WUNDERBIRD CLOTHING FROM $60
Wunderbird are aiming to produce clothing specifically for birders, with designs tweaked in response to feedback from use in the field. I tried short-sleeved and long-sleeved T-shirts, and a hooded top, and was impressed. The shirts stayed cool in the sun, but make a good base layer in cool conditions, while the hoodie is fleece-lined for warmth. All are quiet and rustle-free. Where they all really score highly, though, is in the padded shoulders, which alleviate both wear and tear, and the bumps and bruises you get from having a spotting scope slung over your shoulder all day. The wide, zippable pockets on the front are excellent, too – they’re difficult to notice when empty, so don’t spoil the look of the clothes, but you can get plenty of pens, cleaning cloths, camera cards and the like in them when you need to. The hoodie also has a larger pocket with a Velcro fastener, for more storage or just for keeping your hands warm, and you can adjust the tightness of the hood’s fitting. A welcome attempt to make the clothes that birders need. Visit bit. ly/2czrcso to see the range.