In July 2013, we put a the first Sierra Designs catalog online offering a Reevair cagoule for sale. This sparked Bob Woodward to send in an appreciation of the cagoule. Quoting Bob:
I waited out many a Sierra summer storm in said " monk's cloak". Yes, they were un-breathable but we learned early on to wear a tee shirt underneath and peel it off post storm and put on a warm, dry shirt. Of course, today a cagoule would be made in some fancy fabric and cost $750.00 or more. Give me the old SD waterproof non- breathable coated nylon version.Not so Archaic Tecnology
I entitled Bob's story "Archaic Technology." Little did I know!
Framing up my ignorance was Patagonia's Fall catalog offering a $350 update of their 1972 version not quite hitting Woody's benchmark. More telling, Phil Scott and Robert Link were working on a new variant under my very nose.
Cagoules Rule! Enjoy.
PS, there's an extensive set of cagoule images on Pinterest at The Cagoule with pointers to the author's cagoule blog.
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