BUYER'S GUIDE: The best winter carp clothing

From jackets to salopettes, hats and socks, we've rounded up the best winter carp clothing around for this ultimate group test.

Let tackle editor Marc Coulson guide you through his selections...

CARP LAYERS, COATS AND TROUSERS

SNUGPAK X FORTIS SALOPETTES & FJ6 JACKET

RRPs: Jacket £129.95 (olive), £139.95 (DPM) Salopettes £99.95 & £109.95 | www.fortiseyewear.co.uk

Combining top-end performance with great looks, this jacket and salopettes are well-made and ludicrously warm.

The jacket’s Paratex outer shell is windproof, water repellent and breathable, yet offers superb insulation down to -5C.

It has a roll-away adjustable hood, elasticated cuffs and thumb loops.

The salopettes are cut so as to remain comfortable and easy to move around in.

Truly great products, and made in the UK too!

TRAKKER CORE MULTI SUIT

RRP: £99.99 | www.trakkerproducts.co.uk

Trakker is well-known for producing a great value winter bundle and this is the latest incarnation of exactly that.

Consisting of a jacket, zip-in fleece and trousers, it not only performs well but looks the part too.

The heavyweight jacket and fleece will keep Baltic conditions at bay. Add the trousers into the equation and you have an out-and-out winter all-rounder.

Thermal lined pockets, chunky and reliable zips, high collars, reinforced knee sections and a draught-excluding rear on the jacket complete the impressive spec on what is an outstandingly good value three-piece set.

FOX HEAVY LINED BLACK/ORANGE JOGGERS

RRP: £37.99 | www.foxint.com

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In winter, you’re not always going to want to wear a pair of waterproof trousers or salopettes, making a warm pair of joggers a must.

I love the black and orange combination here, which offers a break from the usual khaki greens.

The micro fleece lining adds a layer of insulation and the heavy-grade material keeps all but the most biting draughts at bay.

However, they are not so heavy that you cannot throw your trousers or salopettes over the top if a wintry shower takes you by surprise.

WYCHWOOD PUFFER GILET CAMO

RRP: £59.99 | www.wychwoodcarp.co.uk

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Keeping your core warm is key to enjoying, and not just enduring, winter sessions as it’s the middle area which acts as the boiler room for the rest of your body.

This well-insulated, sleeveless jacket does just that, and in performance terms it stands up to garments that cost considerably more than this.

The down-like 3M Thinsulate inner provides warmth and can be compressed for ease of transport.

Three zipped pockets – two external and one internal – and a high-quality zip complete the basics, with the waterproof and wind-resistant outer providing further performance tech.

The DPM camo finish is also very much on trend.

GREYS MICRO QUILTED JACKET

RRP: £119.99 | www.greysfishing.co.uk

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Over the next few months, especially on day sessions, there will be times when it’s cold enough to need a jacket but not so bad that you need to don the really thermal stuff.

This lightweight jacket offers superb insulation qualities and, ideally, should be worn with one or two thin layers underneath.

If you’ve ever barrowed your gear around the lake while wearing your ‘big coat’ you’ll know how uncomfortably hot a process it can be, but the Greys Micro Quilted Jacket will keep you plenty warm enough without reducing you to a sweaty mess.

Exceptionally comfortable and lightweight, it packs down small too, if need be.

DAIWA SLEEP SKIN TWO-PIECE SUIT

RRP: £37.99 | www.daiwasports.co.uk

Whether it’s worn as a base when layering, as individual thermals or even as pyjamas, this suit is a must-have for the winter angler.

Designed to be worn next to your skin, the advanced microfibre material traps warm air but, crucially, also allows sweat to wick away.

If you’re never worn a thermal base layer you’ll be amazed at how much difference one makes and, from those that I’ve seen, this is up there with the very best.

You even get a free neck warmer with it! Put one on your Christmas list – you won’t be disappointed.

PROLOGIC HERITAGE THERMO SUIT

RRP: £149.99 | www.prologicfishing.com

An out-and-out winter suit which features a heavily-insulated jacket and salopettes, each packed with features.

The jacket has a high collar, peaked hood, storm-sealed pockets to the front, adjustable cuffs, insulated side pockets and quality two-way zips.

The salopettes have reinforced knee sections (a great addition) and the bottom gusset and Velcro adjusters help make for a snug fit around chunky winter boots.

This is a proper suit which will keep you warm and dry in any weather the winter can throw at you.

It’s well made and features a range of well-thought-out extras.

NASH CARIBOU PARKA

RRP: £149.99 | www.nashtackle.co.uk

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One of the autumn’s best new releases, this Parka-style coat will definitely appeal to the more fashion-conscious carp angler.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s just a fashion item, as the spec is built to protect you from the harshest of elements too.

The shaggy internal fleece and hollow fibre fill combine for a supremely snug feel, while the hard-wearing, waterproof outer also repels all but the heaviest of downfalls.

AQUA PRODUCTS FUNNEL NECK AND MID LAYER

RRP: £59.99 | www.aquaproducts.co.uk

Layering your garments is the best way to stay warm.

Even if you wear a thick outer coat, a mid-layer is arguably the most important item that you wear as it offers insulation from the outside and traps warm air within.

Aqua’s 2017 clothing range includes this uniquely patterned mid layer… and it’s an absolute belter! It looks superb, performs brilliantly and, with the addition of the green shoulder panels, it’s ultra-carpy too!

OUR PICK OF THE BEST HEADWEAR

NASH ZT HAT, GLOVES & SCARF

RRP: £32.99 | www.nashtackle.co.uk

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This perfectly co-ordinated three-piece set comprises a bobbled hat, gloves and square-cut scarf that are are all warm, comfortable and stylish.

An impressive trio that’s sure to be popular.

STICKY OLIVE BOBBLE BEANIE

RRP: £12.99 | www.stickybaits.com

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This latest offering from the Sticky Baits and Navitas collaboration comes in a black/olive/brown mix and has a fluffy bobble top and turn-up brim.

Looks great and will keep your noggin warm!

KORDA MOTTLED SNOOD BEANIE

RRP: £12.99 | www.korda.co.uk

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A beanie that doubles as a snood or neck warmer!

The hat has no top to it, so it can be worn on the head with the excess material creating the closure, or rolled down around the neck.

OUR PICK OF THE BEST FOOTWEAR

SEALSKINZ SOCKS

RRP: £35 | www.sealskinz.com

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The price may seem steep, but these are no ordinary socks.

Fully waterproof, thick and durable, they can be used inside boots or on their own. A godsend when

rushing out of the bivvy to hit a nighttime bite!

PROLOGIC MAX-5 POLAR ZONE+ BOOTS

RRP: £119.99 | www.prologicfishing.com

Waterproof and seriously warm boots, these will keep your feet fully protected in the worst conditions.

Exceptionally comfortable whether you’re walking or just plodding around the swim.

GARDNER HEAT SEEKERS THERMAL INSOLES

RRP: from £3.25 | www.gardnertackle.co.uk

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Supplied in two width versions, these 8mm-thick liners could well be the best three or four quid you’ll spend this year, regardless of how good your socks are!

An absolute must for winter anglers.