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Deben Gamekeeper Hunting Jacket

Deben Gamekeeper Hunting Jacket

British weather patterns comes the necessity to plan ahead. Little wonder then at the popularity of wax proof clothing and such like, to enable us hardy types to brave the outdoor elements. As a previous owner of the odd Barbour along the way, I can certainly vouch for the quality, yet there’s no doubting that with wax style clothing comes drawbacks too.

Deben’s latest catalogue includes many new wonders, but their Gamekeeper jacket stands out for an innovative approach. It’s made from a special material called ‘Impertane’ that cleverly manages to look like waxed cotton, without actually being so.

What’s the problem with wax? Well as any owner of this style of jacket will know, the material can begin to dry out and crack, unless fed with more wax solution. Heating the wax and applying warm so it soaks-in fully is a laborious task, and the end result can inevitably transfer unwanted residue onto upholstery; be that in the car or at home. New wax coats still occasionally suffer in this regard too, and it’s something to bear in mind.

Impertane is exclusive to Percussion, the manufacturers of Deben’s Gamekeeper jacket. This material is made from a Polycotton fabric which receives a multi-layer water-proof coating on both sides. The result is a jacket which looks remarkably like a wax proof, and is built to both resist a heavy downpour, and be highly durable. In addition, the jacket is soft to the touch, and easy to maintain.

Features

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The top and possibly most vulnerable areas of the jacket, are treated to a reinforced coating which is more nonslip, whilst the Gamekeeper’s lining is a smart 100% cotton check, keeping the shooter comfortable at all times.

A full width zip-up game pocket runs along the back seam, and is fully removable not to mention washable. In fact, all the usual features you would expect to fi nd in a wax proof are here too, such as twin deep lined pockets at the front (including 2 integrated rows of cartridge holders), high level hand warmers, pop down storm cuffs, and a hood concealed in the collar. Inside there are two zipped pockets, and a mobile phone holder. Closute is by a full length zip with a stud fastening storm flap.

The test Gamekeeper was sent through as size XXL (54/56 chest) to suit my large frame, and is extremely comfortable, but as a guide, I reckon I could go to the next size up, just to allow for chunkier layers of clothing to be worn underneath, if necessary.

Verdict

My verdict - I’m a big fan of many of the clothing products that Deben have brought to market, and this Gamekeeper Jacket is undoubtedly another winner that deserves to do well. The manufacturers even claim that this jacket can be machine washed. In any event, the Gamekeeper represents an exceptionally smart, ultra functional waterproof outdoor jacket, designed to do the job of a wax proof, with none of the drawbacks; and on that basis, I really can’t fault it!

The Gamekeeper Hunting Jacket is priced at £89.95. For details of stockists, contact Deben Group Industries Ltd. on 01394 387762 or visit the website at www.deben.com

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8 Comments

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    Ledryc
    05 May 2022 at 09:04 PM
  • Thx Troll Hunter!!!

    It's quite unique!

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    Pers Lucht
    16 Nov 2014 at 08:45 PM
  • They still do this kind work? If they still are in this kind of work.

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    Herman
    16 Nov 2014 at 08:35 PM
  • Hi Pers,

    The rifle is an Airmasters Chameleon from the 1980's. It is based on a Weihrauch HW77 action and can swap barrels thanks to the two screws visible on the side of the compression cylinder, just in front of the sliding breach.

    Barrels were available in .177, .20, .22 and .25. The custom stock was part of the package, as well as a full tune of the action.

    I think this is probably the rifle that Mark used to good effect in Field Target competitions for years.

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    Troll Hunter
    16 Nov 2014 at 07:52 PM
  • I wonder what kind of airgun this man is holding!

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    Pers Lucht
    16 Nov 2014 at 07:36 PM
  • hm i dont find it, maybe i find another sollution. my poncho has a large hood, maybe i can adjust it to button in the jacket.

    oh yeah, in the hand warmer pockets are two little flaps with a button, i cant find where do these 'button on'?

    greetings and thanks for your answer 😊

    kristoff

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    kristoff
    21 Feb 2014 at 11:37 AM
  • I guess they had to make a relatively lightweight hood so that t fits inside the collar. I've got a few jackets with this feature and actually prefer it to a permanently fixed but more bulky hood.

    I guess that if Deben make another collar it will be on their website.

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    Troll Hunter
    21 Feb 2014 at 11:06 AM
  • i got this jacked just over a week. it poured the whole day the first time i took it out, i will get the trousers too, completely dry, exept for my pants..
    i did wear a poncho over it, but i'm shure it wasnt needed, all the water ran down right on my jeans..

    the only comment i have
    there is a verry small light hood on the jacket, more like an 'emergency' hood
    why isnt there a good hood in the same fashion as the jacket?

    maybe you can buy a seperate heavy one? if so, where?
    the hood is the only downside realy..

    greetings

    kristoff

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    kristoff
    21 Feb 2014 at 10:50 AM


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