These innovative coats will ensure the weather doesn't spoilt your day
It is safe to say that the warmest days of the year are behind us and everyone heading out into the field is looking to take something with them that will keep them protected from the wet weather and the chill in the air. Well, tweed might be the traditional choice for the fieldsports enthusiast, but there are plenty of innovative coats to choose from, many designed with shooting in mind, if you’re willing to try something a bit more modern.
What to look for
- Plenty of pockets
- Waterproof lining
- Silent material
Musto Highland Gore-Tex Ultra Lite Jacket
This might be the lightest Musto Highland jacket available, but it doesn’t compromise on water-and-wind- proofing, thanks to its 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.
Seeland Woodcock II Jacket
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.
Harkila Orton Packable Jacket
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.
Percussion Sologne Skintane optimum hunting jacket
Lightly padded and made from a polyester twill with a waterproof and breathable membrane, the Sologne features a multitude of carry options, including four interior pockets, a security pocket along the main zip and six outer pockets including a large game pocket at the rear, which can fold down to provide a waterproof flap to sit on. Suede collar and trims
offer a little style, while the fold out cartridge holders and rip-stop elbow and forearm protection are nice features on a coat retailing for a reasonably low price.
Verney Carron Fox Evo Original jacket
Proving a popular purchase at game fairs this year, the three-quarter length Fox Evo is a very versatile hunting jacket, offering excellent freedom of movement. The coat is a cotton/polyester blend with a waterproof and breathable laminated membrane. Its reinforced shoulders and sleeves prevent excessive wear while carrying a rifle or shotgun and it features two large bellow pockets, a hand warmer pocket and three inside pockets.
Baleno Derby Durable Country Coat
The Derby is a smart choice for anyone looking for a durable and practical country coat. Its heavy-duty outer fabric is waterproof and windproof, without sacrificing breathability. It is equipped with large front cartridge pockets, taped seams a two-way zip and adjustable cuffs to offer extra resistance to cold and wet weather. The Derby also features the interchangeable lining system, to help provide extra warmth on colder days.
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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.