Jack Pyke Technical Featherlight Jacket and Trousers
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- Last updated: 26/01/2017
Ever found yourself in the situation where you’ve left the house and arrived at your destination, all dressed up and ready for action, only to feel like the Michelin man- over padded, bulky, and inflexible? Hardly ideal, and with inclement weather so often calling the shots in our country, dressing for the occasion isn’t always easy.
With much of today’s clothing made from heavy, ultra padded material, it’s not difficult to get caught out either; and whether taking part in the shooting sports, or just out enjoying the great outdoors, the remit is so often the same; manageable lightweight clothing, that wont cramp our style, yet offers full protection to the elements.
Jack Pyke’s Technical Featherlight Jacket and Trousers, can of course be purchased separately, but I chose to test them together, to see whether ‘all-out protection’ was possible. I’m fairly large framed, and ordering XXL in both jacket and trouser, proved the perfect option. Both garments are made from the same material - Taslon Nylon and with a mesh lining inside, comfort is the name of the game!
The jacket features two lower front and a single chest pocket all with weatherproof zips. The guide notes specified an internal mesh pocket, although I think this has been designed out since mine clearly didn’t have one. It wasn’t missed, and what did impress was the inclusion of a proper, removable by zip-on hood, adjustable via an elastic draw cord. I use North Face kit when walking, and the depth and feel of the design and protection is on a par with that; which is praise indeed.
Sizeable underarm zipped vents are another great idea, meaning body heat can be lost when required, and whilst another detail missing on my jacket was the elasticated waist cord specified, the hang and fit overall was excellent nonetheless. I reckon the manufacturers have dropped that idea too, and with elastic and Velcro cuff adjusters completing the spec and room for a jumper to be worn underneath, there’s little to fault. In short, I remained comfortable in all senses, and pleasantly snug throughout.
The trousers felt just right from the start, and are all-importantly easy to get on, courtesy of that easy fit elasticated waist, complete with spring-loaded adjustable cord toggle. Waterproof, zipped hand pockets feature either side, but what really impresses is the detail at the other end. The bottom 12” of each leg carries a large section of padded re-enforced material, along with a zipped comfort panel, almost from the knee downwards. Basically, undo the zip, and you get around 4.5” of expansion within each leg, so fitting these trousers over boots or just allowing more flexibility/ airing, is all possible. The clothing is available in Hunters Green, as shown here, and can be supplied in small up to XXXL.
Jack Pyke, 01234 740327, www.jackpyke.co.uk
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