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    harkila

    I know most of the guy on here test there kit to the limit is harkila stuff any going the comment on FB do nothing but slag it off i was gona get the gamekeeper boot but went for miendl dovre after reading the comment is a case of bad news travels faster ?

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    I had to read that a few times, but I think I get the gist.

    I have Harkila Pro Hunter jacket which I really like. It is heavy though - so I wear it when I am not expecting to be hiking for miles and/or at very low temperatures. It's great for nights working off the back of the truck foxing and standing in the towers over in Sweden. There is no doubt about its robustness, insulation properties and the level to which it stays waterproof even in heavy rain.

    I have some Harkila Inuit boots which are amazing (again in low temps and snow), but I can't imagine them being any use at all in the UK. The Harkila Pro-hunter boot comes in for a lot of stick. I have steered clear of them for that reason.

    In short, I really rate the clothing for its intended use, but don't feel inclined to try the footwear marketed for this country.
    Last edited by rabbitter; 25-09-2015 at 19:38.

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    There's quite a few opinions on here about Harkila stuff. I must say that in my limited experience I tend to agree with it. It goes something like this:

    1. Their coats are good. Waterproof, as breathable as anything can be and tough. Better able to withstand a coat/barbed wire interface than most.

    2. Their trousers are much as the coats are, but there are reports that the Pro Hunter X trousers can let in the rain.

    3. Most reports on their footwear aren't that complementary, so like rabbiter I haven't tried them.

    4. It ain't cheap stuff, you can get reasonable clobber cheaper but quality in general is up there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedro View Post
    There's quite a few opinions on here about Harkila stuff. I must say that in my limited experience I tend to agree with it. It goes something like this:

    1. Their coats are good. Waterproof, as breathable as anything can be and tough. Better able to withstand a coat/barbed wire interface than most.

    2. Their trousers are much as the coats are, but there are reports that the Pro Hunter X trousers can let in the rain.

    3. Most reports on their footwear aren't that complementary, so like rabbiter I haven't tried them.

    4. It ain't cheap stuff, you can get reasonable clobber cheaper but quality in general is up there.
    +1

    i've found the jacket great, but the trouser let the wet and the boots fell apart...
    “Go afield with a good attitude, with respect for the wildlife you hunt and for the forest and fields in which you walk. Immerse yourself in the outdoor experience. It will cleanse your soul and make you a better person.”
    –Fred Bear -

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    As a retailer and family firm, we can stock any brands we like. We chose Harkila as one of our brands to sell due to the quality of build and also it has always been designed with a task, function in mind, Deer Stalking, Active Hunting, Boar Hunting etc.
    In 100% absolute honesty, we very rarely get any Harkila Products Back. As a percentage of what we sell, it is less than 1% and the same also goes for Jack Pyke too. The main reason for this is that we in the store work with the customers to find out exactly what they are doing and then match up a selection of options. As our customers also contribute here, will acknowledge, if something is not up to the job or over engineered we tell it as it is.

    Harkila Boots: We again hardly ever get any back. The reason for this is we also believe it is because all our store customers get a tin of Mink Oil Free or Suede Protector etc free at the start and we show them how to apply it and when to apply it. Gore-Tex have to approve a model before it ever goes into production if a Gore-Tex membrane is used, so this also has a massive stamp of approval for the boot too.

    Boots that do come back fall into two categories: Faulty manufacture and no aftercare. We are an agent for Harkila, so we will look after customers of Harkila who did not buy from us too.
    Faulty boots back this year to date:
    1: 1 x Pro Hunter Armortex: Bought by a very good Customer and leaked on the first day out. Gore-Tex nipped when being stitched.
    2: 1 x Pro Hunter 10": No leak cause found, but exchanged anyway.
    3: 1 x Forester size zip Wellingtons: Stitching split open on zip
    4: 1 x Forester Non zip: Split along toe

    And that was it!!!

    Returned with No aftercare: A few pairs: The biggest problem is the leather must be fed when they are wet dry wet dry all season. Too often we see boots, not only Harkila, but others where they have never seen boot polish or oil since they were new. We recommend starting to use protectors from day 1, especially in the wetter climates. The oils and polishes also protect the seams, which of course are a weaker spot in any boot.

    Just a quick note on the Harkila Pro Hunter X trousers, they have a vent zip on the upper thigh. Keep these closed in driving rain. We have had in the last two years, two pairs back with Knee leaks, but again from the amount sold, less that a %.

    Any questions, please call the store on 01525 211488 (00441525 211488, non UK customers) we are open 7 days. Ask for Andrew or Brendan.
    We also price match too so if you want the advise but want a great price too, please let us know as we aim to be competitive but sometimes we don't always spot the deals offered elsewhere. We deliver free in the UK and also give free returns to our UK customers for telesales and also on our website.

    Running the store takes quite a bit of our time to be honest, so just let us know, we of course do mail order as well for the UK and also internationally.
    All the best and have a great season ahead
    Andrew
    Rugged & Tough's Work & Country Clothing Store
    our New Blog: all about products aftercare etc: Rugged s Blog
    Last edited by Rugged & Tough; 26-09-2015 at 18:02.

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    Rugged and Tough are very good too - I had a pair of Harkila trousers where after 13 months the crotch split. Returned, repaired and now sorted.

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    Meindle Dovres are the best stalking boot on the market in my humble opinion... had mine 5 years now and they have been nothing but brilliant! Harkila footwear doesn't have a very sound reputation.

    As for their clothing... built like a tank... question is... would you want to wear a tank to go stalking!? Too heavy, too bulky, impossible to layer with and therefore control temperature unless sedentary and as the face and lining fabrics are so thick and dense, the membrane cannot do its job so.. waterproof, yes, definitely... IN BOTH DIRECTIONS!

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    I am a %!!. Sent a pair of pro hunter x trousers back after three or so outings (not in rain). First outing in rain, knees leaking badly. Was initially told it was excess sweat: but my ankles and cheeky bits were dry, so I must have very sweaty knees!.
    Replaced under warranty with no explanation and, as yet, untested.

  9. #9
    Quote Originally Posted by 243ack View Post
    I am a %!!. Sent a pair of pro hunter x trousers back after three or so outings (not in rain). First outing in rain, knees leaking badly. Was initially told it was excess sweat: but my ankles and cheeky bits were dry, so I must have very sweaty knees!.
    Replaced under warranty with no explanation and, as yet, untested.
    in fairness it could have been either,,, leaks or sweat (condensation) they are too heavy to breath properly so you will get loads of condensation..

    Goretex is seen as the wonder material but it's performance is dictated by the fabrics it is laminated with. At some point the functionality of the ePTFE membrane will be so compromised by the weight and impermeable nature of the face and lining fabrics that it is completely pointless and will even make things worse with condensation forming on the inside and therefore getting you wet from the inside.... been there, many times... makes for a miserable cold (even dangerous) experience!

    The best way to stay dry and warm is to leave the waterproof layer off unless it is actually raining or you are sitting/kneeling on wet ground, unless of course you have a shell that is so breathable that it can still function efficiently even when subjected to a heavy internal vapour load (they do exist.. just do some research! but remember, if it is too humid and the air is saturated, moisture cant evaporate and even the best gear won't breath.)

  10. #10
    I sat out in theworst storm when hunting black bear in Canada in my Prohunter jacket and trouser for 6 hours and just had a little dampness around the fly zip on the trousers. The dampness could have been me of course. I rate Härkila gear highly, never had the boots though so can't comment on them. I would not use the prohunter gear if i was stalking in the UK again. As Vipa said, better layering clothing out there.

    I live in the area where Swedteam, Härkila, blåkläder and Tranemo workwear are based. All make good quality stuff you just need the right cloths for the right job.

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