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Fortress Clothing Review – Extreme Pants, Gloves & Jackets

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Fortress Clothing is the next big thing in outdoor gear and it has the fan following and dedicated customer base to prove it.  The company, with its patented AERIS insulation, is a knight in shining armor for those who play hard and work hard outside in sub-zero temperatures.  

The Fortress line of clothing is designed to keep you warm in the bitter cold, even after you’re soaked to the bone, without your having to get out of your wet clothes.

Fortress Clothing Review

In fact, when the company first started so many didn’t believe the company’s claims, the CEO and other employees jumped into a frozen lake and filmed it.  The video caught the attention of national networks and featured on CNBC’s Adventure Capitalist. They have since also been featured on Shark Tank.

Fortress Clothing Review

In my Fortress review it turns out Fortress Clothing does exactly what it is designed to do.  Imagine that?

These videos are fun and slightly unnerving to watch.  Can you ever imagine willingly jumping into a frozen lake through a small ice hole in the middle of winter?

Um. No thanks. 

But, if you’re wearing Fortress outdoor gear you have nothing to worry about.  The company famously exclaims its website, “there is no bad weather, only bad clothing.” In the below video you will see exactly what I am talking about! Give it a quick watch!

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Compared to other outdoor gear on the market, Fortress is certainly in the higher end of the quality spectrum. 

I recently purchased the Bug Out Bag for my entire family, my kids, and their spouses.  The Bug Out Bag, which I will get into a little later, has everything you need to keep stay warm. 

After I reviewed Fortress clothing, I will likely never have to buy another pair of mittens, pants or jacket for the rest of my life. 

The clothing is high quality, well made and it WORKS!

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Fortress Storm Coat

David Wearing Fortress Clothing Storm Coat

FEATURES:

  • Patented AERIS™ 500 Insulation Technology in the body. (½” / 13mm of loft) & (1/4” 6mm of loft) insulation in the arms
  • Maintains warmth when soaking wet or dry (-30˚F to 60˚F)
  • Exceptional warmth-to-weight ratio
  • 2 Insulated Hand Pockets and two large interior pockets located on the inside panel of the coat
  • Adjustable and removable hood to keep you comfortable in any conditions
  • Lower draw elastics to tighten the excess coat material to keep out the wind and moisture
  • 100% Wind-Proof | 100% Water-Proof
  • One of the warmest coats available

Check it out here: Fortress Storm Coat

 

Fortress Storm (Bibs)

Fortress Storm Bibs

FEATURES:

  • Patented AERIS™ 500 Insulation Technology. (½” / 13mm of loft) -30˚F to 55˚F Maintains warmth when soaking wet or dry!
  • Exceptional warmth-to-weight ratio
  • 2 Insulated Hand Pockets and two large cargo pockets.
  • Adjustable straps to keep your bibs from falling down throughout the day, (removable as well)
  • Lower Side Slits for Ease of Movement
  • Wind Proof Water Proof

Check it out here: Fortress Storm Bibs

Fortress Clothing BasePro Series

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Are you going ice fishing anytime soon? Have a hankering to drop a line in four inches of untouched ice in the middle of nowhere? Me too! I’ll bring lunch. So, if you are heading out into unpredictable weather, you need to start with your first layer.  Fortress Clothing refers to its first layer of gear as BasePro.

In some cases, depending on what you purchase, you will not need multiple layers as typically recommended by most outdoor survival experts. In other cases you will not. The best thing is when you get the close to test them out at different temperatures so that you know how warm they keep you in the different situations.

BasePro Crew Neck

Fortress Clothing BasePro Crew Neck

The BasePro Crew Neck is a versatile long sleeve base layer designed to keep wick away moisture and keep you warm all at the same time. 

According to the company website, the BasePro Crew Neck is insulated in specific areas, most prone to heat loss. How about that? This layer basically replaces the need for a middle layer, depending on the type of activity you’re doing outside. 

Some people find the BasePro Crew Neck is perfect for hunting and camping during cold weather.  With the BasePro Crew Neck you won’t need long underwear.  The shirt is designed to act a base layer as well, wicking away all that sweat while you play or work outside in frigid temperatures.

If you add a base layer underneath the BasePro Crew Neck and that layer is not moisture wicking, then it could create a problem.  According to Fortress Clothing, the BasePro is designed to wear directly next to your skin. 

While on the pricier side as far as base layers go, this is the only outdoor shirt you’ll need for the rest of your life.  These clothing items are durable and built to withstand the most rigorous of outdoor activities.  Plus, the stitching detail is pretty cool, in a Batman sort of way.

Check it out here: BasePro Crew Neck

BasePro Pant

Fortress Clothing BasePro Pant

The BasePro Pant pairs perfectly with the BasePro Crew Neck.  Together, the two base layer garments are sure to keep you warm in a variety of conditions.  If you think you looked like Batman before with just the crew neck, you really pull off the look with the pants!

Like the crew neck shirt, the BasePro Pant is lightweight, durable and moves with your body.  It’s made out of the company’s patented AERIS 250 insulation foam material.  And just like the crew neck, the pant is lined with a soft and cozy polyester.

According to Fortress Clothing, the BasePro Pant is most effective at keeping you nice and toasty when worn right next to your skin.  So, skip the old fashion long johns, because all you need is the BasePro Pant.  Like the crew neck, the pant rings in at $129.  You’re paying for quality here folks.  Plus, you’ll have that superhero thing going on, which is pretty cool.

Check it out here: Fortress Clothing BasePro Pant

BasePro ¼ Zip Top

Fortress Clothing One Quarter Zip Top

If the BasePro Crew Neck is too restricting around your neck, or you need easy access to cool off, the BasePro ¼ Zip Top is for you.  There’s something about the AERIS 250 patented material, that makes the BasePro line so lightweight, as though you’re not even wearing a base layer.  It’s that lightweight. 

The ¼ zip top is made out of the same high-quality material as the other garments in this line.  According to Fortress Clothing, the ¼ zip top is insulated in key areas throughout the garment.  I imagine the ¼ zip top would come in handy while skiing and other activities where you are moving a lot and then take a break inside from the weather from time to time.

You know how in skiing you’re always roasting by the end of the run? Especially if it’s the first run of the day.  I’m always ready to give my quads a break in the lodge by about the third or fourth run. 

A ¼ zip top would allow you to unzip the garment a few inches, to cool off and get a little more comfortable while drinking hot cocoa inside a ski lodge.  Speaking of skiing, who wants to make fresh tracks?

As with the entire BasePro line, you’ll want to add a shell over the garment for protection against wind and the harsh and often unpredictable winter weather you’re sure to face while on your next adventure.

Check it out here: Fortress Clothing BasePro ¼ Zip Top

Top Layer (Jackets, Hoodies & Vests)

Fortress Clothing Top Layer

Now, that we’ve taken a look at the BasePro line, the base layer to keep you warm, let’s explore what Fortress Clothing has created to protect you from wind, snow, rain and ice-covered lakes!

Fortress Clothing offers six different jackets, hoodies and vests to keep you dry in all different temperatures and conditions. 

They’ve also created a line of clothing especially for kids.  We’ll take a look at the kid’s clothes later on. Let’s take a closer look your top layer options:

Shadow Jacket

Fortress Clothing Shadow Jacket

Okay. This is my all-time favorite piece of clothing I own. In this fortress jacket review, Fortress Clothing hit the jackpot when they merged the casual hoodie with its patented technology.  I can do just about anything in my Shadow Jacket and always be perfectly warm- not too hot and not to cold. 

It’s the kind of jacket you grab to go to the grocery store and go for brisk winter walk around your neighborhood.  Seriously, this is the last hoodie you’ll ever need.

So what makes this hoodie so amazing? Well, I’m so glad you asked.  The hoodie is made with the AERIS 250 technology, providing optimal insulation to keep you dry at all times.  It’s super soft and you’ll never want to take it off.  The exterior is wind resistant and treated with DWR. So, I can work and play outside in all sorts of different weather conditions and still be warm and comfortable.

The Shadow Jacket is designed to allow more movement and more protection for your chin, wrists and neck area.  It’s the last hoodie you’ll ever have to buy. 

Check it out here: Fortress Clothing Shadow Jacket

Fortress Ultra Light Vest

Fortress Clothing Ultra Light Vest

When you mean business in the great outdoors, the Fortress Ultra Light Vest is the right choice for you. This vest is designed to keep you toasty warm in the most extreme conditions.  This line of clothing uses a thicker foam than the other garments available at Fortress Clothing. The vest will even wick away moisture and keep the wind and rain out! How cool is that?

According to Fortress Clothing, the vest can be worn two ways: over a thick base layer to keep your core warm or as a mid-layer, over a thin base layer and then a shell or jacket.

The Ultra Light vest will keep you warm to -35 degrees.  That’s amazing.  I’ve never been in weather that cold, but If I ever experience that chill, I’ll certainly reach for my Fortress Vest.

One quick note: Fortress Clothing says you should NOT wear 100% natural fiber clothing (like cotton) underneath the vest because natural fibers absorb water and can actually steal heat from your core.  When you get wet, you get cold and eventually you start to suffer from hypothermia.  So, leave the cotton at home.  Cotton kills and you don’t want to die from a natural fiber. Stick to the BasePro layer and you’ll be just fine.

Check it out here: Fortress Clothing Ultra Light Vest

Fortress Extreme Jacket

Fortress Extreme Jacket

Are you working in the oil fields in North Dakota? Planning an expedition to Mt. Mckinley? How about driving the Alcan in the middle of blizzard? If so, this is the one coat you’ll need to survive the coldest and most brutal weather in the world.  According to Fortress Clothing the Extreme Jacket will protect you from the elements from -35 to 50-degree F. That’s incredible.

I had to read that twice to make sure it was accurate.  This jacket is made with AERIS 500 technology, right here in the USA! This appears to be the perfect jacket for someone who is working outside for long period of time in arctic-type weather.

Check it out here: Fortress Clothing Extreme Jacket

Pants & Bibs

Extreme Pant

Fortress Clothing Extreme Pant

To keep you warm from head to toe, pair the Extreme Jacket with the Extreme Pant.  Just like the jacket, the pants wick away moisture and keeps the wind from stealing your body heat.  The pants are also treated with the DWR coating to keep snow and sleet from penetrating your body.

Even if you do get wet in these winter pants, you will be warm! Remember, staying warm is the key to staying alive.

Check it out here: Fortress Extreme Pant

Fortress Clothing Stuff Sack

If you’re looking for a way to bundle your complete set of gear to keep you warm from head to toe, the Stuff Sack is for you.  I recently purchased nine of these sets for everyone in my family.  I put the classic jacket, classic pant, classic regular gloves, balaclava and hot soxs in each sack.  It make a great way to store your emergency clothes that you can grab at a moment’s notice.

It’s also handy to have in case the power goes out for an extended period of time during the winter months.  About 20 years ago, an ice storm in Spokane, WA paralyzed the entire region and people went without power for weeks, in the middle of winter. Can you imagine having no heat when it’s 15 degrees outside?

This is where a filled Stuff Sack would really come in handy.  I highly recommend outfitting your entire family with head to toe Fortress gear!

Check it out here: Fortress Clothing Stuff Sack

Kids Gear

Kid’s Extreme Jacket & Kid’s Extreme Pants

Fortress Clothing Kids Extreme Jacket and Pants

If you have kids, you know how long it takes to get all their snow gear on to go outside and play.  We’re talking a minimum of 25 minutes just to get the snow pants over the Paw Patrol jammies. 

Don’t get me started on putting snow boots on a toddler.  Kids want to get outside, especially after it snows.  Do you want to build a snow man? As soon as you get outside, they’re cold and their tiny hands are turning bright red.

Time to head back inside.  The Fortress Clothing kids line solves that problem.  It’s just like the classic line for adults, except made especially for kids. The coat has a polyester mesh lining that keeps kids super warm, but not too hot on a cold winter day. 

The hood is designed to follow the contour of a child’s head, which means the hood actually stays on! This is a great gear set for any family with small children. It’s perfect for the slopes and for building snow angels in the backyard.

Check it out here: Kids Extreme Jacket & Kids Extreme Pants

Fortress Clothing’s Gloves & Mittens

Fortress Clothing Gloves and Mittens

To stay warm and survive outside in the cold, you need to protect your head and hands.  Fortress Clothing designs its gloves and hats to follow the shape of your body. This intuitive design means their garments stay on better and keep the weather out. When it comes to gloves, you have three options: Extreme Mitten, Everest Mitten and Glove Pro.  The gloves are insulated, wick away moisture and are treated with DWR to keep water away.

These are designed for outdoor recreation and not for industrial use, according to Fortress. The Everest Mitten is a little heavier duty than the classic.  From what I can tell, the mitten has a lining on the outside which would give you better grip. 

The Glove Pro is designed for high intensity outdoor activities, like snowmobiling, building and other applications. The glove is rated for temperatures ranging from -10 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Check them out here: Fortress Clothing Gloves and Mittens

Surviving the Cold

Fortress Clothing Jacket

To understand why Fortress Clothing is a great investment, we need to take a look at how our body loses heat and why it’s so important to stay warm in the cold.  Our body loses heat basically four ways: convection (wind), conduction (touching cold objects), radiation and evaporation (sweating). 

Layers

Layering with Fortress Clothing

Layers are key to survival when enjoying the great outdoors in the middle of a blizzard.  I write more about how to layer and dress for winter survival here.  The first layer is closest to your skin and is designed to wick away moisture and allow that moisture to evaporate through the other layers of your gear. 

Fortress Clothing has developed its own system of layering that works well for whatever you have on the schedule.  Whether you are working in North Dakota or snowmobiling in Sun Valley, Fortress Clothing has you covered. 

FAQ’s

What Do Customers Say About the Performance of Fortress Clothing for Outdoor Activities?

Reviews consistently praise Fortress Clothing for its exceptional performance in outdoor activities like hiking, snowboarding, and camping. Customers highlight the apparel’s durability, comfort, and effective insulation in extreme conditions.

Can You Use Fortress Clothing for Adventures in Harsh Environments Like Iceland

Absolutely! Fortress Clothing is designed for anyone seeking reliable and robust gear for adventures in challenging environments, including the harsh and unpredictable weather of Iceland. Its waterproof and breathable fabric ensures comfort and protection in diverse climates.

How Does Fortress Clothing Ensure Durability and Functionality in Its Products?

Fortress Clothing employs advanced technology and high-quality fabrics in its design process, focusing on the durability and functionality of its apparel. Each product undergoes rigorous testing to ensure it can withstand the demands of various outdoor activities.

What Makes Fortress Clothing Ideal for Layering During Winter Sports Such as Skiing and Snowboarding?

Fortress Clothing’s products are crafted with layering in mind, offering optimal protection and insulation without compromising breathability. This makes them perfect for winter sports like skiing and snowboarding, where maintaining a balance of warmth and comfort is crucial.

Conquer the Elements with Fortress Clothing – Performance Gear for Every Adventure

In the realm of outdoor apparel, Fortress Clothing stands out as a beacon of performance, durability, and innovation.

Their range, encompassing everything from hiking gear to snowboarding essentials, is a testament to the power of quality fabric and thoughtful design.

Each item, whether it be gloves, pants, or jackets, is crafted with the utmost attention to waterproof capabilities, breathability, and functionality.

This isn’t just clothing; it’s a shield against the harshest elements, proven by glowing reviews and high customer satisfaction.

Imagine yourself conquering snowy peaks or embarking on serene hiking trails, all the while cocooned in the comfort and security of Fortress Clothing’s advanced gear.

With patented AERIS insulation technology and a commitment to keeping you warm and dry in any condition, Fortress is not just a purchase; it’s an investment in your outdoor adventures.

Don’t let the weather dictate your limits. Embrace the freedom of the great outdoors with Fortress Clothing.

Experience the blend of performance and style, and join the ranks of satisfied adventurers.

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David

Hi! I’m David. For most of my life I have been interested in emergency preparedness. Over the many years things have changed a great deal. From freeze dried food, to LED lanterns, preparing for an emergency has never been easier. The continual research I have done over the years has become the basis for this website. Now it is one of the most trusted sources to learn about emergency preparedness.