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Hodgman Aesis shell jacket £229.99 www.hodgman.com
TOP considerations for a fishing jacket should be that it will beat the weather, not restrict your movement and provide enough storage for your needs. The Hodgman shell jacket ticks all these boxes – and more! Its laminated V-Tech fabric construction consists of a smooth nylon backing fabric that slides easily over undergarments, topped by a breathable and waterproof membrane that keeps water out but allows any build-up of condensation and heat to escape. Finally, the outer polyester layer has been given a DWR coating so the water just beads off. One quick shake and the jacket will shed water and dry very quickly. All seams have been internally taped and sealed and kept away from high wear areas. Slightly longer than your average wading jacket, it, overlaps a pair of overtrousers quite nicely, and has a tailored cut. Gusseted panels under the arms allow for ease of movement when casting, further enhanced by the articulated sleev sleeve design. The sleeves taper down to the wris wrist where there is a soft and comfortable rubberised Lycra inner cuff with a tab and Velcro tightening system to create a proper seal so water can’t seep back up your arms. The full-length main zip has an easy-grip pull-tab with an effective rain gutter behind it and a substantial stormflap with Velcro closures over the top so it is totally protected from the elements. The hood has an excellent range of adjustment with a toggle lock adjuster on the back to pull it tight around the head, toggle lock adjusters each side of the face to give a good snug fit, plus a tab and Velcro adjuster on the top to pull the wired peak back off the face. The result is total protection without hampering your peripheral vision. Storage options include two large chest box pockets with stormflaps and Velcro fasteners, behind which are two flat pockets with YKK water repellent zips. Two zipped waist pockets have protective stormflaps, but if water does get in it can drain out through mesh panels in the bottom. There is also a small zipped security pocket on the inside. Additional features include an elasticated bottom hem with toggle lock adjusters, a large D-ring on the back and two on the front, two Velcro fly patches and a magnetic bar for holding flies. Available in charcoal in S (38-40in), M (40-42), L (42-44), XL (46-48 and XXL (50-54). More details on the Hodgman size guide which can be found online.
I couldn’t find any fault with this jacket which will keep you dry in even the heaviest downpour while still being lightweight, windproof and breathable. Attention to detail is excellent, it has been designed with the angler in mind from start to finish and the hood adjustment is first-class.
The Hodgman Aesis shell jacket gets top marks all round.
The hood is an excellent fit.
Magnetic and velcro fly patches.
Mesh panels in the waist pockets.
Underarm gusset panel.