Wed. Oct 23rd, 2019

Spotter Up

In Depth Tactical Solutions

Looking at it, the SJK Thermal Cloak really looks like an oversized sleeping bag, but it’s actually a hunting blind. It gives you cover and reduces your chances of detection when in use outdoors. I’m going to start off and tell you I really enjoyed using this item over a 30 day period.

It comes with a great looking Kryptek® camouflage pattern that blends really well into the outdoors and includes a tree stand stuff sack. They also offer a Mandrake pattern and this too is well suited for the outdoors. Their cloak is made of durable, lightweight materials and is strongly constructed. It weighs so little and can be tightly packed. I packed this on my bicycle for my 300 mile ride and this can be put into any vehicle without taking a lot of space-It squeezes down to the size of a large football.

If you’ve ever hunted then you’ll know what I mean by getting “cold soaked” patiently seated and waiting to make your move. Thanks to SJK for giving us the SJK Tactical Thermal Cloak. There are a lot of smart features built into this cloak that makes it different from SJK’s competitors. First off, it really does offer a lot of protection from the elements, while simultaneously providing you cloaking ability. The cloak will keep both the cold and wind out as it is waterproofed and seam taped. It also keeps my least favorite element out-rain. It has a warming 160 g of synthetic thermal insulation.

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Going from top to bottom:

One of the best features is the fleece filled hood and around the collar area that makes it comfortable and warm. The hood can be pulled over your head easily. There is a rear elastic retention band for hood adjustment. You can adjust your comfort by cinching it tighter or looser very easily. I liked this feature because some hoods are too bulky or oversized and can interfere with shooting and this one offers excellent visibility and hearing. Nothing worse than not being able to have peripheral vision and hearing when you need it most.

The Thermal Cloak utilizes a front side zipper. SJK uses magnets so that the user can quietly open or secure the cloak without using the zipper. The cloak also includes hand warmers and a safety harness compatible for security in tree stands.

You’ll notice in the video that I’m discussing how my feet are poking out of the bottom; again, this is not a sleeping bag but a cloak, hence the title, but it could be a bag-I definitely put it to great use in the outdoors. The opening at the bottom has side splits which allows you mobility to walk while stalking as it cinches right around the knees; about 15” up from your feet. The opening of the cloak is also meant to give you surer footing when you’re on the move-you can feel your tree stand, brush or terrain and this is a smart, safety feature.

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The arms ports, just like the front zip, are self-sealing by using the magnets. The magnetic arm closures keep your heat in while allowing you to quietly draw a bow or raise a rifle when the time comes. The bottom of the cloak has side splits which secure the same way the arm ports cinch down.

Overall thoughts? Excellent. I think it’s good for any prepper, hunter or outdoor enthusiast. It offers you more than adequate protection from the elements, serves as your personal blind, and gives you the comfort needed to sit all day. Those wet, quiet hours can get to you. Having something to move silently, with a built in hand-pocket warmer to regulate temperature and repels the wind, rain and snow all day is a good purchase in my book. There is generous room inside the cloak and you can wear layers of cold weather gear if needed. The thermal cloak rolls up easily and stuffs tightly into the stuff sack included with your purchase.

You get the safety you need with the open bottom and the toggles for cinching for walking. Compatible with tree stand harness systems. The SJK Thermal Cloak is well-thought out. Good looking, comfortable and worth the money spent on it.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received SJK via Spotter Up. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

To learn more about our bro Brad Mcleod and SealGRINDER PT check it out here: SEALGRINDER.

Brad is the founder of SEALgrinderPT gym in Atlanta, Georgia. Brad is a former Navy SEAL and served 5 years at SEAL Team Four as a radioman, parachute rigger and climber. Brad was dropped from BUD/S class 125 after failing a math test during 2nd phase but returned in class 132 to complete BUD/S – going through 2 Hell Week’s and over 10 months of tough training. He is now a student of mental toughness and conditioning and aspires to help other athletes to apply this to their training.

With skills learned in his time on SEAL Team 4, Brad still enjoys rock climbing, trail running, kayaking, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and competing in CrossFit events.

Certifications, experience, honors:

  • SEALFIT Certified Trainer
  • CrossFit Level I certified
  • Underground Strength Coach Level 1 certified
  • UGA climbing instructor
  • Outward Bound Instructor
  • Atlanta Rocks climbing coach
  • CrossFit Grinder founderBrad-Seal-3-768x432

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