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two tone manatee / ranger
Wind Cheater (WC)
A versatile shell / midlayer that is useful in most conditions short of rain
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build Specifications
Weight: 1.50 lb
Length: 0.00 in
Width: 0.00 in
Height: 0.00 in
  • color
    • coyote brown
  • equipage category
    • insulation
    • shelter
    • tools - contingency
    • tools - expected use
  • equipage level
    • 1.0
    • 1.5
    • 2.0
    • 3.0
description Description

When First Spear showed us a production sample of their Wind Cheater, we were struck by how close the overall cut was to our prototype mountain parka. When FS offered us the chance to do a derivative version of their Wind Cheater with the things that were important to us, we jumped at it. This garment is the perfect backcountry shell / mid layer for a wide range of conditions short of rain. The slightly stretchy Cordura Ambush fabric is on the robust side for a wind shirt, breathes better than most wind shirts, and cuts the wind and light moisture quite well.

Our Wind Cheater has the following features:

  • 1lb 8oz in size large
  • Properly cut - order your t-shirt size and you'll have a garment suitable for use in the backcountry with room for movement and a layer underneath (same sizing as FS Wind Cheater)
  • Fully contoured and adjustable oversize hood can be worn over a helmet but is manageable without one
  • Zipper half and velcro tab arrangement for removable coyote fur ruff (available separately)
  • HPG "Napoleon Cargo Pockets" - dual oversized napoleon pockets are positioned above a pack belt but low enough you can get at them while wearing a Kit Bag. Behind the napoleons are open side entry hand warmer pockets.
  • Mixed HPG and FS branding
  • Adjustable cuffs
  • Pit zippers for additional ventilation
  • Drop tail with drawcord at bottom hem
  • #8 main zipper

Differences between FS Wind Cheater and HPG Wind Cheater:

  • FS has sleeve pockets, HPG has none
  • FS has low side entry zippered handwarmer pockets, HPG has Napoleon Cargo Pockets as described above
  • FS has velcro loop on shoulders, HPG doesn't
  • FS has velcro loop on top of head, HPG doesn't
  • HPG has zipper / velcro arrangement for optional coyote fur ruff, FS doesn't
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