These innovative coats will ensure the weather doesn't spoil your day
Good waterproof shooting jackets will see you right in the field all the year round. In the summer months when there is a monsoon type downpour you can just shrug off the WET and get on with the job in hand.
During the winter, good waterproofing will make the difference between having a comfortable day out or heading home at the first opportunity because you are cold and chilled.
Any of the coats below will keep you dry. Whilst we are big fans of tweed (for the best tweed shooting coats see here) you’ll find plenty of less traditional offerings here designed with shooting in mind that look a bit more modern. (Find our list of the best shooting jackets here.)
Choosing waterproof shooting jackets
Look out for:
- Plenty of pockets
- Waterproof lining
- Silent material (essential for deer stalking)
- Portability (useful if they can pack into a rucksack)
- Quick drying
- Sturdy zips
Best for temperate, changeable weather
+ Exceptionally lightweight
+ Ease of movement
It might be light to wear but this Musto jacket is fully wind and waterproof, thanks to a two-layer Gore-Tex laminate. The coat is fully seam taped with a high polysuede-lined collar and Velcro-adjustable cuffs to help ensure heat retention. The jacket’s durable water repellent coating helps water run off for faster drying times, while the detachable hood has a stiffened peak to keep water away from your face. Features two bellow pockets with flap retainers, two chest handwarmer pockets and a zipped chest pocket.
There’s also a version cut for the female figure which is the same price.
Best for the shooting field
+ Updated version of a classic
+ Matching trousers available
– Plain styling
This updated version of the already popular Woodcock shooting jacket is a multi-purpose and exceptionally lightweight coat made for long days outdoors in mind. Large cartridge pockets with a quick load function and a large rear game pocket with Oxford lining for storage make this a great pick when out game shooting. An optimised Seetex two-layer membrane makes this fully wind and waterproof, while retaining breathability and a detachable hood with a peaked visor and storm protection around the face keeps you covered up in severe weather conditions.
Best for portability
+ Packs into own pocket
This innovative coat is designed to conveniently pack into itself so it can be easily put away when shooting in changeable conditions. This doesn’t detract from its wind and waterproofing, making it a popular choice for fieldsports enthusiasts. The jacket is mesh-lined to ensure freedom of movement and high moisture wicking on active days and the 100 per cent polyester material is quiet, which makes it a great choice for stalkers. The Orton comes with plenty of storage pockets, including large ones in the front with drain holes to keep your kit dry. There is also a two-way centre front zip, providing additional freedom of movement.
Best for stalking
+ Generous cut allows for base layers
+ Good value
– Dry clean only
Created from robust but silent fabric this is an ideal waterproof jacket for hunting. It is also windproof. Zipped pockets allow secure storage for cartridges whilst large fleece-lined chest pockets keep your hands warm while on the move.
Best for value
+ Back game bag
– Short cut
A lightweight jacket with an emergency hood in the collar for an unexpected downpour and a radio pocket with an antenna hole. Taped seams keep the wind and damp out, it’s waterproof and made from a silent microfibre fabric.
Top tips for buying a waterproof shooting jacket
There is no escaping the weather when out on a shoot and those skies can be rather fickle at times, so you want to make sure you are fully covered when the sun vanishes and the rain begins to pour. A decent waxed jacket will keep you dry, but if you want something that will also keep the wind from your bones and ensure breathability then look for a coat made with one of the many specially developed membranes – such as Gore-Tex, Seetex or Musto’s BR1 and BR2. A detachable hood is also a bonus – it will keep your head dry when you need it and set aside when you don’t.