There's no need to dispose of your favourite wax jacket, even if it has sustained a bit of wear and tear from the season. Follow our guide on how to repair a wax jacket

At this time of year shooting types are taking a look at their kit; repairing, mending and deciding what will need replacing. It’s inevitable that a favourite wax jacket will sustain wear and tear from a busy shooting season. But there’s no need to dispose of just yet – one should always hold on to a favourite. If your trusty shooting coat is on its last legs, follow our advice on how to repair a wax jacket. This will see it through a few more seasons at least.

If the zip on your waxed jacket isn’t running as smoothly as you’d like or has stuck, you might like to follow our steps on how to replace a heavy duty zip. Fear not, a dodgy zip doesn’t mean that you have to say goodbye to a shooting coat that has served you through many seasons (and has plenty more seasons in it).

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One should always hold on to a favourite wax jacket.

What about press studs? We have a handy guide to replacing press studs here.

As for other field kit, if you have been fortunate enough to inherit a horn-handled walking stick, don’t leave it at home for fear of damaging it. They are suprisingly low maintenance and easy to look after. Follow our advice and read how to look after a horn handled walking stick.


I have recently torn my favourite old wax jacket. Although it is really beyond repair it still works for me, except for this recent damage. Would you know if there is a way of mending it discreetly without incurring a large bill?
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For a quick and effective repair purchase McNett Tenacious sealing repair tape. It is a magic tape is known for its extreme adhesive properties and is perfect for repairing rips, tears and holes in outdoor clothing leaving an almost invisible seal. You can also use it on other kit used outside, including camping equipment, vinyl rafts, down jackets and sleeping bags. No vehicle should be without this tape, which is clear and comes in a roll 50cm long by 7.5cm wide.

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This article was originally published in 2020 and has been updated.

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