After spending the majority of my fishing sessions wearing miss-match clothing and jackets that weren’t fit for purpose I thought I’d invest in a “proper fishing jacket”. After doing my research I came across one that just seemed to tick all of the boxes for me, the Vass-Tex 175 ‘Team Vass’ Khaki Winter Edition Smock.
As someone who takes a keen interest in other anglers I obviously knew of Vass, their trademark yellow strapped waders adorn the shoulders of most top anglers the world over but I wasn’t aware they did smocks!
My first impressions were great, as someone who is openly a tackle tart aesthetics are super important to me. If something looks the part, more often than not, it does the job. This obviously isn’t all that I looked at though, it’s got to be comfy, it’s got to be waterproof and it’s got to be durable. I’ve had the smock for four long overnight sessions and a few day trips and I cannot speak more highly of it.
It’s extremely warm when it needs to be, trapping in vital heat (this can be helped by closing up the drawstrings on the waist) or incredibly cool when it’s raining but warm (British summer) and the padded warm inner lining on the winter version of this smock is really comfortable.
One of the sessions it rained torrentially whilst I was packing away and I had no issues whatsoever with my top half, I battened down the hatches on the smock and I was dry as a bone after 2 hours plodding through biblical rain, my bottom half was completely drenched after wearing supposedly water resistant trousers (not Vass), I should invest in a pair of their waders to complete the set!
I can’t comment on the durability for now really as I’ve not had it too long but it’s not had any teething issues, no pulls or frays in materials as you get with some other stuff after a couple of wears. Best of all if it gets mucky all it takes is a wipe over with a damp cloth and it’s in pristine condition once again.
Overall I’m super happy with the purchase and won’t think twice before using Vass products in the future.
Availability: Most good fishing retailers will have them in stock
Fit: As a 5ft 10 bloke who weighs around 14 stone I found that the medium smock fitted me best, just right to fit a couple of layers underneath comfortably.