Jack Pyke Argyll and Galbreith Smocks
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- Last updated: 24/04/2017
If there’s any ‘specific’ item of outdoor wear that’s liked or loathed, it’s the ‘Smock.’ Some feel them restrictive when worn, hard to get in and out of quickly and generally have a lack of stowage. However, in certain weather conditions they can be the optimum choice over a conventional jacket, and when they’re built to the design of the two recent offerings from Jack Pyke of England, then they’re certainly worth serious consideration.
The Argyll is classed by the company as the ‘luxury model’, while the other a more standard option for those who are looking for a more traditional ‘smock. ‘Both follow the ‘head over’ design associated with these garments and both use a similar combination of materials in the build. However, when it comes to ‘cut, overall layout and features, this is certainly where they differ.
First up, a look at the Argyle, which even on initial inspection is obviously a very high quality and well featured garment. The tough 3-layer build consists of a 100% polyester brushed tricot outer, with a laminated waterproof membrane plus mesh inner – the latter gives it ‘breathable’ properties so you’re not feeling damp or clammy. It’s very generous ¾ length design features an extra length baffled rain-proof front neck zip, with press stud down storm flap, high stand-up collar plus removable well-sized hood, with toggle fastened drawstring and adjustable peak.
For stowage, it has 2x upper ‘crossover’ pockets and 2x lower angled pockets – all featuring waterproof zips. Now it’s here the Argyll scores big time, because many smocks dispense with including lower side pockets of a style that are commonly seen on a jacket. Also, these pockets are deep and like the ones above, have a soft lining for comfort.
The generous cut of the garment makes it very unrestrictive, easy to put on and remove and of course operate in. Neoprene inner cuff bands provide comfort and protection from the elements, plus adjustable outer Velcro fastened cuff straps also give extra protection from water ingress at this area. To tailor the garment to your build, there’s a strong draw string with outer toggle adjustment just above waist height. A bonus of the length of this smock ensures that the upper legs are also fully protected from the elements, as rain simply runs off even when moving, kneeling or seated.
I must admit I’ve never been a big advocate for smock-style-jackets but the Argyll has won me over as I can certainly see there’s a place for this in my wardrobe.
Alternatively, the Galbraith is of a more medium length design, with an integral hood with toggle adjusters, baffled neck zip with over flap and adjustable wrist cuffs. Although it uses a similar build to its relative, it feels far lighter by way of the outer material’s thickness and therefore will have less thermal properties. For stowage, it features a traditional large front pocket with waterproof zip and cover and although the garment’s length is more conservative, it still manages to include 2x angled lower pockets - all having weather proof zips. The lower hem line also includes a toggle adjust drawstring.