With so many highly technical and clever materials and features produced each year, choosing your clothing and footwear according to the season can be complicated unless you understand the products and fabric used. Often, the warmest time of year can be in late September/October when you are stalking over 15 miles and find yourself in a heavy winter coat when a single layer would do and vice versa. Whether you are shooting, stalking, walking or fishing there are the correct outdoor garments for you from head to foot.
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Winter Seasonal Guide
Cold winter days, frost and ice underfoot, wind whipping your ears and a temperature fast falling below -10° C means it is essential to be prepared. With long days out either stalking or shooting at this time of year, keeping your feet and head protected and warm will dramatically enhance your body’s chances of staying at a comfortable temperature.
Make sure you are equipped with the correct footwear to battle the winter weather. Rubber boots, stalking boots and hiking boots often are designed with Vibram rubber soles alongside warm, comfortable and insulated insoles. This combined with the correct lining, such as a fleece or Gore-Tex lined membrane, will ensure that you keep out the wet and maintain warmth! This in-turn will keep your feet protected from the bitter ground up, meaning no frostbite to ruin your day!
Seeland Wellies with Diamond fleece lining and 5mm Neoprene, such as the Estate series are exceptional winter boots for both gents and ladies. Likewise the Forester range of Harkila Wellingtons which feature the Vibram IceTrek soles offer an excellent and uncompromising on quality winter boot. Another recommended winter boot is the Seeland Grizzly Pac 10” Boot with the Snowclaw sole system which gives exceptional grip on icy terrain with comfort liners to protect and warm when temperatures plummet - a great, practical winter boot.
To help we’ve picked out a couple of our current favourite winter boots based on warmth, grip, comfort and practicality:
We lose much of our body heat through the top of our head so protect that and you will help maintain core body temperature. Ears, chin and head all need protection whether from cold or wind so a close fitting, snug fleece beanie will suffice in some areas such as designed by Snowbee, Seeland and Harkila. The Exeter Advantage Cap from Seeland is a great all rounder, with foldable fleece lined ear warmers, ensuring you are both warm and wind and water tight.
Most jackets and trousers manufactured today by the brand names consider the 4 main criteria of warmth, waterproof, durability and practicality. In this, you will find that jackets and trousers will be the crux of your wardrobe but it is essential to layer up effectively during the winter months when the temperature plummets. Layering is a brilliant way of achieving the correct body heat and if you can choose correctly, you will not feel bulky or heavy, just warm and comfortable!
Merino wool is the classic solution to warm and effective layering using the softest and finest wool to trap air close to the skin thus creating insulation against the cold. Check out Harkila’s Coldfront baselayer range for both gents and ladies by way of an example or any of the Woolpower products.
ThermoLite, Thinsulate and Primaloft are found in many garments to ensure exceptional warmth examples of which are found in Harkila waistcoats (Lofsdalen), Seeland William Fleece collection, Musto Extreme Thermal Fleece top is a great anti-pill microfleece as a warm layer and the thermal collection from Musto offer a perfect base layer for when the temperature drops maintaining core body heat.
Jackets and trousers that are both lined with fleece or a Gore-Tex membrane are exceptionally effective to combat cold and particularly when coupled with some added padding. Have a look at Harkila’s Asta Lady Range or its Visent range.
Pinewood Mufflon Jacket and Trousers, Musto Windjammer and Harkila Pro Hunter Gents Shooting Jacket and Trousers all offer a fantastic solution to beating the cold winter months outdoors.