Schöffel Shooting Coats – Which One is Best For You?
1st August 2019 by Lucy Barber
Schöffel Country’s shooting coat range is comprehensive, with each coat boasting a unique combination of properties and features. So, to make it easier for you to decide which one is best for you, we have created a quick guide, explaining some of the thought that has gone into the design of each of our shooting coats.
Twenty-five years ago, we launched the first Ptarmigan shooting coat. We wanted to combine innovation, tradition and a genuine passion for shooting to engineer the best country clothing for the field sports enthusiast.
“Our vision was simple,” says Corry Cavell-Taylor, the man who, in partnership with the Schöffel family in Bavaria, launched the Schöffel Country brand in 1993. “We wanted to create products that would enhance your experience in the field, whatever the weather.” Having the help and experience of the Schöffel company was invaluable. With almost 200 years of experience and expertise in the manufacturing of textiles and technical clothing, their knowledge of fabrics, trims and fit was unrivalled, and together we were able to source the best quality components to engineer the finest-quality shooting coat of its time.
A quarter of a century on, we still approach each new product with the same level of care and attention to detail, and 2019 sees the introduction of some very exciting new coats to the range. But first, a word on the importance of fit. Fit is crucial in a shooting coat. If a coat does not offer you total freedom of movement and lack of restriction, then nothing else matters. First and foremost, it must allow you to perform to the best of your ability. The Sport Cut we have used for the last 25 years has been a stand-out feature of all of our shooting coats. We have also added a Contemporary Sport Cut to our range, this cut retains the freedom of movement loved by our customers, but, by slimming the sleeve and shoulders, we have a cut that works for our slimmer customer.
The Ptarmigan Pro is unique in the market. No other shooting coat uses a Gore-Tex Pro three-layer fabric with two-way stretch; this is the most technical fabric we have ever used in a shooting coat.
Three-layer fabrics are the best performing fabrics available. The Gore-Tex membrane is bonded to the rugged outer fabric and a specially developed inner lining. This means there is no movement between the different layers, and we do not need to use a separate lining in the jacket. This construction method allows us to create a product that is extremely breathable, extremely durable and lightweight all at the same time. By adding a little stretch to the fabric, we can use our Contemporary Sport Cut and trim the coat a little closer, thus reducing weight and bulk, resulting in a more comfortable and smarter-looking coat.
We have included a removable recoil pad with the Ptarmigan Pro; this pad can be inserted into a sleeve in either the left to right shoulder to suit all shooters and makes a big difference to the wearer’s comfort over the course of a day.
The Ptarmigan Pro is perfect for: Someone wanting uncompromising performance in all conditions. Nothing performs as well whilst looking so good.
The Snipe – is the perfect all-rounder. We have used our Contemporary Sport Cut and a few subtle styling details to create a coat that is just as suited to use in the field as it is on a long country walk or in the pub. Although it is one of our most competitively priced shooting coats, The Snipe is not short of features: it boasts a stretch Venturi outer fabric, high loft insulation and a removable recoil pad, plus other features that are found on all of our shooting coats including hand-warming pockets, and cartridge pockets with drainage holes and retainer straps.
The Snipe Coat is perfect for: Someone looking for a versatile coat – stylish, good performance, good value and great for everyday use.
The Ptarmigan Extreme coat has been part of our range for many years and is a firm favourite for many of our consumers. It is made from a lightly-brushed 2-layer Gore-Tex fabric which makes the coat quiet and gives it a lovely soft hand-feel whilst offering incredible wet weather performance. We have refitted the Extreme to make use of our new Contemporary Sport Cut, making one of our favourite coats even better!
The Ptarmigan Extreme II is perfect for: Someone looking for a smart-looking, high performance shooting coat. A firm favourite with discerning driven game shooters who want one coat for all applications.
In many ways, the Superlight Coat is the direct descendant of the original Ptarmigan coat, launched 25 years ago. Of course, the Superlight has seen many advancements in this time, including updates in fabric construction and trims, as well as improvements in technical membranes. However, the cut and features remain unchanged. Lightweight, warm and incredibly comfortable are just some of the reasons why we have continued to produce the Superlight for years. Manufactured in our classic cut – giving it a generous and unrestrictive fit – The Superlight also boasts a Gore-Tex liner and a little insulation, so it is guaranteed to keep you warm and dry, whatever the weather.
The Ptarmigan Superlight is perfect for: Someone looking for our warmest and most comfortable shooting coat.
When we designed the Ultralight, the brief was to create the lightest fully featured shooting coat possible. We have updated the fabric this year to improve the waterproofing and breathability of this coat. The lightweight ripstop Venturi fabric is tough enough to cope with the hard life of a shooting coat, but still light enough for the coat to be packable.
The Ptarmigan Ultralight is perfect for: Early season shooting, shooting in warmer weather, someone looking for an incredibly lightweight shooting coat that can be packed into a game bag.
Our most robust shooting coat. The Ptarmigan Interactive is engineered from Cordura – an ultra-tough Nylon fabric. In addition to the standard features present on all Schöffel shooting coats, we have added a set of inner zips which allow you to zip in an Oakham or Gunthorpe fleece gilet, which means the Interactive is one of our most versatile coats. The zip-in fleece feature is perfect when colder weather sets in and helps you not to forget your fleece!
The Ptarmigan Interactive is perfect for: Someone looking for a tough and versatile coat that will perform just as well on a driven day as it will on a rough or walked-up day.
Ptarmigan Pro Coat
Ptarmigan Extreme II Coat
Ptarmigan Superlight Coat
Ptarmigan Ultralight II Coat
Ptarmigan Interactive Coat