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Seeland Brandon Suit & Kids Brad Suit

Seeland Brandon Suit & Kids Brad Suit

The Seeland Brandon jacket is made from a textured 100% nylon outer-shell with a polyester lining and has a “Seetex” waterproof breathable membrane for fully waterproof performance.

Available in an earth brown colour with darker contrast trim and reinforcements at shoulder and elbow, the fabric is reasonably quiet in use and although it does have a very slight “sheen”, this is not a real problem.

The cut of the jacket is generous and has bellows shoulders, articulated sleeves and locking elasticated drawcords at collar and waist and elasticated drawcord at the hem where the “ends” are kept out of the way in their own Velcro-closed pockets!  This all helps to achieve the perfect fit and ventilation.

Lots of Cargo Space

Pockets are found in profusion on the Brandon Jacket with two lower front bellows cargo/cartridge pockets with the “quick load” features, a separate flap concealed at the waist to which the cartridge pocket’s flaps attach with press-studs, to hold the pocket open.  The opening of the cartridge pocket is scooped low for ease of access – but this does allow a heavily laden pocket to gape somewhat, even when the pocket flap is snapped closed.

On the upper left front of the jacket, there is a zip-closed, fleece-lined “radio” pocket with a contrast coloured flap over the zip, while under the press stud closed front storm flap there is a generously sized, zip-closed “Napoleon” pocket, again with a fleece lining.

Each side of the chest you find fleece lined, zip-closed handwarming pockets and the whole of the lower back panel contains a reinforced game pocket accessed through a covered vertical zip on the right hand side.

Inside the jacket there are zip-closed security pockets on both the left and right sides and, at waist level, a Velcro-closed mobile phone pocket.

If you need a jacket with more pockets and versatility, you will have to look hard!

Well Designed

The long cut sleeves of the jacket have Velcro-adjusted cuffs and are lined with a “silky” lining fabric to avoid inner layers binding, while the chest area of the Brandon is lined with a check patterned, tough but soft and smooth, mesh to help control condensation, while the lower lining is plain, to help stop water wicking up inside the jacket and to stop the lining binding on your trousers.

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The jacket is closed with a chunky, 2-way toothed zip under the stormflap, and there is a zip protector which wraps over the top of the zip to stop the zip from rubbing on your face when the jacket is fully closed up.

The hood, which is held by chunky press studs to the collar and is detachable, is generously sized, has a volume adjuster, an elasticated locking front drawcord with captive ends and one-hand operation, a Velcro front closure and a stiffened peak, is fully lined with the same check patterned mesh as the jacket’s chest area, and moves well with your head movement.

This is a lot of jacket for your money and the design, materials and finish are all good (although, as I said, the cartridge pockets gape a little, and the hanging loop pulled out of the collar seam), and it has performed well in the field, keeping me warm, dry and equipped with all the pockets I would need for a wet day out.

Available in sizes C46 to C60 (36” chest to 47” chest), the Brandon Jacket costs around £99.99 and would appear to offer excellent value for money.

Matching Strides

The jacket has a matching pair of waterproof trousers, which are made of the same materials and intended to be worn as ordinary trousers, not “over-trousers” and offer all-day protection and comfort.  These trousers have the contrast reinforcement on the front of the legs from hem to mid thigh, and on the seat, have Velcro adjusted ankles and zips, under Velcro closed flaps, up to the knee, making them easy to put on and offering ventilation.

The legs, which have articulated knees for freedom of movement and are cut long, have a plain lining from ankle to knee and the check patterned mesh above this for extra comfort and climate control.

The waistband is elasticated for comfort and features not only belt loops but studs for taking braces and is closed with twin press studs above the zip fly.

The Brandon Trousers are generously equipped with pockets; 2 zip-closed back pockets, two fleece lined, deep cut front pockets and 2 bellows thigh pockets with press stud closed flaps and scooped openings to match the jacket.

I found these trousers warm and comfortable on frosty mornings and as they share the same Seetex waterproof breathable membrane as the jacket, well up to handling wet weather as well.  Coming in sizes C46 to C60 (30” waist to 44” waist), the Brandon Trousers cost around £69.99.

For such reasonably priced pieces of kit I was surprised at how well they performed, and the Brandon Suit should prove popular.

And One For The Kids Too!

A suit for the children, the Brad Suit, which has all the features of the Brandon Suit, but in children’s sizes 4-16, is also available, with the jacket costing around £69.99, and the trousers about £49.99, so the youngsters can enjoy a day in the field in the same comfort and with the same protection as the adults!

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