #usmcvet #woolrules #usa
Tyler Maicach sent these comments (used here with permission) directly to me in October 2019:
I have put my WeatherWool Anorak through everything the midwest can throw at it. I am beyond pleased and it has become my favorite piece of outwear in my collection. It is not only functional but can wear it out in public and in any situation. I stash my concealed firearm in the elastic in the pouch perfectly and can access and have a grip without drawing any attention if need be. It has been on my back and been through record breaking cold and wind here in Indiana. As a true outdoorsman i wholeheartedly support you and your business and your products. Keeping true to quality and customer satisfaction i would love to advise and promote your business. I personally own and operate a small outdoor gear business and am happy to recommend any of your products to anyone i know. Once again thank you.
Advisor Trustin Timber filmed a review in January 2018 where he subjects himself and his Anorak to water, snow, wind, fire and ... a beating ... just for the fun of showing how his Anorak has stood up to whatever Nature (or Mrs T) dishes out! [Please note that the discount offer he mentions expired quite a while ago, and we haven't done anything like that in years.]
Advisor Rob Allen of Sigma 3 Survival Systems posted a review of the Anorak on his Youtube Channel on 26 January 2018.
Please click here for a detailed review of the Anorak sent to a WarriorWool customer by Advisor Mike Dean ... both the customer and Mike have served at the United States Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in Pickel Meadows, so Mike wanted to make sure this customer heard from him personally.
18 January 2020: This is a really interesting review that customer Joe Mohring posted on Instagram, along with this photo:
Joe was testing/reviewing the Anorak for skiing. The text below begins with the review published by Joe on his own Instagram page (linked above) and includes comments generated on the WeatherWool Instagram page when we reposted.
Repost @Joseph3Mohring ...
8:03 PM 24°F/-9C [Snoqualmie Pass, Washington State]
Al's Anorak - FullWeight
Spent the evening skiing with a friend at the pass. I was excited for another chance to test my new @weatherwool Anorak, this time in freezing conditions.
The garment performed better than I expected, providing the most comfortable skiing experience I've ever had. The cinch in the back kept out the powder and wind, and the adjustable cuffs fit nicely over my gloves and oversized Casio G-Shock. The transitions from slope to lift to lodge were smooth as well, I almost didn't take it off inside. The powder dusted right off the anorak and the buttoned front provided all the ventilation I needed.
I did notice that the kangaroo pocket in front has a tendency to collect snow and other debris, but a quick button does the trick there (granted I had fallen in about 5 or 6 feet of powder). The utility strap inside said front pocket held my spare gloves securely the whole time, and have come in handy on many other occasions.
One last reflection: I had never heard of slot buttons before and I LOVE them. Secure is an understatement, and they are on the loose side, so they slide in and out like a dream (even one handed!). Without a doubt the best piece of gear in my kit. Worth every penny, and not actually that expensive next to other brands like King of the Mountain. If you are like me, and spend a considerable amount of time outdoors... do yourself a favor and check out these 100% American wool garments. You can test one risk free, and the customer service I got from Ralph and Alex is unparalleled. Stay wild, and stay dry out there... I know I will! PS- @weatherwool did not put me up to this, just an honest independent review. @weatherwool Thank You ... we would love to have skiers pay more attention to wool!! ... @joseph3mohring My main concern was how the fabric would respond to the high wind speeds, and
honestly I only felt it on my face. Your fabric is extremely impressive windbreaker, considering it's wool! It is also worth mentioning that my base
layers were a cotton tshirt and a loosely knit wool sweater from goodwill.
@w2stvI know wool is great and all, but would wearing a shell be that much of a burden for the obvious benefit..?
weatherwool @w2stv This post quotes @joseph3mohring and I can't answer for him. (And I don't even ski.) Joe did write he is testing the wool. We reco' storm shells for some situations but everything has pluses and minuses. What are the obvious benefits to which you refer?
@weatherwool 10lbs less weight, dry clothes. I get it, it’s cool to test the hell outta new gear and it’s cool to be throwback. But in reality he should be covered up. Not trying to be negative... I do love your stuff!! Heirloom quality in a world of throwaway garbage. Keep up the awesome work!!!!
@w2stv Ahhhh … Thanks for the response! The Anorak weighs about 3 pounds, 7 ounces (1.6 kg) in size Large. I believe Joe would have so stated had his clothes gotten wet … he did state “the most comfortable skiing experience I've ever had” … “The powder dusted right off” … and that’s despite a cotton base layer, which we would never reco’ for such a situation. WeatherWool isn’t about being throwback or retro. We are about making the best All-Purpose Outerwear. If we thought there was something better than wool, we wouldn’t be doing this. For any specific situation, there will be a best set of clothes. But if you want to be prepared for a huge variety of situations, we do not believe there is anything better than WeatherWool. We’ve always said ALL CHALLENGES ACCEPTED, and we’ve always offered full refunds to anyone … after weeks or months of eval. We’re defo up for performance testing against any shell (although I don’t think that’s what you meant). … As for skiing specifically, our SkiJac was designed by our Advisor Chad Borofsky (on our website) who has decades of experience on Ski Patrol at Sugarbush. Chad spends a great deal of time in our SkiJacket, off and on the slopes, in sometimes brutal weather. You are welcome to contact him. Or contact me, 24/7. We appreciate the input! --- Ralph
@w2stv You bring up valid points, but I respectfully agree with @weatherwool that everything, especially when it comes to gear, has pros and cons. There are many reasons why I prefer wool to synthetics. When I am active, I tend to perspire heavily. Synthetic shells are not breathable and trap my sweat, which actually ends up soaking my base layers and chilling me to the bone. As I'm sure you know wool wicks that moisture right away. I spend a considerable ammount of time outside working with kids in nature. When you spend that much time making and tending fires, especially sleeping by fires, you quickly realize that your $200 synthetic shell literally can't handle the heat. I have burned holes in almost all my shells. Not worth it, not for my money. The other major reason that I have made the switch to wool is that synthetic fabrics are toxic. Their means of production are toxic, every time you wash a synthetic garment micro-particles flake off and leech into water supplies. And then after the burn holes from the fires render the shell useless, there is no good way to dispose of it because it will NEVER biodegrade. It will just breakdown and contaminate ecosystems. I guess if you don't sweat much, and want to save weight, go synthetic. These are just my opinions based on my own first hand experiences.
There was actually some more back-and-forth, but that's enough for here!
4 December 2019: Not sure why but this cracked me up ... "SNOWBLOWER Feedback from William Lively: "Below are a couple shots of my first use of my new WeatherWool Anorak in Brookline NH. I’d give it an A+. The temperature was around 24 F with 10 mph wind I had a medium with base layer, a light weight merino neck gaiter and the Anorak. I could have gone with a light weight base and left the side zippers closed. This was the most pleasurable snow clearing I’ve had over the last 11 years. No cold spots, no sweating and getting wet inside a gortex coat and no cold wind down the back of my neck. I highly recommend this anorak. Thanks for getting it to me before the storm arrive." THANK YOU WILLIAM!!
1 December 2019: The photo above shows Advisor Dave Canterbury with two of his assistant instructors at a class of the Pathfinder Survival School, one the world's best-known Outdoor and Primitive Skills schools. Dave is at left, in the middle is Shawn Kelly, who has a large YouTube following, and at right is Josh Enyart, who is also a WeatherWool Advisor. Dave likes all of his instructors to wear Lynx Pattern during classes.
25 September 2019: A few days ago, one of our customers posted from Hungary on Instagram. He gave me permission to use his words and images. THANKS @ThatTomGuy86! ... "I love my Anorak. It's amazingly comfortable and warm. You guys are like woolen magicians ... My Anorak comes with me on all my adventures!"
17 March 2019: @DaneLawing, a professional videographer and photographer, got an Anorak about a month ago and posted a great photo and comments on Instagram: " Back in my happy (and apparently squinty) place, Anasazi ruins in the Four Corners. Have to make a point to comment on the @weatherwool Anorak I’m wearing. Easily the best designed and made, most comfortable, durable and just damn smart single piece of clothing I’ve ever worn. This one will be with me....will let’s just say it’ll be the last thing I drop and it’ll have to be jungle for me to do that."
21 February 2019: From an Instagram post by @OutdoorLegion ... Also ... who looks comfortable and happy?
"@weatherwool has been on my back everyday since September 1st in 60 degree weather and down to 0 degrees this winter. Been in the pouring rain, deep snow and sunshine. Favorite jacket as of right now. Quality is a understatement."
31 January 2019: This review is interesting because, while it's a very nice review, it also points out why it is difficult to tell any given individual what garments will be appropriate ... and why I usually ask people where they are from ... "Just had to let you know that my new mid weight lynx anorak has exceeded expectations. Great job there. Wore it with a t-shirt base layer in -10C/14F the other night and arms a bit cold but wow - I think subconsciously I need more clothing but this anorak was really solid at keeping the heat in. Beautifully made too. Flawless stitching and fabric. It's my favorite piece of outdoor clothing. I love the lynx pattern too. It's a perfect camo for winter forest, but it doesn't scream camo - very well done there. --- Craig Matheson" Really, I wouldn't suggest the MidWeight Anorak over a T-Shirt as appropriate for this temperature, but Craig is from Canada, and Canadians generally run warmer than most. What you can tolerate has a lot to do with what you are used to.
29 January 2019: Here is some material posted on Instagram by "Ziggy", @MountainMan_Bushcraft, myself, and a couple of others. Ziggy has some very long and serious outdoor experience with British Military, and will probably become an Advisor eventually. In any case, he posted (and I reposted on the WeatherWool Instagram account) some of his impressions after wearing his Anorak for a couple of months:
mountainman_bushcraft We’re finally getting snow on Thursday! Can’t wait to wear my @weatherwool anorak in colder conditions. I’ve always used wool in wet and cold conditions for mountaineering and in the army, but WeatherWool is in a league of its own! It’s so comfortable and it works to a much better level than any other wool I’ve worn. I just wish I’d discovered it earlier!
Your have to do a review Buddy.
Nice brother. Do enjoy. 👍🏻🤠
Really glad to hear we have won your respect so far!! --- Thanks for the post, and for working with us, Ziggy!! --- email@example.com
@weatherwool It’s a pleasure. I love the anorak and your other products look awesome as well. I see why people use it for hunting in the different conditions that you’d encounter in the wild expanses you have out there. It’s too easy to wear synthetics and get away with it when you’re close to home or a lodge. When you rely on your gear to truly protect you as you do in specialist units in the military, you learn to appreciate top quality clothing👊🏻
@mountainman_bushcraft Yessir, Thanks!!! It is important to us that people also understand WeatherWool is appropriate for business and city wear too. Will shortly repost, with Gratitude!
@weatherwool It’s so comfortable that I could wear it all the time. The Peacoat looks a nice item for smart urban wear, but all of your products would have their place for different conditions. I’d be honoured if you reposted my image😊
@weatherwool Thanks Ralph. Hopefully the snow will be decent enough to get a good run out. I’ll also be sleeping in the anorak when I do an overnight stay in a woods that I’m getting access to on Feb 7th. I plan to have a reflector fire and wool blanket🔥🌲🐑💪🏻