“Quiet and warm” is the mantra of the mid to late-season hunter and Kryptek answered with the new Vellus fleece system. These garments are created of windproof, waterproof, seam-sealed and highly breathable laminates sandwiched between a pile-resistant fleece. They also insulated the interstitial space with Thinsulate Platinum XTS insulation to take you into the late season with heat to spare. They also wove in X-Static silver fibers to combat unwanted odor and keep you undetected.
The Vellus jacket has a detachable hood that fends off cold and snow while the dual cuffs make sure heat-sucking drafts are kept outside. The underarm zips are a necessity for thermoregulation, especially with a heavy-duty piece like this. A sporting cut gives you maximum freedom of movement for stalking in close, drawing a bow or shouldering a rifle. Combine all of this in a fabric that’s extremely flexible and you have a nearly unbeatable combination of performance features that will satisfy the most demanding hunter.
The Vellus pants sport all the same great performance features as the jacket with the addition of bottom leg zippers and a hidden zipper pocket in the warmer pockets for valuables or hand warmers.
I was pleasantly surprised when Kryptek sent me this series to test. They included a jacket called the Anorak. It’s a European design that’s found a lot in the mountains of New Zealand. It’s a 2/3 zip with high chest pockets and a mid-waist draw cord. The tail length is a lot longer compared to the traditional jacket and seals out drafts, keeping you warmer. Initially, I didn’t know what to make of the design and look, but all doubts were instantly put to rest the second I put it on. This jacket is intentional in every sense of the word and is my favorite piece! I can’t wait to use it more this fall when the temps drop.
If you’re in the market for clothing that’s ideal for cold mid to late-season hunts with rain or snow, you really need to give this series a closer look. I wouldn’t suggest it for active hunts because of its extreme warmth, but for a more stationary hunt, it’s ideal. Head over to www.kryptekstore.com for more details on the Anorak jackets and Vellus fleece pieces.