Empire Wool and Canvas Company Arctic Anorak

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This anorak is made of 100% cotton lightweight canvas…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: full retail price


This anorak is made of 100% cotton lightweight canvas fabric, which is NOT meant to be waterproof but is windproof and breaths very well, much better than Gortex and even better than uncoated nylon. It is perfect for cold winter weather, especially in very windy conditions.


  • Excellent design and quality construction


  • None really, if used as intended, it is not meant to be raingear.

I used this on a winter hot tent snowshoe camping trip, as well as several day trips skiing and snowshoeing in winter. It worked extremely well, very windproof, comfortable and breathable. I highly recommend getting the removable fur ruff, it really keeps your face warm in the wind!

This garment is meant as an outer shell layer in cold and extremely cold conditions, where the lack of waterproofness will not be an issue, and breathability is key. It is not an ultralight item, but the overall weight is not unreasonable for the amount of protection it gives. I'm not sure I would use it on a backpacking trip (although I might if it were really cold), but for a sled/tobogan trip it is perfect.

The fit is very roomy and gives complete freedom of movement, and fits easily over several warm layers. The hood is super adjustable, and gives great protection from the wind. It is partly lined in fleece for added comfort around the face. The pockets (one big pocket) is easily used even with gloves on, has 2 D rings inside, and has an inner zip so you can get inside to reach your inner layers if need be without letting the wind and snow in. The cuffs are velcro adjustable, and there are D rings for keeping your mittens from blowing away. There are elastics at both waist and bottom hem, to adjust the fit and keep in warmth.

It is really a very well made and well designed garment. So far it seems to be very durable, I expect it to last a long time.

Manufacturer's Description

The Arctic Anorak is ideal for the snow nomad who wanders for days or weeks on end, and wants a garment that won't fail. Our original anorak proved itself in countless cold spots in both hemispheres. Now we've brought it up to date. Fabric: 6.3 ounce Cotton Canvas Color: Natural. Sizes: XS, SM, MD, LG, XL (XXL by special order.)

We're proud to offer this ages old idea with a contemporary fit and finish. The Raglan sleeves offer plenty of reach, while the generous cut lets you pull your arms in to change your insulation layers without exposing yourself. Our hood adjusts for height and circumference, so you'll always find the perfect fit. When the wind howls, pull the single handed visor cords to protect your face.

Sewn right in Duluth, Minnesota.

Arctic Anorak: $230
Ruff for hood: $50

Empire Wool and Canvas Company Arctic Anorak


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