Deben Hurricane Camouflaged Trousers and Jacket
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- Last updated: 26/01/2017
Camouflaged clothing has been something of a boom industry in recent years, and with an abundance of designs on the market, the modern day shooter is genuinely spoilt for choice. Features are arrived at in a far more scientific way these days too, with camouflage patterns such as Realtree APG and AP HD, the result of some thorough research into natural flora and fauna, and the typical backdrops in which the avid hunter could well find himself… or herself for that matter.
Lightweight Yet Waterproof
I’m no great fan of camo gear in general, yet several modern designs really are a cut above the shabby ‘army surplus’ look of yesteryear. This Hurricane set from Deben Group is a case in point, and I now use this gear regularly when competing in Hunter Field Target events, where rugged, dependable apparel is a prerequisite. In fact I have to lay my cards on the table here, and admit that I’m totally won over.
This set is the lightweight version, with the same Realtree AP patterns, just a slightly less bulky mesh inner layer. The jacket is still very warm, highly durable, and totally waterproof. That last feature was the one I found hard to believe at first, since this clothing is just so soft to the touch.
Features include two main ‘Cargo’ pockets, which can even be held open via two small magnetic fasteners sitting just above the flaps. A large game pocket sits at the rear, although personally, I’ve never felt the need to carry on stalking with a rabbit stuffed around my nether regions! However, it’s there… and whilst it isn’t removable, it does open completely out, to be washed.
Adjustable cuffs, a safety pouch including hi-visibility armbands, mobile phone pocket, key loops… the list of features goes on and on.
The trousers are fashioned from the same hi-tech materials, and the sales blurb from the manufacturers, Percussion, certainly sounds encouraging. ‘Skintane Optimum’ (exclusive to Percussion) is a 100% polyester fabric, the back of which is laminated with a waterproof and breathable membrane.
The trousers incidentally, come fitted with an elasticated waistband, which is tightened via the adjustable spring-loaded toggle, ever popular on outdoor clothing. The bottoms are fitted with long zipped sections, allowing the trousers to be opened up to accommodate large boots or wellies for example.
In use, I can vouch for the material being soft, highly resilient, yet still allowing full freedom of movement; essential in a sporting shooting outfit. In addition, the material is rustle free - a rather important feature when out hunting, allowing quiet field craft.
My non-camo gear now gets used less and less, as I tend to reach for this Hurricane set more often than not. It’s superbly designed, supremely comfortable, and fairly reasonably priced too. Say no more.
Hurricane Lightweight Jacket retails at around £84.95 while the Hurricane Lightweight Rain Trousers are £44.95.