As we near the Glorious Twelfth, we help you to find the perfect outfit to start the season looking your very best!
Gordon Robinson, who heads up our Sporting Agency, knows better than most what kit is invaluable in the field.
Here are Gordons top six picks from the Royal Berkshire Country Store...
Purdey Grouse Butt Marker £195
'An absolute essential and also makes a wonderful gift for your host!'
The marker disc has distance zones marked on one side, to log the grouse you've shot. Any birds marked on the disc are easily wiped off as they are retrieved. The reverse prompts notes to satisfy the most particular of grouse shots. The beautiful leather wallet is made from selected vegetable tanned hide. It contains a compass with brass surround to record wind direction etc., a solid brass fixing spike, a rain fast marker crayon and a spare. A leather thong connects the spike, the disc and the marker crayon.
Le Chameau Lite Boots £299
'These ultra light boots are perfect for the start of the Grouse season where wellies and more heavy duty footwear are not yet required. They also give great ankle support and grip.'
Ultra-lightweight, innovative 10" leather boot with multi-layer Le Chameau LCX® Technology, guaranteed to be waterproof and breathable. Made with environmentally friendly Terracare® full grain leather. Featuring the exclusive ‘Deep Forest’ sole developed in partnership with Michelin.
Due to the tighter fit found in our Chameau-Lite range, we recommend ordering 1 size larger than you
Laksen Trailtracker Gaiters £79
'I cant recommended a good quality gaiter enough. They do wonders at keeping out the midges and heather seed heads.'
Laksen Trailtracker Gaiters W.CTX are fully waterproof hard wearing gaiters. Designed to complement the Laksen Trailtracker shooting Jacket & Trousers but adaptable to any stalking suit, these Trailtracker Gaiters are easy to use and lined with the Laksen CTX membrane to ensure the best possible protection for your boots from water and dirt when out in the field. They are fully adjustable with a full length zip covered by a flap for protection and elasticated round the ankle for a good secure fit. There is a robust adjustable strap that goes under the foot and a quality hook to attach them onto your boots. Fully wind waterproof and noiseless for trustworthy protection when outside in harsh conditions.
Purdey Grouse Shirt £95
'A dark shirt is essential on the Moor. As the birds fly at lower heights towards the guns, it is important to blend into the surrounding area. I wear these shirts from Purdey which are wonderful quality and go well with different tweeds.'
A dedicated grouse shirt. Mid-weight slightly brushed 100% cotton shirt for wearers comfort. Specially coloured to blend in with the background. Cut for ease of movement.
Oakley Evzero- Stride Purple £139.95
'An absolute necessity. Not only do these keep you safe, I find that they also improve your performance. I use these Oakley EVZero Stride model with purple lenses.'
Steelframe – Prizm Golf (purple) lens – High Definition Optics® (HDO®) provides superior optical clarity and razor-sharp vision at every angle – Ultra-lightweight toric rimless frame design with an unobstructed field of view – Unobtanium® earsocks keep glasses in place, increasing grip despite perspiration – Three-Point Fit holds lenses in precise optical alignment while eliminating pressure points – 100% UV protection
Purdey Light Weight Tweed Waistcoat £395
'The perfect lighter technical tweed for the warmer August/ September months.'
The classic Purdey shooting vest has been updated in newly developed technical tweed. The fabric is one third lighter than traditionally woven tweed and results in a more comfortable garment. Through a combination of yarn twist and the introduction of a very small amount of nylon, it is highly resilient against high levels of abrasion and friction. The tweed has a Teflon® coating which causes water to bead and roll off. The design features spacious cartridge pockets, Alcantara trims and recoil pads for added comfort. A neoprene pad can be placed in a pocket on either shoulder depending on your shooting preference. A must-have addition to the modern shooter's wardrobe.
Wishing everyone a wonderful and enjoyable season ahead!