Australian hunting clothing company Lamellar recently sent me some of their Contra-Cam Fade clothing for review. They sent me the Blitz Pant & Jacket and the EcoActive Thermal undershirt.
Clothing Features: Lamellar have set their clothing up in layers. They have the Core, Mantle and Outer Layers. The EcoActive thermal shirt is designed to be worn directly on the skin (hence it being the core layer) to trap in body heat and draw sweat away from the body. The shirt is comfortable and does keep you warm. I did not receive anything from the Mantle layer line but they do offer a button up shirt and a sleeveless vest to go under your jacket. Lamellar’s Outer Layer: The Blitz pants are comfortable and warm. There are five pockets with the two side pockets and the rear being zip up. Two large cargo pockets half way down your thigh have silent magnetic closing system that is one of those features which when you discover it you think: “That’s a bloody good idea” The elastic waist band in addition to the zip and push button for doing up the pants is nice as you can afford to put on a kilo or two and still be able to fit in the pants as well as providing a lot of comfort when bending, kneeling and walking all day. Other features of the pants are inner-thigh ventilation zippers to let some cool air in as well as bottom leg boot zippers and of course there are large belt loops. The Blitz jacket performed very well and has had a lot of thought put into it. The jacket has six pockets (one on your left arm, one on the chest, two on the front and two on the sides),
under arm ventilation zippers, a removable hood, high quality wrist straps to stop the sleeves from riding up and the cold getting in and most importantly the zippers are of high quality and will not get caught up on the fabric. All the zippers are like this, I have not got them caught on fabric once during testing.
Camouflage Properties: The Contra-Cam Fade pattern is a great pattern for the bush. It blends in extremely well and has a good amount of orange blaze colouring incorporated into the design. The pattern only uses Australian trees, leaves, branches and plant species and has a depth to it helping to break up your shape even more. I found that the pattern worked exceptionally well in the Southern Tablelands of NSW where I hunted with it. Unfortunately I did not get to hunt any larger game but I managed to successfully stalk up to a well shot rabbit warren which I shot more rabbits there then I usually do and I also got very close to wallaby’s and kangaroos. To see exactly how good the Contra-Cam Fade pattern is please see the video at the bottom of this article.
Durability and Weather Resistance. The durability of the Lamellar clothing is great, I climbed through barbed wire fences, slid down rocks and generally gave it a good work out. No tears, holes or fading occurred and I am confident that the pants and jackets will last for many hunting seasons. The jacket and pants are very wind resistant, when filming the review for this it was horribly windy and I never felt it on my legs and chest. I also got stuck out in the rain for a short time and did not feel wet at all. I can’t say what it would be like if I got stuck in the rain for an hour or two but I can safely say that the jacket and pants will keep the rain out long enough for you to find some cover if not longer.
In Conclusion Overall the system that Lamellar have created is a winner. It is comfortable, quiet and has all the things you want in hunting clothing and the camo pattern works really well in the country that I hunt in. One thing to remember is it is premium clothing and it does cost a bit more than some of the other hunting clothing brands out there but I really can see the value in spending that extra bit of money for what you get. Please watch the video below as it shows the Lamellar gear at work. www.lamellar.com.au