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 I ran the anorak pattern through a serious exercise regimen to drop the weight and girth. Then I 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, I’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. The 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. I 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 $360-$370 delivered in the USA
Fabrics: Natural colored 6 ounce organic Cotton Canvas, or 6.5 ounce 50/50 Nylon/Cotton in ATACS-AU Camouflage. Inner facing, 100% recycled Polyester. * Sizes: SM, MD, LG, XL. There will be variations in textile, zipper, and thread coloring based on availability. My natural colored canvas will accept dye to suit your need for color. The hardware, nylon trim, and thread will not accept dye. I recommend a fairly aggressive commercial colorant over those available in craft stores.