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    Thoughts on the Seeland Keeper jacket

    Looking for a new shooting jacket that will also be used for a bit of stalking as well. Any experience out there of this jacket? Is there anything better for the price? I'd love a pro hunter X but can't justify the price tag.

    Cheers
    Col

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    I have always found the seeland stuff fit for its price but it is a compromise, I've had a couple of their non-technical products which have been fine, but only fine, nothing to write home about. When it comes to staying dry and warm I'd rather not compromise. There are other alternatives to harkila, swedteam do great stuff, Swazi etc.....
    Opinions are like arseholes....... we all have them, and most of them stink

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    Got both but I find when the Seeland gets very wet it stays wet longer than my Pro -hunter both keep me dry,and layers keep me warm. trollys are warmer in the Seeland , I hate the bottoms of the pro-hunters when use'g wellys they dig in to you. best gear i'v ever had was Sasta dry and hot .

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    Cheers. I have a swedteam Axton jacket as a stalking jacket and it is excellent, but it's no good for shooting as I can't get more than a few cartridges in the pockets before they fall out!! Was thinking of selling that to fund a new duel purpose jacket.

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    Ive used keeper jacket and trousers for around 3 years now. No complaints

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    Quote Originally Posted by Co1 View Post
    Looking for a new shooting jacket that will also be used for a bit of stalking as well. Any experience out there of this jacket? Is there anything better for the price? I'd love a pro hunter X but can't justify the price tag.

    Cheers
    Col
    I've used one for stalking for many years
    Plus points- Dull finish and reasonably quiet, Negative points- Water resistant rather than waterproof, mine didn't come with a hood either.
    atb Tim

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    Quote Originally Posted by Co1 View Post
    Looking for a new shooting jacket that will also be used for a bit of stalking as well. Any experience out there of this jacket? Is there anything better for the price? I'd love a pro hunter X but can't justify the price tag.

    Cheers
    Col
    Where is it made and what is the quality like?

    All my stuff is Swazi, no issue with the name or where bit is made its just well made.

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    I bought the keeper set and my first thoughts were they looked fragile.

    This proved to be the main problem with the seams failing in a few months of non pro use and the trouseres looking decidedly second hand

    I think the design of the trousers is excelent with good pockets and a usefull over boot flap. The waste of the trouser is VERY high so whilst I have a 36" waste and thats what I ordered, it wont do up on my 40" belly
    So I leave it open and rely on the aftermarket braces which are button type so very good

    The trousers came with a game carrier which is handy for my duck / pheasent shooting

    The jacket again has a miriad of useful pockets. Its well fitted (though I had to go 2 sizes down from the size that was supposed to fit me re their size chart) Its comfortable and like the trousers has coped well with light to moderate rain and some laying prone to shoot

    It comes with a detachable hood and a handy whistle and in cold weather I found the design of the neck to be excelant wind proofing

    Both trousers and jacket are soft and pretty quiart when stalking

    The trousers are quite "fitted" which is both a blessing and a curse. In conditions 6c-10c + they feel nice and look fairely smart but drop below 6 and you will struggle to get decent thermal layers under the slim fit legs

    I dont consider this an issue as i have heavy padded trousers for deepest winter high seat and for walk and stalk my problem is over heating, not getting too cold

    On that score they are a bit sweaty, but I have never found waterproof anything thats isnt, (including gortex) so a minor issue.

    Aside from the seems failing, I am very happy with the purchase. The seams were repaired under warentee but that took an anoyingly long time. Since repair they have been fine.




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    Not a good advert for Seeland?

    I wear two jacket combos. Both have been faultless: Milsurp DPM windproof jacket (very breathable) for dry weather, and if wet, but warm, I wear a lightweight breathable waterproof underneath. For cooler weather, I now use a Deerhunter Recon with Deer-tex reinforcement. Can't fault it. Totally waterproof, very breathable compared with most, no failed seams! Trousers...milsurp summer months and newly acquired Fjallraven trousers for cooler/wetter weather. Been out in rain recently with them and they kept me nice and dry (after waxing them) and not sweaty unlike my deerhunter trousers.

    It's a hard balancing act to find a clothing combination to stand up to the demands that we place on them, whilst remaining durable.

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    Keeper Jacket is a good jacket for shooting plet of room, it does come up big, so yes you can drop a size down. The Jacket has a waist drawcord that is meant to be used to nip in the excess cloth when layering up and down.
    Waterproof membrane is a 10,000 mm so pretty good for most weathers. You must replenish the water repellent coating as you would with a Gore Tex garment as soon as you start to get wet out. Use a Tech wash is fine in the washing machine. No bio powder nor conditioner or you will ruin the jacket and the taping of the seams

    Noise, very quite soft cloth.
    Return rate: If we do our job, almost none. Possibley less than 0.25%.
    Seam failure on the Garment: it can happen, very very rare. The thread used on the seams is quite tough
    Trouser Fit: Slim, Jacket Big.

    Range: Keeper, Exeter Advantage and Marsh are all the same design, but each one has tougher cloth in this order. Keeper Soft, Advantage slightly Tougher, Marsh Tougher and noisier.
    https://www.ruggedtough.com/seeland-...ket-25056.html
    https://www.ruggedtough.com/countryw...ge-jacket.html
    https://www.ruggedtough.com/countryw...sh-jacket.html

    Harkila Pro Hunter is worth every penny if you are using all the benefits, if your not then your buying features you don't need.

    Give us a call at the store if you have any further questions, more than happy to advise.
    Ask for Brendan or myself
    All the best
    Andrew

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