Visiting the game fair last year I was searching for a smock top that I could wear in those awkward early spring/autumn months when its liable to be damp with the occasional heavy down pour.
I wanted something soft that was quiet to stalk in and felt comfortable and light to wear but offered maximum protection - not too much then!
I was amazed by the breathe on offer, but after being very disappointed in the past by the major manufacturers (Both home and abroad) finding that most garments leaked after a while - Even a £500+ Purdey tweed coat. I was intrigued by an advert for NOMAD that I'd spotted in Shooting Times and decided to pop onto their stand for a look.
I couldn't believe they were so expensive for what they were (A double taped seamed fleece with hood). The salesman, doing what all good salesman do, told me that they were 100% waterproof and would stand up to all weathers - He even talked me out of the more expensive stalking smock and suggested the Quadrider was better suited to my lowland stalking/picking up/keepering requirements.
With some reservations I bought one.
Over a year has passed and during that time my NOMAD Quadrider has been my constant companion. Last season I picked up three times a week, in extremely cold and damp conditions, spent hours in a pigeon hide and out stalking. In other words my NOMAD got a thorough work out.
Last evening I was caught out, at the weekly gun dog training classes I hold, in the middle of a torrential downpour. Several of the guys were wearing heavy coats made by the usual suspects, Barbour, Musto, Laksen et al. and within five minutes they were soaked through to the skin and back at their cars.
I soldiered on for another thirty minutes until the end of the lesson and found that the water had gone straight through my Musto leggings at the knees and I was wet at my neck (Forgot to take a rain choker).
However, on getting home I found that my NOMAD Quadrider had held up under the very worst of conditions and had not allowed one drop of water through. I have to say I'm really very impressed and so its a big 10/10 for me.