This month’s round-up pro­vides you with some all-weather gear from jack­ets to socks – as well as some game-chang­ing gad­gets

Sporting Shooter - - The Marketplace - EMILY DAMMENT/ ALICE THE YARD GIRL

Now that the game sea­son has prop­erly started, it seems a good time to fea­ture this beau­ti­ful pair of clas­sic wool-rich shoot­ing socks from HJ Hall, per­fect for days in the field.

When I was sent these par­tic­u­lar socks for test­ing, it was mid-July and top­ping 30° most days – not ideal con­di­tions for wrap­ping your feet and legs in pre­mium woollen wear! So, ded­i­cated as I am to con­duct­ing thor­ough and trust­wor­thy prod­uct tests, I came up with an idea… a good friend of mine quite lit­er­ally works her socks off ev­ery day on a horse yard (hon­estly, most last her about a week be­fore fall­ing apart), and since she has to suf­fer in long socks no mat­ter the weather, I handed her these mus­tard beau­ties and asked her to abuse the hell out of them and re­port back.

She did an ad­mirable job. They were re­turned a cou­ple of months later (look­ing and smelling slightly worse for wear), with bits of hay and god knows what else worked into the knit, but very im­por­tantly, not one sin­gle hole! They stood up to the ab­so­lute hor­rors of two months’ worth of 11-hour days spent run­ning, rid­ing and stuff­ing sweaty feet in and out of wellies and rid­ing boots. They also prob­a­bly got stomped on sev­eral times by hefty horses in the process – she didn’t say, but this type of mi­nor in­con­ve­nience isn’t worth a men­tion for a girl who thinks noth­ing of be­ing fired at high speed into solid ob­sta­cles on a daily ba­sis.

Any­way, she also told me that they were very com­fort­able and did not make her feet sweat ex­ces­sively. Top marks for dura­bil­ity and func­tion in the harsh­est of test con­di­tions. As you can see, they also look the part with a nice pat­terned turnover top – ideal for smart shoot­ing days or just for wear­ing un­der wellies!

Com­po­si­tion: 42% wool, 42% acrylic, 16% ny­lon. Colours: navy, red, olive and mus­tard. Sizes: 6-11 and 11-13. Comes with an un­con­di­tional six-month guar­an­tee.

RRP: £16.50 www.hj.co.uk

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