You can't beat the timeless elegance of tweed - the original performance fabric

A comfortable, breathable, stylish shooting coat is a key part of shooting clothing. While technical fabrics have been on the march in recent years, tweed still has a place in the hearts of traditional country people. (If you’re looking for something smarter for a night at the local pub or for a shoot dinner, have a look at our selection of the best tweed jackets. )

So we’ve carefully looked at what is available to create a list of the best tweed shooting coats around. (See our list of the best shooting breeks and the best shooting vests.)

You’ll find ladies tweed shooting jackets here. 

Top tips for buying the best tweed shooting coats

  • If you are shooting wild quarry, like grouse or ducks, think about colour. Green and brown are better than pale colours. (Read our advice on concealment here.)
  • Think about weight. If you are going to be shooting pheasants on snowy days in the Highlands, go heavy, but if you are generally on low ground shoots in the south of England, a lighter weight tweed might be a better choice.
  • Make sure your jacket has bellow pockets with fasteners to hold them open, which gives easy access to cartridges when loading.
  • The most important thing to look for when buying a tweed shooting coat is that it has a waterproof membrane. This means your coat will keep you dry and allow you to enjoy all the benefits of the tweed.
  • Read our tips on what to wear shooting.

Tweed shooting coats – original and best?

In days gone by nobody out in the field wore anything but tweed. Then Gore-Tex came along and shook things up a bit, with its breathable, waterproof qualities. But tweed has fought back and is now equally as popular, and deservedly so.

“Tweed is the original performance fabric” says John Sugden of Campbells of Beauly, who regularly tailor tweeds for customers. Writing about the origins of tweed for Shooting Times, farmer, keen Shot and award-winning writer Patrick Laurie notes: “Many people outside the sporting world often struggle to understand why tweed is so important, but like so many aspects of our sporting heritage, everything becomes clear when you see a day’s shooting in action.”

Chris Horne, Managing Director of Guns on Pegs said: “I’m a lover of the tweed field coat so to have brands like Schöffel and Musto modernise that iconic item with the latest technology means they’ll last long into the future. Coming in from a wet day weighing two stone heavier and smelling like a wet dog is a bit of a thing of the past, thankfully, so if you’re still in one of those long standing jackets, definitely head out for one of the new technical best tweed shooting coats.”

Top choice

1. Harkila Stornoway Tweed Shooting Jacket £369.95

best tweed shooting coats

Best all-round

  • Material: 100% polyester, printed tweed, 40g padding
  • Colours: Willow green
  • Sizes: 38-48
  • Waterproof: Yes

+ Leather trim

+ Quick drying insulation

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This jacket is top of our list because we think it is a great all rounder. It’s a modern update of the classic tweed jacket created from a soft stretch fabric with a traditional print. It is lightweight, wind and waterproof, supple and stretchable, offering plenty of freedom of movement. Superb for stalking or out shooting, this tweed shooting jacket will become a favoured companion. Adjustable cuffs and hems plus a high collar add to the weatherproof protection. There are two large front pockets with press stud closures and drain holes, a two way front zip beneath front placket with integral napoleon pocket, zipped hand warmer pockets and an inside pocket for all your valuables.

 

2. Schöffel Mens Ptarmigan Tweed Classic Coat £699.95

schoffel ptarmigan

Best for popularity

  • Material: 100% pure lambswool
  • Colours: Arran tweed
  • Sizes: 36-50
  • Machine washable

+ Quick drying

+ Generous sport cut

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Made from British tweed this coat is fully waterproof and windproof with a Teflon coating to make it stain repellent, and a Gore-Tex lining to make it 100% waterproof and wind tight. The tweed is a classic shade that will fit in wherever you are shooting. The cut is loose for ultimate lift and there are plenty of pockets for cartridges, hand warming and internal pockets for phones and keys. It’s a smart jacket, will last for years, and what’s more, it’s machine washable which is ideal for a shooting coat, and unusual for a tweed one.

 

3. Musto Mens Stretch Technical GORE-TEX Tweed Jacket £595

musto goretex

Best for movement

  • Material: Lambswool tweed
  • Colours: Dunmhor
  • Sizes: S – 3XL
  • Waterproof, windproof and breathable

+ Machine washable

+ Includes Lycra for stretch

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Here’s a jacket that gives a classic country look combined with all the benefits of technical advances. It offers the wearer a full range of movement and protection from the weather.

 

4. Musto Mens Machine Washable GORE-TEX Tweed Jacket £625.00

musto tweed jacket

Best for shooters who prefer darker tweed

  • Material: Teflon® coated for durability and stain resistance
  • Colours: Balmoral
  • Sizes: M-XXXL
  • Waterproof, windproof and breathable

+ Machine washable

+ GORE-TEX® drop liner

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Musto has redesigned the tweed shooting jacket to make it machine washable without loss of colour. However thanks to its weatherproof qualities you can still shoot in comfort. Cartridge pockets with retainer flaps and hand warmer pockets add practicality and the stain resistant coating will combat even the muddiest labrador or spaniel.

 

5. Men’s Saxony Waterproof Shooting Coat £295

saxony waterproof shooting coat

Best for colour choices

  • Material: 100% Wool
  • Lining: 50% Viscose 50% Acetate
  • Washing instructions: Dry Clean Only
  • Colours: Bark and bracken, blue, moorland heather, pine bark, rust brown
  • Sizes: S-XXL
  • Waterproof: Yes

+ Stand collar

+ Weather proof

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Beautifully designed and made in Saxony tweed this coat will serve you faithfully all season. It has all the features you need, including a zip and popper front closure to keep the wind out, two front bellows pockets with flap and popper closures, two vertical inset side pockets and a single flap pocket. (Wondering how loud should your shooting tweeds be?)

 

6. Laksen Mens Wingfield Tweed Coat £414.95-£659

Tweed shooting coats

Best for trim

  • Material: 100% Scottish wool tweed trimmed with Austrian Steiner loden
  • Colours: Clyde tweed, Woodhay tweed
  • Sizes: L, XXL
  • Waterproof, windproof and breathable

+ Excellent freedom of movement

+ Standout tweed pattern

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A highly functional and stylish tweed shooting coat that will give you maximum weather protection.  Two fleece-lined hand-warmer pockets will keep your fingers warm on chilly days as will the adjustable sleeve cuffs. There are also large front cartridge pockets and two inner pockets for your valuables.

 

 

7. Hoggs of Fife Helmsdale Waterproof Tweed Shooting Jacket – Green £118.99-£174.90

Tweed shooting coats

Best for price

  • Material: 60% Lambswool, 40% Technical Fibres – 610g Tweed
  • Colours: Green
  • Sizes: XS-XXL
  • Waterproof

+ Quilted satin lining

+ Prooftex dropliner membrane – waterproof, windproof, breathable

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This shooting jacket is good value for money and looks the part, in a technical tweed with moleskine and trims. There is also a bellows pocket, handwarmer pockets and a zipped phone/whistle pocket.

Some last words on tweed

  • Remember to dry your coat slowly if it does get soaked.  Put it on a shaped hanger in a warm room.
  • Discover why the tweed cap is classic headgear.
  • Tweed is naturally water repellent due to its lanolin content and it is also hard wearing. (Read more about tweed here.)
  • A good quality tweed shooting coat will last you years without getting shabby.