Keith Kirk Review of Stealth Gear Photographers Clothing

Keith Kirk Review of Stealth Gear Photographers ClothingWhen I was asked to test the Stealth Gear Extreme suit (Extreme Photographers Jacket Vest/Extreme Trousers 2) I’ll be the first to admit I thought it would just be a few tweaks on the standard outdoor coat and trousers. How wrong was I? I’m really fussy about want I wear as it needs to fit well and be fit for purpose. As soon as you feel the clothing it’s immediately apparent this is quality kit. Completely water and wind proof, and has a nice look and feel to it. The outer shell is made from 100% polyester micro suede and has a moleskin look about it. It is Teflon coated to repel dirt and unwanted coffee stains! We have come a long way since wax jackets.

Keith Kirk Review Of Stealth Gear Photographers ClothingWhen I was asked to test the Stealth Gear Extreme (Extreme Photographers Jacket Vest/Extreme Trousers 2) suit I’ll be the first to admit I thought it would just be a few tweaks on the standard outdoor coat and trousers. How wrong was I? I’m really fussy about want I wear as it needs to fit well and be fit for purpose. As soon as you feel the clothing it’s immediately apparent this is quality kit. Completely water and wind proof, and has a nice look and feel to it. The outer shell is made from 100% polyester micro suede and has a moleskin look about it. It is Teflon coated to repel dirt and unwanted coffee stains! We have come a long way since wax jackets.



The Extreme Jacket is hard to quantify, each time I wear it I find another pocket. It has everything an outdoor photographer could wish for, and more. This is a garment that has been well thought out. It comes with three hoods, yes three, the standard extreme hood, a larger lightweight hood and last but not least, and from my point of view the most essential in Scotland a midge/mosquito hood. The jacket is padded, just where you need it. Shoulders, elbows and the two large front pockets. All padding is removable should you so wish. There are pockets for all your main items. The two large front padded pockets can be unzipped which widens them for larger items and come complete with expanding storm flaps. You’ll find a mobile phone pocket, memory card pockets, hand warmer pockets, even a pocket for your pen. If like me you spend a lot of your time sitting about waiting for your subject then the SAS (sit anywhere seat) drop down seat is first class, no more wet bums. The jacket also has detachable sleeves allowing it to be converted to a gilet for the warmer days. All in all the jacket certainly meets all my requirements as an outdoor photographer and the anti-slip strip on each shoulder to prevent a camera strap slipping is just the icing on the cake. It’s great to spend the day in the field and have everything to hand in your pockets. On most occasions now I can leave the camera bag at home or in the car.



 


Keith Kirk Review Of Stealth Gear   Photographers Clothing

The Extreme Trousers are an exact match to the jacket in colour and design and very much compliment each other. Again everything for the avid outdoor photographer has been covered. As with the jacket the main wear areas are made from a grey abrasion resistant nylon with the knees having the extra bonus of being padded, something I find extremely useful, especially as I have just spent the weekend crawling along a stony beach in search of waders. Inside the bottom of each leg is an elasticated mini gaiter, ideal for keeping out those unwanted guests! Similarly to the jacket there is no shortage of pockets most of which are zipped and all located just where you need them. Both with a 5 year guarantee.

 



I cover many subjects from wildlife to environmental issues and this suit gives me the best of both worlds, it blends in well in the field and makes me look quite normal when tackling environmental issues when you don’t want to look like the SAS (military this time) has just landed. For this it would mean changing out of my camo gear most of which is old, torn and a bit tatty to look half respectable. It never could stand up to me crawling around the countryside.



In summary this is quality clothing designed by photographers for photographers, and it shows. Stealth Gear also makes other clothing, including a fleece and a photographers Extreme Smock Jacket. And a selection of hides, all made to the same high specification and standards.