Practical, stylish and warm. A shooting hat is the finishing touch to your outfit and here's why.
A shooting cap is essential because
- It will keep the sun out of your eyes
- It will stop your scalp getting sunburned
- It will keep you warm
- It will keep you dry
- If you’re clayshooting it’ll protect your head from falling shards
- You can match it to your shooting breeks or plus-fours.
- It’s a kind of shooting uniform
Choosing the right size hats for shooting
Farlows says: “
A cap or hat should fit snugly but not tightly, so that it is secure when you are walking, shooting and climbing over fences.
Our pick of the best hats for shooting
This fashionable cap is designed and made in England using a Yorkshire cashmere tweed. The close-fitting cap, with a stitched down peak, would be a stylish and useful addition to a wardrobe.
You don’t get much more traditional than these. In a variety of different colours, these caps are fully lined with a hand-sewn peak.
A Gun talks shooting caps
John Sugden of Campbells of Beauly: “The bulk of the shooting that I do is from November onwards, so a cap is an essential for me to keep the head warm! Equally, on an August day on the hill, a slight dip of the head and the peak blocks the sun from the eyes. I always match my cap with the plus fours I’m wearing. A bit of a habit. The best hats for shooting? I’d feel lost without a good tweed cap on a shoot day, after all, nearly everyone is wearing one, from the guns right through to the wonderful team of beaters. ”
A baseball cap? Well, it is made by Purdey no less. A stylish and warm alternative for the field and a little less traditional, this baseball cap will easily sit ear defenders over the top. The back is elasticated to provide a comfortable fit.
All the company’s caps are made in the UK in classic British traditional styles which haven’t changed for generations. This particular cap comes in four beautiful tweeds.
A neat close-fitting style. Caps by Cordings come in both tweeds and corduroy if you fancy a change.
Made from Scottish Lovat tweed, this cap has a satin lining and the peak has a press stud fastening, so you can wear it up or down.
Brocklehursts comments: “Quintessentially British, tweed caps such as this have been a staple part of country fashion since the 1920’s.”
Here’s a traditional tweed stalking hat. The flaps give your ears extra protection when the weather is inclement. Made from pure Scottish tweed, with stiffened peaks front and back to protect your face and neck from the sun.
Harkila says this cap has a “Bionic Finish” which reinforces the wool’s natural water and dirt-repellent properties. We don’t know if it will make you shoot better but you’ll certainly stay warm and dry.
We included this in our hats for shooting because a) it would look correct in the field and b) you can fold it up into your luggage without it losing its shape. So it’s perfect for travelling, as its name suggests.
An extra wide peak gives good protection from wind and rain. We love the colours of this tweed, which would give a stylish finish to any country outfit.
The tweed has been given a moisture and stain repellent finish, so if your muddy gundog sits on the cap he won’t make his mark for long.
A jaunty fedora is just the thing for women shooters, adding an elegance to a shooting outfit as well as being useful and practical. Keep your hair dry and in place, the sun out of your eyes and your mind on your shooting.