Being a newbie to stalking and realising DPM is not entirely "the done thing", but also liking the idea of the utility of a proper stalking jacket/trousers, I've been keeping a loose eye on what's available. The ~£400+ cost of "quality" kit on top of an already significant kit outlay so far, has however not been easy to find or justify.
Taking a glance at Guntrader yesterday, an advert for a quality Laksen Jacket, Trousers and Hat for £150 caught my eye. With usual retail of £325, I thought one could surely not go wrong at that price and ordered. The kit arrived this morning and all concerns over the 'quick' purchase were put to rest. The quality of the kit is fantastic. The material waterproof, yet soft and makes no noise. The pockets are extremely well designed giving the option of chest or bottom pockets in the jacket for cold hands (with a clever design to the main bottom pockets enabling them to be kept poppered closed to keep any contents secure and yet give enough room to still slip the hands into. There are further zipped compartment to the outside of the bottom pockets and part way down to the side of the main zip and the hood is zipped in place to avoid so easily coming loose if inadvertently catching on undergrowth. Taking a walk to try out this morning, the jacket is extremely comfortable and lightweight and can be readily zipped up to the neck to keep the cold out or loosened to cool down. I've only tried the trousers on so far, but they too seem very comfortable, have Velcro straps to tighten over ones boots, a section of material on the waist that extends handily a little up the back and the option for both belt or braces. The cap is also very well made with quilted liner and (orange) felt that folds down to cover the ears. For £150 the set is fantastic value and I'm delighted. Hopefully it will also now mean that I won't have to be dead for the mentor to be seen with me
Ringing the shop to arrange replacement of the cap which was ordered in large but mistakenly sent in medium, I commented on the apparent great deal and they advised that Laksen are ceasing the range next year and so offered retailers to buy out their stock at massively knocked down prices, which they are passing on to their customers. I have nothing to compare with, but for £150 one can surely not go wrong and if only desiring jacket or trousers separately, they go for £99 and £49 respectively. Surely worth a look if anyone's in the market for a new jacket or trousers and can't or doesn't want to spend the earth.