The best fleece gilets for shooting are warm but not too hot, comfortable without being scruffy and easy to care for
On some shoot days, you could be forgiven for thinking that fleece gilets were some sort of school uniform for the game Shot world. They’re warm but not too warm, comfortable for all shapes and sizes without being scruffy, and easy to care for. They can also be found to fit all budgets.
This guide shows you where to find the best fleece gilets for shooting.
For sheer affordability, you’d be hard pressed to beat Rydale. The Gransmore pheasant fleece waistcoat is a snip at £15 (7) and comes in sizes from XS to 3XL and a choice of brown or olive green. Visit www.rydaleclothing.co.uk.
Seeland’s Chasse fleece waistcoat, available for only a little more at £27.95, has reinforced bindings on the collar and arms, and a drawstring around the lower hem to keep out draughts (8). It is also available in green or brown and sizes range from S to 5XL. Visit www.ardmoor.co.uk.
At a higher price, but with impressive attention to practical details and a few subtle features
that make it really stand out in the style stakes, John Field has produced another couple of top unisex products:
John Field’s Neal fleece gilet (£92.92) (left) is windproof, water repellent and breathable, with contrasting tweedy trim on the pocket flaps and collar. It not only has the usual fleecey handwarmer pockets, but is also equipped with two cartridge pockets with magnetic fastenings to keep them open, one of which has an elasticated holder for additional cartridges on the front. It also has an internal “Napoleon” pocket and a substantial game pocket at the rear, which can be converted into a flap to keep you dry when sitting on the ground. Available in sizes S to XXXL in partridge brown.
The Katy fleece gilet (£77.30) (right) focuses on style and comfort when shooting, with regular fleece on the face and sheepskin inside. It has handwarmer pockets and larger external, button-closable pockets and is available in sizes XXS to XXXL in blackberry wine purple. Visit www.johnfield.eu.
Schoffel has cornered the high end of the gilet market. The simple Oakham fleece is one of the most popular and is now available in nine different colours, including Lincoln green, dark olive, palomino and gunmetal. It has an adjustable drawstring at the hem to ensure a snug, draught-free fit, has two zipped security pockets, is machine washable and quick drying and can be zipped into Schoffel’s Ptarmigan coat. The Oakham is available in sizes from 38” to 54” chest. Price £124.95.
For ladies, the Lyndon fleece is more or less the same as the Oakham, and comes in sizes 8 to 20 (11). The Brooke quilted gilet (12), which for £139.95 has a more tailored, feminine cut, offers water resistance into the bargain. Also available in sizes 8 to 20. Visit www.schoffel.co.uk.