WeatherWool: Wool has a superb reputation for durability, long life, fire resistance (no melt holes from campfire sparks!) and keeping you warm even when wet. It’s downside has been its weight and an “itchy” feel. I don’t recommend wool jackets for ultralight backpack hunting, but for day hunts? You can’t beat it. And WeatherWool has solved the itch thing.
I’ve been testing a Weatherwool All Around Jacket (AAJ) and am well on my way to converting from the polyester fleece and insulated nylon synthetic garments I’ve been wearing for two decades. This AAJ is built from long, thin, Rambouillet Merino wool fibers. It doesn’t scratch. It isn’t stiff and unyielding like some wool jackets. It’s quiet. And it blocks wind remarkably well, yet it breathes. I was crossing beneath a glacier in a 20 mph downdraft and barely felt a breeze through the AAJ.
During a week of prowling the wilds of northern Canada in temperatures as low as 20-degrees F., I alternated between wearing the AAJ, a poly fleece jacket, and an insulated nylon jacket. The AAJ won in all categories but weight. It’s roomy enough that I can layer beneath it if necessary. I’ll continue testing as fall bleeds into blizzards, but I have a hunch the WeatherWool AAJ will continue to impress me.
The All Around Jacket isn’t cheap, but, like a good rifle, it should carry you through years of hunting. And it looks good enough that you’ll probably wear it as a town coat, too.