When Mother Nature throws everything at you, what clothing do you need to keep you warm and dry? Where do you turn? What options are out there? Much of the clothing out there that is the warmest gear available is big and bulky, making movement difficult and shooting a bow nearly impossible at times. Shouldering a rifle can cause the shooter issues as well with some clothing. The answer for me is the Kryptek Aegis kit.
Kryptek Aegis Kit
I remember a day in the past when I missed a huge mule deer during the late season. The string on my bow hit the sleeve on my bulky late-season coat. With today’s advances with technical clothing that doesn’t have to be an issue any longer. Kryptek is one such company that offers the benefits of a highly advanced technical line of hunting clothing that has been tested for years on rigorous hunts and in combat well before hitting the market for consumers to purchase. Something that no other company can or does do.
The warmest of the Kryptek line is the Aegis kit that I will touch on here. This consists of a bib and a jacket that offer all the features you want in clothing. These pieces, built over Primaloft insulation, are breathable, wind and waterproof. The neat thing about this kit is it has all the features of the Kryptek layering system built into one garment all while keeping the bulk down.
Kryptek Aegis Color Options
The most popular camo pattern is in Highlander but for those that want to be very visible, you have the option of Inferno as well. This blaze orange Kryptek pattern will keep you highly visible but be sure to check state regulations. Several states require a minimum set of square inches of blaze orange and some of those states do not allow blaze orange camo patterns.
Updated Outer Material
There have been a couple of different versions of the Kryptek Aegis kit mostly consisting of a change in the finish of the material. The early product material had a sheen to it that doesn’t work well on sunny days. It was also a bit noisier when brushing up against vegetation. The new version is an updated material that isn’t shiny and doesn’t cause a glare, and is much quieter. Otherwise it is mostly unchanged and ready to battle the harshest of conditions.
Meat and Potatoes
As stated previously in the article, I talked about the problems with bulky hunting clothing. That isn’t an issue with the Kryptek Aegis as it is very slim fitting as compared to how darn warm they are! This kit has become my favorite tree stand and ground blind sitting kit by far when the temps drop out of the bottom of the thermometer. Don’t plan on walking into your stand with this kit on and expect to not get sweated up! I carry mine in a pack and put it on once I get to my destination if the walk is too long.
The Kryptek Aegis fabric is pretty quiet but nothing like that of fleece. For me it hasn’t been an issue in even the quietest conditions. The cuffs on the sleeves and the cinch on the bottom of the jacket and pants are an added bonus that all cold-weather clothing should have. It locks in heat and doesn’t let Old Man Winter steal it away.
The hood on the Aegis jacket is removable for those who prefer to not have one present. It also does a great job of cinching down in the right places to help keep that heat in and the elements out.
I prefer to use the Kryptek Aegis kit when the temps are below zero degrees and I am not doing a lot of movement. Even in those cold temps, I will sweat up if I am putting much exertion out during my hunt. Great for stand or blind style hunting. At first, I wished they offered a vest in this line, but I realized they don’t have to because of the bibs. I was able to use just my merino bottoms and nothing else underneath.
Kryptek Aegis Extends My Season
There have been several late-season hunts that this kit kept me out there when others couldn’t have held up to the conditions. This too remains in my arsenal for the harsh hunts and I’m happy each time I have to use them. This kit has extended my hunting season several times when the late season rolls around and Mother Nature packs a punch! I have never felt wind or wet penetrate this kit and they are as durable as they come. Comfort is top-notch. And, range of motion isn’t hindered like with other heavy late-season clothing. Articulation of all appendages remains unchanged and the slim fit is a must!
I absolutely love this kit and reserve it for temps below zero degrees and only pair it with merino base layers. Once late season rolls around this goes with me on every hunt when I am not on the move and either sitting in a stand or ground blind. When temps are nasty these will also always keep me comfortable on those frigid predator hunts. If there is snow I use the overwhites also offered by Kryptek to keep me concealed. Don’t hesitate to look into this kit for your late-season hunts!
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Be informed that there are numerous new items that will be debuting soon and some great options for those wanting to check out the Altitude line as well. Hopefully, you took part in the huge Altitude sales event! You can read Matt Cashell’s multi-part review on the Altitude kits here as well. Exciting things coming!
Kryptek can get better in the advertising department and I understand those wanting to try on the gear and see it before buying. This has been a struggle for years with many stores only carrying part of what is offered. And, they typically only having a skeleton selection of Kryptek gear. It will get better over time. However, rest assured, you can buy and return if needed.
My All-Star Kryptek Kits
In my opinion, the best hunting kit cannot just be one of the previous five kits that I have written about. It takes a combination of them to come up with what I feel is one of the best kits available and can take on any style of hunting I will do throughout the year. This is what my favorite personal kits consist of and some of it isn’t included in the previous articles. Weather can alter and change this list drastically so the more you can build up your arsenal the better!
Best all-around kit comprised of:
- Baselayers: Hoplite merino top and bottom
- Pants: Dalibor and/or Alaios pant
- Vest: Njord
- Jacket: Dalibor and/or Cadog
- Rain gear: Poseidon or Koldo
- Headgear: Kiska beanie and/or favorite ball cap
- Gloves: Krypton, Kottos, Vellus
Best cold weather kit comprised of:
- Baselayers: Hoplite merino top and bottom, Sherpa hoodie
- Pants: Vellus, Njord or Aegis bib
- Vest: Vellus or Njord
- Jacket: Vellus, Njord and/or Aegis
- Headgear: Wyot Balaclava, Lined beanie
- Gloves: Vellus, Cadog, Gyes