The great thing about vests - besides staying perpetually in style - is freedom of movement that doesn't sacrifice warmth where you need it. Your core stays nicely covered while your arms are free to work, to dance, to direct traffic or cast hand-tied flies into the rapid flow of your favorite river. Our vest also naturally scales up in application, from the most casual outdoor setting to the most formal event.
I've been hunting whitetails for 29 years now. I had always told myself that if anybody ever made a blaze orange wool vest that I would buy one. Regardless of the price. So when SK came out with one a little over a year ago I didn't hesitate since I already own a Kromer cap in blaze orange as well as two other Kromer caps. I wore the vest all of last deer season, and I just finished wearing it for 9 days straight during the Oklahoma muzzleloader season. And one week from Saturday I will be wearing it for the 16-day Oklahoma rifle season. At 45 years old, I'm old school in that I prefer walnut and wool. Old rifles and wool clothing. The button vest is hands down THE best blaze orange vest I've ever owned. It fits great, is warm, has great pockets, and the 4-button front is easy to get on and off. I always wear mine over a hunter green Carhartt heavyweight hooded sweatshirt. I put the hood up and then put my compact Zeiss binoculars over the hood and then fold them up to put in the left chest pocket on the vest. They fit great in it. I just can't say enough good things about this vest from a hunters standpoint. I'll be buying another vest in a different color for wearing casually. I also own a Filson Mackinaw vest, and while it's a great vest too, I feel that the SK vest is the better built vest of the two vests. I hope this vest will last me the rest of my life, or certainly the rest of my hunting days, but I've even considered buying a second blaze vest just to put back in case they don't get enough demand for that color and discontinued it. I love it that much!
Great vest I really like the looks and quality
I am in line with many of the other reviewers here. I won't say it's nicer than my Filson vest, but it is certainly it's equal and that's compliment enough. As others have said the wool is exceptionally soft and the pockets are laid out very well. The extra weight of the wool vs the Filson will be appreciated in the winter months. The Kromer is a littler longer as well. I gave 4 instead of 5 stars due to the fact that I had to have it altered. I am by no means an athletic build, but there was a lot of room for growth in the belly. Fine everywhere else. Would definitely recommend if you are looking for a Wool vest. I plan on buying another in red plaid for hunting season, despite the need to have it altered.
Love this vest. Perfect for MN winters. I really notice the difference in comfort when I don’t put it on. Can’t believe how many compliments I get on it. For being such a ‘plain’ vest, people have been very kind in their comments. Highly recommend this vest.
My #1 vest..... Great craftsmanship and materials! Thanks, SK!
Been wearing a wool sweater (Mr. Rogers style) at work since I have a window office it gets cool (MN) and wanted something more versatile. Saw this vest at the Duluth Pack store and it fit and looks fantastic. Very comfortable, being not too warm or too cool. Get compliments from women all the time after a only wearing for a couple weeks.
My new uniform at home and work.
I have been wanting a vest like this for a long time, and I am glad that I finally bought one. It looks good in any setting and with any clothes. I just wish that I had bought 1 size smaller.
After purchasing a Kromer for my wife one year earlier, I decided I "need" one also. I was a bit concerned about the size after reading other reviews... decided to order what I believed is my true size.... Ordered the 2XL. Fits Perfectly. I'm 6', 240lbs. Love it! High Quality as all Kromer products.
Another SK favorite! I wear this vest all winter, both as as a casual vest and for layering. I've worn it around town, to church and even deer hunting. I love it!! I plan on buying another one in Ottowa to strictly wear while Im in the woods!!