15 January 2011

Country Tweeds - the shooting jacket

Originally designed to suit a particular country sport, the styles of tweed jackets vary from the more loose-fitting casual styles worn for shooting, through the popular formal sports jackets to the more structured and tailored hacking jackets for riding.

The Shooting jacket

Full Balmoral Norfolk jacket http://www.bookster.co.uk/

The first jacket worn for the sport of shooting was the Norfolk in the 1860s. It is a loose-belted single-breasted jacket with box pleats on the front and back and was adapted from the jacket worn by the Rifle Corps in 1859. The jacket allowed easy movement when using a gun. The jacket was either named after the sport-loving 15th Duke of Norfolk who started to wear it on his shooting parties, or due to the Prince of Wales setting a trend by wearing it on his shooting trips in Norfolk.
This style is not as popular now, but you can still purchase it through companies such as http://www.bookster.co.uk./ Standard price approx £349.99

The Cinder Ettrick jacket www.dsdundee.com

DS Dundee have a modern day version in their shooting range – the Ettrick shooting jacket, which comes in cinder, wheat and highland check, has kept the belted style to give more support for carrying heavy items in the large lower pockets. Cost £340.00


You can go for a tailored shooting jacket with one shoulder panel in leather for the shotgun or rifle, usually with matching elbow patches and large outer pockets such as this Bookster shooting jacket (http://www.bookster.co.uk/),......
Stretch technical tweed jacket http://www.musto.com/

....... but usually they are more relaxed such as the Musto stretch technical tweed jacket. It has 3% lycra for a more comfortable fit whilst shooting and has a Teflon water-repellent finish. The jacket features microfleece lined handwarmer pockets, two internal poacher’s pockets, an inner zipped security pocket and an inbreast pocket. It comes in 2 patterns that offer great camouflage:- Karsten and Renwick Tweed . Cost £400.00 http://www.musto.com/

New Lightweight washable tweeds
Tweed is a heavy fabric but now there are new lightweight tweeds, which can also be machine washed rather than the normal end-of-the-season dry clean.

Lightweight jacket http://www.musto.com/

Musto’s lightweight machine-washable tweed shooting jacket is made out of Scottish tweed (96%wool, 4% nylon) and can be machine washed at 30C, but still remains waterproof, windproof and breathable. The fibres and barbs are coated in a plasticising process to keep them smooth and flexible after the wash. Available in the Renway Tweed colourways. £450.00

Lightweight Barbour jacket http://www.barbour.com/

Barbour also has a shooting jacket in lightweight washable Berwick tweed with a quilted lining of 50g polyester wadding. Colourways: Olive with orange check; forest with orange check and Herringbone with red check (shown).

Full article on http://www.eclipsemagazine.co.uk/ under men's fashion.

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