There is enormous choice in the range of men’s shooting jackets. Our guide helps you choose the best shooting jacket for your needs.
What to Look For in a Shooting Jacket
There are 3 critical factors to consider when choosing a shooting jacket: weatherproofing, cut and weight.
Good waterproofing is essential. And breathablity so that moisture created by the body inside the jacket can evaporate. Good jackets use GoreTex waterproofing. Innovative performance fabrics Meryl®, Cordura® and Polartec® can be used in conjunction with GoreTex to offer additional durability and warmth.
The following features offer additional weatherproofing protection:
- Storm front zip.
- Storm collar.
- Storm cuffs.
- Removable hood.
A well cut shooting jackets means:
- Freedom of movement across the shoulders,
- Storm cuffs or sleeves that don’t shorten when shooting,
- Bellow cartridge pockets with retaining clips for rapid reloading.
- Room for layering, particularly when wearing lightweight shooting jackets.
In an ideal world the type of shooting should determine the weight. For the ‘standing gun’, warmth is the key priority. For the ‘walking gun’ a lightweight jacket is more important.
The Best Shooting Jackets for Men
Taking into account the above factors the best jackets are:
Best Shooting Jacket for the Standing Gun
The Ptarmigan Tweed Coat combines warmth and traditional style with high performing Gore Tex and an impressive range of additional features. Schoffel‘s flagship Ptarmigan range guarantees a top-class hunting coat.
Best Shooting Jacket for the Walking Gun
An ultralight, breathable shooting jacket using GoreTex and innovative Meryl® technology. 100% water and windproof, featuring all essential and additional features a sportsman could want.
Best Shooting Jacket for Mixed Standing and Walking Gun
The best of both worlds. Warm, water and windproof. Excellent GoreTex. weather protection, superb features and optimum noise reduction.
See the full collection of Men’s Shooting Jackets online (www.ahume.co.uk)
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