Thanks to the pandemic, travel this season has been, shall we say, suppressed. For many wingshooters, trips have been put on hold, rescheduled or outright canceled. But the desire to see new places, meet new people and experience new things is strong, and many sportsmen are planning to make up for lost time once restrictions are eased or lifted. When it is “go time” again, gear that serves in the field, at the lodge or en route will be appreciated.
PURDEY SPORTER SUNGLASSES
Whether you’re swinging your gun at a peg or revving your engine at a stoplight, Purdey Sporter Sunglasses will help you see well and look good. The glasses come with 3 sets of interchangeable Zeiss lenses—gray, yellow and brown—that have anti-reflective coatings and are treated to repel fog, dirt and water. The titanium frame is topped with a gun-inspired, checkered brow bar that unclips and lifts to replace the lenses. Straight and cable temple tips are checkered, as well, and can be interchanged. Handmade in Japan, each pair of glasses comes with a leather case and cleaning cloth and is engraved with a unique serial number. Limited to 100 pairs. Price: £995 ($1,300). James Purdey & Sons.
DUCK CAMP BRUSH PANTS
Tired of having to change out of your hunting duds to go to dinner? Now you can go from field to restaurant table in a pair of Duck Camp Brush Pants. Made of a Cordura nylon blend with a little stretch for comfort, these straight-leg pants are sturdy enough to protect you in thickets yet stylish enough to make a statement around town. Features include a gusseted crotch, triple-stitched seams, tethers for attaching hipboots, and a folding-knife sheath on the right front pocket. Colors: Ash (shown); Pin Oak; and Midland 2.0, Wetland and Woodland camo. Sizes: 30 through 42. Price: $109. Duck Camp.
MUCK APEX MID ZIP
Designed to keep your feet comfortable and dry on rocky terrain, wet ground or walking around town, Muck Apex Mid Zip boots excel—and endure—in active outdoor pursuits. The boots are 100-percent waterproof and have a breathable mesh lining for moisture management. The upper features a zipper with lock-down closure for easy on-off, and an EVA midsole offers lightweight comfort and shock absorption. A lugged rubber outsole provides plenty of traction. Colors: Black, Brown, Camo and Moss. Sizes: 7 through 15. Weight: 2.65 pounds (size 9). Price: $140. The Original Muck Boot Company.
WESTLEY RICHARDS GAME SCOUT TECHNICAL SAFARI SHIRT
Whether you’re shooting sandgrouse in the African bush or window-shopping in the concrete jungle, Westley Richards’ Game Scout Technical Safari Shirt will keep you comfortable and protected in style. It is made of Nilit Breeze fabric, which is lightweight, quick drying and provides SPF protection. Extra height at the back of the collar shields your neck from the sun’s rays, and stitch checkering on the right shoulder provides a better grip when mounting a gun. The shirt features a chest pocket, rubberized metal buttons and generous sizing for comfort and freedom of movement. Colors: Woodland (shown) and Baked Clay. Sizes: S through 3XL. Price: £165 ($220). Westley Richards.
INTELCASE SPORTING LEATHER WOOD SHOTGUN CLEANING KIT
To keep that fine gun in fine form and functioning, the Intelcase Sporting Leather Wood Shotgun Cleaning Kit is a portable, fashionable solution. Made in Italy, the Cleaning Kit comes in a leather pouch that rolls up and is secured with 2 Velcro straps. It is available in 12-, 16-, 20- and 28-gauge versions and will clean up to 34″ barrels. Inside are a 3-piece, hand-stained, wood cleaning rod; a chamber brush; a brass barrel brush; a brass hurricane brush; a nylon brush; snap caps; felt patches; a wool mop; gun grease and oil. Dimensions: 12¾” (l) x 5½” (w) x 2″ (d). Weight: 1.15 pounds. Price: $139. Intelcase.