RAIN CHECK

Phill Price wears a new-pat­tern camoflage suit from Jack Pyke, with an in­te­gral wa­ter­proof seat for com­fort

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Jack Pyke’s Hunter jacket has be­come a real favourite with air­gun hunters over sev­eral years since its re­lease, for the sim­ple rea­son that it just works. It’s built as a shell rather than as an in­su­lated coat, which I think is a very good idea. It means that in the depths of win­ter you can put plenty of lay­ers un­der­neath for warmth, whilst in spring and au­tumn you could wear just a T-shirt. In this way, one suit can work in many con­di­tions.

The jacket fol­lows the usual Bri­tish shoot­ing- coat style, and is long enough to cover your rump. It also has a hand-warmer pocket, plus two large cargo pock­ets which I find in­valu­able. Across the back is a wa­ter­proof poacher’s pocket that will carry a cou­ple of rab­bits eas­ily, and there’s a neat trick built in; if you choose to sit and wait for the quarry to show, the outer of the pocket un­zips to form a long flap that you can sit on. This is part of the wa­ter­proof pocket so it means your back­side will stay dry even if you’re sit­ting on wet ground.

STEALTHY FAB­RIC

The shell is Jack Pyke’s own Stealth fab­ric, which as the name sug­gests is quiet in use. It’s also very sup­ple, adding to com­fort as does the gen­er­ous cut. I rec­om­mend buy­ing a slightly loose size so that warm lay­ers can be added for re­ally cold days. The shell is wa­ter­proof and there’s a re­mov­able hood for re­ally foul con­di­tions, plus the ad­justable cuffs have a se­condary clo­sure in­side to seal out the wind and rain.

The trousers are made from the same fab­ric and fea­ture an elas­ti­cated waist­band with a draw­string to keep them se­cure. There are large cargo pock­ets on the thighs and long, zipped vents on the lower legs to help get the cuff over shoot­ing boots. So why am I writ­ing about a suit we all know so well? It’s be­cause Jack Pyke has a brand-new camo pat­tern – English Oak Evo­lu­tion. It con­tains a lot more green than the mostly brown orig­i­nal, which I feel will make it more ver­sa­tile for year round use. There’s a good mix­ture of colours, from bold green leaves to very au­tum­nal browns, which to my eyes at least makes for a very ap­peal­ing pat­tern. Best of all, com­ing from Jack Pyke you know that it’s go­ing to be ex­cel­lent value for money, which it is.

RRP: Jacket £ 89.95 Trousers £ 64.95

Main: To my eyes the new patetrn looks very ver­sa­tile In­set: The drop- down seat will keep you dry on the long­est waits

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