Jack Pyke Countryman Jacket & Trousers
- By John Fenna
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- Last updated: 25/01/2017
The jacket is made from Jack Pyke’s own Hardshell 600D breathable waterproof Cordura Oxford fabric with a full polyester lining, and has a removable, fully-lined hood. The Hardshell is incredibly tough and durable – brambles, briars and even some barbed wire I stumbled onto did not leave a mark, despite the thorns doing their best to snag and entangle me. OK, the fabric is not the quietest that Jack Pyke use in their clothing range, but it is no ‘crisp packet’ either and the clothing rustle is not too intrusive.
Packed With Features
Cut for freedom of movement with raglan sleeves, the jacket has all the features you might expect from a country jacket. These include; an adjustable, removable hood with a wired peak, one-hand operated, locking, drawcord which press stud fits onto the deep collar; a chunky 2-way front zip covered by a generous press stud closed storm flap, as well as having an internal “drip strip”; a hem drawcord with single hand-operated, side-mounted, cord locks.
The generous, lower front, half bellows style cartridge pockets have deep flap covers that fix open with a strap from the chest pockets, have no-spill type openings and conceal fleecy lined hand warmers accessed from the back edge, the two chest pockets have fleecy linings, house the “hold-open strap” for the cartridge pockets below and have deeply overlapping cover strips. The sleeves have articulated elbows and Velcro adjusted cuffs.
Although made for hard usage, the Countryman Jacket is not devoid of style and detail, with the pocket flaps having piped edges, the cartridge pocket openings being bound in a soft feel fabric and the hood drawcord running through a fleecy tunnel.
The jacket is fully taped for 100% waterproof performance and is warm, comfortable and tough. Despite being worn through some overgrown thickets and being given a fair amount of abuse, the test sample still looks brand new and has yet to let in any rain!
Coming with full washing instructions (cool hand wash, hang to dry) and a 12-month guarantee, the Jack Pyke Countryman Jacket is available in Hunters Green in sizes S-XXXL and costs around £85.00.
The Jack Pyke Countryman Trousers go well with the Countryman Jacket, being built for hard usage and equally tough yet comfortable.
They are made from a heavy duty 100% cotton canvas with Hardshell 600D waterproof Oxford Cordura as reinforcing at the seat and knees and as the base to the cargo pockets, while the trousers are fully lined with polyester – as a solid silky fabric from hem to knee and as a mesh above that point. The lining makes the trousers very comfortable and warm and, if the canvas does get damp, helps keep the fabric off skin for extra comfort.
The trousers feature a semi-elasticated waistband with belt loops and a button closure; zip fly, articulated knees, Velcro-adjusted ankle fastenings; twin front bag pockets, a zipped seat pocket and twin cargo pockets.
The cargo pockets are of an unusual design, half-bellowsed (on the rear edge and base) and with a shaped flap that is sewn down at the back but with a press stud closure at the front. This works well, keeping pocket contents secure yet easily accessible and looks good too – if unusual!
I have worn these trousers along with the jacket over some pretty rough terrain, but they still look good and have kept me comfortable as well.
The Jack Pyke Countryman Trousers are available in Hunters Green in sizes S-XXXL and cost around £52.00, come with full washing instructions and a 12-month guarantee.
These two garments have proved tough and comfortable through some pretty unforgiving country thorns, briars etc., in my efforts to find their weak points, but both have come through with flying colours!
As ever, Jack Pyke appear to have produced some comfortable and practical garments that are surprisingly good for their price!