Jack pyke soft shell gilet
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- Last updated: 18/01/2017
Whether taking part in shooting sports, fishing, or other outdoor activities, one thing is for sure – being prepared is the name of the game. As ever, unpredictable weather holds all the cards, yet the right gear can make all the difference between relaxing and enjoying the event, or forever trying to get warm, and regain valuable body heat.
Thick overcoats and waterproof outer layers, are of course a pre-requisite for any outdoor sportsman, but sometimes, having extra layers underneath, can be the answer, if full insulation is needed.
On show here is what Jack Pyke term their Soft Shell Gilet, and it really is a slick piece of clothing, which is not only nicely made, but highly versatile. It’s manufactured from 340g Breatha-Tex soft shell material, which basically means some good old technology is at work where we need it.
In fact, to the touch, the high tech material feels similar to a wet suit; yet with a super soft fine fleece lining, comfort is paramount. Breatha-Tex makes this Gilet waterproof, (as you would expect from the feel of the garment), and windproof. In addition the makers claim it’s also breathable, although in my experience this largely depends on the individual. Getting caught wearing the wrong kit or too many layers when conditions are milder than thought normally leaves me sweating regardless, unless something is removed, irrespective of maker’s claims in this department.
That general grumble aside, this Soft Shell Gilet really does impress. Twin zip-up lined pockets feature, along with a trendy and highly functional stand-up ‘storm collar’. Zip that collar right up, and it’s well-nigh impossible for rain to enter the neck – a handy feature in miserable conditions. The full-length nylon zip is neat, and here, an internal flap runs the full length to keep any possible ingress (unlikely in my experience with this product) from the wearer.
My test sample was sent through as a size XXL and, with this in mind, I would say, for just a little extra comfort room, I’d be tempted to go one size up than you’d expect. Outer garments invariably look better that bit bigger, in any case. As for flexibility, the Gilet gave great freedom of movement, whilst adding a nice layer of padding around the chest; appreciated when I adopted a prone shooting position incidentally
In short, Jack Pyke as a brand continue to impress, and this Soft Shell Gilet is another quality product to ponder over; equally at home as an undergarment on extremely cold days, sealing the inner body to the elements, or worn as a smart over waistcoat in its own right.
Available in Hunters Green or English Oak Camo, in sizes Small to XXXL, the Soft Shell Gilet has an RRP of £32.95. www.jackpyke.co.uk