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What Clothing Should I Wear While Metal Detecting?

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What should you wear metal detecting?

What should you wear metal detecting?

When it comes to going on a metal detecting expedition, you have quite a lot of things to try and factor in. Indeed, for most people, even getting ready for a metal detecting session can be tough work!

If you are new to the concept of metal detecting, then you might wish to look try and pick up the right metal detecting clothing. This can be very useful for making sure you have everything needed to stay warm as you go about your hunt. What, though, should you wear?

For most people, that can be the confusing thing about metal detecting – what kind of clothing do you wear? In a bid to help you out, we’ve broken down this metal detecting clothing guide to include:

  • What to look out for when buying any metal detecting clothing.
  • The most important clothes to wear when metal detecting.
  • Useful accessories and clothing add-ons to consider buying

What to Look Out for When Buying Metal Detecting Clothing

When you choose to go ahead and buy some clothing for a metal detecting expedition, you need to know what to look out for as there are so many choices on the market today.

Before buying any clothes themselves, though, we recommend that you look to focus on buying clothes which provide you with the following features:

  • Thickness. You are going to be spending a lot of time outside, so it is natural that you might find yourself getting quite cold as you go about your duties – make sure it is thick enough to trap in heat.
  • Durability. Metal detecting often means going into places that might not be very comfortable for you, or might involve things like jaggy nettles, bushes, and sharp items. Ensure your clothes can last!
  • Versatility. From jackets that can be turned outside to hats that can provide heat-trapping and give you the ability to keep the sun out of your eyes, always look for clothes with multi-use.
  • Spaciousness. Be sure to look at any piece of metal detecting clothing and ensure that it has enough space for you to use things like accessories and other useful add-ons to make life easier.
  • Credibility. While you might be happy to buy any old brand, it does help to invest in the brand which is specifically aimed at metal detectors.

By using this guide, and you should find it easier in general to buy quality metal detection clothing.

The Most Important Accessories and Clothing for Metal Detecting

Before you set off on that next journey, you should do yourself a favour and look into some of the following items and item styles. These should make it much easier for you to dress for the occasion.

Here's a list of clothing items we're going to breakdown:

  • Jacket
  • Accessory trousers
  • Snoods
  • Beanie
  • Cap
  • Gloves
  • Carry bag
  • Find pouch

Thick Jacket

Start off by buying a thick, comfortable jacket with a fleece lining and a waterproof outer layer. This is very important to stop yourself from getting soaked should the weather turn nasty as it can in the UK.

At the same time, though, a thick jacket is useful for making sure that you are more protected as you go about your duties; metal detection often means dealing with unkempt terrain, which can be challenging.

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Accessory Trousers

Look to find some trousers such as combat trousers that have a thick(er) lining inside to help keep your legs warm. If possible, find trousers that come with as many pockets as you can possibly work with.

The more pockets you have when out and about metal detecting, the easier it will be for you to get all of your finds stored away and put into their rightful place as you go about your duties.


Another useful choice for most metal detectors who want to stay nice and comfortable as they go about their trip would be an investment in a snood. Such an item allows you to stay warmer for longer.

It helps to trap in the heat, which can be useful when working in large, flat areas where you have little protection from the wind and the rain; a great choice for those longer-hour metal detection journeys.

Beanie Hat

You also want to try and keep your head warm so that you can think quickly, and this means going for something like a beanie hat. This will give you that extra sense of cosy warmth as you go about your day.

It’s a useful choice of product for those who tend to feel the winter bite quite a lot as they go about their duties during metal detection. If nothing else, it helps to keep the rain out of your eyes!

Baseball Cap

At the same time, though, we recommend you also look to bring a baseball cap with you. This can be good for days when the sun really picks up and is in your eye, blinding you from seeing what you are trying to do.

Durable Gloves

In terms of detecting clothing, always look to pack in a quality pair of gloves as well. Gloves are useful for protecting your hands during a dig, but also to help keep your hands warm when you are working in less than hospitable weather.

Carry Bag

You might also wish to suit up with some useful accessories in the form of a carry bag. This allows you to quickly and easily store all of the items that you find without having to worry about storage.

On top of that, you also can avoid items from being damaged when carrying them in less secure locations; if nothing else, you now know exactly where all of your finds can be located!

Find Pouch

Another useful item to buy, though, is a find pouch. These are very helpful for anyone who wants to have a little extra place to store their finds as they go about their metal detecting discoveries.

Make no mistake when we say that a find pouch can make it much easier to keep all of your finds separate and free from any scoring, marks, or damage that could occur in your pocket.

Is there anything you would add to the metal detecting clothing list? If so, please be sure to let us know down in the comments section just below.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Bradley Morrison

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