Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Vision Sub Zero Jacket

I've had my Vision Sub Zero Jacket for just over three months now and I absolutely love it. Why it took so long for Primaloft Jackets to appear in the game angling world I'll never know, when they've been around in the outdoor clothing scene since the 80's.

Aside from all it's technical assets it's a smart jacket to wear out and about as well as when fishing. In fact it's the first ever piece of fishing kit I've owned that my wife has actually had something positive to say, which was, " I like that jacket it's nice, do they do them in women's sizes?".

So why did I want this jacket? Well for years I've been wearing fleeces, then more recently soft shells, but, whilst these are ok regarding there insulating property's they take up a lot of room in the back of my chest pack and after I'd added an outer shell it left me little room for anything else. Whereas the Vision Sub Zero jacket is warmer, more comfortable and it packs down into its own stuff sack to approximately the same size as a bag of sugar, so with only this and a packaway waterproof in my backpack there is now plenty of room for more essential items.

Then there is the fact that this jacket is ultra light, it uses a 100g Primaloft filling which is one of the warmest, water resistant and compressible synthetic fillings available, it gives me that warm cosy sleeping bag kind of feeling. There are possibly, warmer fillings available such as down, but once it's wet its thermal qualities are more or less rendered useless. This breathable jacket has a DWR coating so rain does bead off, however it is not, and was never designed to be completely waterproof.

Unlike similar Primaloft jackets it comes with a comfortable zip off hood, there are two hand warmer pockets and a chest pocket, which are all zip secured. Bring on the winter fishing.

All in all this is everything I need in a thermal layer. Highly recommended.

Have a look at www.guideflyfishing.co.uk for more information and your nearest stockist.