Prologic Highgrade Realtree Thermo Suit
It’s not just the distinctive pattern that sets this all-weather outfit apart from the competition
A bib and brace set - essentially a jacket and a pair of salopettes - is a staple of the fishing world across all disciplines for when you need ultimate warmth yet want to retain freedom of movement and the flexibility to remove a layer. This offering from Prologic instantly stands out from the crowd and grabs your attention with its unique Realtree pattern, but there are also plenty of technical features behind the fabric.
Fishing might be known as a fairly sedentary pursuit, but there are times - such as marching around a lake with a heavy barrow full of kit - when your pulse will quicken and your body temperature will rise. What you need in these instances is breathable clothing that allows your sweat to escape, rather than stay beneath your layers, cool down and chill you. Both the jacket and trousers on this combo are fully breathable.
These Prologic garments have a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) membrane applied to them to keep them fully waterproof. This membrane does not hinder the clothes’ flexibility but, along with fully taped seams, keeps water firmly locked out. Even the two front zips on both the jacket and trousers - hidden behind wind-beating flaps - are fully waterproof.
Made with a two-layer polyester taslon shell fabric with a water-repellent finish and a mix of soft polyester mesh and polyester taffeta linings, these items are very comfortable. The jacket boasts an adjustable hem and cuffs, plus a fold-away hood that’s also height and width adjustable. The trousers have adjustable elasticated braces, an articulated knee design, a reinforced bottom inner leg and zipped bottom legs with a storm gusset and Velcro adjustment.
Realtree patterns have come a long way since they first appeared in British anglers’ wardrobes around 20 years ago. The pattern deployed here is a more abstract and muted version than those that have gone before it, and it works really well to break up the outline of the wearer and conceal them in a range of situations. The flashes of colour on the zips add a classy touch.
PLENTY OF POCKETS
Pockets are always handy in a fishing scenario, and these items more than meet those needs. The jacket has two large side pockets with water-repellent zips, plus a zipped inner pocket for stashing important items such as a wallet or phone. The trousers also have two big side pockets with water-repelling zips.
MEET THE NEW REALTREE PATTERN
This new pattern - simply known as ‘Fishing’ - from our American pals includes subtle “Realtree branch and brush pile elements” that interestingly mimic the bottom returns of today’s depth-finder technology.