If you're warm, dry and comfortable, you're going to shoot better. But different weather means you're going to have different clothing needs. So we've picked out a selection of shooting coats and jackets, in a variety of price ranges, that will fit the seasons. We've also included some options for beating and picking-up too.
Shooting coats vary perhaps more than any other item of shoot clothing, both in terms of price and in terms of functionality. Here it’s vital to ask not just what you will pay for your coat, but what you’ll want your coat to do for you. If you simply want to keep out the cold while standing still on a peg, it’s a relatively basic matter. However if you need more, you’ll probably have to spend more.
Of course you want to look good but flexibility, warmth and concealment are all desirable. GORE-TEX® has revolutionised shooting kit in recent years.
Here are a selection of shooting coats out on the market at the moment – for tweed shooting coats, click here.
Ridgeline Pro-Hunt jacket
For the price, this is a superb beating jacket, designed in digital camouflage (also comes in a plain olive) and well protected. It is perfect for pushing through wet undergrowth and will keep you warm during those chilling winds with its waterproof and windproof membrane. RRP £124.99
Percussion 3-in-1 Normandie jacket
A versatile hunting jacket that comes with a removable quilted vest. Breathable, waterproof, with plenty of pockets and pit-zips. In khaki or brown. RRP £130
Woodcock II shooting jacket
This multi-purpose shooting jacket is lightweight and rugged and has all the essential features needed for a successful day in the field. Whether you are shooting, gundog training or commuting to work, this stylish waterproof jacket will keep you looking your best.
Harkila Orton jacket
A new lightweight, waterproof – but breathable – coat that packs usefully into its own pocket. It comes with matching over trousers.
Berwick ladies waterproof shooting coat
Cut to fit female shooters with all the functionality lady Guns are looking for. A robust waterproof breathable membrane prevents wind and rain entering. A classic. RRP £229.95
A good one for stalkers, this one is rustle-free and flexible enough to follow your every movement. It’s strong, hardwearing, breathable with vents offering an extra ‘breeze’. A sapling is planted for every one of these jackets sold. RRP £350
Musto Highland jacket
A classic that was one of the first jackets to be breathable and waterproof. Fans say that you can go out in the morning in pouring rain and return home later comfortable and dry. All these jackets feature GORE-TEX® and come in a variety of colours for different quarry. RRP £550
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Ptarmigan Pro Coat
This coat comes with a lifetime GORE-TEX® guarantee to keep you dry, providing the garment is undamaged. So although the price may seem on the steep side, it comes out well on a cost per wear ratio. The three-layer laminate fabric protects you from sleeting rain and wind out in the field and a handy, removable recoil pad is also included. RRP £600