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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.

VER­DICT:

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.

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