Jack Pyke Soft Shell Gillet
- By Pete Moore
- 5 Comments
- Last updated: 25/01/2017
Made from 340gms breathable, waterproof, 100% polyester Breatha-Tex soft-shell fabric, Jack Pyke’s new soft-shell gilet is a comfortable and easy-to-wear mid or outer layer garment that adds protection from the elements without restricting freedom of movement.
The outer fabric of the laminated Breatha-Tex offers a smooth, non-snag surface over which outer layers glide easily and on which burrs and snags do not get much grip, while the inner surface has a “Micro-fleece” feel and offers comfortable insulation.
The gilet is reasonably close-fitting, but, with the stretch properties of the soft shell fabric, it is not restrictive. The full front coil zip has a “zip garage” at the top of the high close-fitting collar to protect the face from the zip puller. There is a full-length baffle behind the zip, which has a single puller with a tape pull extender. The twin lower front pockets have vertical zip openings, again with extended zip pulls, and have tricot fleecy pocket linings. The pockets are so constructed as to form interior open-topped pockets as well. There are 4 inside pockets, 2 pockets each side of the front zip; one large 26cm x 20cm wide and one 26cm x 9cm wide.
All hems are bound, the fabric is virtually silent to wear and can repel even long periods of pretty heavy rain. OK, your arms may get soaked, but your core will stay warm and dry if the gilet is your only protection in a storm, but in many circumstances the gilet will give you all the warmth and protection needed to deal with a light shower.
I have found that the Jack Pyke Soft Shell Gilet, which comes in Hunter Green or English Oak Camo, in sizes S-XXXL and costing around £32.95, has been a constant part of my outdoor wear on chilly damp mornings ever since I received it.