Jack Pyke ‘3 in 1’ Jacket
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- Last updated: 26/01/2017
The ‘3 in 1’ style of jacket is a popular item to be found in many a wardrobe as it can be used in a variety of ways; outer jacket only, inner only, or as a single item – literally ‘3 in 1’ – depending on conditions. Naturally you can adjust what combination you use in the field as easily as at home so a ‘3 in 1’ is very versatile.
The Jack Pyke ‘3 in 1’ jacket on test here is made specifically with the countryman and shooter in mind, and this is reflected in the styling and performance. The outer jacket is made from Jack Pyke’s ‘Stealth Fabric’, which is almost totally silent in wear. This is a 100% brushed polyester tricot face fabric with a laminated breathable waterproof “Breatha-Tex” membrane and is lined in the upper body with a brushed polyester mesh (to aid moisture transmission) and in the lower body and arms with a smooth polyester taffeta (to aid freedom of movement).
Concealed behind a Velcro-closed access in the high and comfortable collar is a fully waterproof, lightweight, simply cut hood with a front drawcord. This can be unbuttoned and removed, if you wish, making the collar less bulky and snug.
The chunky, full-length front zip has twin pullers and is set behind twin, press-stud closed storm flaps, while behind the storm flaps, but in front of the zip, you have a zip-closed “Napoleon” chest pocket.
Also at chest level, there are twin, taffeta-lined hand-warmer pockets, which have single press stud closures and contain the “pocket stay” straps that snap onto the lower bellows pocket flap’s press stud closure to hold the flap up out of the way. These twin lower front bellows type pockets are generously sized and have integral cartridge holders which will take up to 5 cartridges each in individual elasticated compartments and can be kept inside the pocket or flipped to the outside for ease of access.
Although there are no internal pockets to the outer jacket, the whole of the lower back of the jacket can be used as a game pocket, or a seat flap. As a game pocket you can have access through the left, right or top zip closure, or by opening all the zips you can use the panel as a seat. The waterproof, wipe clean, pocket lining will keep you dry no matter how wet your perch – but you will probably want help (or take the jacket off) to do the 3 zips up again!
The sleeves have long Velcro adjusters, but I would have liked to see shorter tabs as I find the long tab ends have no “fur” to hook onto if I tighten the cuffs fully, and stick out annoyingly to catch on anything remotely ‘furry’...
The inner detachable fleece jacket is made from a laminated 100% polyester fabric which is itself waterproof and breathable, so gives good weather resistance even when worn alone.
This jacket has a full-length, single-pullered zip, a high comfortable collar, an elasticated hem drawcord with the locking adjusters at the sides and fleece lined hand warming pockets.
Inside the fleece jacket you have large, open-topped pockets, a fleece lined one with an even larger mesh one on top, on each side.
The fleece jacket sleeves have elasticated cuffs with “thumb loops” so you can pull the cuffs over your hands to form “mittens”.
The outer jacket connects to the inner not only by using an interactive type front zip (which incorporates fleece end covers to protect face and neck from the zip), but also at the back of the neck where a press stud tape loops through the fleece jacket’s exterior hanging loop, and at the wrist where, again, press stud closed loops are used, this time passing through discreet shock cord loops by the fleece cuffs.
I have found the Jack Pyke 3 in 1 Jacket to be comfortable in a wide range of conditions and especially warm when used “all joined up”. Despite the bulk of the combined jackets, I did find the 3 in 1 offered good freedom of movement and practicality when out.
The 3 in 1 styling of the jacket gives it built-in versatility and the features are well thought out, making this a good value for money garment.
The Jack Pyke 3 in 1 Jacket comes in sizes S-XXXL in Jack Pyke’s famous English Oak camouflage or in Hunter’s Green, and costs around £125.00.