Deerhunter Rusky Clothing
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- Last updated: 26/01/2017
We are all doubtless familiar with the majority of the Deerhunter clothing and equipment range, Montana, Ram and the new Smallville suits are well know for their quality and innovation. But one you might be less familiar with is the Ruski, which as the name might suggest is made for the really cold weather.
Deerhunter unsurprisingly use their Deer-Tex membrane in the construction. This sits between the outer shell and the inner lining and gives a wind/waterproof and breathable ability. Inside is the insulating material. Called Dexfil, it provides a high level of thermal protection by trapping air within its fibres and is also thin and lightweight and retains its original shape and insulating properties even after repeated cleanings.
The Ruski comes in only two colour choices, plain green or Mossy Oak Break Up, so no Advantage or RealTree patterns. The jacket is ¾-length and of generous cut, it has a large detachable hood and a zip-out, inner Dexfil fleece.
Stowage is generous with two, zippered slash pockets on the upper chest, two large stud fastening cargo-style pockets at the front and lined hand warmer slots tucked neatly behind them. Closure is by a heavy-duty double zipper and a storm flap, which goes up to a high, stand-up collar. All press-stud closures are rubber-covered, which as a material is far preferable to metal. They are larger which makes them easier to open and close.
The zip-off hood has drawstring with toggles for a snug fit and when in place secures around the front with Velcro fastenings. There are two inside pockets in the inner fleece, which can be worn separately, as is the fashion. The stretch cuffs can be fastened by Velcro straps to give a weather-tight seal. Overall a practical design.
The trousers offer the same construction and feature the usual six-pocket build – front, rear and cargos on the legs. Typical of Deerhunter is the high waist at the rear, which is great for the bad weather as it offers extra protection for the small of the back and kidneys. Closure is by a hook/eye, press stud and heavy duty zip and as usual there are belt loops too. Being more an over-trouser, the legs zip open to the knee so they can be easily put on over boots. The zip is protected and integrity maintained by an over-flap with three press studs.
Ruski Bib Pants
As well as the standard Ruski trousers there is also a salopette-style (Bib Pants) set that comes up well past the waist and offers more protection and warmth. Testing showed them to be exceptionally efficient. They also offer the same side-zip system on the legs, only in this version it reaches right up to the waist and uses six press studs for secondary closure. There are two side pockets, an elasticated waistband, belt loops and of course shoulder straps.
The Ruski Gloves show a long cuff and are Dexfil insulated, but they are finger cut so you can pull back the thumb and forefinger for shooting/loading needs. The Cap shows fold-down ear flaps, neck protection and is fully insulated with a sensible sized peak. Both these items complement the suit perfectly.
This is top quality cold weather gear, no question and Deerhunter state it has been tested to -32° C. You might think that’s a bit too much for the UK, but in the middle of winter in a hide, or lamping from the open window of a truck, it can get real cold, especially when the temperature is at zero to start with. So if you want the ultimate in winter protection, the Ruski suit is it.
Gloves and Cap both £24.95 each