Empire Wool and Canvas Company Products

Snowshoe Hare Pullover


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Thank you to all the cyclists, snowshoers, skiers, and winterists who badgered us for a quick and simple solution to wind chill. Like it’s larger brother the Arctic Anorak, the SH is a feathery shield of wind-hating, heat-trapping 6 ounce organic Cotton Canvas that’s invisible to perspiration. But we ran the anorak pattern through the wash until it shrunk down to a normal size. Then we trimmed the pocket to a simple flat shape and lopped the flaps off the zippers for easy access. Two slick draw cords compress the minimalist hood- one ’round the face, and another across the back of your head. The inside of the hood has light fleece around your face to ward off ice. For really nasty weather, we’ve installed our handy ruff zipper on the outside of the hood.

The 14″ zipper has but one internal flap to block drafts. You can slide it open and vent your torso like an moon roof when you get up to speed. Our Snowshoe Hare has minimal structure through the body, except a low profile waist draw cord, so it will ride under your pack or belt without complaint.  The rolled hem has a draw cord to tinker with length, fit, and ventilation.We stripped off all the shoulder seams, but left plenty of room for reaching. The arms are nicely articulated for a full range of motion. Simple hook an loop cuffs open wide enough for air, but they slip right into a mitten gauntlet.

*ATACS AU Camouflage Snowshoe Hare Pullover.- Identical construction, but hammered out of 50/50 Nyco ripstop. Ultra durable, quicker drying, far more suave in the northern woods. ATACS AU is a perfect 4 season blend of shades and shadows that mimics Birch, Spruce, and moss. Retail $310 delivered in the USA

*Snowshoe Hare Summer Phase Pullover. OK. Being wet sucks. Some of you folks aren’t lucky enough to enjoy our frigid cold (dry) winters. Heck, we Northern Minnesotans get our share of slop these days too. Here’s a unique solution. We started with a 6.25 ounce cotton that’s been treated with Martexin* water repellent, a secretive blend of oils and waxes driven directly into the fibers. It’s non toxic, renewable, and pretty gosh darn effective at shedding light showers, wet snow, and early morning fog. Is it the perfect rain wear for a downpour? Probably not. But it’s good enough for light duty during those shoulder season days when you could have stayed indoors.  We stripped the ruff zipper from the hood, added a flap over the zipper, simplified the chest pocket, and installed underarm vents. There’s no liner, so it’s svelte enough to roll up and stuff in a pack.  Caveat Emptor! This textile does have a coating that will contact your under layers. Don’t wear it over dress clothing because it could rub off. Retail $310 delivered in the USA

Fabrics: Natural colored 6 ounce organic Cotton Canvas, 6.25 ounce Cotton Canvas with Martexin* treatment, or 6.5 ounce 50/50 Nylon/Cotton in ATACS-AU Camouflage.  Inner facing, 100% recycled Polyester. * Sizes:  SM, MD, LG, XL. * Custom sizing available on a limited basis during the Spring. See our Sizing page for details. Our natural colored canvas will accept dye to suit your need for color. The hardware, nylon trim, and thread will not accept dye. We recommend a fairly aggressive commercial colorant over those available in craft stores.


Retail Price $310 Delivered in the USA

* Martexin is a fabric treatment from Fairfield Textiles, a truly old school way to repel water.

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Natural, Natural, Blemished, Oilskin, 6.25 ounce Green