Tom Mut­ter tests Jack Pyke’s coun­try­man hun­ters vest in the field

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The first thing I’m go­ing to say about this shoot­ing waist­coat from Jack Pyke is that it looks much more ex­pen­sive than it is, which so of­ten isn’t the case. The waist­coat is stylish, it’s made from a heavy cot­ton can­vas with suede ef­fect ma­te­rial on the shoul­ders, so it doesn’t mat­ter if you are right or left­handed, and has the per­fect ma­te­rial for pro­tec­tion and for gun mount. The heavy fab­ric also gives a good fit, it isn’t flimsy and it’s proved to be hard wear­ing. Per­son­ally I would have liked it to be treated with some sort of wa­ter­proof­ing be­cause I’ve got wet in it a few times af­ter mis­judg­ing the weather – it doesn’t hold the rain off at all. But, to be fair, it doesn’t claim to be water­proof and the price re­flects this, so I just need to check the weather fore­cast more fre­quently!

It’s a ver­sa­tile waist­coat suit­able for game or clay shoot­ing, and ideal for pi­geons and rough shoot­ing. The two large car­tridge pock­ets with pin up studs hold plenty of car­tridges but, dis­ap­point­ingly, the vest I was sent to test only had one pop­per at­tached, the other one had pulled through the ma­te­rial. Hope­fully this was a qual­ity con­trol er­ror, but it was an­noy­ing. So make sure you check yours care­fully be­fore you buy it. The car­tridge holder band above the pock­ets hold an­other dozen shells. This does mean that the vest got a bit heavy, but the tough ma­te­rial en­sured it didn’t pull for­ward which is ideal for rough shoot­ing be­cause you don’t have to carry a car­tridge bag – per­fect for me as I hate car­ry­ing a bag when walk­ing with my gun. The hand warmer pock­ets were in just the right po­si­tion as well.

All in all this vest from Jack Pyke is a great piece of shoot­ing cloth­ing. I’ve worn it a lot, rough shoot­ing and out on the clays. It's hard­wear­ing, smart and tremen­dous value for money. The only down­side was the miss­ing pop­per.

Ver­sa­tile The waist­coat is suit­able for game or clay shoot­ing

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