Leaf Suits: Where to start?
So, you’ve watched all the youtubers, you’ve been hit in the face from nowhere, had a bush shout at you for not taking your hits and stood on another player……Now you’re thinking that you want to give leaf suit a go.
There are many options for leaf suits, some higher quality ones, some middles ones, then there are the dirt cheap ones. I’ll cover my personal experiences with all of them, as I’ve owned a large variety of suits from a number of brands.
We’ll start at the higher end of the scale and a style of suit that I personally have two of.
The FSB Leaf suits, these are the top of the scale in terms of both pricing and quality, they come and go online every few months and there are a number of brands making them.
This first suit, is a “Leshiy Suit”, which is made by Berkana. My suit came absolutely huge in terms of size, so I’ve had to modify it it some areas and cable tie material, so that it sits better on me. This suit comes with the top (button up version) and trousers, the tail of the jacket is extended and the colours used are absolutely spot on for the UK environment, I’ve further modified my suit with elasticated straps for natural vegetation and I’ve done some minimalist crafting using nothing but Cotton, Raffia and HaloScreen. The quality on the suit is great, stitching is good, colours good, the mesh used is very strong and perfect based for crafting.
IMG Leshiy Suit
Next up is another FSB Leaf Suit, this one I’ve had some time and I believe it was originally OEM by 5.45 tactical. Same as above this comes with trousers and top (zipper version), in terms of quality and colours, it’s comparable to the “Leshiy Suit”. This was the first FSB suit that I got, originally crafted as a more spring/summer suit, using lots of artificial vegetation such as nettles, fake leaves and sneaky leaves, additionally green ribbons ans Raffia are used.
IMG 5.45 FSB Suit
Jack Pyke, one of the earliest and most trusted brands of leaf suit….until they changed their colours, but I’ll touch on that later. I’ve had a number of Jack Pyke suits over the years, both the original colours (which were amazing) and the newer darker/weird colours. My current collection only contains a newer colour Jack Pyke suit, however I’ve treated mine to get better base colours, crafting wise, it’s got a bit of everything on it, Raffia, fake veg, Sneaky Leaves, HaloScreen.
These suits can be found on ebay and some stores still ahve stock, but chances are you’ll get the newer style, which is after the factory change, this change basically darkened all of the colours and added strange purples hues to the suit, albeit it’s actually very easy to treat these suits and get a much better base colour, but I’ll cover that in the Jack Pyke Ghillie Treatment post when I get some time. The mesh on these suits is good, colours aren’t bad but can be vastly improved with an hours work, even so if you cna find them, they are still worth getting.
IMG Jack Pyke Suit
Now we’re into a newish player in the market, North Mountain Gear. These guys have been knocking out some very good quality stuff in the last few years, offering a number of different options and colours, while being very competitive price wise, so much so, I have a number of their suits and jackets. The bash mesh is without a doubt THE the highest quality base material of any suit currently, it’s very strong, easy to dye/treat, colours are good and it’s comfortable, however…..they are very warm in summer!
The North Moutain Leaf Suits