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I have been quite lucky of late, getting new gear sent out from some of our big shooting suppliers. Jack Pyke of England to name one, and what a delivery it was, to wake up to, after a hard shift out on the rats in the freezing cold.
I always thought to myself, what if Jack Pyke where to make something that was cosy thick and warm but lightweight, but most garments these days are to heavy and puffy. But not this gear that I have just unwrapped from JP. Its the Maxim jacket and the bib and brace trouser, also new English oak tundra boots, love the boots so lightweight but durable looking, however we will review them at a later date, so let’s get started.
The garments are manufactured from the company’s now time-tested Stealth Fabric; this is a breathable and waterproof material, that’s soft to the touch and silent in use. A 3-ply construction has been used for both, including the outer shell, which consists of a 100% brushed polyester tricot, plus laminated waterproof membrane, while a 100% brushed polyester tricot/100% polyester lining holds a full 160grms of Thermalite insulation (for the Jacket) 120grms for the bib and brace.
Although this extra insulation is very apparent, it’s been integrated into the build, so that when the items are worn they don’t feel in the least bulky or cumbersome, so don’t hinder movement in the slightest. When I was out hunting, the freedom in this gear was tremendous, but cosy and snug.
The jacket is of a ¾ length style and features a full length double opening zip, with a generously sized press-stud fasten down storm flap. A well-sized toggle fastening the PVC hood is concealed in the high stand-up collar, of which I removed, this was this jackets only downfall, personal preference. while at the rear is a large, zip fastened, PVC-lined ‘game pocket also a fold down waterproof rear bum flap, to keep your behind dry.
Stowage is catered for by two lower bellows pockets, with internal cartridge holders and press stud fastened flaps, two hand warmers with press stud fasten flaps positioned above, plus a useful internal zip fasten chest pocket. For extra comfort and protection from the elements, the jacket features knitted elasticated wrists on the inside, while the outer cuffs have Velcro adjustable straps.
The trousers are well thought out to compliment the jacket perfectly and as previously stated use the same 3-ply construction and materials. For ease of wear, the upper section has a full length chest zip, with generously sized Velcro fastened down storm flap, plus two press stud fasteners at the very top for extra security. The 40mm wide, elasticated slide buckle length adjust braces are fitted with strong quick release snaps, while the broad, high elasticated waistband also has external belt loops and a useful ABS D-ring. Add to this the integral toggle adjust/secure draw cord found at the upper back area all ensures and helps you achieve a tailored fit.
Two zip fastened and lined side pockets are deep to help keep hands warm or hold small items of kit you require easy access to. Lower leg protection and security is catered for by full-length ‘ankle to knee’ zips with baffle, Velcro secured down protective over-flaps, plus the elasticated ankle bottoms feature two-position adjust press stud fastening ankle straps. All press studs, fastenings and zips are weatherproofed and both garments are only available in the English oak pattern.
A wide range of Jack Pyke products can be ordered from Solware Limited, based in Tamworth in Staffordshire. I get most of gear from there, a friendly bunch they are too, or you can pop in for a cuppa and enjoy the atmosphere of being in the best country sports outlet in the country. They have all the top end models of Rifles, Daystate Pulsar’s and Renegade’s, Air Arms Galahad and the famous Ultimate Sporter, FX, and BSA, Solware have the works in stock for you ready to go, and It doesn’t end there I can tell you, even after your purchase the company’s after sales strategy is second to none, and that’s a fact I would put my house on.