RSPB AVO­CET JACKET

£195

Bird Watching (UK) - - Tried & Tested Gear -

One of the sell­ing points of this lat­est ad­di­tion to the Coun­try In­no­va­tion range is that for every one sold, CI will do­nate £10 to the RSPB. So, you can buy safe in the knowl­edge that you’re help­ing con­ser­va­tion, but what’s the jacket like for bird­ing in? It’s made of a highly wa­ter­proof, breath­able fab­ric with a soft ‘peach’ fin­ish. For the most part, that re­duces the noise that it makes as you walk, although there’s still some. With sizes from S to XXXL, there should be some­thing to fit ev­ery­one, es­pe­cially as there’s a bot­tom hem draw­cord, an ad­justable waist draw­cord, a de­tach­able hood with wired peak and draw­cord, and an ar­tic­u­lated un­der­arm, and I did find it a very com­fort­able fit through­out a day’s bird­ing. It’s not padded, so you’ll want to get one that has room for a fleece or two un­der­neath, but then we all know that lay­ers are the key to stay­ing warm, right? There’s an in­ter­nal zip, so you could ac­tu­ally zip a fleece in, if you wanted to. As al­ways with CI, they’ve thought long and hard about what bird­ers need in the way of pock­ets, and there are six large ex­ter­nal pock­ets here, plus a zip­pered se­cu­rity pocket for maps and the like, and a large in­ter­nal pocket. The lower bel­lows pock­ets, in par­tic­u­lar, are great – you can get a Collins Guide or a pair of 8x32s in there eas­ily. Use­ful in the field, or when trav­el­ling.

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