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BEST LEATHER JACKETS

20 BEST LEATHER JACKETS FOR MEN [2016 EDITION]

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Made cool in the Fifties by Brando, McQueen and James Dean, the leather jacket has since sustained a long lasting covenant with the modern man – seeing him through the proceeding decades effortlessly, with only a slight shoulder-pad, acid-wash glitch in the Eighties.

That said, the last ten years have been good to the leather jacket, smoothing any incongruous fit and colour issues, so now men have a plethora of leather options from the most fashionable luxury brands.

Not going hell for leather just quite yet, click through the slideshow for the 20 best leather jackets in 2015. Then read on for tips on wearing the ferociously soft, animal skin.

BREAKING IT DOWN

The key to buying a leather jacket is finding a type that already rides well with your personal style – don’t be somebody you’re not.

Then, nail the fit (think slim and flat to the body), before selecting the leather type (calf, cow, lamb or goat) and a neutral colour. Honing in on the finer details the final step to personalisation, selecting how many zips, buttons and metal things you want – or none at all, if you prefer.

STYLE IT UP

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Bomber, biker or racer — place your leather bets

Leather jackets require confidence. Celebrities and rockstars wear them to stand-out and make a grungy style statement. That said, you can find a clean-cut, more demure type. Knowing your personal style is important, helping you decide what jacket style is most appropriate.

Leather jacket styles are defined by length, the way it closes or zips (and just how much hardware it boasts) and the collar. There are generally three types: the ‘bomber’, the ‘biker’ and the ‘racer’.

Bombs Away

The bomber is the most casual looking. Recognised by its waist-length, the jacket is made from soft leather, which tends to be more malleable giving it a relaxed look. The jacket has contrast trim (sometimes in contrast colour and fabric), which usually mixes up the waist and sleeve cuffs for a succinct fit. Hardware in minimal, with solely a symmetrical zip up the front, with functional kangaroo-pouch side pockets – or without.

Biker Boss

The biker (think Marlon Brando) boasts large lapels and a flared collar, that can be snapped down for extra security. Packed with metallic hardware (studs, plugs and zips), the front zipper is normally asymmetrical, allowing the wider side to fold in underneath its partner.

Race-On

The racer is the most standard looking despite its motocross-look. They are streamlined jackets with a little collar that snaps shut, or can be without a collar at all. Straight zipped, they aren’t lined with plush fabric and have no lapels or extra hardware to flash things up.

FOCUS ON THE FIT

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Fit is everything, after a quality leather finish

The fit of the leather jacket – like a suit – is paramount. But unlike an imperfectly fitting jacket or blazer, leather jackets can’t be altered easily and it’s expensive. So what should you look for? The jacket should sit cling to the contours of the body, with shoulders cutting sharp and square on the shoulder – like a blazer.

A leather jacket isn’t really designed for wearing over bulk layers – more a fine-gauge sweater or tee – so buy the smallest size that fits, allowing for a bit of stretch to occur. Your arms should be able to move freely, however, and not feel tight and uncomfortable.

Length the sleeves should skim the the wrist and hem bottom should cut at the belt line.

The skinny guy should opt for a tight or elasticated waistband, tapering the body section and accentuating the shoulders. The larger gent should go for a straight cut – avoiding anything that will cling to lumps and bumps. Same rule applies for muscles, gym junkie.

In summary, leather jackets are expensive – unless you’re more of a cheap guy, so play around with fit and brands. And try, before you buy.

COVER YOUR HIDE

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Buffalo, lambskin and cowhide are the best for leather jackets

The type of leather or skin affects the coat’s function and feel. There is no perfect leather, with each carrying its own unique characteristics. In general, larger animals tend to have more durable, sturdy skins, while the smaller animals are known for softness and are more lightweight.

Then, there is the quality of skin, which also changes what the leather feels like to touch. This relates to the lifestyle of the animal before it was killed, the tanning or manufacturing process, and the final finish application.

Cowhide

Cowhide is the most common leather. It’s slightly cheaper and tougher and has a resilience to water and dirt like no other. It’s a great protector because of its thickness, but can take time to wear in. It comes mostly in a matte finish giving the jacket a more casual feel.

Buffalo/Bison

Similar to cowhide’s rugged feel and durability, bison skin differentiates itself with a natural graininess on the skin, which adds texture to the jacket and gives it a raw, earthy aesthetic.

Goatskin

Goatskin is a popular choice for most luxury brands, and is recognised for its pebbly grain. Goatskin is softer, lighter, and more flexible than cowhide. It’s durable and wears-in well, becoming more supple, and better-looking as the years roll on.

Lambskin

Lambskin is the most luxurious of leather for its softness, suppleness, and wearability. It has a luxurious texture and is quite versatile, creating a more chic leather jacket. It’s naturally very lightweight and creates a jacket that can be worn all year-round – whatever the season.

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Leather Jackets Every Man

3 Leather Jackets Every Man Should Own

Best Leather Jackets for Men in 2015

 

An effortlessly cool leather jacket is one of these staples that perfects looks in an classic, yet edgy manner and can be kept for years. Be it in classic black or a dusty brown, a stylish leather jacket is masculine adding texture and dimension to looks. A high quality leather jacket’s longevity in your sartorial repertoire is assured, so keep in mind classic biker styles for a timeless addition to your wardrobe or go for more bomber-esque leathers for a versatile addition to comfortable street looks.

 

1. Black Biker Jacket

The classic biker style leather jacket will see you through multiple seasons. The ultimate in cool leather jacket styles, a classic black biker jacket won’t date and can be reworked in a multitude of ways for easy, casual styling. For reference points think fifties, a la Marlon Brando in The Wild One and John Travolta’s styling in Grease. This style works best in black, particularly accompanying all black ensembles and for grounding lighter denims with a simple white tee. Opt for silver hardware to affirm a traditionalist approach to rocking classic leather jackets, or go for more contemporary all black jackets with woven detailing.

 

Black Biker JAcket

 

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Nudie Jeans Ziggy Leather Biker Jacket
Religion Textured Leather Biker Jacket
Reclaimed Vintage Leather Biker Jacket
Replay Leather Biker Jacket Zip Detail

 

2. Brown Leather Jackets

Leather in authentic browns and dusty tans prove an excellent addition to Spring looks, annotating staples with a textured richness. Particularly complementary with whites, neutrals and warm tone hues, keep your aesthetic rich with leathers in bronzed tones for an unexpected accompaniment to casual looks. Great brown leather jackets will perfectly annotate neutral menswear, lending warmth and dimension by building on the base tones of such looks. Experiment with colour combinations and pair with brighter tones for a vibrant take on Spring and Summer styling.

 

Brown Leather Jackets

 

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ASOS Leather Jacket with Chest Pocket
Barney's Leather Look Biker Jacket
Goosecraft Leather Biker Jacket In Brown
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3. Bomber-Esque Leather Jackets

The relaxed dimensions of bomber-esque leather jackets will annotate looks with a comfortable ease. Simplify looks with the loose fitting bomber styling of leather for a simple, but cool addition to colourful looks. Harness this specific style of leather jackets by allowing its simplicity to ground brighter more vivid pieces. Incorporate these types of leather jackets with great denim, which will maintain a relaxed ease in looks which will register casual yet well put together.Click Here…

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Shooting Footwear

Maintaining Shooting Footwear

Article Date: 17 August 2016 Posted in Footwear, News and Shooting

We get some wellie boots and hill boots returned to us with customers saying they are faulty as either rubber has perished or stitching or leather has cracked or failed. In the vast majority of cases the failure isn’t down to the product or it’s manufacture, it is down to lack of cleaning and care. You wouldn’t expect your car to continue running well without servicing it and the same can be said of your footwear which also needs to be “serviced” and looked after if you want your boots to last.

In terms of maintaining your wellington boots there is not much that you will need to do in order to keep the rubber in good condition and it doesn’t take long to do.
Dirt and organic matter will rot any material over time and, this is particularly the case with rubber. An added problem for wellingtons is that manure of any sort contains acids that literally eat away at the rubber. Here’s some tips and tricks to cleaning your boots in a matter of minutes;

1.    Rinse your wellies with clean water from an outside tap for example.
2.    If there is any persistent dirt then use a wet cloth and apply some soap to it to brush off any excess dirt and perhaps a firm brush to clean the bottom of your wellies.
3.    Once dirt is removed, dry boots with a towel or let them drip dry in a cool, airy place.
4.    When boots are fully dry, any remaining dirt can be removed with a dusting cloth.
5.    In the unlikely event that you are putting your wellies away for a prolonged period of time (certainly the case in the UK!) then make sure you put them somewhere cool and away from direct sunlight which will otherwise perish the rubber of your wellies.
6.    The outside of your wellies should now be dry and clean but the insides could easily remain damp as your feet will have been sweating inside them. To help prevent odours building up, it is worth making sure that the insides are nice and dry too by using something like the Harkila Boot Dryer.
7.    It is always worth treating the rubber with some rubbercare products such as:-

a.    Harkila rubber care
b.    Hunter boot shine
c.    Hunter Rubber Buffer

A lot of boots used particularly for shooting are made of leather. The same issues apply to them in terms of dirt, organic matter and rot so the same rules apply as above in terms of cleaning although a damp sponge/cloth is far better than the tap as you don’t want to soak the leather whilst getting the mud off. Never leave your leather boots to dry off next to a direct source of heat as the leather can shrink and crack….let them dry naturally.

The main difference is that leather needs feeding to keep it supple and flexible. Thus, in order to keep the leather in good condition and prevent in from cracking, there are various products that you can use such as;

  1. Harkila Mink Oil Leather Care – waterproofs and protects all types of smooth leather.
  2. Harkila Nubuck/Suede care and Waterproofer – spray on protective layer to use once your boots are clean.
  3. Laksen All Natural Leather Care – easy to apply with the sponge supplied

If you would like to seek more advice on shooting, head to our experts page for more information. More info Click Here…

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the shooting season

Getting ready for the shooting season

Article Date: 25 August 2016 Posted in Anthony Stodart, Experts, News and Shooting

ArdMoor’s Managing Director and outdoor expert, Anthony Stodart, gives us his top tips for prepping your shooting clothing and kit so that it’s ready for action this season.

We like to think that preparing for the coming season is all part of building the anticipation of what’s to come. Thus we thought we would share some pointers to help you be prepared and to save any last minute panics.

The shooting clothing and kit

It sounds simple but it is likely that you might not have worn your shooting breeks or jacket since your last day’s shooting at the end of last season. Whilst you might think that you are still the same size, it is worth trying on all your shooting kit to make sure it still fits! In doing so you might recall that there was something you wanted to get fixed or replaced before this season starts giving you plenty of time to still do so.

Likewise there are invariably things that get put away at the end of last season that you are going to need. In the meantime, they could easily have been used or “borrowed” by the next generation and not returned to their “safe place”! Thus, make sure that your cap, gloves, boots, boot bag, boot socks (if you use them), ear defenders, glasses and hip flask are all where you expect them to be.

You could (and should) have removed the batteries from your ear defenders. Worth checking that you have some new ones and that they still work. Your hip flask could also probably do with a clean out!

The gun and accessories

You might not have used your gun for some time. Like any sport, it is worth warming up those muscles in preparation for the season so get your gun out of the safe and practice your mount to remind your muscles what it feels like to get your gun into the right place again.

Your gun will have been well oiled when it was put away at the end of the season but, whilst you have it out for your warm up, give it a further clean to remove excess oil and make sure everything is in good working order. Use snap caps to protect your firing pins whilst checking they still work. Whilst cleaning it, make sure you have plenty of oil etc for the season.

Have you got the cartridges you are going to need? Particularly relevant if you use a different load for early season partridges to what you might have used for the late season high pheasant. Have you also got non-lead shot for any wildfowling or duck flighting?

Check your cartridge belt and bag have “wintered” well. They will hopefully have been cleaned and “fed” at the end of last season if they are leather and, if they are, then worth giving them another dose of a leather treatment such as Harkila Leather Cream or Laksen All Natural to make sure they remain supple and are in a good state for the start of the season.

The gun dog

Aside from your own muscle memory, your dog might not have retrieved anything for 7 or 8 months and, despite being supremely well trained, that training can be forgotten and that selective deafness can return with a vengeance on the first day of the season! It is well worthwhile refreshing their training and honing their skills to save embarrassment and to protect your voice! Worth also looking out their towel and travel bed etc so that they are also to hand.

You should now be all set for the coming season and we hope you have many great days out in our fantastic countryside. Needless to say, should you discover you need any replacement kit then look no further than our shooting collection. 

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Shooting Suit

Our expert Headkeeper tests the Baleno Derby Shooting Suit

Graham White – Headkeeper at Holylee Estate, Walkerburn put the Baleno Derby Jacket & Trousers to test over the last shooting season in the rugged, undulating terrain of the Scottish Borders.

The Baleno Derby Jacket and Trousers combination promises to offer a smart shooting suit without compromising on durability. With a soft, lightweight yet completely noiseless and waterproof fabric, it’s ideal for everyday use outdoors.
Graham White Baleno Derby Product Review

What was the Baleno Derby Shooting Suit used for?

I start every day early, as I’m up with my dogs getting them ready for the day ahead. I spend most of my day outdoors in all weathers and every day is different from the day before. This means that when it comes to kit, I need a jacket and trousers that are tough enough to keep me warm, dry and protected in all conditions – whether I’m running a shoot day, out feeding my birds, walking in the outside coverts or on the quad bike at the top of the hill.

Good Points?

Graham White Baleno Derby Product Review

This shooting suit feels very lightweight, it’s noiseless and allows me to move around freely without any restrictions. Both jacket and trousers are very comfortable to wear all day and have kept me completely dry without causing me to sweat up when I’m active and working hard. They have lasted really well and have certainly been put to the test in some of the most extreme conditions this winter.

As Headkeeper at Holylee, I am often the first point of contact with visitors so it’s great having a shooting jacket & trousers that look smart as well as being tough enough to match the job in hand. Knowing I’m going to stay dry whatever the conditions is essential in my line of work and these definitely tick that box.

Bad Points?

The only slight downside is that the articulated knees on the trousers are a little tight if you have well-built legs and are kneeling or sitting down.

To see more expert advice, guides and news from Graham and the Holylee estate, please visit his profile.

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Baleno Derby Jacket

Baleno Derby Jacket

 

Ideal for shooting, stalking and other country pursuits
Noiseless fabric and complete breathability
Adjustable cuffs to resist cold and wet weather
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Baleno Derby Trousers

Baleno Derby Trousers

Made from tough, durable and soft to touch fabric
Windproof, waterproof and breathable
With preformed knees for great articulation

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shooting season ends

What happens when the shooting season ends?

The shooting season may be over, but that doesn’t mean that the hard work ends. We speak to Graham, our shooting expert and Headkeeper at Holylee estate to find out what the end of season means for him.

The month following the end of the shooting season generally means a lot of tidying up. All the pegs have to be brought back in and any empty cartridges get cleared up. We do ask the guns to lift their empties and put them in the buckets provided (which they do) but there’s always the odd one that has been missed and we like to get them all tidied up to leave the place litter free.

Traps and tidying after the shooting season

There’s the odd bit of windblown timber that we have been chopping up to get it off the fences which keeps the place tidy and allows new growth, so this involves plenty of work with the chainsaw.

It’s back to the traps for stoats and weasels so we get all of them set up and ready to go again. We’ve also had a big problem with rats this year. With it being so mild they have been further up the hill than normal and have been a lot more active than usual so we have been getting on top of them. They are a nuisance for everything and we need to get them under control before we can really start trapping the stoats and weasels.

We let the feeders run down but continue to feed the birds with a spinner on the back of the quad bike which we use every second day and just spin wheat onto the feed rides in the woods. This helps the birds to drift out and away from the main feeders and also helps to stop the pest build up around the feeders.

We’ll keep doing that for the next month or six weeks to the end of April or until I see the birds starting to peck away in the fields when you know that the hunger gap at the end of winter has been bridged and nature takes over again with spring arriving and new growth starting.

To read more updates from Holylee as well as expert tips and advice from Graham White, head over to his profile page.

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Graham’s update on the 2016/2017 shooting season

We caught up with Graham White, headkeeper of Holylee estate and ArdMoor’s shooting expert, to find out how the shooting season went and his plans for the estate next season.

Graham White season round up

How was last season?

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Last season was very good because the weather was kind to us. The partridges were superb with a Holylee record return of 48.9% which, for us in these hills, was miles better than previous years. The pheasants on the other hand were very difficult with the weather, which was so good for the partridges, making things difficult. It was too mild and too still which made it very tricky to hold onto the birds when it was just like summer at times. What was the incentive for them to be in the woods when it was perfectly warm enough out on the hill with temperatures in the teens in January? It made for a crazy season with people in waistcoats and gilets in January rather than in their wet weather gear. Indeed, we only needed our waterproofs on for two days and one morning in over 40 shoot days.

It was a great rearing year with it being so dry. That’s why the partridges were so good this year. They like to be warm with the sun on them and hate being wet which really knocks them back. But generally the birds reared well and went out well and that is half the battle. Like anything you grow, if it gets a good start then you tend to get a good finish.

Was there anything that went especially well this year?

Not particularly. As usual we had some drives that went really well and others that didn’t but that is normal. It’s weird as you have a great drive one year and do everything exactly the same next year and it doesn’t work as well with some drives petering out sooner than you expect and others holding on to their birds for longer than normal. There was a lot more movement of birds this year with more out on the hill but that was the weather. You wouldn’t sit in a dark wood when the weather’s warm and fine outside and nor does a pheasant.

Anything you are going to change for next year?

Yes. There are a couple of partridge pens that we are going to move slightly and a couple of drives that we are going to try and take slightly differently. We are also revamping a pond so we have been chopping back Alder and clearing weed to try and open it up again so we are due to scrape it out in the coming weeks and that should introduce another habitat that had otherwise become stagnant and overgrown.

To find out more about Graham, please visit his profile which features his latest news plus expert tips and advice.

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ladies shooting club

Thinking of joining a ladies shooting club?

We speak to Mhairi Morriss, Director of Glad Rags and Cartridge bags, to find out what is planned for the club and its members this year.

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What’s on at Glad Rags and Cartridge Bags this year?

At Glad Rags we don’t just book time at a shooting ground and invite ladies to join us. We are unlike other shooting clubs, in that we do not hold our events in already established shooting grounds, instead we can be compared to a roving syndicate holding our clay shoots in magnificent exclusive venues. This gives our members the unique experience of shooting in different environments and varying landscapes.

We started the year with our first shoot of 2017 at a new venue the MacDonald Pittodrie House Hotel. The ladies were welcomed into the cosy “Billiard Room” with the fire roaring and the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and bacon and egg rolls. Allocated into groups according to their experience, they then enjoyed two hours of expert instruction followed by a delicious Sunday roast lunch.

Our February event was a ‘fun event’ at Raemoir House Hotel and in March it’s a sneaky Monday shoot, starting a little later and a sharp finish so busy Mum’s can still fit in the school run.

In April it’s our first afternoon tea shoot at the wonderful Saplinbrae House Hotel and in May I’m very much looking forward to our event at Pittodrie. It’s an event for all the family, for the first time we have invited the juniors (10 years+) to join us.  Looking to the summer months we are back at Kincardine Castle in June, a midsummer evening shoot later in the month then an amazing new venue Kinnettles Castle in August.

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2017 is going to be an amazing year for us, with new venues joining the already very impressive portfolio, our first junior shoot, midsummer event and another Ardmoor Glad Rags Challenge for the more competitive ladies.  The club is going from strength to strength with more ladies wishing to come to each shoot and events selling out in record time.  The feedback from the ladies is always so positive, we all have so much fun, whether it’s holding a gun and shooting for the very first time or experienced guns wishing to improve, Glad Rags and Cartridge Bags is for all abilities.

If you’re thinking of joining a ladies shooting club you can find out more about Mhairi and Glad Rags and Cartridge Bags on her her expert profile. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with her if you’re interested in joining one of her fun-filled events.

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New Beretta range

New Beretta range now available at ArdMoor

Article Date: 22 February 2017 Posted in News and Shooting

If you’d like a little guidance when it comes to buying some new Beretta shooting kit, our in-house shooting experts have put together some of their favourites from the new range.

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We’re delighted to announce that Beretta’s latest range of shooting and hunting clothing is now available to ArdMoor’s customers. Beretta is a longstanding brand synonymous with Italian tailoring and high performance materials.

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From pro-shooters to new guns, Beretta’s range of clothing has something for everyone and for all shooting disciplines. Whether you want a smart skeet vest or a durable shooting suit for a day in the field, Beretta’s shooting clothing offers technical features to ensure that you are comfortable and protected from the elements so that you can concentrate on your technique.

If you’d like a little guidance when it comes to buying some new Beretta shooting kit, our in-house shooting experts have put together some of their favourites from the new range.

Beretta Shooting Clothing – The ArdMoor Favourites

Beretta Silver Pigeon Vest

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Made with breathable polycotton
Ambidextrous design for left and right-handed shots.
Available in a choice of four colours
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Beretta Techno Windshield Half Zip Sweater

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BWP (Beretta Windproof  Protection) membrane for a windproof barrier
Breathable for active use
Available in a choice of two colours
 

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Beretta Brown Bear Jacket

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Light, tough fabric which is windproof, waterproof and noiseless
Interactive System for adding extra layers in cold weather
Ample zipped pockets for storing valuables

 

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Beretta Brown Bear Pants

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Ultimate waterproof protection
Soft, noiseless fabric
Breathable for active use

 

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Breathable for active use
Available in a choice of two colours

 

If you need any help choosing your shooting kit or simply would like some more advice about any of the products on our website, then don’t hesitate to contact our team. For more Information visit our site please Click Here…

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Shooting Jackets Of 2016

The Review: Shooting Jackets Of 2016

It’s time to once again review new and improved shooting jackets  for this coming season.

Traditionally the CLA Gamefair has been the launch for new styles of game shooting clothing, but with the demise of the show last year we will be having a split launch at 2 new shows;  The Game Fair at Ragely Hall and Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace. So if you’re looking to get in on one of these new styles first, we say get yourself to one of these country shows!


Tweed


I’m starting this year’s review with Tweed, partly because it’s a really quick one to cover as there are essentially no changes from any of the leading brands. Although Tweed is the ultimate go-to in traditional shooting fabrics, there has been a great deal of innovation in tweed over the last few years. These days it is much more common for Tweed to be considerably lighter, more durable, and even machine washable.

Barbour Moorhen Jacket | Philip Morris and Son

Barbour Moorhen

This year however has seen a pause in the innovation with Barbour being the only big name to launch a new jacket. In reality Barbour’s new Moorhen Tweed Jacket is actually just a rework of last year’s Sporting Tweed jacket, which I must note was an exceptionally good jacket and great value for money when compared to its competitors.

New Colours

It’s fair to say that the Lightweight Washable Tweed Jacket from Musto comes in a stunning new colour called Cairngorm. Alan Paine who seem to be the up and coming new players in the country shooting market have added striking new colours to their Compton and Rutland ranges; Peat and Dark Moss.

Musto Lightweight Machine Washable GORE-TEX® Tweed Jacket | Philip Morris and SonAlan Paine Rutland Jacket - Dark Moss | Philip Morris and Son


Technical Jackets


Moving on to top end technical jackets which are by far the most exciting developments of this year. Let’s begin with a trilogy of new Highland Jackets from Musto…

The original Highland Jacket was the benchmark to which all other shooting jackets were compared to for over 20 years, as it was the first shooting jacket to ever feature a GORE-TEX® lining. 2 years ago Musto unexpectedly dropped the original Highland from their range without giving a reason as to why. The Highland it is not only back, but has returned in 3 different weights!

Musto Highland GORE-TEX® Jacket | Philip Morris and SonMusto Highland GORE-TEX® Jacket

At the very top of the scale is the Highland GORE-TEX® Jacket. This coat is absolutely true to the original Highland ethos; it has been designed for the ultimate shooter who comes face to face with highly testing weather. As it is incredibly tough, you could even say it has been designed with rugged construction, this jacket is the one you’ll reach for every time when you need to head out in foul conditions. With a price point of £499.00 it isn’t going to be the jacket for everyone, but for those who have to go out on a truly awful day it will soon seem a great investment thanks to its exceeding features.

Musto Highland GORE-TEX® Lite Jacket | Philip Morris and SonMusto Highland GORE-TEX® Lite Jacket

The Highland GORE-TEX® Lite is the second instalment from the Musto trilogy which has a more refined look and feel. Effectively replacing the Loddington Jacket in the Musto range and going head to head with the Ptarmigan range from Schoffel, this jacket has all the performance qualities that is needed on a wet and windy day. The GORE-TEX® Lite also offers its wearer a smarter overall appearance, making it an acceptable ensemble on a day’s driven game.

Musto Highland GORE-TEX® Ultra Lite Jacket | Philip Morris and Son

Musto Highland GORE-TEX® Ultra Lite Jacket

The third and final jacket is the Highland GORE-TEX® Ultra Lite, which is an extremely lightweight version of the original Highland. This jacket is perfect for those who don’t tend to feel the cold as much, and for those who like to shoot unaccompanied by the weight of a bulky jacket. The price point of £299.00 will make this a very attractive option.

The bad news from Musto is that they have dropped the ever popular Keepers Jacket from the range. The longstanding Westmoor Jacket does however fill the void, and being lighter in weight is better suited to the mild winters of recent years.

Schoffel Ptarmigan Range | Philip Morris and SonSchoffel Ptarmigan Range

Moving on to Schoffel, who are also at the very top of the technical clothing spectrum. This year sees relatively little change in their jackets, which to an extent isn’t surprising. They’ve designed a jacket that fits so well and is constructed from such great materials, that they can only move forward when new fabric technologies allow. You can be sure that the brilliant Ptarmigan Rangewon’t be standing still for long. Watch this space, there’s bound to be more innovative designs soon enough.

Barbour Peregrine Jacket | Philip Morris and SonBarbour Peregrine Jacket

Sadly Barbour have reduced the size of their technical shooting jacket range considerably this year. On a brighter note there is one fantastic looking addition, a new 3 in 1 jacket called the Peregrine. This particular jacket is packed with a huge number of practical features, and whats more it fits fantastically!

Barbour have also kept in the Bransdale Jacket, which is one of the most versatile jackets on the market; smart, durable, medium weight, well cut, and suitable for almost any type of shooting. If you’re looking for a jacket that has a variety of different shooting characteristics for diverse days out in the field, then the Bransdale is a really good option.

Seeland Woodcock Range | Philip Morris and SonSeeland Woodcock Range

The stand-out shooting jacket from a mid-range price point of view is the Woodcock Jacket from Seeland.  This is a crowded section of the market, with Deerhunter, Alan Paine, Laksen, and others trying to establish a stronger market share. Our experience suggests that Seeland offers a quality more akin to what you’d expect from a more premium brand, and as a result they seem to be establishing a strong reputation. Seeland have the luxury of being the sister brand of leading premium technical brand Harkila, which is most likely down to shared technical development. This also allows Seeland to create top quality products at the price they range from.

There are a lot of quality Scandinavian brands trying to sell products into the UK market, however being designed for the Scandinavian market a lot of the products don’t quite suit the UK’s needs in terms of sporting jackets. The Seeland Woodcock Jacket has the advantage of being designed specifically for game shooting in the UK, resulting in a jacket that is very much fit for purpose.


Lightweight Jackets


Musto Fenland Jacket | Philip Morris and Son

Musto Fenland Jacket

The bad news from Barbour is that they have dropped the Sporting Feather Weight Jacket from the range; it was one of the best light weight jackets available. This now leaves the way clear for Musto’s Fenland Jacket to dominate this particular area within the shooting market. The Fenland comes in at just below £200, which is a highly reasonable price for such an advanced technical shooting coat. The Fenland weighs just 600g in total making it the very lightest of lightweights, yet it still looks like a full feature shooting jacket.

Schoffel’s Ketton Jacket is also a popular choice, but has not been specifically made for shooting. Schoffel’s Ptarmigan Ultralight Jacket is an exceptionally well-designed jacket, which is packed full of useful features.


Ladies Shooting Jackets


Musto Burnham Jacket | Philip Morris and Son

Musto Burnham Jacket

Looking specifically at the ladies market, Musto have produced what could be a winner. They’ve had the Ladies Whisper Jacket for many years, but at over £400 it is not in everyone’s price range, and for some it is also too heavy. Introducing the new Burnham Jacket at just £229.00 (almost seems too cheap!). We strongly believe that it’s certainly well worth the price.

Schoffel Superlight Ghillie

The Schoffel Superlight Ghillie Jacket remains one of the most versatile all-round ladies coats on the market; it is packed with similar features to their leading Ptarmigan men’s range.

We think that it’s such a shame that Le Chameau have temporarily withdrawn from the clothing sector, as their ladies jackets where full of practical shooting features and incorporated a much more stylish cut than many. However, they promise us they’ll be back with a great new range in a couple of years.

Shooting Jackets Of 2016