You need to look for something warm but not too hot. Comfortable without being scruffy. Oh, and preferably washable. You know what, we found it.
On some shoot days, you could be forgiven for thinking that fleece gilets were some sort of school uniform in the shooting world. That’s because they have so many advantages.
- They keep you snug without feeling too hot
- They are supremely comfortable
- Most of them are easy to wash in a machine
- They dry quickly
- They’re robust
- They come in all shapes and sizes
- They look quite smart
- They come in all different price ranges – from budget to blow-out
Our run-down of the best fleece gilets for shooting
Looking for something affordable but still decent quality? Then you’d be hard pressed to beat Rydale. The Gransmore pheasant fleece gilet is a snip at £20 and comes in sizes from XS to 3XL and a choice of brown or olive green.
Seeland’s Chasse fleece waistcoat, available for only a little more at £39.95, has reinforced bindings on the collar and arms, and a drawstring around the lower hem to keep out draughts. It is also available in green or brown and sizes range from S to 5XL.
Alternatively, check out the Seeland Bolton fleece waistcoat which works well as an extra layer in cold weather or as outwear on warmer days. Buy now: Seeland Bolton fleece waistcoat from Amazon for £41.51
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Another item would be the Highland fleece vest by Shooter King which is warm, light as a feather and has lots of pockets. Sizes range from S to 5XL. Buy now: Highland fleece vest by Shooter King from Amazon, for £52.14
The Alan Paine Aylsham fleece waistcoat is warm and practical and ideal for cooler days in the field. Available in sizes S-5XL in two different colours. Buy now: Aylsham mens fleece shooting waistcoat from Amazon from £80.07
The Musto Glemsford Polartec fleece gilet is warm and comfortable but still allows your arms to move freely. Available from Farlows in navy and moss colours for £125, in sizes S-XXL
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 twelve 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. Buy now: Schoffel Oakham fleece from Amazon, for £136.55
Once you’ve started wearing a fleece for shooting, you’ll wonder how you ever did without one in your shooting wardrobe.