Here's a bit of kit I thought you may want to know about.
Sarah and I had business up in the big city last week
While we were there we thought we'd call in on our old friend Kevin.
As you may well know, Kevin owns a rather splendid military surplus store not far from the River Exe.
I call him my 'gentleman's outfitter', as most of my wardrobe originates from his store.
Here's a link to his web page.
While we were there Kevin managed to slip a rather nice item into my holdall.
We got it home and I tried it on.
A perfect fit.
|A great smock for the woods.|
It's a genuine Swedish snow smock.
Made from good quality, closely woven cotton.
Try holding a bit of the shirt you are wearing right now up to your lips and blow through.
I bet your breath flowed through the material fairly easily.
I just tried it on my shirt.
My breath passed through with no problem.
Mind you, I'm sat under a big sun umbrella wearing a linen shirt due to the heat.
I tried blowing through the Swedish snow smock material and struggled to get my breath through the material.
|Huge great pockets, envelope style.|
I've owned smocks like this for many years now, and although there are more modern products on the market, you won't find anything as comfortable and quiet as these classic smocks.
|Large hood for a big winter hat.|
So, they are windproof, check.
Are they waterproof ?
Well the short answer is no.
I wouldn't recommend you venture into the middle of Dartmoor with just this as a waterproof.
I still own an old smock which I treated with wax some years ago.
I've used this smock for hard use in the woods and it'll keep a fair amount of weather out.
It reminds me of my old Barbour jacket I used to use back in my forestry days.
In fact, the wax I used for waterproofing my old smock came from Barbour.
Heres a link...
The hood is very big, plenty of room for a fur hat in winter.
The neck closure is buttoned and doubled up to keep the chill out.
I won't wax this one, instead I will give it a treatment with some Nikwax Tech Wash.
That'll proof it enough for my preference.
I use my new one for sitting by the fire of an evening.
And being cotton it won't melt under a spark.
It keeps the evening chill out a treat.
I bet some of you are wondering....
Jon, if it's a snow smock, how come it's green ?
Well Kevin has batch dyed some of these smocks a nice Swedish military green.
He has other colour varients on offer.
And the price?
If it's dyed - £26.00
If it's plain - £22.00
If you are interested in one of these classic smocks, go visit Kevin's dedicated pages...
Great value bits of old school kit.