Survival is a skill that's beneficial to everyone. Staying safe and making the best of adverse situations is important no matter who you are. So, we're always glad to see quality gear manufacturers providing more gear options for women without resorting to the “shrink it and pink it” corner-cutting strategy.
Kitanica has released an all-new Lady Bug fleece jacket designed specifically for women. We initially noticed this jacket on display at SHOT Show 2017 alongside the new ultra-tough Mark IV jacket (which we'll be reviewing here in the near future). Since then, Kitanica has completed development of the jacket and made it available to the public.
Like all of the company's apparel, the Kitanica Lady Bug fleece is made in the USA, and constructed from durable abrasion-resistant materials. The 100-denier laminated polyester fleece material is treated with a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) coating to repel rain and other moisture. The material is also designed to stretch for improved flexibility on the range or the trail.
The main zipper is backed by a wind placket, which is a fabric flap that prevents a strong headwind from chilling you through the teeth of the zipper. Velcro cuff cinches and a waist draw cord also improve the insulative properties by retaining body heat. Zippered pockets are found on the chest and left bicep area.
The Kitanica Lady Bug is available in three colors — Atomic Blue, black, and purple — and in women's sizes from X-Small to X-Large. MSRP is $165. For more information on this fleece, go to Kitanica.net.