LK236 Ripstop Tactical Jacket
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- Last updated: 26/01/2017
Leo Koehler is a clothing manufacturer not awfully well known in the UK and for the life of me I can’t understand why as they have been making high quality garments for the German Army and the professional user for years. Not only that, but a visit to their stand at any of the major shooting or tactical shows will no doubt surprise as they are constantly making use of some of the most innovative fabrics and camouflage patterns to hit the market!
The LK236 tactical jacket from them is a lightweight wind resistant layer that still provides plenty of storage options and easy access to equipment if you are wearing a belt rig or cartridge belt. The jacket is ideal spring and summer wear for pretty much any end user, whatever your shooting discipline may be.
The Ripstop 67/33 Poly cotton material dries quickly and is machine washable. The jacket has a high collar with its own draw cord on adjustable toggle to draw around the neck in windy conditions. Pockets are provided on the arms, chest and hips. A drawstring around the waist takes care of excess material and draughts entering from below the waist. A double YKK zipper opens and closes the jacket centrally. Zippered openings on left and right allow equipment or a holster worn on a waist belt to remain accessible. The elbows are reinforced with an extra layer of fabric and the cuffs close with velcro for maximum adjustability around the wrist.
Additional velcro panels are provided on the upper chest and arm pockets for attachment of patches if required. Internally, the jacket has a pocket on the left chest and an additional patch pocket for a mobile phone. All pockets with the exception of the phone pocket open and close with YKK zippers for enhanced security. Elastic pen loops are provided inside the right chest pocket. Feed holes are placed in the arm pockets or just inside the left chest pocket to allow comms leads to be fed through.
In use this is a really super bit of clothing that ticks so many boxes for those warmer months of the year. It reminds me of the classic field jacket design brought bang up to date, with an absolutely super feature set. The fabric is of high quality, soft yet durable, drapes well, and above all, it’s quiet; this is a great jacket for use in the woods but it’s also smart enough for everyday use.
The fit is extremely comfortable, generous and well cut for use with insulating layers underneath should you need them on chillier days. The sleeve length is good, and the cut allows free movement at all times. I particularly like the high collar which can be cinched in when the wind is howling; worn with a simple neck gaiter it keeps out the elements well. Whilst not quoted a being waterproof the fabric is very water resistant, and treated correctly should keep out all but the heaviest downpours.
All in all this a lot of jacket for the money, and most certainly worthy of your consideration if you’re looking for something that will serve many purposes!