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Alex Broad – Wading Jacket follow up

Hi guys,

First of all thank you all for your help and suggestions for the new wading jacket.  We really appreciate our customers input.

It appears we definitely have 2 very separate camps here, 1 for the wading jacket similar to what is already on the market and 1 for the more compact, simple, packable shell.   All I have to do now is convince Rob to do 2 jackets so everyone has an option!

I received a few jacket designs, which were all really good and well thought out.  Here they are:

From Calum McKenzie, a keen young fisherman and outdoorsman:


















From Lisa McKenzie:

From Daren Gamble:

Thanks very much guys for all the effort you put in.

Everyone’s ideas have been taken into consideration and will form a check list to help us design a wading jacket for our customers.  The design process for this jacket will be blogged continuously and at every stage our readers will be included in the discussions and decisions relating to this.  We want you guys to see and be involved in everything from the concept right through to production.

Thanks again and keep an eye out next month for the initial concept sketches, we will need your votes!

4 responses

  1. Great discussion guys!
    This is what we need, a good robust discussion to help flesh out the ideas and hear everyones preferences and views.
    Personally Im 6 of one and 1/2 a doz of the other. I like my big bulky jacket in the winter, where I can fit all sorts of gadgets all over the place, however in the summer im more inclined to take my lightweight packable hunting jacket, or just not go fishing in the rain. Been living in the city too long, getting soft………..

    January 27, 2012 at 8:59 am

  2. The only reason I want at least a nipper on a zinger (who in gods name came up with those words…?) on the outside of the vest is that in heavy rain I like to wear the vest on the inside of my jacket and being able to clip tippet, retie knots etc without opening up the jacket is a big advantage. I wouldn’t have thought this would impact packability in any material sense and is unlikely to damage the shell if it’s tucked away under a light flap.

    January 26, 2012 at 1:11 pm

  3. I like the look of Daren’s design. Packability is a big asset and will mean people get a lot more use out of their jacket as they’ll be able to always take it with them. The one change I’d make would be to include an XRT-vest-esque small covered patch on the front with two zingers for nippers and forceps.

    January 26, 2012 at 11:58 am

    • Daren Gamble


      Thanks for the vote 🙂
      The idea behind my design was to keep the shell clean so you can just wear your vest (c/w zingers for nipper and forceps and floatant & fly patch) or backpack combo over the top and being a simple clean shell it will pack away into a small a space as possible. Once you start adding bits and bobs it suddenly takes up half your back-pack and everytime you scrunch it down there is the possibility that a forgotten fly or the end of your nippers or forceps will damage the shell. Like i say just my thoughts but glad you like the principle


      January 26, 2012 at 12:58 pm

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