Pinewood Pro Extreme Jacket & Trousers
- By Chris Parkin
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- Last updated: 24/01/2018
‘Names’ sell clothes but if you disregard these and look at the performance, you find some of the lesserknown brands offering great performance. I have been wearing the Pro Extreme Jacket and Trousers from Pinewood for the last two months in seasonal rain (if not terribly cold weather in the UK) before taking a walk on the colder side in Finland. This Swedish brand is distributed by Koolbox who were no slouches in discussing fit and performance characteristics for my desired uses. The trousers are available in 29 sizes of waist and leg combos that were a little confusing at first, with the jackets a simpler XS to 4XL.
Stepping into the trousers showed a bright red tartan lining of soft hi-vent fabric mesh that was immediately comfortably against the skin and later showed excellent wicking properties, never feeling too heavy and tiring. I wore the trousers with long johns as well in colder climates, for sedentary waits on the driven hunt for moose and was especially pleased to see the breathability continued with balanced thermal insulation between arduous walks to the stands. The moisture wicked away quickly before long stationary hours in 10-degree air temperature. Internally damp clothing soon gets very cold in these situations and I was very glad of the Extreme’s performance.
Walking and stalking can be the death of trousers, some are just undeniably noisy, and these were the exact opposite. Soft and soundless but with enough durability from the wind-proof 100% polyester fabric in dual moss/hunting green colours! Waterproofing is rated to a column described as 10.000mm, which is a little ambiguous but certainly had no problem beading up and shedding three solid hours of light rain.
Subsequent contact with the ground, either kneeling, where pressure is localised to weep moisture through, or walking among heavy foliage still allowed me to remain dry. Pinewood also recommend these for dog handling and is there anything wetter than a dog constantly at your heel? The ankles have adjustable cuffs to lock to your boots and the right leg has a wrap around orange band for the travelling hunter. I quite liked this because it didn’t leave you feeling like a neon bulb in the woods, but when walking, was noted to be particularly visible as it bobbed at low level!
The cut was thankfully on the looser side than the Scandinavians are fond of, so bulky high leg boots were no problem to retain beneath. I liked the rubberised inner waistband for grip on your under-layers and proper dual buttons rather than just a single popper too.
Pockets are kept to an intelligent minimum, with front and rear waist pockets, the latter zippered for security, as well as thigh pockets for bulkier items. These had a secondary zip to their rear opening into the ventilated mesh liner for nearly 300mm of extra airflow if you get too hot. All seams were flat with a great cut showing slight bend at the knee for walking comfort and these trousers fulfilled my highest accolade, I just forgot about them. No loose threads or stitching are yet to show.
A Pro Extreme Jacket pairs materials with the trousers and many similar design attributes. Its wicking liner is even more noticeable here, where alongside the ventilation possibilities of a full length front zipper, the fabric draws moisture away from the warmest spots under your arms and centre of your back, yet 200mm vent slots are still presented from waist to armpit.
The ‘large’ jacket was a 44-inch chest, with the ‘C52’ trousers showing a 25-inch waist. The jacket is definitely a shorter ‘jacket’ cut but comfortably overlaps the high back of the trousers, which have buttons for braces, so you get a smooth fit with all day comfort. I cannot do without braces on my hunting gear these days, they are a hidden gem.
The removable hood is lined Brown, which I far prefer to the lazily specified black ones elsewhere, which stand out like a sore thumb. It has cinch cord on its perimeter, as well as the back of your head, so can be held off the scope when shooting prone, but satisfactorily wrapped to fend off the rain. The shorter cut doesn’t have space for hand-warmer pockets on the chest, but each side shows a radio pocket with upper aerial loop. Lower stomach pockets are easily accessible with zips for more security and I liked the fact they were kept a flat cut without multiple directions of access and inner segments (that you can feel items within but can’t find kit within). Two inner pockets at chest and waist are provided for flatter valuables with a large poacher’s pocket across the small of your back for extra layers or small game. A final pocket on the upper left arm concealing a secondary elasticated orange band for your upper arms.
The Pro Extreme stood out to me as it keeps things simple, minimises on bulk and there are enough pockets to carry what you need, without losing smaller items inside them. It kept me dry, most importantly it wicked moisture away from my skin and after two days hunting combining arduous activity with long sedentary pauses, satisfied me.
Sitting stationary in three hours of rain is deeply gloomy when you feel water start to soak through but thankfully, NOT here and the fabric retained its light weight feel, (never soaking water in and relying on a membrane). I have two more boar hunts planned for this winter and need to pack light for both trips, I’m confident to use the Pinewood setup, where performance alongside excellent value punches far higher than just the weight of a name. As always, if you feel the cold and want to add a thicker mid layer, go for a larger size jacket than you expect.
I try out all my kit close to home before venturing afar but took a risk with the Pinewood kit and found myself very pleased with all factors. Not a cold condition suit but a great option for the autumn season’s sedentary hunting, or in winter if very active. I especially like the quiet fabrics and cut for more active hunting.
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