Some choices to keep you warm, dry and comfortable
Even though you may be firmly wedded to wearing your tweed breeks out in the field, every shooter needs a pair of handy shooting trousers, overtrousers or treggings.
We asked shooting coach Ed Solomons for his thoughts …
“I have a few pairs of shooting trousers 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.”
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.
Overtrousers with full-length zip on both legs. They are breathable, windproof and waterproof thanks to a Seetex membrane.
“Over trousers are 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
These packable overtrousers are ideal to protect you from the elements whilst shooting.
These offer excellent protection from the elements are and windproof, waterproof and breathable. Ideal for wet days when you’re gundog training too. The comfortable fleece lining means they can be worn as overtrousers or on their own.
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!”
Swazi’s warmest trousers. Huttie pants are manufactured with cosy microfleece. With two zipped and secure pockets, they are ideal for any outdoor activity as they are both practical and comfortable.
These water-resistant trousers have a reinforced lower leg, which enables the wearer to walk through bracken and heather with ease. There are more expensive trousers out there but mid-range can be a good bet if you are after something that will have a very hard life.
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.
These trousers combine a timeless and durable design with modern features such as zip vent and strength panels for enhanced comfort and temperature regulation. They can easily stand up to the exertions of the outdoors and can handle any weather Mother Nature throws at you.
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.