The Wool Anorak by SimpleWoodsman
It all started because Johnny was searching for a good winter jacket, simple as that.
Johnny had been searching around the internet to find a solid bushcraft wool anorak, durable enough to last his rather rough use outdoors, and at the same time fit into the bushcraft related things Johnny is doing on his outings in the woods.
It should keep warm, dry and comfortable in all kinds of weather, often for many days at the time.
His primary concern and challenge outdoors was not dangerous animals, extreme heat or steep mountains, but the danish wet, muddy kold climate in the winter.
When you are outdoors in a climate below freezing point the air is dry, and you can keep warm using the air pockets in your layers. Water cold on the other hand displaces the air with raw cold wetness, which can break most people, because the cold will go through bone and marrow.
He did not manage to find a wool anorak for his bushcrafting, living up to all his requirements. Therefore we have created The wool anorak for bushcrafting.
We like the fact that wool is an organic material, which fits very well into the natural surroundings when outdoors.
The feeling of blending in without disturbing is an important feature to us.
The anorak itself is designed to wear a belt outside the jacket.
A lot of bushcrafters are wearing a belt with various tools that are convenient to have within reach here, especially during the winter where you can’t necessarily put things onto the ground because of mud or snow.
To ensure that the jacket insulates as good as at all possible, the jacket is composed of 2 layers of quality wool.
This makes both the sewings in the fabric nicer but it also means that between the 2 layers of wool there is a layer of stagnant air that isolates further around the body.
The air around the body is the key when you want to stay warm. Most people know the 3-layer principle: A thin layer of sweat-absorbent inside + a layer that can hold some good air pockets in between + a good shell on the outside. For example, if you wear 10 layers of clothing, you might wonder why you still freeze; but if you do that, you will remove all the air pockets that should be your insulation. The fabric itself does not insulate.
Wool is breathable, insulating and fantastic against the cold - but in fact also the heat.
The wool itself sort of regulates with the body temperature. It can be completely soaked but still insulate up to 80%. Our wool is organic mongolian wool. It’s incredibly comfortable and soft.
The wool jacket is almost maintenance-free and only rarely needs to be washed. It benefits from being aired every now and then. Especially if you have been out in the rain and the jacket is soaked through - bust mostly because of the sewings.
Wool is breathable. Wool in particular possesses a lot of super good properties, taking care of you especially in this kind of weather. That’s why we decided to make our Anorak of wool.
The Small Details
The jacket has exactly the length it has, so that it is not so short that a cold bridge is formed at the back when you bend down, and so it does not go down over your thighs and becomes uncomfortable to wear when going for longer walks.
There are no zippers anywhere you could risk breaking.
Instead the jacket is equipped with very old fashioned wooden buttons in several places.
This is very deliberate instead of e.g. pressure locks or other similar. They have a size that makes it easy to use, even with cold fingers. And should you lose a button on a trip, it can easily be replaced by a stick and be repaired that way until you get home.
There are two pockets in front, for putting your hands into, or for example hat, gloves or other.
The opening of the pockets faces upwards. This is so that you do not easily lose anything out of them.
They are opened / closed with ordinary buttons.
When you have some layers in winter to keep warm, you get a bit bigger around the abdomen. In this case, it is easy to see and find something down in your pockets when the opening faces upwards.
There are no pockets on the chest part as there are on many other anoraks.
This is a personal deselection from me, as I simply do not think it is particularly comfortable to have anything in a pocket in that åplace, when you are bowing down, working, hiking or when you are just hanging around in a camp.
The hood is designed so that it is large and does not clamp around the head.
This gives a little more air. It can be pulled down completely in front of the face if, for example, there is hard weather from the side and you want to cover the face away from rain or wind, or be pulled back a little and rest halfway upon your head.
The fit with the multi-stitched edge around the edge allows the hood to be tightly stiff without any plastic or steel wire inside which over time becomes torn or curled together. It is equipped with a strong paracord in the front to possibly tie in the hood completely for very extreme weather.
In an unlikely survival situation, this type of cordage has several uses. (Fire drill, bow string, traps, bivouac building, fishing line, etc.)
Inside the hood of the hood it is fitted with 2 flaps that can either bend to the side so they do not bother you, or button together to further close the wind.
The jacket is fitted with paracord around the waist as a drawstring as well.
It is easily operated from the outside.
The cordage here gives better fit and freedom of movement when wearing it.
At the same time, it ensures that you can have stagnant air pocket inside the jacket which helps to insulate where it is really important about your body core.
If you become too hot, the cordage can be loosened, and provide more ventilation.
Below the drawstring around the waist, the jacket is equipped with 2 slips on each side that makes it easy to get down into your trouser pockets, or for example to reach a knife in a belt under the jacket.
If these are opened, there is a further ventilation option from the side. These slides also open / close with buttons.
Both sleeves are made with a hidden inner cuff.
When closed around the wrist with a simple button, it doesn't blow into the sleeves with neither cold air or snow.
If they are open, they can be tucked in with a snug fit along the inside of the sleeves so that they are not in your way.
And at the same time this gives you get some more air ventilation for when you are hiking, chopping firewood or doing other activities.
The sleeves are large enough to easily fit your hands into them or fit over a pair of gloves - or inside with the closed cuff.
1. Year of Testing
Johnny has been testing his wool anorak for well over a year now under various cold conditions. Wind, rain, snow, before we decided to take it to the market.
The anorak is an outer jacket, but it is not 100% windproof. Therefore, it is a good idea to have some additional layers on the inside.
On the other hand, it is excellent especially in snow and rain, as it does not absorb the moisture. With a rain jacket you are quickly soaked due to condensation - you do not get that problem in a wool jacket as you can constantly breathe.
The high degree of insulation makes it almost feel like you're "wearing a fortress" on when you're outdoors. It is very comfortable to sit quietly in around a campfire or when working and moving.
A thick heavy wool quality jacket is a bit heavier than most other jackets.
Don't be alarmed by this the first time you hold it in your hands. When you wear the jacket in it’s right element, you won’t notice it at all.
Our Hope is...
We have tried to go the full length to create the ultimate wool anorak for a heavy duty use outdoors. Our hope is that you will have many years of joy using it, that it can be a solid and reliable companion to many good outdoor experiences.
That it will keep you warm and comfortable on even the coldest days - so that you can enjoy nature and all the wonderful opportunities it offers.
This anorak is made by a Bushcrafter for Buscrafters.