Update on my order with Cabela's. I am stunned at the service
- I went for surface shipping
to save a bit, as I don't need the kit until early next year. Ordered 28th Oct, expecting delivery 8 to 12 weeks later. It all arrived today (6th Nov). I got hit with import
duty but that was ok (37 quid). Still saved huge.
Blaze Orange Jacket is AGO (made in Vietnam).
Blaze Orange Bib and Brace is Herter's (made in Vietnam).
Blaze Orange Silent Suede Gloves is Cabela's (made in China).
Heat Last Therma Fleece two piece base layer set (made in China).
Have tried the Jacket, Bib and Brace, and gloves on. They are soft touch (not a hard fabric external shell) for quiet movement, and remind me very much of the two piece golf suit that has given me 7+ years of dependable service
with heavy use (it rains a lot here). If like the golf set, the outer layer will look soaking wet, but nothing will get through - this can mean rapid evaporative wicking, so if overheating
I'll just get it wet and rapidly cool down. I had a one piece suit base layer for motorcycling, and on hot days would pull over and pour water down my neck to get the suit wet. When the very nice cooling effects wore off, I'd stop and wet it again. This suit is very warm, very comfy, and very visible.
The jacket collar comes up to my nose plus enough more if I want it (don't want a tip of nose freezing), 185g insulation
body, 125g sleeves, 60g hood). Nice peaked detachable hood. Nice handwarmer pockets and 'cargo' pockets over them, one zip up breast pocket, no internal pockets, pockets are decently useful size.
Link for reference, and plenty of reviews
, I can't fully recommend personally until I have had at least a few years use
A.G.O. Men's Blaze Parka : Cabela's
Bib and brace has two waist pockets, 125g insulation
Again can't fully recommend yet as no long term use, link for reference, etc:
A.G.O. Men's Blaze Bibs : Cabela's
Gloves have 200g Thinsulate on the backs and 100g Thinsulate on the palms.
Again link for reference, etc:
Cabela's Men's Silent-Suede™ Gloves with Thinsulate™ and 4MOST DRY-PLUS® : Cabela's
These do exceed what I was looking for, and to say I am delighted would be an understatement.
Also had delivery of two mid layer Gelert microfleece tops (which were an absolute steal on Amazon UK), and I have equivalent long johns on their way.
If I am out of the wind
behind a sprayhood and dodgers, I will probably overheat rapidly if I wear all the layers (can always leave one or two out). Have also grabbed a lighter weight same style jacket with less insulation (found it dirt cheap on Amazon here), for when it is almost T shirt and jeans type weather, and a thick pullover may be over the top (though it can work with a thick pullover as well, if it gets cold rapidly - which frequently happens on the water, where you can get the shivers in no time flat).
Some Damart thermal socks to wear inside deck
boots, and I should be about there now, and all of it for nottalottadosh. Ok Blaze Orange may not work for fashionphiles, but it works for me.
if the stuff doesn't prove to be durable and effective, I'll try and remember to update this.