Protect yourself from the elements with trousers, overtrousers or treggings. We've picked out some good choices to keep you warm and dry.
Our thoughts have turned to the comfort of shooting trousers when you’re out in the field.
We asked shooting coach Ed Solomons for his thoughts …
“I have a few pairs that I use. For me the key thing is that they are lightweight, fully waterproof and can be stored with the minimum of space. I’m not using them for insulation so the thinner the better. I tend to keep a set in most of my shooting bags so I can slip them on at short notice if the weather starts to come in.”
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On a rainy, sleety day overtrousers can make the difference between an enjoyable day and one to be endured. Look for pairs that are easy to pack, with elasticated waists and knee-high zips, which will make them easier to pull on (and off) over boots.
“Over trousers is a no brainer for me – Swazi waterproof over-pants are what I wear. They are unbelievable at keeping the wet out and, for stalking in particular, when you need to be quiet in approaching the deer, they don’t make a sound – unlike other waterproof trousers!” Ted Innes Ker, founder of Scotland’s bespoke travel specialist, Reiver Travel
Overtrousers with full-length zip on both legs. They are breathable, windproof and waterproof thanks to a Seetex membrane.
These packable overtrousers are ideal to protect you from the elements whilst shooting.
New Zealand-designed trousers for active hunting with technical Frostline Fabric which adapts and regulates body temperature.
Waterproof and breathable, these trouseres are very versatile as they can be worn both as overtrousers or alone due to their fleece lining.
Maybe a pair of treggings?
The shooting season seems to be getting warmer and wetter, so treggings are good because can you can put them on over your trousers in seconds.
Made from rip-stop nylon, these are durable and give you freedom of movement. Our tester advised buying a larger size than normal because ‘they come up a little tight’.
Alice Leet-Cook & Rosie Turner, sisters and co-founders of Hicks & Brown
“When we shoot we prefer to wear the Fenland half lined pack-away legging from Musto. We would highly recommend these, they are so lightweight and easy to wear, yet provide full wind and rain protection whilst out in the field. They are the perfect length so not to drag along the floor, meaning they are not prone to becoming worn or fraying at the ends quickly – as well as avoiding any additional muddy patches!”
For walked up shooting …
These trousers are functional and lightweight, making the going that bit easier on those tough walked-up days. They feature a resilient internal boot lining from the knee down, which makes them extra durable in tough undergrowth.
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These versatile treking trousers are perfect for walking-up game on a rough day or getting out stalking in the hills. They have plenty of pockets for storage and the material is durable yet comfortable. They might not be cheap but when it comes to trousers, you get what you pay for.
And finally – a kilt
A useful alternative to have in your pocket for when the rain starts, as you can whip it out and wrap it around you in a flash to protect your trousers from the weather. The Gumleaf shooting kilt is made from waterproofed polycotton, it’s light and is designed to fit into a poacher’s pocket.