Top Five Lightweight Men's Smocks
With shooting season beginning when temperatures can still be quite warm, the choice of what to wear on those earlier shoots often falls to something lightweight, comfortable, and breathable.
The smock has battled its way back into a front runner for all things shooting over the last few years, and this is largely due to the freedom of movement it offers the wearer. It's a great alternative outer layer to a traditional shooting jacket.
But, when you think of smocks, you often think of something quite bulky and heavyweight, and this can sometimes put you off from choosing one as part of your shooting apparel, particularly in the milder months.
However, smocks are as much for the warmer months as they are for the winter, if you know what to look for. Hollands has a fantastic range of smocks that feature lightweight options, making them perfect for an active hunt in those higher temperatures.
So, if you already love this versatile garment, or you're tempted to be in the market for one, then let us shoot the shot of the smock, and bring you up to speed on the best lightweight choices for the early season.
Introduction to Shooting Smocks
Shooting smocks are an essential piece of clothing for anyone who enjoys shooting sports or hunting. They are specifically designed to provide comfort and improve accuracy by keeping the shooter warm, dry, and free from any restrictions that might hinder their movement or line of sight.
Whether you're a novice shooter or a seasoned pro, a properly designed smock can make all the difference. It can help to regulate your temperature, keep you dry in inclement weather, and keep your gear organised and within easy reach.
Shooting smocks come in different styles and are suitable for various shooting situations, such as hunting, beating, gamekeeping, or deer stalking.
Key Features of a Good Lightweight Smock
A lightweight shooting smock is perhaps one of the most essential items for any shooter, especially during the early season.
A comfortable and functional shooting smock can significantly enhance your shooting experience, allowing you to focus on your aim without worrying about discomfort or restricted movement.
Here are some key features that make a good lightweight shooting smock for the early season:
- Breathable Fabric: Look for smocks made from lightweight, breathable materials such as cotton or polyester to keep you cool and comfortable
- Durable Material: The ideal fabric should be tough enough to protect you from scratches and abrasions while also being lightweight and easy to move around in.
- Adjustable Features: Adjustable cuffs, hoods, and under arm vents for lots of ventilation enhance its versatility and allow the shooter to customise the smock to their specific needs, ensuring maximum comfort and functionality.
- Waterproof Ratings: Look for smocks that have a waterproof membrane so you can be prepared for wet weather
- Multiple pockets: This allows for an active hunter to be efficient and organised when out in the field - look for zip pockets and game pockets in particular.
With these features in place, you'll be sure to stay comfortable, cool, and protected while enjoying your shooting activities.
Our Top Lightweight Smocks
As a shooting enthusiast, you need a lightweight and comfortable shooting smock that won't weigh you down during the milder months.
All of these lightweight shooting smocks are great options for early season shooting. Whether you're looking for added flexibility with adjustable cuffs and removable hoods or need multiple pockets for added storage, there's a shooting smock on this list for you.
The Hoggs of Fife Struther Waterproof Smock Jacket is a perfect option for early season shooting.
This men’s smock jacket features adjustable drawcord and adjustable velcro cuffs that make it easy to find a great fit, and the polyester mesh lining adds to the breathability and ensures that the jacket doesn't feel heavy on the body.
A large, zip fastened front pocket with a cover flap, and further multi-use pockets, provides ample storage, and the waterproof fabric provides rain protection for all your country pursuits.
Overall, the Hoggs of Fife Struther Smock is a versatile, durable garment that packs quite a punch with its features, and is perfect for your hunting in comfort during all your summer shoots.
The Percussion Highland Waterproof Smock is a must-have for any shooting enthusiast.
This men's smock is an integral part of the Percussion clothing range. The large front stowing pocket is perfect for carrying essentials, and the flap cover and stud fixings ensure that your items stay safely secured. The PVC-lined game bag is ideal for carrying birds or rabbits after a successful day out hunting.
The waterproof zips ensure that the contents of your pockets remain safe and secure in all weather conditions. The fully waterproof PU membrane is breathable, ensuring maximum comfort during hot summer days.
The smock's functionality makes it perfect for a range of activities, including hunting, shooting, and beating.
The Ridgeline Pintail Explorer II Smock is a top-quality choice for those in search of a lightweight shooting smock.
The Pintail Explorer boasts outstanding features, including a waterproof rating of 10,000mm, ideal for heavy rain protection, and 2-layer construction for added durability. Whether you're hunting, shooting, or engaging in country pursuits, this smock is perfect for any outdoor activity.
This Ridgeline jacket further includes an adjustable hood, zipped chest pocket, and under-arm vents, making it comfortable and practical for whatever the British weather brings.
An attractive, hardwearing, and highly functional men's smock that offers freedom of movement, outstanding waterproof capabilities, and highlights incredible attention to detail by Ridgeline clothing.
The Jack Pyke Galbraith Smock is a top-notch men's smock that provides reliable waterproofing up to a rating of 10,000 mm.
This smock is perfect for outdoor activities such as hunting and shooting in the summer, as it offers protection from the elements while remaining lightweight and easy to move in. The large front pocket with a covered, weatherproof zip ensures that your valuables stay safe and dry during your adventures.
Available in three colours, this smock is a versatile outer layer that can be used for a range of outdoor activities. The Jack Pyke brand is widely trusted by hunters, and the Galbraith smock is a testament to their commitment to producing high-quality, durable, and functional outdoor gear.
If you're looking for a reliable smock that offers fantastic protection, the Jack Pyke Galbraith Smock is the perfect choice.
The Deerhunter Explore Waterproof Smock is a top choice for men looking for a versatile and practical smock.
Its waterproof and breathable material ensures that you stay dry and comfortable during your adventures, while the zipper underarm allows for ventilation when needed. The large central kangaroo pocket is perfect for storing your essentials.
As one of the best men's smocks for early season, the Deerhunter Explore Waterproof Smock is crafted with durability and comfort in mind. It allows for unhindered movement, making it perfect for hunting or shooting sports. Invest in this fantastic modern smock from Deerhunter that comes in three different colours and is available in a range of sizes.
Whether looking for a lightweight outer layer or hardwearing jacket for unexpected heavy rains, this smock has got you covered.
What Other Shooting Gear Do You Need?
When it comes to shooting in the warmer weather, having the right gear can make all the difference.
In addition to lightweight shooting smocks, there are several other items that you'll want to have on hand to ensure that you have a successful and enjoyable outdoor experience:
- Proper footwear is a must, especially if you'll be walking through rugged terrain. Opt for sturdy, breathable boots with good grip to prevent slips and falls
- Hunting hats or caps are also important for providing shade and protecting your head and face from the sun
- Your shooting shirt should be made from lightweight fabrics that wick away moisture and have a loose, casual fit to allow for unrestricted movement
- Opt for trousers or breeks that are made from breathable materials for complete comfort.
As well as having all the right clothing and footwear, there are a few tips which can help see you through the early shooting season:
- When it comes to safety gear, ear protection and eye protection are non-negotiable. Be sure to pack these items along with any other necessary safety equipment.
- Protection from any UV rays should be top priority - this includes wearing sunglasses, sunscreen, and bug spray/repellent
- Acclimate yourself to warm weather in advance of your shoot so you are mentally and physically prepared for active movement in higher temperatures
- Bring along a water bottle or hydration pack to ensure you keep nice and hydrated throughout your shoot.
A lightweight shooting smock is a versatile piece of clothing that is designed to provide a great alternative to a shooting jacket, particularly during the warmer weather months.
Popular hunting brands like Jack Pyke and Ridgeline know what it takes to create the best lightweight options, and we've showcased a couple of our favourites here. If you'd like to be further inspired, then rest assured that Hollands has a wide range of shooting jackets and smocks to suit every requirement, from waterproof shooting jackets to breathable cotton smocks.
With a dedicated shooting clothing collection, Hollands is the perfect destination for those seeking their next ideal garment for their country pursuits throughout the early season, and beyond.