Comfortable, stylish, practical, breathable and waterproof - some options for men and women.

Breeks are a classic piece of shooting kit.

Whether you want shooting breeks in moleskin or tweed, with a new style storm cuff or a more traditional buckle, we’ve found them.

Here are some of the best shooting breeks around, in different price brackets. (If you’re looking for the best shooting boots to wear with them we’ve created a list, and we also suggest what we think are the best gaiters for shooting.

What are breeks and what are plus-fours?

The word breeks is Scottish for breeches. How do breeks differ from plus-fours? Well, as the name suggests, plus-fours have a further four inches of material for the knee fold and a wider, baggier fit. (Read our piece on why plus-fours add that little extra to shooting attire.)

So why wear breeks? Plenty of people wear trousers for shooting, so why do we still need to put on breeks?

Liam Bell, chairman of the National Gamekeepers Organisation comments: “Breeks and their more traditional predecessors, plus-twos and plus-fours, were made of wool (tweed) because there wasn’t anything more waterproof or available at the time. In the case of plus-fours, the extension 4in below the knee was added to aid movement when walking and to keep them away from the leg when wet. Modern breeks are now offered in waterproof versions but I am still a fan of plus-twos and plus-fours. Wearing them on a shoot day is traditional, though no one has to do so, and many don’t.

“Tweed trousers had a surge in popularity a few years ago, but I am seeing fewer people wear them now — most seem to be sticking to breeks or plus-twos and fours. Ultimately, what someone wears on a shoot day is up to them, and no one will mind in the least bit what is chosen, as long as what they are wearing is clean and tidy.”

1.Men Hunting Derby Tweed Plus Fours Breeches Breeks Trousers £43.94

Derby Tweed plus fours

Best for value

  • Sizes: 30-44″
  • Fabric: 60% Wool, 25% Polyester, 10% Acrylic, 5% Other
  • Fastening: Button and zip
  • Finish: Velcro adjustable calf straps
  • Teflon coated to repel oil and water
  • Water resistant

+ Good choice of sizes

+ Price

If you want tweedy plus fours then we think these are excellent value. They have a cotton lining to keep you comfortable and warm, a strong brass zip and a coating that will keep them looking smart.  They’d look the part whether you’re out shooting or fishing.

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hoggs of file moleskin shooting breeks

Best for warmth and softness

  • Colour: Dark olive
  • Sizes: 30-44″
  • Fabric: 100% cotton moleskin
  • Fastening: Button and zip
  • Finish: adjustable metal slide buckle cuff
  • Washable:

+ Good choice of sizes

+ Price

-Not waterproof

Fans of moleskin love its softness and the traditional look it brings. These breeks are warm and comfortable with a shirt-grip waistband and deep pockets. Apart from shooting, we’ve heard that they also have their place out on the golf course and walking the dogs.

3.Hoggs Of Fife Mens Struther Waterproof Breeks £59.95 
hoggs of fife mens struther wateproof breeks

Best for keeping water out

  • Colour: Dark green
  • Sizes: Small to XXL
  • Fabric: 90% polyester, 10% nylon
  • Fastening: Zip fly
  • Finish: Hook and eye cuffs with metal faux buckle
  • Washable: Yes

+ Good choice of sizes

+ Price

-No natural fibres

These breeks from Hoggs of Fife make our list of best shooting breeks because not only will your bottom half stay dry in sleeting rain, you’ll also be comfortable after the shoot lunch thanks to the joys of the elasticated waistband, which gives a comfortable fit. Thanks to its waterproof qualities you’ll be able to sit on a damp bank with no concerns.

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4.Rutland Mens Tweed Breeks in Oak £64.95

Alan Paine Rutland Mens Tweed Breeks

Best for tweedy comfort

Colour: Dark moss, lichen, oak
Sizes: 32-44
Fabric:  50% cotton, 50% wool tweed
Finish: Velcro adjustable hem
Water repellent: Yes

+ Cotton lining

+ Hardwearing

– Sizes in short supply

If you’re looking for hardwearing tweed at a good price then you’ve found it here. These breeks have a button-secure back pocket and two side pockets. They’re available in three different colours and at this price we think they’re definitely worth a look.

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5.Le Chameau Mens Chedworth Moleskin Breeks £84.95

Le Chameau breeks

Best bargain

  • Colour: Green
  • Sizes: 28-40
  • Fabric: Cotton, elastane
  • Knitted rib cuffs

+ Breathable

+ Price

If you’re a fan of Le Chameau and wear the brand’s shooting wellies, then you might like to pair them with these smart, comfortable and practical moleskin breeks. They offer easy movement thanks to the stretch in the fabric, a dropped rise and waistband and easy fitting rib cuffs

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6. Women’s BR2 sporting breeks by Musto  £105

shooting breeks

Women’s BR2 sporting breeks by Musto

Best for women shooters

  • Colour: Dark moss or liquorice
  • Sizes: 8-14
  • Fabric: Cotton, polyester, elastene
  • Finish: Storm cuff
  • Washable

+ Breathable

+ Price

It can be sleeting down but in these sporting breeks you’ll be totally protected, thanks to a treatment on the inner leg cuffs that resists water. Cut for women shooters so you have complete freedom of movement to swing through. The belt loops allow you to accessorise with the belt of your choice.

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7. Schoffel Mens Moleskin Breeks £119.95

schoffel mens moleskin breeks

Best for feel

  • Colour: Forest
    Sizes: 32-28
    Fabric: 98% cotton with 2% spandex
  • Finish: Moisture and stain resistant DWR finish
  • Washable: Yes

+ Water repellent

+ Adjustable buckles below knee

– Limited sizes

Moleskin has an army of fieldsports fans who love its traditional looks, its softness and sturdiness. These breeks combine cotton and spandex (for stretch) and have a feel soft to the touch, although they’ll be tough enough out in the field. There is plenty of storage for valuables thanks to the back and front pockets. They’re stain resistant which is handy but you can still put them in the washing machine to bring them up like new again.

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8. Schoffel Womens Moleskin Breeks £119.95

Best for cut and feel

  • Colour: Forest
    Sizes: 8-20
    Fabric: 98% cotton with 2% spandex
  • Finish: Moisture and stain resistant DWR finish
  • Washable: Yes

+ Water repellent

+ Adjustable buckles below knee

– No size 16 in stock at present

Cut to fit the female form, these moleskin breeks have exactly the same qualities as the men’s version and will combine elegance, style and practicality in the field. In the autumn, you could combine them with a fleece gilet for shooting. 

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9. Harkila Pro Hunter Endure breeks £219.99

Harkila Pro Hunter Endure breeks

Best for tough use

Colour: Willow green
Sizes: 34-36
Fabric:  100%  polyamide
Finish: Durable water repellent coating
Washable: Yes

+ Breathable

+ For tough environments

-Price

Due to popular demand, the Pro Hunter breeks are back and now match the Pro Hunter Endure jacket. They feature a waterproof and highly breathable Gore-Tex lining. They have multiple pockets and the bottoms are fully adjustable so you can get them on an off easily.

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10. Musto Mens Stretch Technical GORE-TEX Tweed Breeks £300

Musto mens stretch breeks

Best for stretch

  • Colour: Dunmho
  • Sizes: 32-44
  • Fabric: 95% Wool, 3% lycra and 2% polyamide
  • Finish: Teflon
  • Washable: Yes

+ Supersoft lambswood tweed

+ Stain resistant coating

-Price

These tweed breeks from Musto will move with you as you stride over the heather, whilst keeping you warm and dry, thanks to their waterproof and windproof protection. They’re also breathable, so you won’t get too hot. The special Teflon coating will resist stains and keep the colours bright. They’re perfect for both wet and dry outdoor fieldsports.

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11. Musto Gore-Tex breeks RRP £325

Musto breeks

Best for traditionalists

Colour: Balmoral
Sizes: 32-44
Fabric:  96% Wool, 4% Polyamide
Finish: Piping on pockets
Washable: Yes

+ Lambswool tweed made in Lovat Scottish mill

+ Teflon® coating for stain resistance and colour retention

-Price

These tweed breeks feature a Gore-Tex drop liner that’s fully waterproof, breathable and windproof to give you the highest protection in the field. Designed in a Balmoral tweed, they have an adjustable hem and piping on the pockets for durability.

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shooting socks

Socks add a splash of colour

How to wear your shooting breeks correctly

You’ll need a good pair of shooting socks to pair with your breeks and a sturdy pair of shooting boots. If it’s dry that’s fine, but if you’re going to be sploshing through streams, mud and brambles then you’ll need a pair of gaiters for shooting too.

You should also read our advice on how to wear your shooting socks correctly. Yes, there is a way of doing it!

Our list of the best shooting breeks

1.Men Hunting Derby Tweed Plus Fours Breeches Breeks Trousers £43.94

2.Hoggs of Fife Moleskin Shooting Breeks £44-54.93

3.Hoggs Of Fife Mens Struther Waterproof Breeks £59.95 

4.Rutland Mens Tweed Breeks in Oak £64.95

5.Le Chameau Mens Chedworth Moleskin Breeks £84.95

6. Women’s BR2 sporting breeks by Musto  £105

7. Schöffel Mens Moleskin Breeks £119.95

8. Schoffel Womens Moleskin Breeks £119.95

9. Harkila Pro Hunter Endure breeks £219.99

10. Musto Mens Stretch Technical GORE-TEX Tweed Breeks £300

11. Musto Gore-Tex breeks RRP £325