New gear

Rob­bie Win­ram re­views the lat­est gear in­clud­ing jack­ets, rods, waders and ac­ces­sories

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Contents -

THE Wade­light jacket utilises Hodg­man’s three-layer wa­ter­proof, wind­proof and breath­able V-TecH ny­lon/ polyester ma­te­rial that is ex­cep­tion­ally thin and light while also be­ing durable. The re­sult is a feath­erlight jacket that is the per­fect pack­able ‘take any­where’ wa­ter­proof. It also fea­tures the Sonic 2.0 seam tech­nol­ogy, which means there is no stitch­ing. In­stead all the seams are welded and re­in­forced with wa­ter­proof tape. Seams have been kept away from vul­ner­a­ble ar­eas across the shoul­ders and the sleeves. The fab­ric also has a DWR coat­ing so water just beads off. The in­side face of this V-TecH fab­ric is a tac­tile polyester that isn’t at all ‘tacky’, some­thing that can

“All seams are welded and re­in­forced with tape.”

be an is­sue with some light­weight wa­ter­proofs. So, if you wear this jacket over the top of a short-sleeved shirt there’s no clammy feel­ing against your skin; even if you gen­er­ate a lot of body heat, it stays re­ally com­fort­able and dry. This back­ing fab­ric also slides smoothly with­out fric­tion over mid and base lay­ers. A full length YKK water re­pel­lent main zip has an ef­fec­tive storm­flap and rain gut­ter be­hind it. The built-in hood has a slightly stiff­ened peak and an elas­ti­cated cord around the face with a tog­gle lock fas­tener each side for a snug fit. The sleeves are slightly con­toured and have elas­ti­cated rub­berised neo­prene cuffs with Vel­cro tab clo­sures to en­sure a com­fort­able and tight seal around the wrists. A neat gus­seted and vented panel un­der­neath the armpits fea­tures tiny per­fo­ra­tions that al­low for ex­tra breatha­bil­ity. Pocket lay­out is very sim­ple, with two waist and one small ver­ti­cal chest pocket, all with YKK water re­pel­lent zips and good size pull tabs. The jacket also has an elas­ti­cated draw­cord and dou­ble tog­gle lock ad­juster around the bot­tom hem. Avail­able in sizes S-XXL.

VER­DICT:

I’ve worn this jacket dur­ing some heavy down­pours this sea­son and it has never let me down. The DWR coat­ing is still go­ing strong and it bears no signs of any wear. Once the rain has passed, I just shake the jacket dry and pack it away. Good breatha­bil­ity and the vent holes un­der the arms do make a dif­fer­ence. Even though the only ad­just­ment for the hood is around the face, it is a great fit. One of the best light­weight wa­ter­proofs I have ever tested.

Tiny holes un­der the arms al­low for ven­ti­la­tion.

The neo­prene cuff de­sign pro­vides a good seal.

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