Deben 3-D Mesh Ghillie Suit
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- Last updated: 26/01/2017
My semi-rural existence over the past few years has seen me able to get out on hunting trips more and more; and with a popular local shooting club and plenty of contacts, a satisfying list of shooting ‘permissions’ has been acquired along the way.
Making the most of these hunting opportunities is the tricky part, and to be honest, I simply lack the patience for serious field craft. Lying in wait (often in the cold) for hour after hour isn’t really my style, yet I still thoroughly enjoy the regular forays with a club mate, once the weather breaks.
In addition, I certainly subscribe to the view that these outings are as much if not more, about just soaking up and appreciating the local wildlife and their natural environment… yet having developed a strong taste for rabbit, I do like results!
We’ve had our successes of course, but help has arrived, in the form of this Ghillie Suit from Deben; and my ‘campaign for lazy hunting’ could just seriously benefit as a result!
Billed as ‘3-D Synthetic Mesh’, the Ghillie Suit provides ultimate camouflage cover for any hunter, who demands total concealment in a wide range of situations. It comes supplied, neatly stowed in its own draw-string bag; yet as any tent user will testify, the bag is never quite big enough to easily re-stow the product!
The first point of note is the sheer lack of weight. The design is two-part, with both jacket and trousers made from the same bug-proof synthetic mesh, and apparently (rather reassuringly) fire retardant thread. This attention to detail is what impresses with this product, and whilst the asking price is significant, this ‘Ghillie’ really is a striking piece of kit. Five different coloured threads (dark green, olive green, light green, sand and grey) are used in its manufacture, and combine to, ‘blend in with the UK countryside’, as the brochure puts it.
The trousers are fitted with an elasticated waist band and an all-important adjustable draw string, whilst the leg bottoms have four poppers which can be opened up to accommodate boots and ‘wellies’ as necessary.
The same strong poppers are used to fasten along the main seam of the jacket, and with further toggle controlled draw strings to pull the camouflage in around the facial area, once the suit is in place, and the hood is up, it becomes clear that this is an extremely thorough, well thought out design, which should significantly help to fill the game bag. Loose overhangs of threaded material are deliberately set around the face, so once in place, these can be arranged to suit, around the scope lens etc.
Having tested it during sub zero conditions, I can also vouch for it being surprisingly snug- possibly due to the trapped air between the loose strands and fibres.
Breaking Up The Outline
Take a look at the photos here, and it becomes obvious that once this Ghillie Suit is adopted, the human outline just disappears, and with the quarry at ease, full advantage can be taken. All the theories are pretty well proven, but for the record, I certainly noticed more wildlife being ‘caught out’ under my nose, so to speak. Obviously a methodical approach with field craft and stealth, will still pay dividends, yet aerial identification from woodies way in advance (the bane of my life!) is largely eliminated.
Do your homework, and any half decent shot is in with a chance using this effective camo outfit. The 3-D Mesh Ghillie Suit has a RRP of £99.95 and is available in sizes M/L, XL and XXL from all Deben stockists.