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Top tips for Picking the Perfect Shooting Jacket

Posted by Bethan on May 29, 2024

Discover the ideal shooting jacket for you

There's nothing quite like the thrill of a day out in the field, the crisp air and the sudden burst of adrenaline as a pheasant takes flight. As any seasoned shooter will tell you, having the right gear can make all the difference between a successful shoot and a frustrating day. Among the essential pieces of equipment, a reliable  shooting jacket stands out as a crucial component.

Choosing the perfect shooting jacket isn’t just about style—though looking the part certainly adds to the experience. It's about finding a jacket that offers the right combination of protection, comfort, and functionality.

For those new to pheasant shooting, navigating the multitude of options can be overwhelming. But fear not, this guide is here to help you make an informed decision. We’ll delve into the key features to look for, from material and fit to practical elements like pockets and padding, ensuring you’re well-equipped for your next adventure in the field.

The Importance of a Good Shooting Jacket

Ridgeline Jackets

When you’re out in the field, the right shooting jacket does more than just complete your look—it’s your first line of defence against the elements. Whether you’re trudging through rain-soaked terrain or braving a brisk, windy morning, a well-chosen jacket keeps you dry and warm, allowing you to focus on the thrill of the hunt rather than the discomfort of the weather.

  1. Protection - A good shooting jacket offers more than just protection; it significantly enhances your performance. A quality jacket shields you from weather distractions, enabling you to maintain your concentration and stamina throughout the day.
  2. Comfort - Shooting often involves long periods of waiting interspersed with sudden bursts of action. A jacket that fits well and allows for unrestricted movement is essential. It should provide enough room for you to shoulder your gun smoothly and swing with precision, without feeling bulky or restrictive. Look for features like articulated sleeves and bi-swing backs that offer flexibility where you need it most.
  3. Unrestricted Movement - This is crucial for accurate shooting. The last thing you want is a jacket that binds or pinches at the wrong moment. A well-designed shooting jacket moves with you, whether you’re lining up for a shot or reaching for more cartridges. This freedom of movement not only improves your shooting accuracy but also makes your time in the field more enjoyable.

Key Features to Look For

When it comes to selecting the perfect shooting jacket, understanding the key features can make all the difference. Let’s delve into the essentials that every good shooting jacket should have.

  • Waterproof, Windproof and Breathable - You want a jacket that keeps you dry in a sudden downpour yet allows moisture to escape from the inside, preventing that clammy, uncomfortable feeling. High-quality materials or other advanced fabrics such as, for example, the Stoney Creek Suppressor jacket's technical 3-layer fabric, excel in providing this balance
  • Durability Materials - Your jacket will face tough conditions, from thorny underbrush to rugged terrain. Opt for jackets made from robust materials like reinforced nylon or heavy-duty cotton blends.
  • Raglan Sleeve Or a Set In Sleeve - The design of the sleeves can significantly impact your comfort and range of motion. Raglan sleeves, which extend in one piece to the collar, provide a greater range of movement and less restriction. Set-in sleeves, on the other hand, offer a more traditional fit and can be equally comfortable if well-designed. For more information our guide on the difference between raglan sleeve and set in sleeve goes into this in more detail
  • Pockets and Storage - Look for multiple pockets strategically placed for easy access to cartridges, gloves, and other essentials. Large front pockets are great for storing shells, large game pouches at the rear will carry shot game, while inside pockets can keep valuables safe and dry. Some jackets also feature handwarmer pockets, which are a bonus on colder days
  • Insulation - For winter shoots, look for jackets with added insulation. These materials trap heat effectively, keeping you warm without adding excessive bulk. For warmer weather, consider jackets with removable liners or a lightweight shooting jacket.
  • Fit and Size - Your jacket should be roomy enough to allow for layering but not so loose that it impedes movement. Pay attention to the cut around the shoulders and chest to ensure you can move freely, especially when mounting your gun.
  • Weight - Lighter jackets are preferable for mild weather and offer greater mobility, while heavier jackets provide more warmth and protection against harsh conditions.
  • Hood - Look for adjustable hoods that can be cinched down to stay in place and those that can be easily removed or stowed away when not needed. A hood with a brim or visor is also beneficial to keep rain out of your eyes.
  • Adjustable Cuffs - Adjustable cuffs help keep the elements out and provide a better fit around your wrists. Look for cuffs that can be tightened to keep out wind and rain, and loosened for ventilation.
  • Drawcord - Jackets with drawcords at the waist and hem allow for a customizable fit. This feature helps to keep the jacket snug against your body, reducing drafts and keeping warmth in, especially on blustery days.

See our infographic below for even more features:

Features of the perfect shooting jacket infographic

[Image: Infographic of the Stoney Creek Suppressor Jacket highlighing the key features]

By focusing on these key features, you’ll be well-equipped to choose a shooting jacket that not only meets your needs but enhances your overall shooting experience.

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Best Brands of Shooting Jackets

There are many different brands of shooting jackets available on the market all at differing price points. Here at Cherry Tree Country Clothing, we pride ourselves on stocking high quality jackets from reputable brands.

In our collection, there is a great range of traditional mens shooting jackets, as well as ladies shooting jackets made from various materials including tweed, from brands including Hoggs of FifePercussionRidgeline and Game Technical. If you're looking for high-end jackets crafted from cutting-edge materials, you might want to explore the range offered by Stoney Creek.

Conclusion

In conclusion, finding the perfect shooting jacket is more than just style—it's about ensuring you have the right combination of protection, comfort, and functionality for your next adventure in the field. A good shooting jacket serves as your first line of defence against heavy rain, keeping you dry and warm so you can focus on the thrill of the hunt. It not only shields you from weather distractions but also enhances your performance, allowing you to maintain concentration and stamina throughout the day.

Comfort and unrestricted movement are paramount, especially during long periods of waiting and sudden bursts of action. Look for features like articulated sleeves that offer flexibility where you need it most.

By focusing on these top tips and key features highlighted in this blog, you'll be well-equipped to choose a shooting jacket that not only meets your needs but also enhances your overall shooting experience. So whether you're facing rain, wind, or sun, make sure you're prepared with the perfect shooting jacket for your next outing in the field.