Bird Watching (UK) - - Gear - RE­VIEWED BY MATT MER­RITT

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.

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