JahtiJaht Pro Suit
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- Last updated: 26/01/2017
I’m no stranger to Arctic Outdoor’s gear, so I’m well aware they go to great lengths when designing outdoor wear. The new Pro Suit is the result of listening to customer feedback, much testing of materials and even human anatomy. Eventually this has led them to create something that is comfortable to wear, lightweight yet still affords ultimate protection from the elements. I have to say you’d be hard pushed to find fault with what is in essence a true, all year round hunting get up. Which is largely down to the extras in ‘the bonus pack’ that comes with it.
In the bonus pack are top and bottom MicroDry underwear and Mid Fleece layer, a neck warmer, reversible cap with ear flaps and a pair of light thermal socks. The design of the under garments is standard issue, though the build uses high tech materials as does the main suit itself. Due to the lightness and effectiveness of the fleece mid layer I’ve found they combine with the under garments to give a high level of wearer comfort and are not restrictive. Also as the jacket and trousers have many pockets and are hard wearing then I wouldn’t necessarily feel the need to wear combats under the Pro Suit trousers for extra protection or stowage.
The Pro suit is manufactured from Polyester PES, a hard wearing silent material that feels soft and much more natural to the touch over similar garments of the same material. The outer shell is Teflon- treated with an inner AIR-TEX2 Membrane laminated onto it; ensuring total waterproofing but still allowing both garments to be light in weight even in heavy rain. The benefits of the AIR-TEX2 membrane guarantees effective wind and waterproofing as well as breathability.
The jacket has a detachable, stud-fastening hood with toggle cord and adjustable wired visor. Depending on season, this can be replaced by the mesh insect hood (supplied) which summer users will find very useful for keeping out pesky ‘mossies. ’There’s a high stand up corduroy collar and reinforcement on the shoulders. Zip fasten ventilation points are found under the arms with a mesh covering to keep out insects
Stowage consists of two large, lower, bellows pockets with flap/press stud closure and twin, zippered hand warmer slots above. Above these are discreet zip fastened breast pockets. There are press stud fastening mesh pockets and a zip fasten pocket on the inner lining and the jacket has a heavy-duty two way zip with a protective press stud fastening storm flap. The ribbed stretch cuffs have strong Velcro adjustable straps to cinch them tight around the wrists. There’s a drawcord adjustable hem and waist to further aid wearer comfort.
The overtrouser are a combat-style with cargo pockets with over flap press stud fasteners and two deep lined handwarmer pockets with imitation leather panels leading into them, giving extra protection from wear. Behind both are two vertical zip open hip ventilation areas with mesh to keep out insects. The high backed, elasticated waistband protects the lower back and the zip fly fastens at the front using a press stud within a square section of Velcro. There are also belt loops and buttons for braces.
I used ‘JJ’s’ own-brand braces, granted an optional extra purchase but well worth the price considering the quality and security they offer.
A breathable mesh lining transfers moisture away from the legs and the ankle cuffs have Velcro-adjustable straps for cinching tight around footwear. The pants are classed as being ‘pre-shaped at the knee area’ for ease of movement. More often this is called action cut but whatever term used the design doesn’t restrict movement.
Two garments that stand out from the bonus pack are the one-size fits all baseball cap and neck warmer. The cap has a nicely sized peak and can be tailored to fit the head with the rear drawcord and toggle adjuster. This is also manufactured from the same hi-tech materials as the main suit and is designed so it can be reversible to reveal a full, hi-viz, orange outer for where it is required in Europe for driven hunts.
The neck warmer is superb as it offers more protection than the usual tubular design. It has what can only be described as a bib to cover the top part of the chest and the neck section is long enough to be doubled over for extra protection while it can be pulled up to part conceal the face.
The JahtiJaht Pro Suit is undoubtedly one of the most versatile, well made and comfortable hunting sets I’ve had the fortune to test. Whether actively stalking or laying up in ambush it offers excellent all round protection and with the extra bonus pack thrown in for good measure gives amazing value for money.
PRICES: £249.95 incl bonus pack. P+P £9.95
OPTIONAL EXTRAS - Braces £25.50, Tundra Gloves with AIR-TEX2 membrane £23.50
FOR - Versatile hunting suit
AGAINST - No camo option
VERDICT - Though not cheap it offers exterior protection and full layer internals, making it value for money