We have given a number of hints away on this new raincoat during the past few weeks. Our new XTR Jacket Generation 4 has been completely redesigned with many features and less bulk.
XTR Generation 4 features
With breakthroughs in technology along with unique design we have developed the Generation 4 XTR Jacket. New Hydrafuse PacSTEALTH fabric holds 700ml/700gm less water when saturated than a brushed tricot jacket. Hydrafuse PacSTEALTH fabric and waterproof zippers have enabled use to reduce the packed size by 30%, allowing this jacket to fit into your pack easily.
Hydrafuse PacSTEALTH fabric is the highest performing 3 layer fabric on the market. Selected for its advanced light weight and incredibly quiet properties, Hydrafuse PacSTEALTH will keep you dry and comfortable in the harshest conditions. Exceptional 20,000mm hydrostatic pressure and 15,000gm/m2/24hrs breathability rate.
Two large chest pockets big enough for binoculars or a SLR camera, removable caller lanyards in chest pockets, centre fire ammo holder in right hand chest pocket, two large integrated self-closing bellowed pockets with integrated hand warmer pockets.
We have been able to reduce a large amount of bulk from the XTR Generation 4 by using waterproof zippers. The big bulky external storm flap has been removed, we now use a smaller internal storm flap to catch any water the zipper lets through. All the zippers used on the XTR Generation 4 are genuine YKK zippers and use YKK’s CNT8 coating. We have used YKK CNT8 for every zipper (main zipper, chest pockets and under arm zippers). CNT8 is YKK’s highest quality Aquaguard zipper, what this means is coating will last longer and not delaminate like inferior zippers. The zipper slider is YKK which is very strong and indivudally tested in YKK’s factory to ensure that they are free from defects. When these zippers are new they are a little stiff however after a few uses they will slide more freely.
YKK offer three different grades of Aquaguard coil zippers, it is not possible to tell what other brands use, it is not printed on the zipper anywhere. The only way to tell is the condition after a few years. Hunters Element uses the best so you don’t need to worry about our zipper quality.
We have welded the front chest pockets to help reduce the amount of water that can enter through the stitching. The pocket and seam tape have been laser cut for optimum precision. The seam tape we use on the XTR Jacket Generation 4 is an American made seam tape, the brand name is “Bemis”. This is the same tape we use on our RIVERWORKS breathable waders. Bemis make the finest seam tapes in the world and are used by the worlds leading wader and outdoor brands. Bemis seam tapes have a much stronger connection and ultimately last longer. I will provide more information on seams and seam tapes in a later post.
Massive underarm zippers allow you to dump heat on the go. These are impressive and you will wonder why every jacket doesn’t have them!
We have reduced seams on the new XTR by 25%. The centre draw cord has been relocated to behind the lower pocket flaps to remove exposed stitching, this gives a much cleaner looking jacket and also helps minimize the chance of seam failure and bulk from the jacket.
Colour for XTR Generation 4 is Frost (pictured) and Realtree APG.
Old XTR Jacket (camo) and new XTR PacStealth Generation 4 Jacket
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