Browning Featherlight Dynamic Jacket and Trousers
- By Chris Parkin
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- Last updated: 25/10/2017
Browning’s Featherlight Dynamic jacket and trousers are a combination that seems to suit wetter, windier spring and autumn weather without undue bulk, inbuilt insulation or difficulty to pack away the jacket, and quick to re-apply it, when the weather turns. Both are built from a 100% polyester shell, with an internal Polyester/ PU membrane and ventilated liner to ensure plentiful breathability, even if you do get a little warm and over insulated by mid layers of clothing worn specifically for the cold mornings.
Pockets are generous but not overdone with critical chest, waist and radio pockets on the jacket, with a large poacher’s pocket on the base at the rear. I like the fact that opening a zip opens a pocket and there are not countless inner pockets in which to lose smaller items. Radio pockets at either side of the chest make the jacket more ambidextrous for the left shoulder shooter, as both have antenna ports. When you open the jacket up, the inner shows pockets at stomach level on the right and chest on the left with a zipped closure for secure storage. All external zippers are rubber shielded and open and close quietly with tags easily operable with gloved fingers.
The collar shows a tiny zipper at its base, to permit an emergency hood to be folded out but it is solid black colour, contrasting with the buff/green outer shell. The hem features an elasticated draw cord accessible within the pockets to cinch in but as the jacket is quite a short cut stopping at belt level, it tended to ride up if tensioned. The jacket shows underarm ventilation slots with zippers well streamlined into the cut, so they won’t irritate you, with what I would describe as a mid-length sleeves and Velcro cuffs to lock them over your gloves.
Conversely, the trousers had a high waist to complement their relaxed but not too baggy fit and sealed out cold conditions admirably. Belt loops are installed and you can always add braces to keep movement without letting the waist sag. I’m 5-foot 11-inches with a 34-inch waist and 42/44- inch chest, so I found Large sizing the most appropriate, with the trousers extremely comfortable and almost silent to walk in all day without ever feeling too warm in 18-degree ambient temperature. The knees are reinforced like the padded elbows of the jacket and as a paired outfit, you will be wearing the trousers all the time and I’m comfortable considering the jacket as a secondary backup for when the rains fall and you need to take it out of your pack and put it on quickly to fend off the worst.
The Dynamic suit is exactly that, the trousers are ideal for all day wear, with full wind and water protection in warmer months, with the jacket making a good secondary backup for moments of extreme rainfall.