I got an opportunity to put the Kryptek Aegis extreme weather bibs and coat to the test this last year on a November whitetail hunt in Illinois. It was in the 20′s every morning and got to about 40 max with wind, during the day, almost all 6 days of the hunt. I sat the stand all day long all 6 days. Day one, I went without either the top or bottom thinking I could “get by.” After a full day of shivering my butt off, I went full tilt the following day. I packed my Aegis into the stand (you can’t hike in them, they are just too hot) and one thing I loved about them was how easy the bibs were to get on over my boots with the full leg zips. They are like climbing into a sleeping bag…simply awesome.
I like to be as free as possible so when I could get away with it I didn’t wear my coat and the bibs alone made a HUGE difference. With how warm they kept my core they are what I used the most. If I could only afford one part of that system I would buy the bibs first. We did get one day of heavy all day rain as well and they performed awesome as a rainproof layer. I didn’t get a bit wet and again it rained all day.
The only other opportunity I have had to use them was on a N. Texas January hunt. We had to ride a long ways in to the hunting every morning and evening and the coldest it got when I was hunting there was 17 degrees. It made for some COLD rides. Again, day one, I thought I could get away without using the Aegis but after learning my lesson I was in Aegis head to toe all the rest of the days. As a side note the Kryptek Wyot Balaclava was a rock star as well at keeping me warm. I was blown away how that little thin deal could make such a difference. Overall the Aegis gets my thumbs up!!
by Marc Warnke