Backorders are a very good guide to us and help ensure you'll get the Anorak you want when we again make them, probably September 2020.
The Anorak is a traditional design of the first inhabitants of North America's Arctic Region. I designed Al's Anorak for relatively active wear over one light wool base layer in temperatures as high as 70-80F (21-27C) and as low as 10-20F (-12 to -7C), but this depends on a whole lot of variables.
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, including many in the Military, favor this Anorak. It was a surprise that instructors at the US Air Force Arctic Survival School (the Cool School, Eielson Air Force Base) near Fairbanks, Alaska, preferred the MidWeight Anorak to the FullWeight Anorak. Military Personnel and other outdoor professionals usually focus 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 most people to pull their hands 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. The wrist flap can go around the wrist either way, which adds to the adjustment possibilities
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. Some people 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. One outdoors professional told us the pouch is large enough for his tablet computer that he carries constantly
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 "organizer" strip inside front pouch has three divider loops so that small items can 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 front pouch
At the back of the neck, inside the Anorak, is a small loop so the Anorak can be hung from a peg. We added this loop at the request of the Military, but I'd rather see the Anorak hung by crossing the sleeves
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)
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! Also on this page is a photo of Advisor Randy Dewing, who wore his Anorak over a button-down shirt and necktie to a college graduation function.
A utility Belt can be worn under or over the Anorak ... and even through the Pouch.
The two chest pockets of the Anorak are sewn to the shoulder seams and to the placket at center chest. The pockets are not sewn at the top and bottom (because we did not want the stitching to show on the outside of the garment) and so it is possible to slip your hands on the wrong side of the chest pockets when putting it on. It's not a big deal and usually people will do this only once.
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.