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- Last updated: 19/02/2019
Shooterking is a relatively new name in outdoor clothing and I got the chance to test their Silva reversable suit. The outer shell is 100% Cordura nylon, with a 100% Polyester lining with a Shoottex membrane. The fabric is relatively quiet in use and, combined with the cut, allows for plenty of freedom of movement. Considering that they are fairly lightweight items of clothing, both are surprisingly warm and wind/ water-proof and kept some very heavy rain out. The build also offers a good level of breathability to the material. The zips are strong and have stood up to some robust testing so far.
The sizes are a little strange, the trousers are big enough around the legs when worn as the over trouser, but wider around my middle. Again, the jacket too, shoulders are perfect, sleeves only slightly too long, but huge round the middle. The website shows a sizing chart and I’d look at it first when ordering, to get the fit you need for separate items.
The trousers have hip, back, large thigh, one knife and one small thigh pockets, all except the knife and hip pockets have zips, stud closures or a combination of both, offering a good overall storage capacity. The legs have vertical zips at the bottom, to allow ease of getting ON/OFF over boots and Velcro ankle straps. The waist has belt loops, and a brass D-ring.
The coat has two large, combined pockets (lower/front) with ammunition loops and straps to keep them open for ease of access. There’s also hand-warmer slots on the sides, closure on the former is by large flaps and magnets, which is much preferable to Velcro, as it’s very noisy. There’s a zip-closed, left breast, radio pocket with aerial loop above and a smaller angled pocket on the left arm (zip-closed). The front is closed by a YKK zip with a wide storm flap that goes right up to a full stand-up collar.
At the back is a discrete, lightweight, fold-away hood. Cuffs are elasticated with Velcro straps to keep the weather out, inside are more small pockets and a draw cord. The back is pleated and there’re pop button sides on the hem.
The Silva jacket is reversible, with the inside being a digital blaze orange camo pattern. Which will doubtless appeal to those who do driven hunting in Europe and need to be highly visible. For me I prefer to remain in the shadows, meaning the coat has to be done all the way up for no orange to be visible. Shooterking also offers a baseball-type cap, which is also reversible and shows a useful fold-down ear and neck protector, which really will keep the weather out.
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