Originating from an old Germanic word meaning ‘time of water’, winter is the season in which rain and snowfall are traditionally at their highest frequency and intensity in the Northern Hemisphere. During those dark, cold nights it can be hard to appreciate the coldest season however below are the reasons we think winter is wonderful.
1. Wonderful winter mornings
While you may be pining for the longer, lighter days of summer, there is something supremely satisfying about crisp winter mornings. Shimmering frost covered lawns, fir leaves dusted with ice glistening in the bright mid morning sun, quiet morning moments when the only thing stirring is your breath in the nippy air.
This time of year is perfect to step into the great outdoors whether you’re a fan of photography and in search of the perfect picture, heading for the hills for some headspace or just off for a wee wander. Whatever your venture, make sure you’re kitted out with the right footwear; the Grisport Fuse Walking Boot is a great all rounder – lightweight, durable, supportive and made using the finest Italian full grain leather. Grisport technology will keep your feet warm and protected on the coldest days and over the most challenging terrain.
Plummeting temperatures mean we can afford to add a few layers to our outdoor-wear ensemble. This can only mean good news – time to treat ourselves to a new jacket or fleece perhaps? Key to being comfortable outdoors in winter is ensuring your clothing will keep you warm AND dry. The best way to make sure you achieve comfort in the cooler winter months is layering. We’ve got the perfect collection to allow you to take layering to the next level. Our favourite winter warmers have got you covered from head to toe – from base layers to the extremities.
It’s important to start with solid foundations and we recommend a base layer which offers breathable comfort, temperature control and an ergonomic fit. We have a variety of technical base layers to suit any outdoor lifestyle.
|Adult Short Sleeve Base Layer||Highlander Pro 120 Men’s Leggings||Adult Long Sleeve Baselayer|
When it comes to mid layers, we’re all about a fleece:
|Musto Essential Evo Fleece||Hoggs of Fife Sussex Gilet||Ridgeline Half-zipped Fleece|
Your outer layer is what shields you from the elements and stops heat escaping to keep you warm so choose wisely. It is advisable to opt for something waterproof, windproof and breathable. Dependent on your activity, consider whether you need additional features such as cartridge pockets and detachable game bag or map pockets.
|Ridgeline Torrent III Jacket||Urban Snow Bird Men’s Quilted Jacket||Hoggs of Fife Caledonia Lady’s Wax Jacket|
3. Keep it cosy
Embracing cosiness over winter is a must if you ask us. Snoozing under a blanket, sitting round the fire drinking hot chocolate, burning scented candles, festive films on the goggle-box – you get the idea! Amongst the most cosy of clothing has to be socks. Whether you are taking part in field sports, gardening or walking, keep your feet warm and comfortable with a pair of outdoor socks.
|HJ Pro-Trek Mountain Comfort||Hoggs of Fife Country Long Socks||HJ Hatfield Shooting Socks (ladies)|
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4. Shorter days
While the shorter days that autumn and winter bring make it harder to spend time outside, they also mean we can enjoy some time inside without feeling guilty for not being outdoors soaking up some Vitamin D and fresh air! Make the most of your time inside by doing chores which you haven’t had time to so far this year like re-waterproofing clothing and footwear. We stock an array of clothing care products to suit all manner of outdoor-wear and equipment. It’s incredibly important to maintain your boots – find out why.
5. The Shooting Season
The best of the shooting season of course! The Glorious Twelfth is a distant memory but winter is a key season in the countryside calendar and we are well into the shooting season by the time it makes an appearance. Some of the best shoot days are had in the colder months when the ground is hard, there’s festive cheer in the air and everyone is looking forward to a hearty game pie to follow. Take a look at our Pheasant Recipe Guide for some inspiration.
Whether you’re beating, picking up, a gamekeeper or one of the guns, shooting is best enjoyed when you are kitted out correctly. We have a wide range of clothing and equipment for:
Or why not treat yourself or a loved one to a handcrafted, unique gift from our Shooting Gift Collection?