Countryman Fleece and Jacket
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- Last updated: 27/04/2020
Considering the very comprehensive nature and variety of clothing that comprises the Jack Pyke roster, until now with the addition of these three fleece garments to their Countryman range they didn’t fully cater for shooters who prefers this type of apparel. Granted they’ve long had lighter fleeces and heavier jumpers of various styles but now they’ve obviously realised (what for many shooters) are must have garments so have wisely decided to fill the niche.
They’ve chosen to use the same type and weight of material upon which all garments are based – this being described as a 300-gram thermal fleece. This mid-weight rating of ‘fleece’ is a good compromise to afford the wearer a respectable level of protection from the elements, give reasonable extra thermal properties while still being quite light in weight. All have internal drawcords to pull the bottom edge of the garment to your body when conditions dictate. Also, the fleeces have high stand-up ‘extra-warm’ collars due to the fleece material at this position being approximately double the thickness of the rest of the build. So, while the material this trio of garments are based on is a good choice the only real dissociation is the style of the garments – obviously this being due to the design and what their names clearly state they are.
First up is the Countryman Fleece Jacket, and as you’d expect it has a full-length double zip opening, two lower zipped side-pockets with zip covers and the action cut sleeves feature relatively broad elasticated cuffs. Nubuck leather piping is seen running up both sides of the zip and along the top of the collar. The design is such that it reaches down to cover the upper thigh area yet doesn’t feel restrictive as you move and gives a surprisingly high level of protection from the elements when worn as a standalone outer garment.
Next is the Countryman Fleece Pullover. The design needs little explanation other than it features a generous zip neck, high stand-up collar and Nubuck piping is once again applied either side of the zip and around the top of the collar. A garment many will find useful depending on the weather either worn under a lighter waterproof jacket but stylish enough to be worn casually down the pub.
Last but definitely not least is the Countryman Fleece Gilet. Sometimes called bodywarmers these ‘sleeveless’ tops are often a better solution for extra warmth as they’re very unobtrusive to wear due to the extra layer not adding anymore padding over your arms. In fact, the gilet is virtually the same design and cut as the jacket. That being it has a full-length double zip opening and the same pocket layout plus Nubuck piping in the same locations.
In my opinion these fleeces are a welcome addition to the range of clothing the company offer and one if not all here featured will not only be useful but a necessary addition to your clothing depending on the weather and function you require of it. All are available in Burgundy, Navy or Light Olive and in sizes S-XXXL.