Shooting smocks to consider in a variety of price ranges, picked out by Sporting Gun, Shooting Gazette and Shooting Times. 

The best shooting smocks should be tough, resistant to thorns and brambles and pack away to almost nothing. They need to be breathable, lightweight, windproof and waterproof of course.

In addition they should be comfortable to wear, easy to put on and take off, with room to put on layers underneath. If there’s a tail flap for sitting on to keep the wet out so much the better. (Take a look at our selection of the best waterproof shooting jackets here.)

It sounds like a tough call.  But we gave a selection of hunting smocks to our testers who wore them out wildfowling, roughshooting and crawling over heather whilst stalking. Then we picked out the ones we thought were worth writing home about. Read on for our pick of the best shooting smocks for hunting and stalking. (And whilst you’re at it, here’s our suggestions for the best shooting boots.)

Best shooting smocks

1. Hoggs Struther Waterproof Smock Field Jacket from £71.94

Hoggs of Fife Struther waterproof smock field jacket

Hoggs of Fife Struther waterproof smock field jacket

 

Best all-round choice

  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Breathable: Yes
  • Hood: Yes, fleece-lined
  • Pockets: Two zipped side pockets, large zipped chest pocket
  • Cuffs: Velcro fastening

+ Reasonably priced

+ Keeps you dry

– Not everyone likes a hood

– Very plain design

A waterproof and breathable 3/4 length field smock with large front packet to store your maps, binoculars etc. We know a beater who is a real fan. Another tester said that the smock kept him warm and dry whilst he was beating all day in pouring rain. It’s also roomy enough to add layers underneath in chilly weather (which you can take off as it warms up).

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2. JACK PYKE Galbraith Smock Waterproof Windproof Silent Hooded Jacket from £67.50

Jack Pyke Galbraith Smock

Jack Pyke Galbraith Smock

Ideal for beating and picking up

  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Breathable: No
  • Hood: Yes, removable with adjustable peak
  • Pockets: Large front pocket with covered weather proof zip and two angled lower pockets with weather proof zips
  • Cuffs: Adjustable with Velcro fastening

+ Quiet

+ Brown, green or camo options

– Not breathable

– Comes up small so buy a size up

Sporting Gun asked reviewer Mat Manning to try it out. He said: “Lightweight, quiet and stylish, it’s a great-all rounder that lends itself particularly well to those days when the weather could go either way… when it comes to keeping out the elements, the Galbraith delivers.”

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3. Swazi Rifleman Gen II Smock £339 

Swazi Rifleman Smock

Swazi Rifleman Smock

Superbly light so good for long distance treks

  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Breathable: Yes
  • Hood: Yes, with wired peak
  • Pockets: Chest pocket
  • Cuffs: Elasticated

+ Weighs just 295g

+ Brown, green or camo options

– Ultralight fabric is delicate and could rip

– Pricey

Made from Swazi’s Aegis Strata fabric, the Rifleman is light enough to carry all day for hunters who want to climb high and fast, but still performs in wet weather and packs away neatly. A scalloped tail adds extra protection in a downpour. Awarded best shooting apparel of the year in the 2019 Great British Shooting Awards.

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4. Ridgeline Monsoon Elite II Teak Waterproof from £199.99

Ideal for wet conditions, the fabric dries out almost immediately

  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Breathable: Yes
  • Hood: Removable and stowable
  • Pockets: Two breast pockets
  • Cuffs: Neoprene

+ Lightweight stretch fabric

+Robust

– Only available in teak colour

– Pricey

Sporting Gun’s Adam Cope put this revamped smock through its paces. He said: “I can’t fault this product. This top has been used all year round and I don’t go out to work without it. A good price for such a well-made product.”

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5. Swazi Tahr XP Smock £439

Weather protection for the serious hunter

  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Breathable: Yes
  • Hood: Rolls into its own hood for easy storage
  • Pockets: Handwarmer chest pockets
  • Cuffs: Adjustable Velcro

+ Super silent fabric

+3/4 length zip makes it easy to take on and off

– Pricey

– Just one colour available

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6. Harkila Mens Orton Packable Smock £143.95

 

  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Windproof: Yes
  • Hood: Yes and stowable
  • Pockets: Handwarmer pockets plus large front pocket
  • Cuffs: Adjustable Velcro

+ Packs into own front pocket

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7. Percussion Highland Smock Khaki £75

Percussion Highland smock

Percussion Highland smock

Ideal for rough shooting

  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Breathable: Yes
  • Hood: Yes and stowable
  • Pockets: 2 side pockets, zipped front pocket plus PVC lined game bag
  • Cuffs: Adjustable Velcro

+ Built-in game bag

– Not the warmest

– Just one colour available

+ Machine washable

Soft and silent fabric make this ideal for stalking. It is waterproof with taped seams and has a breathable membrane. A PVC-lined game bag is in the back.

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