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#1 Roderick

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 11:23 AM

I've been a Gortex guy for quite a while.

Recently I bought a French army DPM jacket to keep the rain off and I'm disappointed with it.  Its rainproof alright but everything else about it is not great.

I've seen people wearing "soft shell" jackets and I wonder if anybody in the forum has experience of them?

I talked to a guy with a Deer Hunter brand camouflage jacket and while it looks great the hood lacked the 3-way adjustment that I'm looking for.

I've seen a brand called "River West" on the web which looks fairly snazzy so any info would be appreciated.

Stuff about jacket fit (size etc), arm length, and lightweight v middleweight fabric and of course hood adjustment and fit.



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Posted 20 April 2017 - 10:49 PM

Hi Rod
I can't recommend anything, but recently I came across Jim Harmer's video on his outdoor clothing gear. Here's the link. Maybe it will help?
http://improvephotog...raphy-clothing/

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 02:34 AM

Hi Mark.

Would you believe I'd never heard of the Glenariff forrest before ?? ( The place where the bloke is filming his vid).

Its up north, so that's my excuse...

He talks sense.  I always carry a "change of gear" as we call it plus spare socks, pants and vest/teeshirt.  If  my corpse were  to be found at the bottom of a cliff, I'd want it to be wearing clean underwear....

While he wears a blue outer shell, I prefer either green or camo. (Like John!) 



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Posted 21 April 2017 - 06:47 AM

Rod, apparently there is a lot of fake branded outdoor wear out there that is not much better than close to no clothing in some situations..!



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Posted 21 April 2017 - 04:22 PM

http://www.naturalar...anchor_clothing
He knows his stuff. 90% of his shooting is in the great bear rainforest and yes..it rains a lottttttttt.

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Posted 22 April 2017 - 07:32 AM

Agreed Geedee.  A lot of Chinese stuff, BUT some of it is very very good.   I find that

even my brand name jackets  get worn out at the elbows and shoulders, and the loose their ability to repel the rain.  Recoating them with the recommended chemical doesn't really work, in my experience.  I've been buying cheapish army rainproofs which are well made but the fit tends to be terrible - I'm skinny with long arms, and I haven't bought one that has a decent hood.  I think they're all designed for helmet wearers.  The best of the bunch was a French camo jobbie I got last winter, but its about 4 sizes too big for me...

 

Steve, that's a fantastic link, for all sorts of reasons !  Thanks

 

 



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Posted 22 April 2017 - 10:24 AM

Yup Brad Hill is awesome.

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Posted 22 April 2017 - 12:45 PM

I have been hunting, fishing, hiking, now photographing outdoors my entire life. Simms makes the best rain and foul weather gear I have found to date. https://www.simmsfishing.com



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Posted 22 April 2017 - 03:06 PM

The best... waterproof... gear I have used is that designed for sailing in all weathers Musto, HH and the likes they tend to use detachable  layer systems thus suitable for all temperature zones.... Downside is it sure aint cheap AND is brightly coloured which can help on the hills I guess, though the opposite end of the spectrum from Camo....!!






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