6 items hitting the shops this month
Rounding up all the product news of what’s new right now and what’s coming in the future
1 Coat of warms
The interior of this brand-new breathable jacket from Vass is stuffed with insulation made from synthetic-down (hence the name, Vass ‘SD’ Casual Jacket). Combine that with its durable shower-resistant shell, it blocks drizzle, wind, and any other irksome elements out there in the wintry wonderland to keep you feeling warm and snug. Available in sizes XS (36”) right up to XXXL (48”).
2 Dry reccing
Recce the lake without worrying about those cloudy skies. The 60-inch umbrella from outdoor masters, Fortis, comes in two styles… Option 1: a single layer DPM shell with a windproof canopy to help prevent inverting. Option 2: dual-layered, with black on the outside and DPM on the inside. The beefed-up frame, fibreglass shaft and ergonomic, non-slip handle will withstand extreme weather conditions. The rain won’t know what hit it.
3 Hit N Run additions
Dynamite is known for rolling beautiful pop-ups - heck, they produced the first commercially available fluoros way back in 2002. But last year’s launch of the Hit N Run range, designed in cahoots with Rob Hughes, took things to the next level. The pop-up line-up now includes two sizes - 12 and 15mm - and in the following colours: Yellow, White, Red and Pink, and there’s now three wafters - Pink, Yellow and White - all in 14mm.
4 Wychwood Bags
Don’t just toss your waders in some cheap nylon bag. Wychwood’s simple and elegant EVA Wader Bag features welded seams (read: rodent- and water-proof), strong handles and robust zips with plastic fobs. There are another 11 different bags in the collection, ranging from terminal tackle-sized bags, right up to foil-lined cool bags and a semi-rigid yet collapsible water bucket. We trialled some of these on our recent French trip and were most impressed.
5 Extra warmth
Vass have kept tens of thousands of anglers the world over dry thanks to their range of waders. Now they’re hellbent on keeping your feet warm too. Their Neoprene Boot & Wader Liner is designed to insulate your boot or lower part of your wader during the colder months. And thankfully they’re completely machine washable. Available in sizes 6 to 13. On-sale now.
6 Light by powerful
Developed by the people who brought you the astonishingly powerful Atom powerpack, the Ultralite is everything you wanted a head torch to be. Lightweight, easy to carry, fully adjustable and the brightest beam your angling pal has ever been blinded by thanks to the XPE LED which kicks out 450 lumens. It features a motion sensor, meaning you can turn it on and off by simply waving your hand under the sensor. It’s fully rechargeable and pumps out 2.5hrs of the highest brightness. Weight isn’t an issue either - at under 60g you probably won’t notice it on your head.
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