Gear Testing: Vorn, Browning Clothes & Meopta glass

February 16, 2017

 
Vorn Back-pack 

Even from the initial moments of breaking open its packaging almost a year ago I was impressed with this. Originating in Norway, quite obviously it’s a rucksack designed from the ground up, using robust, hard wearing materials from start to finish. Not that I am one to care about a brand name, but Vorn have got their branding and look absolutely spot on. I can see this becoming the sexy must-have name for the hunters who care about such things. That however doesn’t detract from the fact it’s possibly the best rucksack on the market to offer rifle carriage.

 

Even from the initial moments of breaking open its packaging almost a year ago I was impressed with this. Originating in Norway, quite obviously it’s a rucksack designed from the ground up, using robust, hard wearing materials from start to finish. Not that I am one to care about a brand name, but Vorn have got their branding and look absolutely spot on. I can see this becoming the sexy must-have name for the hunters who care about such things. That however doesn’t detract from the fact it’s possibly the best rucksack on the market to offer rifle carriage. 

 

It allows the hunter to conveniently store a rifle comfortably in a side pocket, releasing it instantly into your hands by an ingeniously simple mechanism. The pre-release rucksack I received had little to criticise, and yet Vorn wanted to make an even better product, and within a matter of months a mk2 version was delivered for inspection. It is this rucksack which will shortly be available in the UK. Produced from quieter, soft-touch material, apparently stronger and with increased waterproofing, they also upgraded the release tab to a simple pull ring. Far easier to watch on youtube than explain here, check out their website to see how it works. 

 

Apart from for woodland hunting, it’s pretty much all I use now. The convenience of carrying your rifle alone is enough reason to have one. The only thing I would like to see is the provision of a waterproof rifle cover for those times when the heaven opens. 
 
Currently there are three sizes: Deer (42lts) and Lynx (12-20ltrs) and the smallest Fox, with another size option coming soon. Colours will be drab green and realtree.


www.vornequiptment.com 

 


Browning Featherweight clothing 
It has been close to 6 months now since this kit arrived on my doorstep. I had long worn one of their lightweight jackets as part of my smart loading attire during the season, and was eager to see how the new featherlight range fared 

 

Browning is a name more commonly associated with shotguns and rifles, but to overlook their clothing would be a mistake. Not just well-designed in terms of cut and options, they are smart, quiet and certainly for the period I have used them, 100% waterproof. Owing to the fact this waterproofing is achieved via lamination on the inside of the material, over time this will undoubtedly begin to give in places, as with any jacket made in such a way. Given the impressive value for money I don’t see this to be an issue. Some jackets cost 4-5 times as much. All seems are tapped and sealed, with zips sporting a coated outer to ensure limited water ingress. Even the body warmer is worth mentioning, being comfortable and practical, it has actually become a daily jacket for me. 

 

It would take too long to go over the features of the entire featherlight range, all of which can be found on Browning’s website. With the Featherlight parka jacket starting at £159, the Typhoon version seen here can be picked up around £169. This is more applicable as a stalking jacket and both represent good value for  money. I have been content to wear the Parka version for my entire bird shooting season when teamed up with thermal layers. Definitely worth consideration when looking for a new jacket. 

 

www.browning.eu 
 

 

Meopta glass
Meopta has been slowly building a good reputation here in the UK. Distributed in the U.K. by Viking Arms, they were on full display at the British Shooting Show where I had a chance to catch up with their latest products. Long aware of the brand, the first time I saw their scopes used in anger was back in Africa, more years ago than I care to remember. As the optics of choice for the Czech clients we were with, they certainly had put their faith in this equipment during the weeks in pursuit of dangerous game. 

 

Of course their choice made perfect sense given that Meopta optics are made in the Czech Republic. I can’t pretend to wow you with the intricate working details of their factory and processes, because I haven’t been there to witness it. I could tell you that the lenses have extra low dispersion, two part fluoride coatings, or that the scope tubes are “ELOX” hard anodized in a non-reflective finish, but then you can look all this up yourself.

 

Making comment as a hunter I can however say that I have been impressed with the quality of the optics, both in rifle scopes and especially in their spotting scope. With the provision of an iphone adopter I have wasted far too much ammo on long range targets just to watch the slow motion down rang strikes through the spotting scope. Their MeoPro 3.5-10x44 scope has been fitted to my 17 HMR for the last 5 months and replaced a much higher mag, bulkier optic. I have to admit to being quite taken with it, especially with the simplicity of the BDC reticule, providing all one really needs for the calibre. My only comment would be that it is fairly long in overall 
length. 

 

With the provision of the 30yr transferable warranty, and the recent accolade of a Greys Sporting Journal Best award in 2016 for their B1 15x56 HD binos, Meopta have a lot going for them, especially once you look at the price point. 

 

The MeoPro scope range starts under £500 

 

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