KAST Extreme Fishing Gear:  Hell Razor Jacket

From the minute I saw this jacket I had to have one.  The name alone grabbed my attention, but the stylish good looks of this jacket is a bonus.  Where the real value come in is its incredible warmth in such a lightweight and packable jacket.

60g of Primaloft One insulation is used in this jacket to keep you nice and toasty.  Since I didn't know much about Primaloft One – in fact hadn’t heard of it before – I did some research. 

This, from the Primaloft site:  “PrimaLoft® ONE is the highest performing insulation on the market for warmth, water resistance, softness and compressibility. PrimaLoft® ONE is an ultra-fine microfiber insulation that is as warm, soft and lightweight, and is warmer wet or dry than all other insulations.”

Of course many manufactures can claim they are the best, but I needed to find out myself if this jacket would actually outperform goose down.

I received my jacket on a Thursday, rolled it up and stored it in my backpack.  This was a definite feature I was looking for in a warm jacket, one that could be compressed to almost nothing so not to take up too much room in my backpack.  How much is compressed was impressive!  So early Friday morning I take off to one of my favorite rivers, the Humptulips.  About an hour into the drive I look down and my temperature gauge is pegged!  I wasn’t even able to pull over to the side and the engine let go.  Crap!  Here I am at 3:00 in the morning; it’s raining and 38 degrees… I’m wearing a t-shirt.

So after I sat there a while, calmed down and began to get a little chilly, I reached in my backpack and put on my new KAST Razor Jacket.  Instantly I could feel the warmth.  I put my headlamp on to check out the situation… not good.   I hoofed it to the nearest gas station to get some water and oil to cool the engine down.  The jacket was actually a little toasted, but being that it was breathing I didn’t sweat.  The engine was still super-hot so I just sat in the car for another hour and a half – no heat, no power, no lights.  The only good thing – I was warm!

While I didn’t get to use the jacket yet for fishing – I did keep me most comfortable and warm.  It’s now hanging on the coat rack as I use it for my quick runs outside or to put the dog out for a potty break.  This is my new favorite jacket for cold situations.  For fishing!  Oh yeah… it’s going to be a favorite for that too.  It’s not bulky so it fits under my wading jacket perfectly.  Plenty of pocket space and those are warm too.

The car – its toast.  The jacket – it’ll keep you toasty!

KAST Extreme Gear


Terry Wiest
Steelhead University