Wellies are an essential bit of kit for a shooter, so we look at nine of the best, which will keep you dry and comfortable out in the field.
Jack Pyke Ashcombe
Part of Jack Pyke’s recently launched Ashcombe range, which includes neoprene topped and gusseted versions, this zipped boot features a 3mm neoprene lining and a high-grip rubber sole.
Seeland All Round
Our tester said: “These boots from Seeland have performed superbly, chiefly because the neoprene lining has kept out the cold and the sole’s thick tread has delivered terrific grip over tricky, slippery, surfaces. They are easy to get on and off thanks to the strong side zips and the cut of the boot delivers reassuring support to the ankles. I have worn these boots all winter, around the farm, feeding up on the shoot and for shooting in.”
Seals Thermax Gusset Boots
“Always warm and dry” is this company’s motto and the boots stay comfortable in temperatures from 15C to minus 15C. An arch support is said to reduce back stress and the leg gussets are easy to put on and off. (There is also a zipped version). An excellent all-round boot for a good price.
Seals stockists here. Around £94
This works both as a women’s welly and men’s. It’s ideal for cold weather, with a neoprene lining and all-terrain grip. The Invicta Side-Vent wellington boot has been designed for style, comfort and durability. Ideal for wearing everyday and staying comfortable, whilst doing all those practical, wet and muddy jobs that need attention.
A classic out in the field, with the option of two different soles – one for rough terrains and the other for high-traction without getting clogged with mud. Choose a side zip or an adjustable side gusset and a choice of inner soles in 3mm or 5mm depths, designed to ease foot fatigue.
Aigle Parcours Vario
Marketed as ‘the first anti-fatigue boots’. Adaptable to all calves, with a tightening strap and adjustable gusset. The boot is apparently exceptionally comfortable and has a cushioned heel. Although waterproof, the boot’s lining dries quickly in case of accidental overflows.
Men’s Chore classic tall boots
These boots are real workhorses designed to be worked to their absolute limit, so if you’re a gamekeeper or part of a DIY syndicate where elbow grease comes as standard then you should definitely consider these for one role or another.
Le Chameau Vierzonord
Recently road-tested by the editor of Sporting Gun: “I was standing still on frozen ground for hours and my feet were still warm.” Excellent grip, a buckle fitting that allows adjustment and outer rubber allows the boot to flex easily. Features like a choice of calf sizes justify the boot’s relatively high price tag.
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Burford wellington boots
The Burford combines the traditional look of a welly with a bit of added style. Made from waterproof rubber to ensure your feet stay dry, these wellies feature a shock-absorbing midsole for all-day comfort.