Best of the vests

As the season starts, everyone will want to shed layers.

It’s true that most shooters prefer to take part in as few layers as possible – thick clothing has a knack of impeding gun mount and reduces mobility, but removing heavy winter coats and sleeves means there are a sudden lack of pockets.

Where then do you hold cartridges, phones, wallets, and all the essential paraphernalia essential to good performance.

Here’s some shooting vest choices, at a range of prices dependent on budget if you’re after some new garb this season.

03_DSCN6008 copy1Napier Regent Skeet Vest

Napier of London launched the Regent Vest last year, introducing Active Weight Distribution – simple enough, the vest spreads the weight of the cartridges in the front pockets and eases the load across the shoulders and front of the body.

All the materials are washable and snag-free, and there are plenty of pockets for wallets, ear defenders, glasses and other accessories.

Available in sizes small to XXXL, there will be one to fit you. £93.49

Napier Chilton Plus Jacket

Another jacket suitable for the trap range, particularly on colder days – but cleverly convertible to a vest.

The dual-layer fleece is warm and light, but the sleeves can be removed quickly to turn it into a practical vest.

With a heavy-duty, two-way zip it’s a versatible garment for use all year round. £89.95

Alan Paine Compton Tweed Shooting Waistcoat

02_Alan Paine Compton Gents Shooting Waistcoat1This pure wool, water-repellent vest carries an air of distinguishability about it.

The soft contrast shoulder patches cushion recoil, and there are several gusseted pockets to carry all the paraphernalia needed, plus a secure internal pocket.

The Compson has three tweed colours available to choose from, in sizes from S to XXXXXL. £129.99

Garlands Club Interchasse Blaine Waistcoat

01_CLU CIGI039 Blaine.jpeg1This traditional-looking Club Interchasse shooting vest is available from Garlands in sizes from medium all the way up to XXXXL, for the tall-and-rotund among us.

The vest is manufactured from 100 per cent cotton moleskin, featuring colour-contrasted yoke, and it is also fully lined to help keep the warmth in.

The zipped game pockets are useful for stopping phones and wallets from slipping out while shooting. £129.95

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