Valhalla – the hall where the god Odin houses the dead whom he deems worthy of dwelling with him.
The past couple of seasons I’ve gotten to put the Valhalla LS Zip from Kryptek through its paces across a wide range of conditions on a variety of hunts and I can say without a doubt that this shirt is worthy of place at Odin’s table.
From sweltering August pronghorn hunts to chilly mornings grinding up steep slopes chasing archery elk, this shirt performed flawlessly. It kept me cool and protected from the sun on the arid plains and dry in the mountains after working up a sweat. I was amazed how well the Valhalla breathed and how effectively if wicked moisture, it was almost as if the sweat was evaporating directly off my skin instead of through the 88% Polyester, 12% Spandex fabric of the shirt.
I’ve also pushed the Valhalla LS Zip into the late season. I used it as a baselayer under a puffy vest and softshell. I love how even in below freezing temps I could strip down to just the shirt and grunt my way up a ridge to a glassing point where I simply shrugged into the warmer layers and didn’t have to worry about my baselayer trapping moisture against my skin and robbing me of core warmth.
The Kryptek Valhalla LS Zip is a staple in my clothing arsenal and is the shirt I reach for when I’m unsure of just which one to wear. I can be sure that it will keep me concealed with the Highlander pattern and deliver top tier performance for as long as I’m wearing it whether that be for a quick evening jaunt or a multi-day backcountry assault, it’s got my back, literally.
Retailing for $89.99 and offered in three different Kryptek camo patterns, Highlander, Tyhpon and Mandrake along with a two-tone non-camo option there’s sure to be a Valhalla LS Zip shirt that’ll tickle your fancy.