Review: Stealth Gear Extreme Photographers Jacket & Trousers

Stealth Gear have been around for a few years now and what's made them really stand out is their clothing suited for photographers. I've never been happy with the clothing I've had when caught in bad weather and living in Scotland this happens way to often! So when the guys at Stealth Gear sent me their jacket and trousers I instantly could tell that a lot of thought had gone into making them suitable for photographers who work in extreme environments and want to rely on their clothing to keep them warm and dry. I've been wearing testing Stealth Gears clothing for over 6 months, I was going to do the review a lot sooner but I decided to wait until i returned from Iceland as this was a place that could push the jacket and trousers to its limits.

Extreme Photographers Jacket 2

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The Stealth Gear Extreme Photographers Jacket2 is very versatile and an all weather jacket in terms of functionality. This the second generation of the jacket, taking features from the first version to develop a jacket that really benefits the modern day photographer. The Jacket2 features many pockets including two expandable lens pockets (now floating pockets to allow backpack waist straps to go behind the pockets and have removable anti-shock padding), new padding added to shoulders with anti-slip camera strap grips on both sides, two way zippers added for ventilation and crouching, detachable wired peak hood, detachable light shade hood and insect repellent mesh face net. The jacket2 comes with a large rear pocket, comfort mesh lining, under-arm vents and zipped side panels to allow easy movement. The outer shell is 100% polyester micro suede, DuPont Teflon treated to repel dirt, water and unwanted stains with TPU lamination in more than 8033mm waterproofing and 5826g/m2/24hrs breathability.

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The jacket is quite light and very comfortable. If you want you can get the Stealth Gear fleece which easily zips inside the jacket for added warmth. If you get too hot while walking you unzip the vents around the jacket to let the air circulate around so you are not sweating too much. One thing I love  about the jacket is the amount of pockets that it has especially the large pockets on the front that you can use to hold your lenses or other large accessories. A great idea they came up with for the jacket was to add elbow patches that you can fill with a provided piece of foam. When photographing wildlife or getting those low landscape shots you could be lying on the ground for quite a while and that added comfort makes you able to concentrate more on the shot than worry about your arms getting wet. The jacket comes 3 hoods; Detachable wired peak hood, Detachable light shade hood and a Repellent mesh face net. All 3 are great and work for the purposes intended but my one niggle about them is that they attach to the jacket with press studs so if the hood gets snagged onto something it just gets pulled so I would recommend them use a zip or a hood that stays on permanently.

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Extreme Photographers Trousers 2N

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Like the jacket these trouser are based on the original Extreme Photographers Trousers. Photographers will experience trousers made with high quality waterproof materials with features designed to help aid photographers when working outdoors and also carrying their photography equipment. I absolutely love these trousers! I couldn't say a bad thing about them, they performed amazingly in Iceland and have kept my legs nice and dry for the past 6 months of using them. The trousers feature many pockets just like the jacket including 4 accessory pockets which are ideal for carrying your keys & phone, 1 dual CF memory card holder, 2 press stud small lens/accessory side pockets and 2 bellowed press stud accessory rear pockets. So in reality you could carry most of your accessories and lenses (minus super telephoto lens haha) in your trousers when you are wanted to go for a walk with your camera and not having to take a large camera bag with you. With removable foam knee pads, getting low down will not have to be uncomfortable and soar experience. When working in Iceland the foam knee pads came in very handy as I would sometimes spend 20 minutes kneeling on a cold beach to get a shot.

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These photographer's trousers also feature removable internal gaiters that will stop any unwanted wind and water etc travelling up your legs. You can either pull them over your boots or took them in, I preferred to have them over my boots as this was more comfortable and helped keep water out my boots when crossing streams. The material is the same found on the jacket so it's just as tough against the elements and when wet drys very quickly. They cleverly put the stronger material found on the knee pads around the ankle and backside as these areas can get work out a lot quicker than others.

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Conclusion

Stealth Gear's clothing is amazing for serious outdoor photographers who like to work in all conditions and aren't afraid to push themselves to get the shot. The clothing is tough and is willing to take a beating and still look brand new due to the material it is made out of. Like I said I've been wearing their clothing for over 6 months so I can give a truthful and non-biased review and i can't say enough how happy I'm with the standard of quality that Stealth Gear offer with their jacket and trousers. Like I always say, even though I am sponsored by Stealth Gear my review are not biased and I always strive to be 100% truthful on my thoughts on their products. So what did I not like about them? Well, only two things. Firstly I wish they find another way to attach the hoods as every time they got snagged on a branch the hood would just get pulled off which got quite frustrating. Secondly, as a wildlife photographer I like to be silent. Walking through woodlands I don't want to hear a thing except of the nature around me. It's great that they have all the useful pockets on the jacket and trousers but that does come at a cost, each zip has a metal pull tag that when you walk bangs against the zip which in a quiet woodland is quite loud. I would advise they put a rubber material over these pull tags so they become silent. As soon as I took them out of the box I could instantly tell a lot of thought had gone into making these and that these were made by photographers for photographers!

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