Blaser vinatge smock
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- Last updated: 05/10/2020
Smock, Anorak or Kagool; research shows these outdoor garments are pretty much the same idea. All offer an integral hood, semi-closed build with just the neck section opening to allow it to be pulled over the head. Advantages over openfronted jacket are debatable, probably the most logical is a large, chest-mounted cargo pocket and more forward weather integrity.
I got the chance to test a reimagining of the former design from Blaser’s Active clothing range; the Men’s Active Vintage Smock. The build is a triple laminate and shows a water/windproof and breathable design. The outer uses Blaser’s Vintage shell fabric with Teflon EcoElite finish in an attractive bronze/ green, it’s mesh-lined, and all seams are taped. There’s a high, stand up collar and an integral, peaked adjustable hood. All pockets are closed by waterproof zips including the neck. Storage consists of a radio pocket on each shoulder with antenna loops and a utility version on the left arm.
At the front is a massive, toploading pocket with Blaser’s Argali ram’s head logo on the magnetic flap, behind this is a side access, pass-through type, both offering plenty of storage. There are underarm slots for ventilation, and long side zips from hem to waist, that allows a degree of movement, comfort, and flexibility. Cuffs are Velcroadjustable, and the inners have thumb loops. Overall a competent and modern take on a classic concept.
The Smock differs from an open-front jacket. It’s longer and drops down to the lower thigh, which I liked as it gives great protection front and back. With side zips open it is good for driving and in a high seat offers back protection, with the added advantage, that with the rifle over your thighs, it can be laid over it to protect the action and scope. Equally, the pass-through pocket makes a great hand warmer.
The 1/3-length zip closes and opens the neck nicely, and the full hood offers a vast amount of protection and can be closed down to little more than a slit if required. Stowage is a bit different as the radio pouches are quite small, but capable of holding a wallet/mobile, as is the one on the arm. However, either front unit can swallow a set of midsized binos with plenty of room for small items and or your documents.
Waterproof ability is excellent and the shell shrugs of rain easily. I also gave it a head test; covering the top of a bowl with the material and pouring water into the depression, I let it sit for an hour. The outer shell retained some moisture, but swiftly dried, but nothing got through inside; good enough for me!
Visually, the green/bronze colour blends in nicely. Light comfortable and easy to wear the Vintage Smock really impressed me and is something I am considering. At £399 it’s not cheap, but Blaser is to be congratulated on such an innovative and practical design.