Did you know that Beretta has an extensive line-up of high-quality apparel? If not, you have to check them out. Some of my favorite products that I added to my hunting arsenal this season are from Beretta. Some of my favorites include the Bymark Pants and Highball Windpro Sweater.
A great option for those looking for a soft-shell jacket that is both wind and water-resistant is the Beretta Butte Softshell Jacket. This jacket received a lot of use this hunting season and it’s cleaned up well enough that I can wear it out on the town during the off-season. For more information on the Beretta Butte Softshell Jacket, check out my review.
Beretta Butte Softshell Jacket Review
Wind resistant, water-resistant, and breathable thanks to the BWR – Beretta Wind Resistant – membrane bonded to the outer fabric. The outer material is treated with a DWR -“Durable Water Repellent” – treatment. Abrasion-resistant inserts on the arms.
- Abrasion-resistant inserts for durability
- Rubber-tipped zippers for easy use with gloves.
- Huge front pocket on left side for extra storage and concealment
The Beretta Butte Softshell Jacket has many great features that enhance the user’s experience. The first thing you’ll notice is the various types of material utilized within this jacket. The softshell material that makes up the majority of the jacket and it’s treated with Beretta’s DWR (Durable Water Repellent).
The coolest aspect of this jacket is the oversized pocket on the left side. You can fit way more stuff than you should be carrying in a jacket in this pocket. During one of my hunts, I had my rangefinder, grunt tube, bottle of water, cell phone, and who knows what else in that thing. This kept me from carrying a backpack during a mid-day scouting session on some public ground, keeping me lightweight a mobile.
I’m really impressed with the small details that Beretta put into this jacket, such as the zippers. They’re oversized and durable, increasing the longevity of this jacket through time. I really like the rubberized extensions that keep them quiet and easy to access.
So what would I change on the Beretta Butte Softshell Jacket?
For starters, I wouldn’t call it a sweater! This is a 1/4 zip pullover and the term seater doesn’t resonate within the hunting community. Beretta clothing is flying under the radar within the industry and it may be in part to their marketing strategy by utilizing the wrong terminology to describe the apparel.
The biggest change that I would make is the angle and position of the “kangaroo” pocket in the belly of the pullover. The zippers are spread too far apart and angled straight up and down. If they were positioned closer together, your hands could touch inside the front pocket, helping to generate warmth and promoting comfort. Also, the angle of the pockets are sewn straight up and down, instead of at an angle pointing towards the center of the body. The straight-line angle of the zippers puts pressure and slight discomfort on the wrists.
What temperatures are best suited for the Beretta Butte Softshell Jacket?
Beretta doesn’t come out and say this jacket is best suited for an exact temperature but I found myself the most comfortable when temperatures were between 40 and 55 degrees. Any colder than 40 degrees and you must throw on a quality mid-layer under the jacket for added warmth. Anything warmer than 55 degrees and I found myself ditching the jacket during extensive walks, either shed hunting or hiking to the treestand.
What is the best hunting application for the Beretta Butte Softshell Jacket?
The Beretta Butte Softshell Jacket is comparable to a lot of North Face and Columbia softshell jackets that I’ve had in the past. This jacket comes in a variety of colors and tends to be marketed more for upland bird hunting.
I’ve tested this jacket in the whitetail woods while bow hunting and during shed hunting trips and have no complaints other than the lack of camouflage. It’s very functional, a little noisy for deer hunting, but it’s a great layer for blocking the wind and holding off some water during the rain.
My favorite thing is the front pocket that extends almost the entire length of the jacket. You can store all kinds of things in there, a bottle of water, rangefinder, knife, and probably more. In fact, I overloaded it once to the point that it wasn’t even comfortable to wear but it allowed me to get to the blind without needing a backpack.
How does the Beretta Butte Softshell Jacket fit?
Beretta’s Butte Softshell Jacket has an average body fit for the size. Typically, I do not wear a large, however, I ordered a large in this jacket. I’ve gained some weight recently, so I elected to move up to a size Large but I think a medium would have been ok. I’m not the skinniest guy in the world and I’m really picky about how my clothes fit. I prefer a more athletic fit and this jacket seems to have an average fit, which isn’t a bad thing.
To put things into perspective, I’m 5’9″, 210 pounds and a size large is a little loose without bulky mid-layers and is a little too long in the sleeves for me, unlike the Beretta Highball Windpro that fit me perfectly. If I were to lose a few extra pounds this offseason, I don’t think I would have a need for this jacket.
Beretta Butte Softshell Jacket Review Summary
After spending several months testing the Beretta Butte Softshell Jacket, I recommend it for anyone looking for a water and wind-resistant jacket that looks stylish enough for date night but functional enough for the field. I had the chance to test this jacket during this past hunting season and found it very functional for quick hunts. The extra-large pocket in the front is convenient for carrying extra gear and it held up to the elements to which I exposed it without issue.
There are cheaper options on the market for water and resistance jackets, but Beretta is great to supply discount codes on a regular basis that you can find in the Daily Deals section of HuntingGearDeals.com. Also, I’ve seen the camo version on GRITR Outdoors for around $100, which is a steal in my opinion.
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