A top-notch jumper is an essential piece of sporting kit and a gun's best friend: an extra layer that keeps the cold out but it is smart enough to stand alone at shoot lunches or worn with a gilet on milder days. Find yours in our guide to the best shooting jumpers
Here, The Field celebrates the best shooting jumpers: an often overlooked piece of essential kit. They can be a gun’s best friend: a versatile extra layer that keeps out the cold but is smart enough to stand alone at shoot lunches or warn with a gilet to shot on milder days. The jury is very much out on the merits of a crew neck over a V-neck. While the latter may look smarter with a tie, a crew neck offers added warmth when foreshore wildfowling, for example.
Once you’ve enjoyed our guide to the best shooting jumpers, don’t forget to read our other lowdowns on sporting kit including the best shooting gilets, the best shooting socks and the best shooting coats.
A classic v-neck in a multitude of colours
Alan Paine’s Streetly V-neck is a classic shooting jumper (£99.95). Made from hand-spun, super-soft lambswool, it is made for comfort and comes in a wide variety of colours. it is machine washable to boot.
Best shooting jumper for sheer luxury
This Purdey quarter zip sweater is a timeless design made from soft cashmere (£995); you’ll be wearing this for seasons to come. What’s more, the leather frame around the zip adds further style ensuring you’ll cut a dash – while staying cosy – in the line.
Good for mid-winter sport
When the mercury starts to drop, Barbour’s Horseford Crew Jumper (£99.95) is the shooting sweater to reach for. It is made from 100% soft lambswool in a two-colour twist yard, with raglan sleeves. Chunky but more than smart enough for lunch and available in a healthy choice of hues.
A show-stopping windstopper
One for chaps who spent a lot of time outdoors: Dubarry’s Feeney Zip Neck Sweater (£199) has a windproof lining but is made from breathable but durable blend of wool, nylon and rayon. However, for all its hardy credentials, the drape is soft – ensuring it still looks smart inside.
For those who appreciate the finer things in life
Westley Richards’ Cannock Cable jumper (£595) is made in Scotland from the soft and supple cashmere. It’s a classic that will take you anywhere: the shooting line to supper with friends; even on safari if you opt for the version in ‘light clay’.
A timeless shooting jumper
There’s always room in a gun’s wardrobe for a failsafe V-neck shooting jumper in green. This lambswool V-Neck from Schoffel (£119.95) is not only soft and warm but has a ribbed hem and cuffs. Perfectly suited for layering when the temperature can vary. Handily, it is also machine washable.
The best shooting jumper for guns who prefer not to wear a coat
The Annaboda Pullover from Harkila (£339) is made from breathable, naturally temperature regulating wool but with a Harkila Storm Pro HSP® membrane, meaning many guns choose to wear it as an outer layer. The Field understands it is Vinnie Jones’s go-to piece of kit. Other technical features include a zipped chest pocket, reinforced elbows and ribbed cuffs and hems.
A faithful friend
Cordings’ lambswool V-neck jumper (£99) is spun in Scotland. It is soft, warm, feels light to wear and comes in more than a rainbow’s worth of different colours. Unquestionably, it is the ultimate faithful and trusty friend of country gents across the land.
Want more help in finding the best country kit?
Now you’ve read our guide to the best shooting jumpers, make sure to check out our guides to the best gumboots, the best ear defenders for shooting, the best shooting socks, the best cartridge bags and much, much more on The Field‘s website.
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