Sea­sonal So­lu­tion

The ed­i­tor tries out the new Pro-Hunt jacket from Ridge­line

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We are fi­nally leav­ing be­hind a seem­ingly end­less win­ter, and emerg­ing, blink­ing with ap­pre­ci­a­tion at warmer, sun­nier days. Morn­ings and evenings can still be chilly, but it’s def­i­nitely safe to stash the full-on ther­mal gear for a few months, and we’re not into shorts and T-shirt or­der just yet. What we need is a ‘cross­over’ outer gar­ment that will in­ter­cept those dawn/dusk chills, whilst not cook­ing us when the sun breaks through. Let me in­tro­duce you to the new Pro-Hunt jacket from Ridge­line. Here’s why I think this ‘su­per-fleece’ gar­ment is a truly spe­cial piece of kit.

GREAT DE­SIGN

First, for me, who­ever came up with the over­all de­sign for the Pro-Hunt jacket de­serves a bonus, and its main fea­tures could have been taken straight from my per­sonal wish list. I love the longer, draught-proof cut of the Pro-Hunt, which not only ex­cludes those sneaky lit­tle breezes that can be un­com­fort­ably nippy dur­ing the prime hunt­ing times of the day, but also helps to keep me dry when I’m brush­ing against the tops of dew-cov­ered fo­liage. When I use the Pro-Hunt in static hunti­ing, the ex­tra length folds un­der my seat and forms a comfy cap­sule from which I can pay full at­ten­tion to any in­com­ing quarry.

MORE FEA­TURES

Like the rest of this jacket, the dou­ble-lined hood keeps out the wind and weather, but it also does a fine job of shad­ing my face when I’m hunt­ing. The Pro-Hunt’s Prey Eyes – no, I don’t un­der­stand that, ei­ther – dig­i­tal cammo is one of the most ver­sa­tile pat­terns I’ve ever used, and for the dap­pled shade we’ll be deal­ing with at this time of year, it’s in­cred­i­bly ef­fec­tive.

Then there’s the full-length zip, in­su­lated by a pop­per-closed flap, which all hi-tech fleece pro­duc­ers should con­sider, that makes tak­ing off and putting on the Pro-Hunt so much eas­ier than heav­ing it over your head each time. I have other, ex­cel­lent, fleeces but this one is sim­plic­ity it­self to slip on and off, so it’s the one I use most. There are other rea­sons I wear it, though.

HEAT CON­TROL

Pit zips are won­der­ful things, and a ma­jor bless­ing dur­ing warmer times, or when mov­ing from place to place. Just open the pit zips to let out the heat, or drop the main zip a foot or so un­til you’re cruis­ing at your pre­ferred op­er­at­ing tem­per­a­ture.

AND FI­NALLY …

Now add the zipped pock­ets, so noth­ing gets lost dur­ing stren­u­ous manouevres in the field, the Vel­cro cuff clo­sures for more in­su­la­tion and tem­per­a­ture con­trol, and a huge, lined pocket right across the back of the gar­ment, and you have one of the most ver­sa­tile items of cloth­ing I’ve ever used. At £124.99, I reckon the Ridge­line Pro-Hunt jacket is a gen­uine bargain, too. Per­son­ally, I can’t rec­om­mend this jacket too highly. I

PRICE: £124.99 STOCK­ISTS: All ma­jor shoot­ing/coun­try­wear out­lets INFO: www.ridge­linecloth­ing.co.uk CON­TACT: http://www.high­land­out­doors.co.uk

Pos­si­bly the most ver­sa­tile gar­ment I have ever used. I found the most ‘con­trast­ing’ back­ground I could, in full sun­light - and that ‘Prey Eyes’ dig­i­tal pat­tern still does a job.

You won’t lose stuff from these pock­ets, they’re all se­curely zipped and tog­gled.

Sturdy main zip, to­tally pro­tected.

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