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Clothing

Härkila Heat thermal waistcoat

The Heat waistcoat from Härkila is like carrying your own personal woodburning stove, says Simon Esnouf from Härkila’s UK distributors. “It’s very welcome when you’re out in freezing temperatures hunting, fishing or watching a game of rugby.” He explains “It’s a nice quilted waistcoat that will keep you warm anyway,

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Harkila Retrieve jacket and trousers

youtu.be/oZwDbBSEvrM Professional gundog trainer Jason Mayhew is out in all weathers, so his number one requirement for clothing is it has to be waterproof. He’s been trialling the Härkila Retrieve jacket and trousers for the past year, and he’s impressed. It’s kept him dry in all types of weather. “I

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Tweed – which is best, traditional or modern?

youtu.be/3y13naVIZIw Tweed has been the traditional choice for generations of stalkers and game shooters, and it still works as well as ever. It’s smart, warm and comfortable, and remarkably good at keeping out the wet although it will become heavy when waterlogged. There’s a modern alternative however – the lightweight,

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Härkila’s new range of shooting and stalking boots

youtu.be/WMtD1h5CZdc If you think you know Härkila boots, think again. In 2021 they’ve come out with a brand new range that’s even better than before. “We’ve been making boots for seven or eight years now, and we’ve learned a lot in that time,” says Härkila’s Simon Esnouf. “The new boots

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Seeland Avail stalking suit – review

youtu.be/KA0l49Rb-FA Gamekeeper and deer manager David Whitby has been trialling the new Avail stalking suit from Seeland – and he’s impressed.“It’s incredibly quiet to stalk in,” he says. “It’s fully waterproof, and a nice shade of green.” David adds that the suit is very versatile, “Perfect for stalking winter and

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Härkila Orton Packable waterproof jacket and trousers

youtu.be/r-OPsRdP1ic In the UK we have to cope with some pretty unpredictable weather. You can set off in glorious sunshine for a day on the moors, or shooting partridges on stubbles – and a few hours later it could be tipping it down with rain. That’s where the Härkila Orton

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Seeland Woodcock Advanced jacket & trousers

youtu.be/SL2d2d0E8a8 Keepers need clothing that’s versatile says David Whitby. “We’re usually in the beating line, or behind the guns picking up – but we also want something that’s smart enough if we’re lucky enough to be standing on a peg,” he says. The Seeland Woodcock Advanced jacket and trousers tick

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Seeland Buckthorn – waterproof, rugged legwear

youtu.be/dn-33ULbbvs Tough, rugged, waterproof protection for your legs is essential for beaters, stalkers, keepers and others working in the countryside. And if there’s one thing about Seeland’s Buckthorn range, it’s tough, says gamekeeper and deer manager David Whitby. “We expect our beaters to go through cover, whatever that might be

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Seeland Hawker Advance jacket & trousers – review

youtu.be/R8wnnc8dgTc Any gamekeeper or stalker demands a lot from his everyday clothing. It needs to be hardwearing, and keep you warm and dry, but still be comfortable when you’re walking uphill or filling pheasant feeders. Gamekeeper and deer manager David Whitby is a big fan of the Seeland Hawker jacket

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The magic of membranes – how Härkila clothes keep you dry

youtu.be/rCybKrQBARA Härkila is highly regarded by hunters who rely on the clothing to keep them dry and comfortable in the toughest conditions – and as Härkila’s Simon Esnouf explains, the magic is in the membranes that they use. “We use a mixture,” he says. “Some of our garments use Gore-Tex,

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Gateway 1 Pheasant Game wellies

Sergio Couto gives his boots a hard time. As a professional stalking guide, he’s out day after day in all weathers – and he’s very impressed with the Gateway 1 Pheasant Game wellies, a Danish brand that’s made in China. “They’re tough, really tough,” he says, “Comfortable too.” He explains

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Ridgeline Ascent soft shell jacket – review

youtu.be/jDQJY6IQQH8 Soft shell is a great fabric for hunting – it’s light, comfortable to wear, and it’s quiet, so there’s no noise as you brush against trees and undergrowth. That’s why Ridgeline use soft shell for their Ascent jacket as Nigel Winkle, from UK distributors Highland Outdoors, explains: “Soft shell

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Ridgeline Evolution smock – review

youtu.be/UIyXSYCXyGw When you’re out in all weathers, you need something that will keep you warm and dry, but is also breathable so you aren’t soaked with sweat going up the hills. Better still if it’s easy to dry out at the end of the day, so you’re ready to face

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Ridgeline Torrent III jacket

youtu.be/rJgc6BkdPcQ Nigel Winkle from distributor Highland Outdoors explains why he sells the Ridgeline Torrent III smock. This hunting jacket is part of the classic range. It’s well established and has been part of brand Ridgeline UK since the company came to market in this country in 2007.  Why is this

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Ridgeline Grizzly III jacket – review

youtu.be/9oTy0_cL0Yw If you go deerstalking, or just spend time out in the woods, the new Ridgeline Grizzly II jacket could be your ideal outer layer. It’s windproof, light and breathable, has a useful selection of pockets for your gear, and whilst it’s not fully waterproof it will fend off all

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Ridgeline Pintail Explorer II smock – review

youtu.be/xvU4ICBX6uM Ridgeline’s Pintail Explorer smock became a firm favourite with stalkers and bushcrafters. It’s light and warm, very quiet to wear, and you can stuff it in your rucksack until you need it. Now Ridgeline have updated and improved the design to create the Pintail Explorer II. Nigel Winkle from

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Shooting clothing – a tailor’s guide to sizing

youtu.be/8TRwLlcmS-8 When you buy a ‘large’ jacket from one clothing company and it’s the same as a ‘2XL’ from another, and both of them seem to be about the same as a ‘medium’ from ten years ago, what’s going on? We talk to a top tailor about how much of

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Ridgeline Monsoon jacket – review

youtu.be/k5MDEWv-q44 Many stalkers and wildfowlers choose a Ridgeline smock for the excellent protection it gives, but what if you prefer a jacket that you can open all the way down the front?  The Ridgeline Monsoon jacket promises the best of both worlds: the convenience of a conventional jacket, with the

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Shooterking Huntflex jacket and trousers – review

Shooterking’s Huntflex is a range of clothing aimed at most gameshooting and stalking styles. We talk to two professionals about how they use it.   Click here to watch Paul shooting in a Huntflex Winter Skeet Jacket   The Huntflex jackets and trousers range from Shooterking is designed to be

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Härkila Pro Hunter Move hunting jacket – review

Setting your sights on a hunting jacket? Härkila got high marks in our apparel surveys. Most mentioned was the Pro Hunter Move jacket. James from the UK says in our survey that the Pro Hunter is a “pricey jacket but you get what you pay for”. Härkila could still make

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Härkila‘s Pro Hunter trousers – review

Pants, breeks, breeches, waterproofs – call them what you want but they’re all trousers. The standout brands in our survey are Deerhunter and Härkila. Deerhunter was the choice of most people, beating Härkila by one vote. But the single most popular design by far was Härkila‘s Pro Hunter. Ian from

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Deerhunter Ram vs Musto Highland Gore-Tex shooting jackets

Deerhunter scored high in our clothing survey, with its products vying for the top spot in several categories. Top manufacturer for jackets is Deerhunter, according to Fieldsports Channel viewers. For shooting, its Ram jackets are in first place, fitting the company’s description as “one of the most well known shooting

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Best shooting jackets 2020

In March 2020, more than 500 of you filled out our shooting and hunting clothing survey, telling us which jackets and trousers you wear and why you like them. The big prizes are your favourite jackets and trousers. And here are the winners. Top manufacturer for jackets is Deerhunter but

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10-step boot-fitting guide

  Professional deer manager Jason Doyle bashes his boots to bits. He explains how to make sure a boot fits you, before you commit to buying it.

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Best hunting boots for men

There are so many walking boots, so many makes and models. So which do you choose? Well, there is one clear winner among Fieldsports Channel’s viewers, with nearly a quarter of the market. And we will come to that at the end of this piece. Out of the 3,500 responses

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Deerhunter Moor Padded Jacket with Knit Timber

It’s been a long day shooting clay or game, you probably want to slip into something more comfortable than your all-weather gear. In our survey, Ryan from the UK calls it a, “nice lightweight jacket easy to move in”. Deerhunter says it is “the perfect after-shoot jacket” and our survey

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Le Chameau Vierzonord boots

When analysing reams of spreadsheet data for trends, it’s always easier when one name appears nearly twice as often as any other. That was the case with our wellies survey. To the relief of the team trawling through information supplied by hundreds of Fieldsports Britain supporters just like you (thanks

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On Test: Ridgeline Clothing

Will O’Meara and Jason Doyle go on a two-day backpack hunt in the Wicklow Mountains in winter weather conditions. They are after sika as part of Will and Jason’s cull plan for deer in the area. Why put themselves through it? Ridgeline Clothing wants the guys to crawl in its

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Destruction Test: Shooterking Venatu Jacket

Paul Childerley does all his own stunts… he tries to kill the Shooterking Venatu jacket using gamekeeping resources. See how he gets on. ▶ For more from Shooterking, go to www.shooterking.co.uk This film was first shown in Fieldsports Britain episode 439.  To watch the whole show go to Fcha.nl/fieldsportsbritain439

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