Safe From The Elements. Now that he’s older, ACF editor Tim Hodges likes to keep warm and dry on the bank and the ESP Super Grade waterproof jacket and salopettes are perfect for the job.

I have always preferred to wear winter clothing that isn’t so bulky that it makes it difficult to move around freely. I prefer to wear warm under layers beneath a good breathable jacket and salopettes. If I get too warm or cold I can always add or take away under layers to suit the conditions.

The ESP Super Grade jacket and salopettes are waterproof, windproof and made from breathable material. The lining is more than adequate to keep you warm but not so thick that it makes them bulky or comfortable to wear. The outer and inner shell is made from RipStop material, which is soft to touch and quiet to move around in.

The jacket has a fitted peaked hood, which rolls up neatly into the collar when not required. There are zipped handwarmer products and a zipped internal security pocket. A Velcro-sealed rain flap protects the full-length jacket zip. The cuffs are adjustable and there are internal neoprene cuffs, which help to stop water running down your arms when casting.

The salopettes sit very high on the torso, which stops you getting any draughts on your lower back, and they are held up by elasticated shoulder straps with snap-lock fasteners. They also feature handwarmer pockets and an internal zipped security pocket. There is a main central zip protected by a waterproof flap, as are the boot zip openings. The nylon lining makes taking them on and off easier and there’s reinforced lining below the knees.

THE VERDICT
A very smart, well-made suit that does exactly what it was designed to do.

THE NUMBERS
Price: Jacket £119; salopettes £109

Website: www.esp-carpgear.com