Block out the wind and rain

Snow­bee Breeze-Bloc soft­shell £99.99

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Tackle - Web: www.snow­bee.co.uk Tel: 01752 334933

THIS jacket’s first line of de­fence against the el­e­ments is a durable water re­pel­lent fin­ish so rain just beads up on the out­side. Should this breach or wet out over time then there is a Va­por-tec wa­ter­proof and breath­able mem­brane to fall back on and keep you dry. This mem­brane is sand­wiched be­tween a smooth light­weight polyester outer shell, which has a high de­gree of stretch, and a soft brushed mi­cro-fleece lin­ing which ex­tends down the arms and around the body. The jacket also fea­tures a polyester mesh lin­ing down the front of the body that pro­vides ex­tra warmth and also dou­bles up as back­ing to the pock­ets. The full-length zip has a good-sized storm­flap be­hind it to stop any wind or rain get­ting through and the easy-grip pull tab tucks away into a chin­guard to pre­vent chaf­ing.

De­tach­able hood

The col­lar is soft and com­fort­able and at­tached to this is a de­tach­able hood, made from the same ma­te­rial as the jacket. The hood is se­cured by a zip and vel­cro clo­sures and has an elas­ti­cated draw cord to tighten it around the face. The bot­tom part of the hood can be brought to­gether at the front and se­cured with two metal pop­per studs for ex­tra pro­tec­tion around the neck. When you de­tach the hood you can pro­tect the ex­posed zip by fold­ing over a small flap at the back of the neck and se­cur­ing it in place with vel­cro tabs. The sleeves fin­ish in a sim­ple cuff with a neat tab and vel­cro clo­sure. There is a chest pocket with a water-re­sis­tant ver­ti­cal zip and two zipped side pock­ets. The ‘in­vis­i­ble’ zips on these side pock­ets are al­most hid­den by the jacket ma­te­rial but the pull tabs are very small and not easy to grab with cold fingers. On the in­side is an open mesh pocket with vel­cro clo­sure. Avail­able in S (36/38in), M (38/40), L (40/42), XL (42/44), XXL (44/46). Ma­chine wash at 30C. Also avail­able in a gillet at £69.99 and in the same sizes.

VER­DICT:

A breath­able and wind­proof jacket that can also shed a lot of rain. It is very com­fort­able, es­pe­cially the snug hood and high col­lar which pro­vide a lot of pro­tec­tion. Came within a whisker of get­ting a Tackle Tester’s Choice, but I found those tiny zip­per pull-tabs on the side pock­ets a bit fid­dly.

Snow­bee’s Breeze-Bloc soft­shell is breath­able, wind­proof and very warm.

Hid­den zip but pull tab very small.

The hood gives good cov­er­age.

Zip and vel­cro hood at­tach­ment.

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