Helikon Camogrom Soft Shell Jacket Level V - Reviewed by Yosser
So impressed was I by the Helikon EOD/Utility Pack (see Review Here ) that I thought I'd take a look at the Helikon Camogrom Soft Shell Jacket APCU (Advanced Protective Combat Uniform) Level V which is breathable, lightweight and also windproof.
The features offered on this jacket are:
•3 x Velcro panels on the front (2 above chest pockets, 1 mid centre) for attachment of name tapes and rank badges.
•Velcro panels on sleeve pockets for attachment of insignia.
•Roll away hood in collar.
•Two sleeve pockets.
•Two zip closed high front pockets to allow access when wearing belt webbing or climbing harness.
•Under arm pit zips for ventilation.
•Front zip is closed by YKK zip and is covered by a protective flap which is secured by Velcro.
•Elastic and Velcro closed cuffs.
•Elastic shock cord on jacket hem
My first impression was that with the material and weight that I'd be lucky to stay dry in this jacket. My mistake, I've used this a good few times now in light rain and a medium down pour and with a fleece underneath it, it stayed warm and dry. It also did a fair job at keeping the wind out as well!
The pockets on this jacket are a good size and well placed with the arm pockets sensibly angled for access and plenty of Velcro for all those essential unit & morale patches as well as those on the main body for name and rank tapes. My criticism here is that maybe blank panels could have been provided to cover these if not used.
All zips are good quality YKK zippers so no ripping open or breaking and for those really hot skirmish days you can let the heat out with the underarm zips for some quick cooling down. Each zip has a 'pull-tag' to ease operation whilst wearing gloves. The high position of the front pockets allows their use whilst wearing belt kit or even a plate carrier (so long as it doesn't wrap around under the arms). Sadly no internal pockets but you can adjust the jacket hem by the use of the toggles and shock cord.
You should note that most websites recommend getting one size down from your normal sizing as they appear to be made one size up from their labeling system. I'm guessing this is due to the expectation of a layering system being utilised and that the jacket will be worn over a fleece etc. If you enjoy the great outdoors then this jacket is light weight enough to pack in a day bag and is useful enough for most outdoor hobby activities.
Yosser says: This is a good jacket for all sorts of outdoor activities and a cheaper alternative to the Crye Multicam. If your in the market for Multicam or a level 5 softshell give this stuff the once over at least - they also produce a parka type jacket and various other pieces of kit, check them out. For airsofting this is a well priced jacket and should protect against most of the inclement UK weather. At the prices of this Camogrom kit I think I'll be checking out the rest of the range! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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