Being a sound recordist of the natural world and photographer I sometimes have to work in the rain, so here is a look at the Jack Pyke hunters clothing. Which comes in four flavours:
Wild Trees Grassland and as reviewed here Olive Green
The Light Leaf Concealment System (LLCS) Balaclava.
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I decided the LLCS system Balaclava would help with concealment and hope to add the suit to my kit next year which will give me a 3D leaf camouflage pattern that really blends you into the woodland. Non reflective synthetic leaves are securely fitted to a mesh material which should help regulate your body temperature.
From trying this balaclava on and seeing myself in the mirror the balaclava will certainly help me get even closer to wildlife than before. The only slight fault I find with it is the internal face flap, which is stitched to the upper edge of the face aperture but is not so easy to get comfy when down. This would benefit (I think) from taking the stitching wider by about 25mm than it is currently as it can be a little awkward to get it in a comfortable position that covers without gaps.
Finally, you can also buy a cap and gloves in both the English Woodland and English oak.
The Jack Pyke Hunters Jacket is made from 100% Brushed Polyester Tricot which feels like fabric in a fuzzy peach kind of way. This is Jack Pyke’s stealth Breatha-Tex fabric which is waterproof but still allows sweat to evaporate away from the body. The interior is 100% Polyester with taffeta and mesh panelling. Two large front pockets have small flaps for putting shotgun cartridges in so they stay in a neat and orientated way. There are also two hand warmer pockets and one internal pocket, so no shortages there! However a little issue is with the interior pocket: While the main zip gets a fabric pull extender the smallest zip pull does not and this would be a help when you have large or cold fingers. The cuffs have a long hook and loop closure and the liner is set back so when you wear gloves they meet rather than overlap uncomfortably, this is a really nice touch! Another nice touch and excellent idea is the large pocket on the lower rear of the jacket that is either a game pocket or cleverly a waterproof seat.
The fit is great with a lean to the generous so movement is not restrictive. The camouflage versions are superb and will help you blend into your background with ease. With photo realistic impressions of ether predominantly green or brown woodland or for grassland work the grassland version would be a spot on choice.
A full length zip can also be undone part way from the bottom up to form a cape like garment.
The Hunters Trousers are constructed in the same way as the jacket and feel the same to the touch. They are also waterproof and breathable. Outer shell :100% Polyester brushed tricot with laminated membrane. The lining is 100% Polyester mesh, pockets are generous in size and are plentiful – 2 upper pockets with weather flaps, 2 side pockets with flaps and press-stud fastening, 14” leg zip for easy removal Reinforced seat & knee while the waist is elasticated .
A word on sizing. I am 5FT 9Inches with and inside leg of 29 inches. However due to the slow expansion of my waistline means that at a 38 inch waist they are way too long at 32 inches.
The Medium trouser is still a little long (31 inches) and despite the waist being for 32-34 inches they fit me OK.
The lower legs have a zip from the knee to the ankle for access to your boots and a hook and loop adjuster to gather some slack up and synch against your boots of choice.
The earlier version of this trouser was a much heavier version with a thicker lining which looked fantastic in the blue/purple colouring and these would make a great winter companion….. How about it chaps?
If you work outdoors getting wet and staying comfortable is a must. Staying silent is important whether you are a hunter, wildlife photographer or sound recordist and this suit should help you achieve all of these things. However at the time of writing I have yet to get wet. If I am out in the rain I wear an Australian bushman’s hat, this wide brim leather hat keeps rain or the sun off and keeps the hands free.
This is superbly made kit that should keep you comfortable all day long in the cold or the wet. It is as silent as you need it to be and feels great. Just don’t wear the balaclava to the supermarket or you will blend in like The Petshop Boys in summer! (Look up the blending in press coverage for Neil Tennant!)
Trousers £35.00- £57.00
As a suit from Ronnie Sunshines: £89.99
LLCS Balaclava: £12.99-16.99
Prices come from those with online and retail outlets.
ALL PHOTOS AND TEXT COPYRIGHT SIMON FIELDER (SOUNDS AND IMAGES) OCT 3RD 2013.