FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME PERSONALLY 24/7 IF ANY OF THE BELOW IS CONFUSING! ... It's been a long shutdown!! ---- If the Anorak you want is not in stock now, please place a SHIP ASAP backorder. Much of the upcoming production runs will be reserved in advance of completion.
We have only about 40 Anoraks on hand now, so inventory is very spotty, often with only one in a given size/Fabric:
FullWeight Black ... XXSmall (only 1), XSmall, Small (only 1), 2X and 3X in stock
FullWeight Drab ... Sold out
MidWeight Drab ... Sizes XXSmall, Small and 3X in stock. Another production run is underway, and we expect to ship mid-February
FullWeight Duff ... XSmall (only 1), Small (only 1), 2X and 3X in stock
FullWeight Lynx ... XXSmall (only 1)
MidWeight Lynx ... Sold out, but we expect the new production run to ship in early April
Our sewing teams are working on MidWeight Drab and MidWeight Lynx Anoraks, and we expect to ship the Drab in February and the Lynx Pattern in April. (For a happy week I expected delivery of the Lynx 'Raks in February, and made a couple of erroneous announcements. VERY SORRY I misled everyone!! I understand many people will not want delivery in Spring. Again I am glad that at least we do not accept advance payments or even deposits.
We expected to complete good quantities of all our Fabrics November of 2021. I thought only the virus might hold us back. But then, Hurricane Ida. Now, there is no telling when we will have more FullWeight Anoraks beyond what is in stock now.
We'll be making a lot more Anoraks in all six Fabrics as soon as we can. The last three years have been an adventure, and "it ain't over yet".
Please order whatever Anorak you want. If the price of the Anorak in your shopping cart is 0, that means we don't have it in inventory. If the Anorak shows $625 (or $655 for size 3X), we have it on hand.
If you have previously placed a $0 backorder and we don't already have you set up as SHIP ASAP (already have your credit card on file), please provide us with payment info because you may lose your place in line otherwise
If you are set up as a SHIP ASAP and your Anorak is shown above as IN STOCK, please call me right away so we can figure out why your 'rak has not shipped
If you have not already ordered, please feel free to order now ... phone or website
At present, we are not offering sizes larger than 3X. But if you need larger, please get in touch.
Sorry for all the fine print! ... It's been kind of crazy for a while ...
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 many variables.
We've gotten a lot of feedback on our Anorak, and you can easily find a lot of info yourself by searching the web. At the bottom of this page is a link to some Anorak reviews on this website.
Here is feedback and reviews from some well-known people:
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. And those types of folks usually wear lighter clothing than would work for most people.
Available in both our FullWeight Jacquard and MidWeight Jacquard Fabrics ... FullWeight Anoraks are made in the following colors: Black, Drab, Duff and Lynx Pattern ... MidWeight Anoraks are made in Drab and Lynx Pattern. The color palette can be seen among the Anorak product photos on this page
Sleeves are long enough to allow most people to pull their hands inside so there is less need for gloves
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
Four Slot Buttons at the neck/chest can be opened or secured as needed
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 or just to create a smaller waist
Large Hood that is big enough to create a microclimate around your head by keeping 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. The Hood can be worn/adjusted several different ways:
Wear a Hat with a bill, let the Hood extend fully forward, and your face will be shielded from falling rain and snow ... and even shielded from weather coming from the sides
Snug the Hood with rear cinch to maximize peripheral vision
Snug the Hood around the face to seal out weather coming from the front and/or to maximize warmth
I've heard a lot of times the Hood is too big, but it can be adjusted smaller -- that's the design -- but also, nobody who has been out in nasty, sideways sleet will say the Hood is too big
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, or by hanging from the Hood (particularly if hanging it up to dry)
The Anorak can be folded so that the entire body and sleeves of the Anorak are contained 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, snowmobiles, bikes, cars -- appreciate the side zips when seated. And for that matter, the side zips are great no matter what you're seated upon. Also, because the Anorak opens on the sides, it doesn't "hike up" and protects the "south end" of the wearer
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 or gusset 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.
One caution about the Anorak: We recommend please not pulling the Anorak off by yanking on the Hood. Try to pull from the shoulders. About 1-2% of Anoraks have had to be repaired at the point where the Hood is sewn to the shoulders/neck. We always try to minimize bulk and we didn't want to make this seam any larger, but we did make it slightly bigger in the upcoming Black Anoraks.
Before ordering, please visit the sizing page, and please follow the directions. Thanks.
Al's Anorak is named in honor of a late family friend, a very serious outdoorsman who seemed always to wear his Anorak.