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Product Review: Noble Outfitters Evolution Insulated Jacket

Welcome to EN’s Product Review series! Who doesn’t love shopping, especially when the object of your search is new gear for yourself or your horse? As an enthusiast of all products equine, I LOVE trying out new gear. Please join me as I narrate my personal journey of trying out all of the products featured. While I will make no recommendations, I hope you have fun reading about my many adventures of trying new products, and that hearing about my personal experiences helps you on your own quest for new gear. Go Shopping.

I don't just love wearing the Evolution Jacket for all of my riding pursuits. I love wearing it wherever, and whenever. And that is why I keep reaching for it every time I open my closet. Photo by Lorraine Peachey. I don't just love wearing the Evolution Jacket for all of my riding pursuits. I love wearing it wherever, and whenever. And that is why I keep reaching for it every time I open my closet. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

When it comes time to choose pieces for my wardrobe, I consider myself to be pretty practical. Closet space in my house is sadly not unlimited, which means that each and every piece I own must literally earn its place in my closet.

This year, my closet is under more scrutiny than ever because as I prepare for my upcoming wedding, I need all of the space that I can get! This means consolidating and rehoming those pieces that aren’t earning their keep.

With the amount of time that I spend at the barn and in the saddle, of course my riding apparel is very important! Even so, the pieces that stick have to be versatile. They need to perform in the saddle, and carry over into my everyday life.

A favorite new piece that my wardrobe has embraced is the Evolution Insulated Jacket from Noble Outfitters. Now, I’ve met many a coat over the years and I’m pretty picky when it comes to things like fit, function, style and overall appearance.

From the first time that I tried on the Evolution Jacket, I had a pretty good inkling that I would like it. The months that I’ve spent wearing the jacket have proven my gut instinct to be spot on, because I’m glad to say that I’ve found a lot to love here.

I'm also quite a fan of the features that help to make the Evolution Jacket saddle friendly. The back vent and hidden storm flaps are easy to unsnap before hopping in the saddle. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

I’m also quite a fan of the features that help to make the Evolution Jacket saddle friendly. The back vent and hidden storm flaps are easy to unsnap before hopping in the saddle. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

So what exactly does the Evolution Jacket have going for it? Well, from the first time that I picked up my jacket, I could tell that it would be a good weight for cold weather days. Beyond that, the fabric, zipper and hardware all felt to be of excellent quality.

One of the most important features of a jacket, in my personal opinion is its ability to keep me dry. The Evolution Jacket is made of a 100% polyester fabric with a water repellent finish. What’s more, it is also 100% fully seam sealed, waterproof and breathable.

Staying warm is also on my list of must have features when it comes to selecting outerwear. The Evolution Jacket features 120 grams of polyester insulated lining, which provides a comfortably toasty amount of warmth during wear.

So what are some of the features of the Evolution Jacket that I really like? Keeping with the theme of warmth, I find that I very much like the soft fleece that lines the inside of the collar, making it feel snuggly and warm when zipped up on cold days.

The YKK two way zipper on the front of the Evolution Jacket feels nice and sturdy. I have no issues with it getting snagged during wear. The small leather Noble branding on the left sleeve, as well as the accenting on the pockets is very pleasing to the eye.

And about those pockets — they are actually dual action pockets, which means that I can store my lip gloss and gloves in the section with the top flap, and still have room to slip my hands in the separate side section. Excellent for storage and keeping hands toasty!

Rainy weather presents no problem for me when wearing the Evolution Jacket. The waterproof and seam sealed jacket keeps me nice and dry. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

Rainy weather presents no problem for me when wearing the Evolution Jacket. The waterproof and seam sealed jacket keeps me nice and dry. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

I’m also quite a fan of the features that help to make the Evolution Jacket saddle friendly. The back vent and hidden storm flaps are easy to unsnap before hopping in the saddle. I also simply adore the pommel cover, as it keeps the front of my saddle dry during rainy rides.

Let’s not forget a couple of my other favorite features. I’d be remiss to not mention the three piece detachable hood, which is terrific for rainy conditions. The knit storm cuffs with thumb holes help add to the Evolution Jacket’s cozy factor.

Clearly, the Evolution Jacket has a number of features that I like, but why does it hold such an appeal for me? From the first time that I pulled the jacket on, it felt like it fit me really well. And, I liked that the fabric was fairly quiet as I moved.

One of my favorite ways to wear the Evolution Jacket is to layer it over my Elements Cowl (you can read my review of the Elements Cowl here). I find that it layers perfectly over a base and mid layer. And I just love how warm the jacket keeps me on cold days.

Rainy weather presents no problem for me when wearing the Evolution Jacket. The waterproof and seam sealed jacket keeps me nice and dry. Plus, I have the added benefit of not overheating since the fabric is breathable as well.

I’m happy that the hood stays up and nicely in place, which is a great benefit in wet conditions. Also, I the storm cuffs with the thumb holes help keep my sleeves from sliding or from cold air or moisture from getting up my sleeves.

And the pommel cover is great to ride with, even in dry conditions. When I'm wearing the jacket and not riding, it is easy to leave zipped to the side and it stays out of my way. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

And the pommel cover is great to ride with, even in dry conditions. When I’m wearing the jacket and not riding, it is easy to leave zipped to the side and it stays out of my way. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

The back vent and storms flaps work oh so very well when I unsnap them to ride. The pommel cover is great to ride with, even in dry conditions. When I’m wearing the jacket and not riding, it is easy to leave zipped to the side and it stays out of my way.

This brings me to one of the reasons why the Evolution Jacket works so well for me. It’s true that it keeps me warm and dry, and works so well in the saddle. But what about my everyday life, that I’m not spending in the saddle or around the barn?

The Evolution Jacket is stylish and has simple elegance about it. Yes, it is designed to be a waterproof barn jacket. However, the style translates very well for me to wear in day to day life. Going to the store. Out for errands. Even when I go to work.

I don’t just love wearing the Evolution Jacket for all of my riding pursuits. I love wearing it wherever, and whenever. Not only does it keep me warm and dry, it matches my personal style so very well. And that is why I keep reaching for it every time I open my closet.

The Evolution Jacket is available from Noble Outfitters in sizes XS through 2XL. It comes in either Black or Dark Navy (pictured), and has a retail price of $199.95. You can find the Evolution Jacket here.

Go Warm & Dry Outerwear. Go Noble Outfitters. Go Eventing.

Product Review: Dublin Winter Riding Apparel

Welcome to EN’s Product Review series! Who doesn’t love shopping, especially when the object of your search is new gear for yourself or your horse? As an enthusiast of all products equine, I LOVE trying out new gear. Please join me as I narrate my personal journey of trying out all of the products featured. While I will make no recommendations, I hope you have fun reading about my many adventures of trying new products, and that hearing about my personal experiences helps you on your own quest for new gear. Go Shopping.

Staying warm and looking fabulous...is there really much more I can as for? Considering how budget friendly Dublin's Winter Apparel Collection is, I'm oh so pleased with the dependable quality, functional performance and the stylish appearance it provides. Photo by Lorraine Peachey. Staying warm and looking fabulous...is there really much more I can as for? Considering how budget friendly Dublin's Winter Apparel Collection is, I'm oh so pleased with the dependable quality, functional performance and the stylish appearance it provides. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

It’s been absolutely positively freezing outdoors lately. Before I even think about stepping outside, I make sure to bundle up appropriately … especially since I’m pretty much cold 24/7. Which means pulling on a coat, hat and gloves. All over layers — lots and lots of layers.

Going out to the barn requires additional bundling up, above and beyond the usual. Being out in the cold dealing with frozen fingers, toes and water buckets is no fun. But I suppose that’s all just a part of dealing with staying north with ponies for the winter.

Riding during the cold season is an even greater endeavor. Fall days with their warmer temperatures and colorful foliage made for beautiful long hacks out. But this is the time of the year that one has to be truly dedicated to spend time in the saddle.

I feel pretty hard core when I insist upon going for a hack these days. I know that it’s windy, bitter and downright freezing. But I can’t help myself: I need to spend time in the saddle. So I do the only thing I can … which is dress in sensible layers to support winter riding.

This season, one of my go to outfits is from the Dublin North America Winter Apparel Collection. My look gives me just the right blend of style and function … all while keeping me comfortable whether I’m out riding or mucking stalls in winter weather.

My outfit starts from the bottom up, with the Performance Warm It Gel Riding Tights! It’s true that I’m already a self admitted fan of tights in general. However, the Warm It tights bring their own set of unique features to the table.

The Performance Airflow top pairs perfectly as an under layer to the Annabelle jacket. The 1/4 zip neckline is my favorite riding top styling, and the color coordination of the pink and navy is so visually appealing. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

The Performance Airflow top pairs perfectly as an under layer to the Annabelle jacket. The 1/4 zip neckline is my favorite riding top styling, and the color coordination of the pink and navy is so visually appealing. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

I find the stretch performance fabric of the Warm It tights to be both comfortable and durable. Instead of a flat solid color, the tights do feature a chevron pattern; This gives them more depth, and adds much visual appeal to the tights during wear!

The interior of the performance fabric is lined with brushed fleece, that feels soft and warm. And let’s not forget one of my favorite features– the polyurethane silicone gel print full seat! Little Dublin logos help to provide extra grip and stability in the saddle.

Continuing to build my outfit, I choose to add the Performance Airflow Technical Top. Perhaps my favorite aspect of this top is its versatility. Comfort Dry Technology helps to provide comfortable moisture control for me, no matter what the weather.

This time of the year, I like to use the Airflow Technical top as a base layering piece. It does a nice job of keeping me warm and dry, whether I’m riding or mucking stalls. The 1/4 zip neckline coupled with the mesh underarms also help provide additional ventilation.

Looking to my outer layer, I’ve chosen to wear the Annabelle Jacket. When looking at Dublin’s Winter Apparel Collection, the Annabelle Jacket caught my eye. An attractive navy jacket, with feminine pink accenting … retailing for under $100? Yes, please!

I was pleasantly surprised at such an attractive price point for a Winter jacket specifically designed for life around the barn. The Annabelle is a waterproof jacket that features sealed seams to help keep it’s wearer dry and comfortable.

I like to use the Airflow Technical top as a base layering piece. It does a nice job of keeping me warm and dry, whether I'm riding or mucking stalls. The 1/4 zip neckline coupled with the mesh underarms also help provide additional ventilation. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

I like to use the Airflow Technical top as a base layering piece. It does a nice job of keeping me warm and dry, whether I’m riding or mucking stalls. The 1/4 zip neckline coupled with the mesh underarms also help provide additional ventilation. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

The seams taper at the waist, in order to provide a flattering and feminine silhouette. Looking to the interior, a half body fleece lining helps to bring warmth and comfort to the wearer. Not to mention that the lining is a lovely contrasting shade of pink!

The Annabelle jacket has a full length zipper up the front, and has a flap that Velcro’s over top. Two side zip pockets provide easy storage for gloves, or they can nicely accommodate my hands. I also appreciate the knit storm cuffs that keep cold air and hay out.

A back snap closure vent can easily be unsnapped to drape nicely over the back of my saddle, and it helps to keep me dry and warm while riding. I also appreciate the zip underarm vents, and the detachable hood, which provide additional comfort features.

I’ve enjoyed spending time both riding and doing chores around the barn in my Dublin Winter Apparel Collection outfit. My entire look is finished off by pairing the outfit with the Dublin Wye boots that I recently reviewed (you can read about my experience here).

What are my very favorite features of my Winter ensemble? So glad you asked! The Warm It tights are among my favorite for riding in Winter weather. The performance fabric is super comfortable and blocks against the wind and cold to keep me warm.

I also find the silicone gel print of the Warm It tights to be extremely functional for me … especially this time of the year when the horses can be a little extra spooky. The attractive looking Dublin logos give me that extra bit of grip that I need!

My Dublin Winter look gives me just the right blend of style and function...all while keeping me comfortable whether I'm out riding or mucking stalls in winter weather. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

My Dublin Winter look gives me just the right blend of style and function … all while keeping me comfortable whether I’m out riding or mucking stalls in winter weather. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

The Performance Airflow top pairs perfectly under the Annabelle jacket. The 1/4 zip neckline is my favorite riding top styling, and the color coordination of the pink and navy is so visually appealing. I love that the Comfort Dry technology controls the moisture.

And now I want to convey just how much I adore the Annabelle jacket. Not only does it keep me warm enough, I also like that the sealed seams keep me dry in wet weather conditions. The jacket has worn well for me around tough barn conditions.

I’m also pleased with the visual appeal of the Annabelle jacket. An embroidered Dublin logo graces the front chest, while the Dublin brand can be spotted on the back under the hood zipper. I can’t miss mentioning how the hood keeps my ears warm while mucking!

Staying warm and looking fabulous … is there really much more I can as for? Considering how budget friendly Dublin’s Winter Apparel Collection is, I’m oh so pleased with the dependable quality, functional performance and the stylish appearance it provides.

The entire Winter Apparel Collection is available through Dublin retailers. The Warm It tights are available in ladies sizes 24 through 38, in both Navy and Olive. They retail for $114.99, and you can find them here.

The Performance Airflow Technical Top is available in size XS through XXL in either Pink or Navy. It retails for $49.99, and you can find it here. Finally, the Annabelle Jacket is available in size XS through XXL, in Navy/Pink. It retails for $99.99, and you can find it here.

Go Function + Style + Value. Go Dublin. Go Eventing.

Product Review: Noble Outfitters Guardsman Turnout Blanket

Welcome to EN’s Product Review series! Who doesn’t love shopping, especially when the object of your search is new gear for yourself or your horse? As an enthusiast of all products equine, I LOVE trying out new gear. Please join me as I narrate my personal journey of trying out all of the products featured. While I will make no recommendations, I hope you have fun reading about my many adventures of trying new products, and that hearing about my personal experiences helps you on your own quest for new gear. Go Shopping.

The Guardsman is Ripley's new favorite turnout rug. It stays in place while he rolls, and even after my younger gelding Rufus plays tug of war with it! Photo by Lorraine Peachey. The Guardsman is Ripley's new favorite turnout rug. It stays in place while he rolls, and even after my younger gelding Rufus plays tug of war with it! Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

When it comes to blanketing my horses, I’ve been known to go a bit overboard. I’m someone who likes to be prepared for anything … which somehow translates into me stocking my tack room with every size and weight horse blanket that I could possibly need.

I make it my mission to outfit each of my horses with a well fitting blanket. One that is an appropriate weight for the outside temperature. Any basic blanket can get the job done. However, I’m always excited when I find a blanket with new or different features.

Each of my horses have a different body type, and are at a different stage of their life. What I’ve found is that I have favorite blankets for each of my geldings. So what’s the difference between one waterproof, breathable turnout blanket and the next?

What it all comes down to for me, are the extra blanket features. Innovative features that promote function, comfort, durability and even ease of use are what differentiate blankets. And depending on the individual horse, I gravitate towards certain features.

A horse blanket that I was eager to try out on one of my horses is one that is brand new this season. I’m talking about the Guardsman Turnout blanket by Noble Outfitters. During my time wearing Noble Outfitters apparel, I’ve become quite the fan.

Added peace of mind can be granted to new owners of the Guardsman Turnout Blanket...because it even comes with a 4 year warranty and 2 year wash program! Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

Added peace of mind can be granted to new owners of the Guardsman Turnout Blanket…because it even comes with a 4 year warranty and 2 year wash program! Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

When I learned about the Guardsman horse blanket, I wanted to try outfitting one of my horses in Noble Outfitters as well! The design of Guardsman horse blanket is one that I was excited to learn about, for it boasts several innovative features.

Let’s start by talking about some features that the Guardsman blanket does so well. The blanket is designed out of a waterproof and breathable 1000 denier Ballistic nylon outer shell with rip stop, which keeps horses dry and sheltered from the elements.

The tough exterior of the Guardsman boasts fully tapered seams, while the interior is lined with a 210 nylon taffeta. A forward facing gusset is crafted to allow more freedom of movement and cause less rubbing in the front of the blanket.

The Guardsman also offers a scalloped hem, which provides a contoured fit. This fit allows mobility and reduces bulk around the mid section of the horse. And all of this translates into added warmth around major muscle groups.

So what are some of my favorite features of the Guardsman blanket? Since my faithful gelding Ripley has been wearing his own Guardsman, several features have stood out to me. Features that seem to have been designed with the horse in mind.

I'm very happy that Ripley can benefit from the comfort collar and withers. Memory foam inside the withers helps to conform and adapt to the neck, in order to eliminate uncomfortable pressure points. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

I’m very happy that Ripley can benefit from the comfort collar and withers. Memory foam inside the withers helps to conform and adapt to the neck, in order to eliminate uncomfortable pressure points. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

With Ripley’s advanced age, I’m very happy that he can benefit from the comfort collar and withers. Memory foam inside the withers helps to conform and adapt to the neck, in order to eliminate uncomfortable pressure points.

In addition, the deep cut of the neckline helps to provide Ripley with additional comfort while he is eating or sleeping. It’s good to see that Ripley can enjoy the creature comforts that the Guardsman blanket has been so thoughtfully designed to include.

The patent pending 360 degree Quick Connect System is another truly innovative feature. This closure system is designed to naturally move with the horse, and be both safe and easy to use. The concept fascinated me, and I simply couldn’t wait to try it out.

The Quick Connect System fastens twice in the front of the blanket, and twice where the adjustable belly straps connect with the side. The heavy duty copolymer plastic resin buckle is placed over a circular knob, and then it slides to snap into place.

And what’s really neat? After the Quick Connect System snaps into place, it can freely rotate 360 degrees. The Quick Connect System is also designed to be able to breakaway for safety if needed, with a threshold of 200lbs.

The patent pending 360 degree Quick Connect System is another truly innovative feature. This closure system is designed to naturally move with the horse, and be both safe and easy to use. The best part...I don't have to take off my bulky gloves to fasten the buckles! Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

The patent pending 360 degree Quick Connect System is another truly innovative feature. This closure system is designed to naturally move with the horse, and be both safe and easy to use. The best part…I don’t have to take off my bulky gloves to fasten the buckles! Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

To top it all off, the Quick Connect System is easy for me to fasten and unfasten while wearing my bulky winter gloves. I usually cringe at the thought of taking off my gloves to change a blanket. Well now … I don’t have to!

The Guardsman Blanket fits Ripley oh so very well, and it the design is visually attractive while he wears his new favorite turnout rug. The blanket stays in place while he rolls, and even after my younger gelding Rufus plays tug of war with it!

Added peace of mind can be granted to new owners of the Guardsman Turnout Blanket…because it even comes with a 4 year warranty and 2 year wash program. Talk about peace of mind for your horse’s blanket!

The Guardsman Blanket is available from Noble Outfitters, in lovely Granite and Black tones. Sizes are available in 3″ increments from 66″ to 84″. The blanket is available with a 200 gram fill that retails for $189.95, which you can find here.

The Guardsman is also available with a 300 gram fill, which retails for $199.95, and you can find it here. A removable neck cover is also available to pair with either blanket, which retails for $59.95. You can find the matching neck cover here.

Go Tough Turnouts. Go Noble Outfitters. Go Eventing.

Product Review: Dublin Wye Boots

Welcome to EN’s Product Review series! Who doesn’t love shopping, especially when the object of your search is new gear for yourself or your horse? As an enthusiast of all products equine, I LOVE trying out new gear. Please join me as I narrate my personal journey of trying out all of the products featured. While I will make no recommendations, I hope you have fun reading about my many adventures of trying new products, and that hearing about my personal experiences helps you on your own quest for new gear. Go Shopping.

I personally love the versatility of the Wye boots. They keep my feet dry and comfortable during daily wear...But what's more, I'm happy that I can wear them right out to the barn and in the saddle. Boots that can follow my journey anywhere...now that's what I call a great pair of boots for my lifestyle! Photo by Lorraine Peachey. I personally love the versatility of the Wye boots. They keep my feet dry and comfortable during daily wear...But what's more, I'm happy that I can wear them right out to the barn and in the saddle. Boots that can follow my journey anywhere...now that's what I call a great pair of boots for my lifestyle! Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

This is the time of the year that I feel myself wistful for spring. Once Christmas has passed, all that separates us from spring are a few months. Just a few cold, snowy, icy and dark months that can never seem to pass by quickly enough.

It’s a sad prospect to endure the cold and dark months. Especially when I spend less time in the saddle and more time mucking stalls and feeding. However, that is what is to be expected of staying north for the winter season.

While passing these cold months, I make it my goal to dress accordingly to keep myself warm. Especially since I’m almost always freezing! So I make sure to choose sensible layers, cold weather riding tights, and boots to keep myself warm and dry.

My feet are often cold and toes slightly numb this time of the year. However this season, I’ve kept then warm and dry in a pair of Dublin Wye boots. In a fairly short amount of time, the Wye boots have become a favorite of mine.

The Wye boots are as stylish as they are functional. Yes, these lifestyle boots are designed with function and comfort in mind. But I adore the fact that they offer an attractive silhouette that is reminiscent of a pair of half chaps worn over paddock boots.

The Durable Tough Tech outsole helps the Wye boots to fit well in the stirrup irons. This along with the RCS footbed helps them to be a terrific choice of footwear for hacking out. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

The Durable Tough Tech outsole helps the Wye boots to fit well in the stirrup irons. This along with the RCS footbed helps them to be a terrific choice of footwear for hacking out. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

So let’s talk about my favorite features of the Wye boots. The first detail that caught my attention is the full length zipper that runs up the outer side of each boot. This coated waterproof zipper allows for easily pulling on and taking off the Wye boots.

A panel crosses over the top of the full length zipper, which helps to stylishly close the boots with a velcro pull through tab. And looking to the back, the Wye boots feature a stretchy elastic area that allows them to adjust to different calf sizes.

Another important feature to me is the HCS waterproof and breathable membrane. This membrane helps to keep the boots waterproof to a depth of just over six inches. Which is definitely important while I’m trudging through snow and puddles.

The Wye boots also keep comfort in mind, with their RCS footbed. This footbed is moisture wicking, and it also provides heel and arch support. And, the double cushioning layer helps to provide all day comfort, whether on the ground or in the saddle.

Much of my time in the saddle this time of the year is spent hacking out. Instead of my traditional tall boots, I do prefer something warmer and more comfortable. The Wye boots have also been a good riding companion to me as well.

The Wye boots are designed with function and comfort in mind. But I adore the fact that they offer an attractive silhouette that is reminiscent of a pair of half chaps worn over paddock boots. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

The Wye boots are designed with function and comfort in mind. But I adore the fact that they offer an attractive silhouette that is reminiscent of a pair of half chaps worn over paddock boots. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

The Durable Tough Tech outsole helps the Wye boots to fit well in the stirrup irons. This along with the RCS footbed helps them to be a terrific choice of footwear for hacking out. For in them, my feet stay comfortable and don’t overheat.

The Wye boots also have a fun interior — a lovely plaid lines the inside of the boots! While hidden from the eye during wear, I find that I do enjoy the fact that the boots are secretly stylish on the inside. Party on the inside, business on the outside!

I personally love the versatility of the Wye boots. They keep my feet dry and comfortable during daily wear … to the office, while out running errands, or even when going out for dinner. As a bonus, they give me a flair of equestrian style.

But what’s more, I’m happy that I can wear them right out to the barn and in the saddle. The treads provide me with good traction around the barn and in the irons. Boots that can follow my journey anywhere — now that’s what I call a great pair of boots for my lifestyle!

The Dublin Wye boots are available in a Drifted Brown color, in women’s sizes 6 thru 10 in full and half, and in size 11. They have a retail price of $279.99, and you can find out more about them here.

Go Wear Anywhere Boots. Go Dublin. Go Eventing.

Fab Freebie: Layer up in a Kerrits Horse Play Quilted Equestrian Vest

Since the Horse Play Vest is without bulk, it provides me with a look that is both slim and flattering. And I can't help but love the combination of the embroidered horses, along with the chevrons that run down both sides of the vest. Photo by Lorraine Peachey Since the Horse Play Vest is without bulk, it provides me with a look that is both slim and flattering. And I can't help but love the combination of the embroidered horses, along with the chevrons that run down both sides of the vest. Photo by Lorraine Peachey

As the temperatures continue to rise and fall on Mother Nature’s whim, outfitting in preparation for a ride is a challenge. Light layers are an essential part of my wardrobe, because I need to be able to add or remove them to stay comfortable.

This season, one of my go to layering pieces is the Horse Play Quilted Equestrian Vest from Kerrits. You can read all about my experience with the vest here. And for this week’s Fab Freebie, one lucky reader will be taking home a Horse Play Vest of their very own!

What are some of my favorite features of the Horse Play Vest? Right out of the gate, I enjoy the lightweight and bulk free warmth that the vest provides. The high tech poly loft fill helps to keep me toasty, without feeling bulky or awkward.

I also find that the slim fit flatters my figure, while helping me feel comfortable. Plus, I simply adore the combination of the exclusive horse pattern and the chevron pattern that is quilted into the fabric. It looks simply fabulous!

The vest has a full length zip up front, and also features two side zip pockets. The tall collar helps provide ventilation options. Plus, it also includes a drawcord, to allow for cinching in the collar for extra warmth.

The Horse Play Equestrian Vest provides modest coverage with its hip-length rider’s cut hem. It is easy to take care of, because it sheds horse hair and dust. And I can always toss it in the washing machine for a cold wash, tumble dry low.

The Horse Play Quilted Equestrian Vest is available from Kerrits, in sizes XS through 2X. It comes in colors that include Chestnut, Denim, Purple, and Black (pictured). The vest retails for $89, and you can find it here.

A special thanks goes out to Kerrits for providing this week’s prize! You know the drill. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter, and then check back on Friday when we announce our lucky winner. Good luck!

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Product Review: Kerrits Horse Play Quilted Equestrian Vest

Welcome to EN’s Product Review series! Who doesn’t love shopping, especially when the object of your search is new gear for yourself or your horse? As an enthusiast of all products equine, I LOVE trying out new gear. Please join me as I narrate my personal journey of trying out all of the products featured. While I will make no recommendations, I hope you have fun reading about my many adventures of trying new products, and that hearing about my personal experiences helps you on your own quest for new gear. Go Shopping.

I love the fact that care is so simple. Hair and dust brush right off of the smooth fabric. And, I can easily toss the Horse Play Vest in for a wash cold and tumble dry low. Photo by Lorraine Peachey I love the fact that care is so simple. Hair and dust brush right off of the smooth fabric. And, I can easily toss the Horse Play Vest in for a wash cold and tumble dry low. Photo by Lorraine Peachey

It’s a little sad that we’ve reached the time of the year when the trees have lost their leaves. At this point, most of them are bare and lonely looking. The once colorful red, yellow and orange leaves are now in crunchy dull piles on the ground.

Some days are warm, some days are cool, but I’m still spending as much time in the saddle as possible. Keeping light layering pieces as a part of my riding wardrobe is essential. Because at this point in the year, I need to be able to mix and match.

Dressing to stay comfortable in varying temperatures is key. And one of my go to layering pieces is often a vest. Simply put, I like vests because they do a nice job at keeping my core warm. And I also like my arms and shoulders having freedom of movement.

This season, one of the vests that I’ve found myself wearing again and again (and again) is the Horse Play Quilted Equestrian Vest from Kerrits. The Horse Play Vest has been a favorite of mine since I zipped it up for the very first time.

What are some of my favorite features of the Horse Play Vest? I love how toasty warm and bulk free the vest is … and that’s all thanks to the high tech poly loft fill. And I simply adore the exclusive horse pattern that is quilted into the fabric.

The Horse Play Vest also has two size zip pockets that are terrific for storing my phone, chapstick, and other essentials when I'm out riding. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

The Horse Play Vest also has two size zip pockets that are terrific for storing my phone, chapstick, and other essentials when I’m out riding. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

Since the Horse Play Vest is without bulk, it provides me with a look that is both slim and flattering. And I can’t help but love the combination of the embroidered horses, along with the chevrons that run down both sides of the vest.

The front of the Horse Play Vest has a sturdy feeling zipper, that has a cute Kerrits logo on the pull tab. There are also two size zip pockets that are terrific for storing my phone, chapstick, and other essentials when I’m out riding.

Another feature that helps to keep me toasty and comfortable in the saddle is the tall collar. I like that I have the option to zip up the vest fully on chilly windy days. Or on warmer days, I can easily unzip the collar and fold it down for more ventilation.

The tall collar of the Horse Play Vest also has a draw cord integrated into the design. This allows the option of cinching in the collar, in order to provide additional warmth. I’m also very grateful for the hip length of the vest with the riders cut hem.

I’ve worn the Horse Play Vest often when riding out this season. Long rides mean that I need to stay warm enough, without overheating. Hey, when you are spending a couple of hours in the saddle, you do warm up quite a bit!

Since the Horse Play Vest is without bulk, it provides me with a look that is both slim and flattering. And I can't help but love the combination of the embroidered horses, along with the chevrons that run down both sides of the vest. Photo by Lorraine Peachey

Since the Horse Play Vest is without bulk, it provides me with a look that is both slim and flattering. And I can’t help but love the combination of the embroidered horses, along with the chevrons that run down both sides of the vest. Photo by Lorraine Peachey

What do I like when riding in the Horse Play Vest? Firstly, I love how I feel warm and comfortable, while feeling simply stylish in the quilted horse pattern of the vest. My arms and shoulders have freedom of movement, which is certainly a plus.

I very much like the hip length of the vest — which really helped me out the day that I forgot to wear a belt, and my shirt kept coming untucked. Because I still had comfortable coverage thanks to the Horse Play Vest!

I also like having adequate storage space in the form of the two side zip pockets. Finally, I love the fact that care is so simple. Hair and dust brush right off of the smooth fabric. And, I can easily toss the Horse Play Vest in for a wash cold and tumble dry low.

The Horse Play Quilted Equestrian Vest is available from Kerrits, in sizes XS through 2X. It comes in colors that include Chestnut, Denim, Purple, and Black (pictured). The vest retails for $89, and you can find it here.

Go Cozy and Functional Outerwear. Go Kerrits. Go Eventing.

Fab Freebie: Stay Warm and Cozy in a Goode Rider Luxe Parka

One lucky reader will be staying warm and cozy this winter in a Goode Rider Luxe Parka (in Camel). Photo via Goode Rider. One lucky reader will be staying warm and cozy this winter in a Goode Rider Luxe Parka (in Camel). Photo via Goode Rider.

This fall season has been mild and lovely, creating a perfect colorful wonderland for hacking out. And I’ve been taking full advantage of the great weather by spending as much time riding as possible … you know, before the days turn chilly.

After the whipping winds and snow showers of this weekend, I think it’s safe to say that winter is upon us. For the truly dedicated rider, however, this simply means that it is time to break out cold weather layering pieces and outerwear to combat the cold.

Because what are we going to stop riding just because our face feels frozen and fingers have gone numb? Heck no. So for this week’s Fab Freebie, one lucky reader will get to take home a Luxe Parka in Camel from Goode Rider.

With the Luxe Parka, luxury meets comfort in order to keep you warm and cozy in the saddle during the cold months of winter. Because there’s no reason that you can’t stay comfortable in the saddle, while looking fabulous at the same time, right?

A luxurious down fill, coupled with shearling fleece inside the collar help to keep you warm and toasty. A removable faux fur hood offers equal points for style and function. And let’s not forget the cozy stormcuffs with thumb holes that will help to keep hands warm.

In addition to the warmth and comfort, the Luxe Parka has stunning good looks to offer too! Stretchy neoprene side panels provide a slimming silhouette. Leather piping on the princess seams and leather trim on the zip pockets add to the overall styling of the parka.

With this much style, go from the barn, run some errands, and even go out on the town. Function and fashion meet here. The Luxe Parka is available in both Camel and Black.  It has a retail of $299.99, and you can find it here.

A special thanks goes out to Goode Rider for providing this week’s prize! You know the drill. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter, and then check back on Friday when we announce our lucky winner. Good luck!

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Fab Freebie: Stay Cozy in a Noble Outfitters Elements Cowl

Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

Photo by Lorraine Peachey

This time of the year, my riding is about to slow down because of the shorter days and bitter cold weather. But instead of looking ahead so much, I am going to enjoy the here and now, which means going on a two-hour long hack later this afternoon. I already have my wardrobe planned: base layer + Noble Outfitters Elements Cowl + jacket.

This week, one lucky reader is going to take home an Elements Cowl from Noble Outfitters. Recently, we reviewed this fashionable and versatile piece, and you can read all about it here. The Elements Cowl is designed out of a comfortably plush French terry material and is available in bright and bold colors that are terrific for the upcoming seasons.

The Elements Cowl is designed to bunch up around the neck for a stylish look and cozy feel. It also has fitted raglan sleeves that have a lovely elastic detail at the cuffs. Plus, the cuffs even have thumbholes to help keep them in place. I also find that I like that the side seams are rolled forward, and the back hem is dropped to create my just right fit.

The Elements Cowl offers more than just a stylish exterior, as it also features one of my very favorite fabric technologies from Noble Outfitters: Opti Dry Technology. This particular technology helps to pull moisture away from the skin, which means that even when I’m getting a little sweaty while riding, I stay comfortably dry.

The Elements Cowl is available from Noble Outfitters in three fabulous heather colors: Deep Sea Coral, Purple, and my personal favorite, Twilight Blue. It is available in size XS through 2XL and retails for $54.95. You can find it here.

A special thanks goes out to Noble Outfitters for providing this week’s prize! You know the drill. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter, and then check back on Friday when we announce our lucky winner. Good luck!

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Product Review: Noble Outfitters Elements Cowl

Welcome to EN’s Product Review series! Who doesn’t love shopping, especially when the object of your search is new gear for yourself or your horse? As an enthusiast of all products equine, I LOVE trying out new gear. Please join me as I narrate my personal journey of trying out all of the products featured. While I will make no recommendations, I hope you have fun reading about my many adventures of trying new products, and that hearing about my personal experiences helps you on your own quest for new gear. Go Shopping.

At first glance, the Elements Cowl looks super cozy. It features a plush french terry fabric, which feels super smooth and slightly stretchy. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

At first glance, the Elements Cowl looks super cozy. It features a plush french terry fabric, which feels super smooth and slightly stretchy. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

Everything starts to slow down this time of the year. The days are cooler and the darkness settles over the land earlier each evening. The chill in the air makes it harder to get up in the mornings. Which makes hitting the snooze button and staying cozy in my bed tempting.

But each morning, I dutifully rise and begin preparing to face the cold and chilly outside. After all, I have horses to feed and stalls to muck before I head out to work. There is one key to make sure that I stay warm. And that … is by choosing appropriate layers.

If I’m planning on spending any significant amount of time outside, layering up is essential. Since I tend to be cold often (and by that, I mean pretty much all of the time), I am careful to select performance apparel that will keep me warm and comfortable.

Staying warm when I’m active and spending time outdoors requires more than just pulling on a coat. Planning outfits starts with the oh-so-important base and mid layers. Because whether I’m taking care of barn chores or going for a long hack, I want to be comfortable.

And yet over the weekend, I pulled it on over a base layer to go out riding. I went for a long hack out in fox hunting country, and was able to enjoy the brilliant Fall foliage. The best part? I stayed warm enough, without getting sweaty or gross (thank you Opti Dry!). Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

And yet over the weekend, I pulled it on over a base layer to go out riding. I went for a long hack out in fox hunting country, and was able to enjoy the brilliant Fall foliage. The best part? I stayed warm enough, without getting sweaty or gross (thank you Opti Dry!). Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

Last year, one of the go to pieces of my cold weather wardrobe was the First Crush Cowl from Noble Outfitters. One of the things that I truly love about the piece is that it is quite versatile. While I wear it for barn chores and riding, I also wear it to go out or cuddle up on the couch.

That amount of versatility is why I’m really excited to be wearing the brand new Element Cowl. This season, the Elements Cowl is brand new from Noble Outfitters. It does (very) sadly replace my beloved First Crush Cowl. But there are a lot of terrific upgrades to this cowl!

At first glance, the Elements Cowl looks super cozy. It features a plush French terry fabric, which feels super smooth and slightly stretchy. The cowl neck itself is designed to bunch up around the neck for a stylish look with a cozy feel.

And the bold colors of the Elements Cowl look simply fabulous. All three colors of Deep Sea Coral, Purple, and Twilight Blue, are available in a Heather look. Which means that the hues have a lovely brushed appearance that makes them anything but dull.

I'm also smitten with all of the fashion forward details that give the Elements Cowl an oh so stylish look. The elastic cuffs create a fashionable bunched looked, and they are include thumbholes to keep sleeves in place. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

I’m also smitten with all of the fashion forward details that give the Elements Cowl an oh so stylish look. The elastic cuffs create a fashionable ruched looked, and they include thumbholes to keep sleeves in place. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

I’m also smitten with all of the fashion forward details that give the Elements Cowl an oh so stylish look. The elastic cuffs create a fashionable ruched looked, and they include thumbholes to keep sleeves in place.

I also like that the side seams are rolled forward, in order to create a flattering fit. And since fit is so important to me, I do enjoy the combination of the semi fitted silhouette, the fitted raglan sleeves, and the dropped back hem for additional coverage.

But the Elements Cowl offers more than a stylish exterior … it is designed for the performance minded as well. One of my favorite technologies found in Noble Outfitters apparel (including the Elements Cow) is the Opti Dry Technology that helps to wick away moisture.

I’ve been quite obsessed with the Elements Cowl lately, because this is a piece that is extremely versatile. The very day that mine arrived, I pulled it on to wear out for a casual dinner with my boyfriend – I was snuggly warm and looked terrific!

Since fit is so important to me, I do enjoy the combination of the semi fitted silhouette, the fitted raglan sleeves, and the dropped back hem for additional coverage. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

Since fit is so important to me, I do enjoy the combination of the semi fitted silhouette, the fitted raglan sleeves, and the dropped back hem for additional coverage. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

And yet over the weekend, I pulled it on over a base layer to go out riding. I went for a long hack out in fox hunting country, and was able to enjoy the brilliant fall foliage. The best part? I stayed warm enough, without getting sweaty or gross (thank you Opti Dry!).

Can you even stand for any more versatility? Well, I can! The following week, I even worn my Elements Cowl into the office. It gives a crisp and stylish casual appearance, which allows me to stay warm, comfortable and still professional at the same time.

If the style, versatility and performance features of the Elements Cowl aren’t enough, I’ve got two final words to say. Machine. Washable. Which means I’m happy, because the Cowl is low maintenance like I am, so I can toss it in the wash and it will still look grand.

The Elements Cowl is available from Noble Outfitters in three fabulous heather colors, including Deep Sea Coral, Purple, and my personal favorite, Twilight Blue. It is available in size XS through 2XL, and retails for $54.95. You can find it here.

Go Comfort, Style AND Function. Go Noble Outfitters. Go Eventing.

Fab Freebie: Sit Tight N Warm in a Pair of Kerrits Breeches

When I went to pull on the Sit Tight N Warm Pocket Fullseats for the first time, I simply did not want to take them off. The combination of the stretchy Polartec Windpro fabric and the brushed fleece interior made me feel like I was wrapped in coziness. Photo by Lorraine Peachey When I went to pull on the Sit Tight N Warm Pocket Fullseats for the first time, I simply did not want to take them off. The combination of the stretchy Polartec Windpro fabric and the brushed fleece interior made me feel like I was wrapped in coziness. Photo by Lorraine Peachey

It’s (finally) time to give up those flip flops and tee shirts already! Cold weather is officially on it’s way … and although there is no snow on the ground yet, it’s only a matter of time. The shorter days and cooler temperatures means that it is officially time to break out my fall and winter riding wardrobe.

Fall is a fantastic time of the year for riding. There’s not much more that I enjoy then taking long hacks out. Especially when all of the leaves are bright and brilliant hues of red, orange and yellow. They only last for a short time, so I’ll take all of hacking out that I can get, cold and windy weather and all!

This week, one lucky reader will be prepared to outfit themselves for cold weather riding when they take home a pair of Sit Tight N Warm Pocket Fullseat tights from Kerrits. We recently put the updated style of the Sit Tight N Warms to the test, and you can read all about the experience here.

The Sit Tight N Warm Pocket tights feature a durable Polartec Windpro fabric, which is both wind and water resistant. It helps block out less than ideal weather so that you can concentrate more on enjoying your time in the saddle. While the fabric is durable on the outer side, the inner side is lined with a cozy brushed fleece, even the fullseat panels!

And about those fullseat panels — they are made out of Gripstretch Suede, which is low profile and conforms to the body shape in order to provide a custom like fit. The Gripstretch provides a mid level grip by utilizing stretch under tension. Which is a fancy way of saying that it helps to give the rider a secure grip in the saddle, without restriction.

And one of my personal favorite features of the updated Sit Tight N Warm Pocket tights are … the pockets! The updated styling includes two generously sized side pockets. Which are large enough to fit my smartphone in its Otterbox case. Another noteworthy feature includes the stretch ankle panels which help provide extra stretch without bulk.

A special thanks goes out to Kerrits for providing this week’s prize! You know the drill. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter, and then check back on Friday when we announce our lucky winner. Good luck!

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Product Review: Kerrits Sit Tight N Warm Pocket Fullseat

Welcome to EN’s Product Review series! Who doesn’t love shopping, especially when the object of your search is new gear for yourself or your horse? As an enthusiast of all products equine, I LOVE trying out new gear. Please join me as I narrate my personal journey of trying out all of the products featured. While I will make no recommendations, I hope you have fun reading about my many adventures of trying new products, and that hearing about my personal experiences helps you on your own quest for new gear. Go Shopping.

The Kerrits Sit Tight N Warm Fullseat tights have returned with a new and improved design. And although it's still early in the season, I just can't stop wearing them! Photo by Lorraine Peachey. The Kerrits Sit Tight N Warm Fullseat tights have returned with a new and improved design. And although it's still early in the season, I just can't stop wearing them! Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

It’s that time of the year again … the days are growing shorter and the temperatures cooler. I’m already missing the warm sun filled days and late nights of summer. But I’ll enjoy the beauty of the changing seasons, because I wouldn’t have it any other way.

The shorter days mean that I awake in the dark each morning to feed my horses and muck stalls before work. Even though I’m an early riser, it can be a little challenging to start to feel like I’m rising in the middle of the night to start my day.

The dark and chilly temperatures make me want to pull up my covers and stay cozy in bed for a while longer. But I still get up, and dress in some warm and cozy outerwear. And the same concept holds when I’m dressing to go riding.

The brilliant colors of changing leaves make for gorgeous landscapes, which are perfect for hacking out this time of the year. Dropping temperatures and blustery winds mean that I’ve got to layer up in order to stay warm and comfortable while riding out.

The updated design of the Sit Tight N Warm Pocket Fullseats feature two large side pockets. Which I absolutely adore, because they will hold my large smartphone in it's Otterbox case. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

The updated design of the Sit Tight N Warm Pocket Fullseats feature two large side pockets. Which I absolutely adore, because they will hold my large smartphone in its Otterbox case. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

Cue the return of one of my go to pieces of my cold weather riding wardrobe: the Sit Tight N Warm Fullseat breeches from Kerrits. Only this year, they’ve returned with a new and improved design. And although it’s still early in the season, I just can’t stop wearing them!

The Sit Tight N Warm Pocket Fullseats return with many of the same terrific features. In fact, you can read about my terrific experience riding in them last year here. Being warm, comfortable, functional and flattering are all things I associate with them.

The comfort and functionality all starts with the fabric. Durable Polartec Windpro fabric helps the Sit Tight N Warms to be both wind and water resistant. Which me to stay warm and dry, even when riding in less than picturesque weather.

And it continues when looking to the inside of the Sit Tight N Warms. While the tough outer side of the fabric stands up to the elements, the inner side is backed with a luxurious brushed fleece interior … even on the inside of the fullseat panels!

The elastic on the inner waistband features attractive Kerrits branding that is hidden to the eye...and it functions beautifully to give me a close, no gap fit around the waistline. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

The elastic on the inner waistband features attractive Kerrits branding that is hidden to the eye…and it functions beautifully to give me a close, no gap fit around the waistline. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

Let’s not overlook the Sit Tight part of the breeches either. The Gripstretch Suede of the fullseat panels is lightweight while conforming the to body to provide a custom like fit. The technology utilizes stretch under tension, providing a secure mid level grip.

But one of my favorite features of the Sit Tight N Warm Pocket Fullseats is newly added. And it’s all in the name. I’m talking about the handy new side pockets! This summer,I became hooked on the large side pockets of both the Ice Fil and Flex II Tights from Kerrits.

The updated design of the Sit Tight N Warm Pocket Fullseats feature two large side pockets. Which I absolutely adore, because they will hold my large smartphone in its Otterbox case. And I still have another pocket to spare, which can hold a lip gloss, or my gloves!

When I went to pull on the Sit Tight N Warm Pocket Fullseats for the first time, I simply did not want to take them off. The combination of the stretchy Polartec Windpro fabric and the brushed fleece interior made me feel like I was wrapped in coziness.

When I went to pull on the Sit Tight N Warm Pocket Fullseats for the first time, I simply did not want to take them off. The combination of the stretchy Polartec Windpro fabric and the brushed fleece interior made me feel like I was wrapped in coziness. Photo by Lorraine Peachey

Photo by Lorraine Peachey

The Sit Tight N Warms stretch nicely to provide me with a comfortable and attractive fit. The elastic on the inner waistband features attractive Kerrits branding that is hidden to the eye, and it functions beautifully to give me a close, no gap fit around the waistline.

A feature that might be overlooked is the lower leg panel that helps provide a close fit that still has extra stretch. When zipping up my tall boots over the Sit Tight N Warms, I noticed that the lower leg panel helps minimize bulk. Which means my boots zip up smoothly!

When riding in the Sit Tight N Warm Pocket Fullseats, I love that I still feel all comfy and cozy. I never stop being amazed at how well the Windpro fabric does at blocking the wind. Because I feel still comfortable and sheltered from the elements and can enjoy my ride.

The Sit Tight N Warm Pocket Fullseat tights are available from Kerrits. They are available in Graphite, Night Shadow, Bison and Black (pictured), in sizes XS to 2XL. They retail for $129, so the new style remains at the same terrific price point! You can find them here.

The Sit Tight N Warm Pocket breeches are also available in a Kneepatch version. They come in the same color and size options, and they have a retail price of $119. You can check them out here.

Go Comfortable Cold Weather Tights. Go Kerrits. Go Eventing.

Product Review: Ariat Heritage & Denim Breeches

Welcome to EN’s Product Review series! Who doesn’t love shopping, especially when the object of your search is new gear for yourself or your horse? As an enthusiast of all products equine, I LOVE trying out new gear. Please join me as I narrate my personal journey of trying out all of the products featured. While I will make no recommendations, I hope you have fun reading about my many adventures of trying new products, and that hearing about my personal experiences helps you on your own quest for new gear. Go Shopping.

The Arist Denim Breeches are quite simply chic looking. They are made with an indigo colored denim, that has a medium wash with hand sanding. Photo by Lorraine Peachey. The Arist Denim Breeches are quite simply chic looking. They are made with an indigo colored denim, that has a medium wash with hand sanding. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

This year, I’ve been doing some serious riding. All of the hours that I’ve been spending in the saddle mean that I also need a serious wardrobe. Because when I’m riding … I want to feel comfortable so that I can concentrate on my riding.

But I’m also willing to admit that I like to look the part as well. My riding wardrobe provides me with another opportunity to be able to make a statement with my personal style. And I so very much enjoy styling each and every one of my outfits.

I carefully choose each piece that I add to my wardrobe. When I select new pieces, I look for several important details: fit, function and fashion! All three are important to me. Because together, they unite to make pieces that I want to wear over and over again.

Breeches are something that are really at the heart of any of my riding ensembles. They are, perhaps, the hardest piece of riding apparel to find that ‘perfect fit’ with. Riders come in so many shapes and sizes, so having a lot of choices in brands and styles is so important!

Wearing the Denim Breeches make me feel like I'm wearing a pair of my favorite jeans. The premium cotton stretch fabric hugged my curves in a way that was comfortable and flattering. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

Wearing the Denim Breeches make me feel like I’m wearing a pair of my favorite jeans. The premium cotton stretch fabric hugged my curves in a way that was comfortable and flattering. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

Some of the pairs that I’ve been riding in this year are from Ariat’s broad collection of breeches. The first is the Ariat Denim Breech … and if you know me at all, you won’t be surprised that I was drawn to this particular pair of breeches.

I absolutely adore denim, and would wear jeans practically every day if I was able. Which is why it is a good thing that my professional wardrobe is jeans casual, but I digress. I am always on the lookout for yet another pair of denim breeches.

Some may shake their heads at the thought of denim breeches. However, I find that denim breeches can be comfortable, and wear ruggedly. I especially like to wear them when I’m riding out, and things like brushes or branch are brushing against me.

The Ariat Denim Breeches are quite simply chic looking. They are made with an indigo colored denim, that has a medium wash with hand sanding. And something that I personally love, are all of the little details.

The stitching of the Denim Breeches is a lighter color that contrasts with the denim, which just makes it pop! Each side seam has a cute little triangle that cuts in beneath the hips. The brown knee patches compliment the denim and also have the same stylish stitching.

I find the Heritage collection so very attractive because the designs deliver great performance for everyday wear, and they come with a modest price tag attached. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

I find the Heritage collection so very attractive because the designs deliver great performance for everyday wear, and they come with a modest price tag attached. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

When I pulled them on for the first time, I was happy with the fit. The premium cotton stretch fabric hugged my curves in a way that was comfortable and flattering. And what’s more, I felt like I had enough coverage in all of the right places.

Wearing the Denim Breeches makes me feel like I’m wearing a pair of my favorite jeans. They look stylish, and I like the zip front and fancy button closure. And, I simply adore the subtle Ariat A design on the back pockets, which look fabulous while I’m wearing them.

Another pair of Ariat breeches that I have been wearing are the Heritage Hampton Low FZ Knee Patch. I find the Heritage collection so very attractive because the designs deliver great performance for everyday wear, and they come with a modest price tag attached.

The Hampton breeches are designed using a four-way stretch cotton fabric that fits my curves and moves with me while I’m riding. The fabric feels substantial, and it also does a terrific job at holding up to the rigors of everyday barn life.

Wearing and riding in the Hampton breeches has been a comfortable experience. While the fabric stretches and moves comfortably with my body, the V3 technology keeps my waistband in place nicely. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

Wearing and riding in the Hampton breeches has been a comfortable experience. While the fabric stretches and moves comfortably with my body, the V3 technology keeps my waistband in place nicely. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

I also find myself drawn to the color palette. While the breeches are a lovely shade of chocolate brown, the light stitching looking simply stunning. The synthetic suede knee patches also blend in perfectly, with their perfectly matched tones and stitching.

The Hampton breeches are also very functional, with two side slant pockets and two rear pockets, all of which zip shut. The two rear pockets also boast two chic leather looking zipper pulls. They zip up and have a double loop closure in the front.

I do want to draw attention to the V3 technology, which provides a terrific fit for different body types. For me, this oh so subtle V that is integrated into the rear center of the waistband stretches to give me a close and comfortable fit — without any gaps!

Wearing and riding in the Hampton breeches has been a comfortable experience. While the fabric stretches and moves comfortably with my body, the V3 technology keeps my waistband in place. And the integrated socks provide a smooth fit under my boots.

The Denim Breech and the Heritage Hampton Breech are both available from Ariat. The Denim Breech has an attractive retail of $109.95, and you can find them here. The Heritage Hampton Breech have a terrific retail of $99.95, and you can find them here.

Go Affordable & Flattering Breeches.  Go Ariat.  Go Eventing.

Fab Freebie: Kerrits Horse Sense Half Zip Riding Shirt

Kerrits Horse Sense Half Zip Riding Shirt. Photo by Lorraine Peachey. Kerrits Horse Sense Half Zip Riding Shirt. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

While I’m a little sad to see the end of the sunny summer days, I am pretty excited for the arrival of fall. Who doesn’t love to see the changing colors of leaves, the sight of mums everywhere, and pumpkin spice flavored everything?

While I’m slightly obsessed with all things pumpkin flavored, I’m even more excited to be able to welcome back my fall wardrobe with some serious additions. One of the new additions that I’ve welcomed this season is is the Kerrits Horse Sense Half Zip.

I had the opportunity to review the Horse Sense Half Zip, and you can read all about my experience here. The top has been been a terrific addition to my cool weather wardrobe thus far.

The Horse Sense Half Zip is designed using a four-way stretch performance fabric, which is softly brushed on the inner side to provide comfort all the day long. The fabric is also super smooth and easily sheds both dirt and hay.

The half-zip design provides a generous 10-inch zip neck in order to offer more ventilation options in changing temperatures. The longer sleeves are comfortable, and they also provide a thumbhole to keep them nicely in place.

The Horse Sense Half Zip is available in sizes XS through 2X. Colors include Dusk, Denim, Bison, and Black. It retails for $69.00, and you can find it here.

A special thanks goes out to Kerrits for providing this week’s prize! You know the drill. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter, and then check back on Friday when we announce our lucky winner. Good luck!

Disclaimer: Information given in the Rafflecopter widget, including email addresses, may be shared with the corresponding sponsor at their request. You will also be signed up for our weekly EN eNews email newsletter, if you aren’t already. Don’t worry — you’ll just wonder what you’ve been missing out on — and you can unsubscribe if you don’t want it.

Product Review: Kerrits Horse Sense Half Zip Riding Shirt

Welcome to EN’s Product Review series! Who doesn’t love shopping, especially when the object of your search is new gear for yourself or your horse? As an enthusiast of all products equine, I LOVE trying out new gear. Please join me as I narrate my personal journey of trying out all of the products featured. While I will make no recommendations, I hope you have fun reading about my many adventures of trying new products, and that hearing about my personal experiences helps you on your own quest for new gear. Go Shopping.

Kerrits Horse Sense Half Zip Riding Shirt. Photo by Lorraine Peachey. Kerrits Horse Sense Half Zip Riding Shirt. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

Life has been pretty hectic over the past several months. With so much going on at work and personally, I feel like I’m busy, busy, busy. All of that hustle and bustle can be a draining at times, which means that I need my time in the saddle all the more.

This past summer, I’ve been able to really find a connection with my up-and-coming young horse. It’s his second year under saddle, and by spending so much time in the tack, we’ve become a more confident pair.

Of all of our adventures this year, my very favorite thing to do has been going out on cross country hacks. Daring adventure? Check. Water crossings? Check. Riding up and down hills? Check. And last (but not least) … running into all sorts of creatures? Double check.

Riding out is one of my favorite ways to spend time in the saddle. It is an amazing way to connect with your horse and feel at peace with nature, all while getting your horse fit and growing more confident.

But I’m not me if I’m not outfitting myself in stylish and appropriate riding attire too! With fall finally setting in, I’ve been trading in my Ice Fil tights and sun shirts for something a little more substantial. After all, I need something to protect me from getting a chill as the temperatures drop.

Something that I like about the Horse Sense Half Zip is that the sleeve length is long enough for even my arms. And...those longer sleeves even have thumb holes to help keep the sleeves in place. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

Something that I like about the Horse Sense Half Zip is that the sleeve length is long enough for even my arms. The longer sleeves even have thumb holes to help keep the sleeves in place. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

This season, I’ve been wearing the Horse Sense Half Zip Riding Shirt from Kerrits. Over the years, the Kerrits brand has found a permanent place in my wardrobe, in part, because their designs are fashionable and affordable. I also love that many of their styles are made in the USA.

From the first time I saw the design of the Horse Sense Half Zip, I was hooked on the print. The exclusive Horse Sense print is both fun and fabulous looking, so I can feel like a big kid and look great.

When I pull the Horse Sense Half Zip on, I get the feeling that I’m wrapping myself in a snuggly blanket. The four-way stretch fabric is softly brushed on the inner side, which feels nice against my skin and stays comfortable all day long.

As a tall sort of gal, I have arms on the longer side. At 5’9″, it is difficult for me to feel comfortable with many sleeve lengths. Something that I like about the Horse Sense Half Zip is that the sleeve length is long enough for even my arms.

The longer sleeves even have thumb holes to help keep the sleeves in place, so even on cool days when I pull over an extra layer over my Horse Sense top, I don’t have to worry about my sleeves riding up, which is fabulous!

I'm happy to report that the super smooth and comfortable fabric also wears really well. An unexpected  bonus is that it easily sheds dirt and hay. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

I’m happy to report that the super smooth and comfortable fabric also wears really well. An unexpected bonus is that it easily sheds dirt and hay. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

Another terrific feature of the Horse Sense Half Zip top is … the half zip! I wear a lot of quarter-zip tops. The 10-inch zipper of the Horse Sense top is longer than I’m used to, and I like that it offers me ventilation options, especially with the changing Fall temperatures.

During the time I’ve spent riding in the Horse Sense Half Zip top, I’ve found it to provide comfortable performance. I favor the pattern in Black, which pairs with tan, black and gray breeches for a terrific and fashion-forward look.

I can pull on the top to ride on both warmer and cooler days without worry, because I can simply adjust the half zip in order to stay comfortable in varying temperatures. On really chilly days, I find that I like to use the Horse Sense as a base layer and pull on a jacket over top.

I’m also happy to report that the super smooth and comfortable fabric also wears really well. An unexpected bonus is that it easily sheds dirt and hay. Even better, the Horse Sense is made in the USA and takes a cold wash, tumble dry low.

The Kerrits Horse Sense Half Zip is available in size XS through 2X. Colors include Dusk, Denim, Bison and Black. It retails for $69.00, and you can find it here.

Go Riding in Comfort and Style. Go Kerrits. Go Eventing.

Product Review: Weatherbeeta Exercise and Bell Boots

Welcome to EN’s Product Review series! Who doesn’t love shopping, especially when the object of your search is new gear for yourself or your horse? As an enthusiast of all products equine, I LOVE trying out new gear. Please join me as I narrate my personal journey of trying out all of the products featured. While I will make no recommendations, I hope you have fun reading about my many adventures of trying new products, and that hearing about my personal experiences helps you on your own quest for new gear. Go Shopping.

I've found that the Weatherbeeta Exercise and Bell Boots pair oh so very well together. They provide a look that is crisp, clean and visually appealing. Photo by Lorraine Peachey. I've found that the Weatherbeeta Exercise and Bell Boots pair oh so very well together. They provide a look that is crisp, clean and visually appealing. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

Hard work is a part of my everyday life. Getting out of bed is not the most attractive thing in the world when I hear my alarm going off soon after 5 a.m. However, there are horses to feed, stalls to clean and chores to be done before heading to the office.

After each and every busy day at the office, I eventually disconnect and head home. When I arrive, I’m ready to sprint in the door and change into my riding attire so that I can head out my back door. Thankfully, I’m just a short jog away from catching my pony for a ride since my horses live at home with me.

This summer, I’ve been really excited to continue on training with my young gelding. Rufus, affectionately nicknamed Roo or Super Pony, is now in his second summer under saddle. Last year, we spent time learning the basics. And this year? We’re getting down to business.

Working harder means that I’ve been careful about picking out tack and protective gear to outfit Roo for training. When riding a young horse, and in Roo’s case a particularly sensitive horse, I’ve found that every little detail matters.

And it’s so very true. Every little decision matters, from what bit I use to the saddle pad I choose and the girth that I pick. All of them make a difference to a young and sensitive horse who is still learning the ropes and how to use his body.

During wear, I've found that Roo does get protection from the boots. I wear them on him for flatwork, working with cavaletti, and also for going over small jumps. Photo by Andrew Lapp.

Boots are important to protect Roo’s legs! Photo by Andrew Lapp.

Because I am concerned about leg protection, I choose to use outfit Roo with protective boots, and I’ve been using the new Weatherbeeta Exercise and Bell Boots this summer.

The Weatherbeeta Exercise Boots are made with a soft and durable Pro Mesh TPU outer shell in order to provide maximum protection to the leg. Each boot features three secure and adjustable elastic straps that close with velcro touch tape.

The inner side of each boot boasts a tough PVC strike pad, which visually blends nicely in with the rest of the boot. The strike pads are placed on the boots in order to protect against leg knocks and brushing during exercise.

Looking to the inside of the boots, I really like the smooth-feeling neoprene liner. The breathable neoprene contours to the leg for a fit that is comfortable and just right.

The Weatherbeeta Bell Boots that I’ve paired with the Exercise Boots also feature many of the same materials and technologies. They have the same soft and durable Pro Mesh TPU outer, and the interior lining is also made of the same breathable neoprene.

I do find that since I've both started wearing the Bell Boots and have had my farrier tighten up Roo's front shoes, that he hasn't sprung or pulled another shoe. Which is very welcome! Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

I do find that since I’ve both started using the bell boots that Roo hasn’t sprung or pulled another shoe. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

A feature specific to the bell boots that I really like is their non-twist design. The front of the bell boots close with a double-sided velcro, the inside of the back of the boot features a knob that fits between the bulbs of the horse’s heel. This knob is designed to help to keep the boot from spinning during use.

I’ve found that the Weatherbeeta Exercise and Bell Boots pair very well together. They provide a look that is crisp, clean and visually appealing. I personally like the way that the Pro Mesh TPU outer looks too. And in Roo’s case, the black boots blend well with his legs.

The exercise boots are very easy to put on and take off of Roo’s legs. I’ve also found that I like that the boots have tags to indicate which leg they are for. In case I’m having a totally brain dead moment after a long day in he office, I don’t have to think about which boot goes on which leg.

The bell boots were a little more tricky for me to fit on Roo because his feet are SO big, but the biggest size (Warmblood) can accommodate his big, wide, warmblood hooves!

Both sets of boots are branded with tasteful Weatherbeeta logos. For the exercise boots, the logos are located on the top closure strap, so the logo appears on the back side of the leg during use. The bell boots have the logo on the front closure.

After months of almost daily use, they look fantastic. The outer surface is easy to clean and doesn't show much wear. And the velcro is still just as strong as new. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

After months of almost daily use, the boots look fantastic. The outer surface is easy to clean and doesn’t show much wear, and the velcro is still just as strong as new. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

The exercise boots stay in place well during use without slipping. Since I’ve both started using the bell boots, Roo hasn’t sprung or pulled another shoe, which is very welcome!

One thing I have experienced with the bell boots is that they do sometimes twist a bit while Roo is wearing them, but the twisting hasn’t affected the use or function.

After months of almost daily use, the Weatherbeeta Exercise and Bell Boots still look fantastic. The outer surface is easy to clean and doesn’t show much wear, and the velcro is still just as strong as new.

The Weatherbeeta Exercise Boots are currently available in black in size full (which fits Roo’s warmblood-sized legs). They retail for $64.99, and you can find them here. The bell boots are available in black in cob, full and warmblood. They retail for $39.99, and you can find them here.

Go Leg Protection. Go Weatherbeeta. Go Eventing.

Product Review: Heritage X Country Gloves

Welcome to EN’s Product Review series! Who doesn’t love shopping, especially when the object of your search is new gear for yourself or your horse? As an enthusiast of all products equine, I LOVE trying out new gear. Please join me as I narrate my personal journey of trying out all of the products featured. While I will make no recommendations, I hope you have fun reading about my many adventures of trying new products, and that hearing about my personal experiences helps you on your own quest for new gear. Go Shopping.

And I've been wearing the X Country gloves. And wearing them. And wearing them some more. For cross country riding. Trail riding. Even for ring work. After all of that wear and abuse, they still have worn so well and still look fantastic. Photo by Lorraine Peachey. And I've been wearing the X Country gloves. And wearing them. And wearing them some more. For cross country riding. Trail riding. Even for ring work. After all of that wear and abuse, they still have worn so well and still look fantastic. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

Lately, I’ve been at a bit of a conflict with myself. I have absolutely been loving the warm and sunny days of summer. But it’s also been a bit of a struggle keeping myself cool while spending any amount of time outside, especially when I’m riding.

There are some days that I feel like I start to sweat glisten not long after walking outside. Even on especially hot and sticky days, I’m determined. I won’t allow myself to be dissuaded from spending time in the saddle.

This is where my conflict comes into play. Outfitting myself in performance attire that will help to keep me cool and comfortable is of utmost importance, and yet I find that even on the hottest of days, I still pull on a pair of gloves before riding.

I certainly don’t love the feeling of sweaty or clammy hands that often comes along with wearing gloves in the summertime, but I definitely prefer having comfortable hands and an adequate grip on the reins when I’m spending time in the saddle.

My hands can be sensitive to rubbing and blisters when I ride without gloves, which has led me to seek out appropriate gloves for each season of the year. I do this not only protect my hands, but also aid my grip year-round.

This season, one of the pairs of gloves that have been my riding companion are the Heritage X Country gloves. One of the first things that attracted me to the X Country gloves is the breathable mesh material included in the design — warm-weather friendly!

The stretchable mesh panel across the back of the hand and fingers helps to provide a comfortable fit, as well as ventilation, whether you’re on the cross country course, on the trail, or in the ring. The X Country gloves are so versatile!

What are some of the stand out features of the X Country gloves for me? While it may not seem like a big deal, I like the touchscreen friendly thumb and index fingers. This allows me to put my gloves on before riding and still be able to check my phone if necessary.

This season, one of the pairs of gloves that have been my riding companion are the Heritage X Country gloves. One of the first things that attracted me to the X Country gloves is the breathable mesh material included in the design...warm weather friendly! Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

 One of the first things that attracted me to the X Country gloves is the breathable mesh material included in the design — warm-weather friendly! Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

Looking closer at the design, there are numerous features that enhance fit, grip and durability. The exclusive Nappa grip is a synthetic grain leather construction. What’s better? It is buttery soft AND breathable to allow perspiration to evaporate from the skin.

Durability is also very important to me, which is why I appreciate the double-stitched seams of the X Country gloves. The thumb and the index finger of the gloves also feature a second layer of protection.

Keeping comfort in mind, let’s talk about the Rein Cut design of the gloves. Rein Cut is the unique design between the ring and pinky fingers that removes the bulky seams and materials, which means  your fingers can flex comfortably while maintaining control of the reins.

From the first time that I tried on the Heritage X Country gloves, I felt a nice and comfortable fit. The stretchy mesh panel of the back of the hands and fingers is lightweight and helps to make the gloves fit well on my hands.

The back of the gloves feature a single velcro strap, which also helps to give me a “just right” fit. I also find that I like the tasteful Heritage logo on the velcro strap, as well as on the underside of the elastic lined cuff.

Even during the hottest days that I’ve spent in the saddle, I pull on the X Country gloves, and I haven’t regretted that because the stretchable mesh panel combined with the Nappa grip are both breathable. My hands stay cool and comfortable.

And I’ve been wearing the X Country gloves. And wearing them. And wearing them some more. After all of that wear and abuse, they still have worn so well and still look fantastic.

The X Country Gloves are available from Heritage Gloves. They come in three different colors, Black, Black/Gray, and Black/Brown, in whole sizes 6-12. They have a retail price of $37.95, and you can learn more about them here.

Go Breathable and Grippy Gloves. Go Heritage Gloves. Go Eventing.

Product Review: Lacrosse Alpha Lite Boots

Welcome to EN’s Product Review series! Who doesn’t love shopping, especially when the object of your search is new gear for yourself or your horse? As an enthusiast of all products equine, I LOVE trying out new gear. Please join me as I narrate my personal journey of trying out all of the products featured. While I will make no recommendations, I hope you have fun reading about my many adventures of trying new products, and that hearing about my personal experiences helps you on your own quest for new gear. Go Shopping.

I'm happy to report that the rugged lug pattern of the Alpha Lite boots help provide me with good footing. On dry ground. And in wet and muddy conditions...when they also keep my feet dry! Photo by Lorraine Peachey. I'm happy to report that the rugged lug pattern of the Alpha Lite boots help provide me with good footing. On dry ground. And in wet and muddy conditions...when they also keep my feet dry! Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

I love all of the time that I’m able to spend riding, particularly in the summer season. Yet with as much time as I spend in the saddle, I feel like I take about twice as much time to get done all of my chores around the barn.

Unfortunately, that’s simply the nature of how things are when your horses call the barn out in back of your house their home. When I walk down to the barn, I can’t simply pull my already fed, watered and groomed horse out of his stall to tack up.

Sure, all of the barn chores take up a lot of time. A. LOT. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Spending time around my geldings helps me to tune in to their moods and personalities. So even when I’m shoveling their poo, I feel like I’m learning to be a better rider.

I’m a little bit fussy about my tack and gear … which means that I definitely do not muck stalls while wearing my tall boots. Trudging through horse poo and wet spots in a stall won’t just make my tall boots look gross. It could also cause them to wear down prematurely. Yuk.

My particular tendencies in regards to footwear means that I am always on the look out for more muck boot options. I feel like there can never really be too many options for barn boots, since I spend a couple of hours a day mucking and carrying out other barn chores.

The Alpha Lite boots feature an Active Fit, which means they are designed to pull on and off easily, while keeping feet securely in place while on the move. Photo by Lorraine Peachey

The Alpha Lite boots feature an Active Fit, which means they are designed to pull on and off easily, while keeping feet securely in place while on the move. Photo by Lorraine Peachey

One of the options that more recently found its way to my radar are the women’s Alpha Lite boots from Lacrosse. The Alpha Lites are a pull on work boot that have really shown their stuff during daily wear around the barn and farm.

The Alpha Lite boots provide me with a comfortable mucking option. They weigh in at 3lbs per pair, and are 14″ high. And they feature an Active Fit, which means they are designed to pull on and off easily, while keeping feet securely in place while on the move.

Looking at what the Alpha Lites, I was glad to see that the boots are crafted out of a hand laid premium, natural rubber. And under the natural rubber, is an insulating 5mm neoprene layer that helps provide flexibility, durability, and waterproof protection.

The outsole of the Alpha Lite boots also offer traction when and where I need it. The diamond outsole is constructed out of fully vulcanized rubber for extra durability. And, the rugged lug pattern is designed to help provide additional traction.

The Alpha Lite boots also feature an EVA footbed that is removable. They are rated for a ‘mild’ comfort zone, which means they are well suited for wear in -20 to 60 degrees. However, I’ve found myself wearing them in temperatures up into the 80s.

The Alpha Lite boots have been a very versatile footwear choice for me. I wear them to feed, muck, turn in/out, and even for lunging my horses. Photo by Lorraine Peachey

The Alpha Lite boots have been a very versatile footwear choice for me. I wear them to feed, muck, turn in/out, and even for lunging my horses. Photo by Lorraine Peachey

From the first time that I pulled on the Alpha Lite boots, I was happy with the ease in which they slide on my feet. And on the flip side, they are quite easy to remove as well. My feet felt comfortable and well supported right out of the gate (or box, as it were).

With as much walking as I do around the barn, paddock and fields, I find the Alpha Lite boots to do a nice job keeping my feet comfortable. No rubbing. No blisters. Period. My feet do feel secure when I’m walking, so I don’t experience any kind of slip slide feeling.

The Alpha Lite boots have been a very versatile footwear choice for me. I wear them to feed, muck, turn in/out, and even for lunging one of my horses. They are comfortable and have held up very well to the rigors of barn life.

Traction is also something that is very important to me. Which is why I’m happy to report that the rugged lug pattern of the Alpha Lite boots help provide me with good footing. On dry ground. And in wet and muddy conditions … when they also keep my feet dry!

The Lacrosse Womens Alpha Lite boots are available in full sizes from 5 to 10. They come in either solid black, or black with pink accenting (pictured), and retail for $100.00. You can find the Alpha Lite boots here.

Go Comfortable Barn Boots. Go Lacrosse. Go Eventing.

Fab Freebie: Get a Grip with a Pair of Kerrits Flex Tight II Fullseat Tights

The Flex tights are designed using Durabreathe fabric, which means they provide lightweight coverage that is breathable. Photo by Lorraine Peachey. The Flex tights are designed using Durabreathe fabric, which means they provide lightweight coverage that is breathable. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

I can’t believe July is almost over. Summer is going entirely too quickly this year! While the days are long, I’m spending almost every evening riding my horse, and my favorite thing to wear for summertime riding is a lightweight pair of tights.

This summer, I’ve been wearing the Flex Tight II Fullseat Riding Tights from Kerrits, and you can read all about my experience here. The Flex Tights are designed using Durabreathe fabric, which means that they have optimal breathability with lightweight coverage.

The Flex II Tights also feature strategically placed Gripstretch panels that help to provide a mid-level sticky grip. And what’s even better? The design of the Gripstretch panels helps to visually slim the backside, which for me, means an extra confidence boost!

While the Flex II Tights flatter, they also feature a comfortable 2-inch flow rise waistband. They also feature belt loops, so that you can add a belt to complete your look. The tights are also machine washable in cold water.

The Flex II Tights area available from Kerrits in sizes XS to 2X. You can choose from a number of colors, including Tan, Caper, Black, Multi Tweed and Dusk (pictured). All colors have a retail price of $99, and you can find them here.

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Product Review: Kerrits Flex Tight II Fullseat Riding Tights

Welcome to EN’s Product Review series! Who doesn’t love shopping, especially when the object of your search is new gear for yourself or your horse? As an enthusiast of all products equine, I LOVE trying out new gear. Please join me as I narrate my personal journey of trying out all of the products featured. While I will make no recommendations, I hope you have fun reading about my many adventures of trying new products, and that hearing about my personal experiences helps you on your own quest for new gear. Go Shopping.

The Flex tights are designed using Durabreathe fabric, which means they provide lightweight coverage that is breathable. Photo by Lorraine Peachey. The Flex tights are designed using Durabreathe fabric, which means they provide lightweight coverage that is breathable. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

If you’re at all like me, you may find that there are some things that you just can’t have too many of. Two such things that fall into that category for me are T-shirts and bottles of nail polish. Why? The answer is simple.

If I could, I’d live most every day in a T-shirt. And, a girl can never have too many colors of nail polish to pick from, particularly in the summer. While I’m on the topic of summer, there is another item in my wardrobe that I can’t get enough of.

That item is riding tights. Summer is hot, obviously. Since I’ve been spending so much time in the saddle during these especially hot and sticky days, it is important to have a good selection of lightweight riding tights.

Any tights that I choose to ride in have to be lightweight and breathable so that I don’t overheat. And grip is an absolute must-have so I can get an adequate grip on the saddle.

One of the pairs of tights that I’ve found myself wearing over and over are the Kerrits Flex Tight II Fullseat Riding Tight. It’s really no secret that I’m a fan of my Kerrits tights and breeches.

I'd be a little lost without the side pocket of the Flex Tights, which fits my large smartphone while in it's large Otterbox case. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

I’d be a little lost without the side pocket of the Flex Tights, which fits my large smartphone while in its Otterbox case. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

Kerrits offers a number of choices in fabrics, styles and grip technologies, all at really attractive price points. And I always love the ability to cover coordinate may looks; after all, I am queen of all things matchy matchy.

But, I digress. The Flex tights are designed using Durabreathe fabric, which means they provide lightweight coverage that is breathable. They provide a modest coverage and feature a 2-inch comfort flow rise waistband.

I personally like the Gripstretch panels of the Flex tights. These strategically placed panels help to provide a mid-level amount of stick in the saddle. And what’s even better? The design also visually slims the backside for a flattering look.

Some other features of the Flex tight not to be missed include the belt loops and convenient side pocket. Belt loops allow me to add a belt to complete my look, and I’d be a little lost without my side pocket, which fits my large smartphone.

I found the Flex tights to be very comfortable from the first time I pulled them on. I mean, when I feel like I can lounge around in my tights, I know they have attained a level of comfort equivalent to a pair of yoga pants.

I personally like the Gripstretch panels of the Flex tights, because the strategically placed panels help to provide a mid level amount of stick in the saddle. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

I personally like the Gripstretch panels of the Flex tights because the strategically placed panels help to provide a mid-level amount of stick in the saddle. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

Like other Kerrits tights and breeches I’ve worn, they run true to their normal sizing. I’m happy with the way Flex tights both fit and flatter, especially with the Gripstretch panel placement that is designed to flatter my posterior.

Riding in the Flex tights, I could really feel the moderate amount of grip that the Gripstretch panels provide. They are grippy enough without being overly sticky. Not too little. Not too much. They are just right.

I’ve schooled over small jumps and have taken my pony for some gallops. Through both, I found the tights to feel comfortable and the grip to work. Plus, my phone stayed perfectly in place in the handy side pocket the entire time.

And even though the days have been hot, I’ve felt like the lightweight Durabreathe fabric does a nice job at keeping me from overheating. I really don’t think that I can ask for much more than that!

The Flex Tight II Fullseat Riding Tights are available from Kerrits in sizes XS through 2X. Colors available include Tan, Caper, Black, Multi Tweed and Dusk (pictured). All colors retail for $99, and you can find them here.

Go Breathable Grippy Tights. Go Kerrits. Go Eventing.

Product Review: Noble Outfitters Ashley Performance Shirt & Signature Breech

Welcome to EN’s Product Review series! Who doesn’t love shopping, especially when the object of your search is new gear for yourself or your horse? As an enthusiast of all products equine, I LOVE trying out new gear. Please join me as I narrate my personal journey of trying out all of the products featured. While I will make no recommendations, I hope you have fun reading about my many adventures of trying new products, and that hearing about my personal experiences helps you on your own quest for new gear. Go Shopping.

While in the saddle, I feel like the fabric of both the Ashley Performance Shirt and the Signature Breeches are non restrictive and really moves with me. And while being comfortably active, the lightweight fabric also helps by wicking away moisture quickly from my skin. Photo by Lorraine Peachey While in the saddle, I feel like the fabric of both the Ashley Performance Shirt and the Signature Breeches are non restrictive and really moves with me. And while being comfortably active, the lightweight fabric also helps by wicking away moisture quickly from my skin. Photo by Lorraine Peachey

Most days after I arrive home from work, I’ve found myself riding. When you have a horse in training, it’s really important to keep a consistent schedule. And for me, it’s been a great feeling to spending so much time in the saddle.

Spending so much time in breeches and boots means that I prefer to find apparel options that work well for me. Comfortable and functional are the two key characteristics that I look for in any piece of riding apparel that I like to wear.

And since it’s the middle of the summer season, keeping cool is also a consideration. I tend not to do so well when I start to overheat. So It’s especially important that I outfit myself in preparation for riding in warm temperatures.

One of the outfits that has been a part of my riding wardrobe this season includes the Ashley Performance Long Sleeve Shirt, paired with the Signature Breech. Both pieces are from Noble Outfitters, and look and perform beautifully together.

Let’s start from the top down, shall we? The Ashley Performance Long Sleeve Shirt is a lovely quarter zip thats made to suit riding in warm and sunny weather. The super lightweight fabric is rated with UPF 50+ protection, to help shield against the sun’s harmful rays.

Looking a little closer at the fabric, the content is a 91% Tactel nylon and 9% spandex, which is feather light and stretchy. And the back of the shirt? It includes a stretch mesh panel that is ultra breathable to help promote air flow.

The Ashley Shirt also includes some other terrific features for comfortable riding. Opti Dry Technology helps to pull away moisture quickly from skin. And let’s not forget the patterned and chic looking power mesh underarms to promote addition ventilation.

Keeping cool is a bit easier with the well ventilated Ashley Shirt. Not only does the stretchy mesh panel allow for more airflow...the super cute patterned under arm power mesh does so too. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

Keeping cool is a bit easier with the well ventilated Ashley Shirt. Not only does the stretchy mesh panel allow for more airflow…the super cute patterned under arm power mesh does so too. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

And it’s the little details that help set the Ashley Shirt apart. The princess seam side panels, coupled with the flat seam construction help to provide a flattering fit. The mock neck also does feature a stock tie loop on all colors of the shirt.

Onwards to the Signature Breeches! Something that I noticed right out of the gate is that the Signature Breeches include a number of the same specs and fabric technologies that the Ashley Performance Shirt does.

Like the Ashley, the Signature Breeches also boast UPF 50+ protection against the sun’s harmful rays. Also, the cotton/nylon/elastane blend fabric also features Opti Dry Technology, which again, helps wick away moisture quickly.

From there, the Signature Breeches branch out and bring some other terrific features to the table. The ultra smooth fabric also includes 4-way stretch, for a flattering and comfortable fit. They also feature a mid ride, euro seat design for modest coverage.

The Signature Breeches feature a front zip closure, as well as a zip pocket on the left front. I also find the belt loops are a nice feature, especially with the added extra belt loop with the Noble Outfitters Signature Strip pattern.

Another feature not to overlook are the Toray ultrasuede knee patches. The slightly darker coloring contrasts with the tan of the Signature Breech nicely. And, they are more than just a pretty face, when they help provide extra grip in the saddle.

What do I really feel like when riding in the Ashley Performance Shirt paired with the Signature Breeches? Both pieces fit me comfortably, and help flatter in all of the right places. And looking great also helps me to feel more confident! Photo by Lorraine Peachey

What do I really feel like when riding in the Ashley Performance Shirt paired with the Signature Breeches? Both pieces fit me comfortably, and help flatter in all of the right places. And looking great also helps me to feel more confident! Photo by Lorraine Peachey

Enough about features: what do I really feel like when riding in the Ashley Performance Shirt paired with the Signature Breeches? Both pieces fit me comfortably, and help flatter in all of the right places. And looking great also helps me to feel more confident!

While in the saddle, I feel like the fabric of both pieces is non restrictive and really moves with me. And while being comfortably active, the lightweight fabric also helps by wicking away moisture quickly from my skin.

Keeping cool is a bit easier with the well ventilated Ashley Shirt. Not only does the stretchy mesh panel allow for more airflow, the super cute patterned underarm power mesh does so too. I gain additional ventilation by partially unzipping the quarter zip mock neck.

And keeping a grip has been made easier for me while wearing the comfortable Signature Breeches. Flattering both on the ground and in the saddle, the Signature Breeches are also extremely comfortable to wear.

Plus, they offer a good amount of grip. Which has been helpful for me, especially when I’m riding my pony while he is learning how to jump and gallop like a ‘big boy.’ The Toray ultrasuede knee patches really give me grip when and where I need it.

Both the Ashley Performance Long Sleeve Shirt and the Signature Breeches are available from Noble Outfitters. The Ashley Shirt is available in a number of colors, some with patterned power mesh panels. It has a retail price of $64.95, and you can find it here.

The Signature Breeches are available in sizes 24 through 34 in a traditional tan color, which is designed with the show ring in mind. They have a retail price of $149.95, and you can find them here.

Go Staying Cool in the Saddle. Go Noble Outfitters. Go Eventing.

Product Review: Weatherbeeta Supa Fly Insect Shield Fly Sheet

Welcome to EN’s Product Review series! Who doesn’t love shopping, especially when the object of your search is new gear for yourself or your horse? As an enthusiast of all products equine, I LOVE trying out new gear. Please join me as I narrate my personal journey of trying out all of the products featured. While I will make no recommendations, I hope you have fun reading about my many adventures of trying new products, and that hearing about my personal experiences helps you on your own quest for new gear. Go Shopping.

I definitely like that the Supa Fly sheet blocks up to 70% of UV rays. Definitely a plus considering Roo's dark bay coat is prone to bleaching out in the sun. Photo by Lorraine Peachey. I definitely like that the Supa Fly sheet blocks up to 70% of UV rays. Definitely a plus considering Roo's dark bay coat is prone to bleaching out in the sun. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

I can’t get enough of the bright and sunny weather of the summer season. The warm weather. The long days. It’s been absolutely lovely to change into my riding clothes each day after a long day in the office, so that I can go ride my pony.

After pulling off a quick wardrobe change, I head out to bring the boys in from their pasture. That’s usually when I start to try to fend off those pesky biting flies. I’m apparently quite the draw for those tiny winged nuisances. My horses, however, seem quite comfortable.

That’s because before I turn them out each morning, I tack several extra minutes onto my routine. After feeding. Mucking stalls. Filling water buckets. And tossing out some flakes of hays. I make sure to outfit my boys in their armor … fly armor, that is!

At my farm, every horse gets their own fly sheet and fly mask. Why? Because I can’t imagine allowing them to be irritated and practically eaten alive by flies in the field. The tail swishing, weepy eyes and numerous welts really warrant some fly protection.

My young pony in training, Rufus, definitely needs his fly protection. He is particularly sensitive to insect bites, and is prone to welts during the summer season. So I definitely make sure that he has adequate fly protection so he doesn’t get eaten alive.

This season, I’ve been wearing the Weatherbeeta Supa Fly Insect Shield Detach A Neck Fly Sheet. While the name might be a bit of a mouth full if you try saying it five times fast, it helps to highlight some of my very favorite features of this particular fly sheet.

The Supa Fly sheet also features a removable neck cover, which is comfortably loose fitting. It can be easily attached or detached with four velcro loop closures. Plus, I like the velcro loop at the top that I can use to attach the top to a halter to keep it in place. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

The Supa Fly sheet also features a removable neck cover, which is comfortably loose fitting. It can be easily attached or detached with four velcro loop closures. Plus, I like the velcro loop at the top that I can use to attach the top to a halter to keep it in place. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

The Supa Fly sheet is constructed out of a supa (or super!) strong mesh material. The mesh outer is lightweight, and it works double time to keep Roo protected from bugs and from overheating under the warm summer sun.

What exactly are the standout features of the Supa Fly sheet from my perspective? Out of the gate, I found myself smitten with the fully detachable belly band of the sheet. Roo gets particularly bothered when bugs bite at his sensitive belly, so this was a huge plus!

I also found myself really interested to try out the Supa Fly sheet, since it features Insect Shield technology. Which helps to provide Roo with effective and long lasting personal protection from mosquitoes, ticks, flies and fleas.

And the really cool part? The Insect Shield technology was made to be effective for up to 25 washes of the Supa Fly sheet! Also, it is worth mentioning that the Insect Shield Repellent that the sheet is treated with is EPA registered as well.

The Supa Fly sheet also features a removable neck cover, which is comfortably loose fitting. It can be easily attached or detached with four velcro loop closures. Plus, I like the velcro loop at the top that I can use to attach the top to a halter to keep it in place.

Other features that I find helpful: I definitely like that the Supa Fly sheet blocks up to 70% of UV rays. Definitely a plus considering Roo’s dark bay coat is prone to bleaching out in the sun. And I appreciate the handy quick clip closure coupled with velcro on the front.

The Insect Shield Technology of the Supa Fly sheet helps to provide Roo with effective and long lasting personal protection from mosquitoes, ticks, flies and fleas. Photo by Lorraine Peachey

The Insect Shield Technology of the Supa Fly sheet helps to provide Roo with effective and long lasting personal protection from mosquitoes, ticks, flies and fleas. Photo by Lorraine Peachey

Some other features not to be overlooked are the traditional shoulder gussets, to help provide freedom of movement. And let’s not forget the full wrap tail flap or removable web leg straps in the hind either, both which help support the sheet’s fit and function.

Now, most importantly, how has Rufus fared in his new Supa Fly sheet this season? From the time that the sheet came out of it’s packaging and was fitted on Roo, I felt really happy with the way that it fit and draped over his stocky frame.

The Supa Fly sheet looks very nice, with just the right combination of the white sheet with navy and blue accenting. The quick clip buckles are super easy to fasten, which saves me precious extra minutes when I’m outfitting Roo before heading to the office.

I also find that I really like the fit of the belly band. The elastic built into the straps gives it a nice snug fit against Roo’s belly, without being too snug. Which means that there is no space for flies to sneak in and bite his sensitive tummy!

The time that it takes me to fasten the web leg straps and velcro the neck cover is minimal. Just that quickly, Roo is off to enjoy his day out in the sun while being shielded from irritating biting insects.

And what does Roo look like when I return home at the end of the day? I’m happy to report that the Supa Fly sheet has stayed in place nicely on Roo, without that awkward slipping or sliding down one side of his bum. Which is totally not cute.

And at the end of the day...I'm greeted by a happy Roo, who is cool, comfortable and protected from biting insects and harmful UV rays! Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

And at the end of the day…I’m greeted by a happy Roo, who is cool, comfortable and protected from biting insects and harmful UV rays! Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

More importantly, I find that my Roo feels cool and dry when I check under his Supa Fly sheet. Because the lightweight mesh helps to keep him from overheating. And I’m happy that his lovely dark bay coat had all day protection from UV rays.

Finally, I am so happy to see that I see less flies around him. With a traditional fly sheet and mask, I’ve had to brush large numbers of flies off of Roo’s nose and neck. However, the Insect Shield Technology really appears to help deter biting insects. Supa awesomeness!

The Supa Fly Insect Shield Detach A Neck Fly Sheet is available from Weatherbeeta in sizes 60″ through 84″. It has a retail price of $149.99, and you can find out more about it here.

Go Beating those Biting Bugs. Go Weatherbeeta. Go Eventing.

 

Product Review: Ariat Heat Series Sunstopper Riding Tops

Welcome to EN’s Product Review series! Who doesn’t love shopping, especially when the object of your search is new gear for yourself or your horse? As an enthusiast of all products equine, I LOVE trying out new gear. Please join me as I narrate my personal journey of trying out all of the products featured. While I will make no recommendations, I hope you have fun reading about my many adventures of trying new products, and that hearing about my personal experiences helps you on your own quest for new gear. Go Shopping.

? The Sunstopper tops are designed using Sun Protection Fabric technology, which helps to provide protection from harmful UV rays. And that protection is definitely welcome from my perspective. Photo by Lorraine Peachey. ? The Sunstopper tops are designed using Sun Protection Fabric technology, which helps to provide protection from harmful UV rays. And that protection is definitely welcome from my perspective. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

If I could, I would practically live outdoors all summer long. As it is I spend as much time as humanly possible soaking up the sun … wherever. And whenever. Sure, I spend plenty of time laying out on the beach, or parking myself by the nearest pool.

But I also find that the summer season means that I’m logging a lot of hours in the saddle. The long days mean that I have plenty of time to spend my evenings riding after I arrive home from a day at the office. Which I why I find myself riding pretty much every day!

The way the daylight stretches into the evenings certainly helps me to spend more time in the saddle. However, summer does create some riding centric challenges for both the horse and rider, beyond the major annoyance of biting horseflies around the barn.

While I do enjoy warm weather, some days are downright sticky, which leave me feeling pretty icky after a ride. Staying cool and comfortable help me to perform at my best. Which is why it is of utmost important to select seasonally appropriate performance apparel.

I’m also a fair skinned type of gal, which means that I generally find myself getting burned, rather than tan, from the sun. And it’s not just the sunburn that is uncomfortable. Awkward tan lines from sleeveless or short sleeve shirts are really not very attractive!

In recent years, I’ve taken to wearing long sleeve performance tops for much of my summer riding. Before I tried wearing my first ‘sun shirt,’ I thought the concept of long sleeves was a bit far fetched. Long sleeves? In 80 or 90 degree weather? I pretty much laughed.

Both the 1/4 Zip and Polo tops feature breathable mesh sections as well, in order to promote air circulation. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

Both the 1/4 Zip and Polo tops feature breathable mesh sections as well, in order to promote air circulation. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

But surprisingly enough, the right combination of fashion and technology does the trick. Lightweight fabrics that wick moisture away from the skin and are fast drying perform very well, especially when they have ventilation technology working on their side.

This season, I’ve been riding in the Sunstopper 1/4 Zip and Polo tops from Ariat’s Heat Series. The AriatTEK Heat Series is a collection of performance apparel that was designed to keep riders cool whlie spending time in the saddle in warm temperatures.

So what’s in a name? The Sunstopper tops are designed using Sun Protection Fabric technology, which helps to provide protection from harmful UV rays. And that protection is definitely welcome from my perspective.

The Sunstopper tops feature a lightweight pique knit fabric. The fabric also boasts Ariat Moisture Movement Technology, which helps it to pull moisture away from the skin quickly. Plus, it also evaporates quickly, which helps keep the rider dry and comfortable.

Both the 1/4 Zip and Polo tops feature breathable mesh sections as well, in order to promote air circulation. The design of the 1/4 Zip includes the mesh underarm as well as additional paneling. The Polo includes the mesh under the arms only.

The other major difference between the two is the obvious styling detail. The 1/4 Zip features a mock collar, with a 1/4 zip front. On especially warm days, I like to leave the front mostly unzipped to allow additional airflow. The 1/4 Zip also includes a stock tie loop.

One of my favorite things is just how quickly the ultra light fabric dries. With the Sunstopper tops, the fabric dries quickly, and which helps me to feel comfortable. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

One of my favorite things is just how quickly the ultra light fabric dries. With the Sunstopper tops, the fabric dries quickly, and which helps me to feel comfortable. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

For a bit of a different look, the Sunstopper Polo offers an alternative styling. The front features six snap buttons up the front, which can easily fastened / unfastened in order to get just the right look. The polo collar also offers a crisp and clean appearance.

While logging time in the saddle wearing both Sunstopper tops, I stay both cool and comfortable. Both the 1/4 Zip and Polo styles do a great job at pulling away moisture from my skin when I’m sweaty and gross from riding in 80 or 90 degree weather.

The combination of the ultra light fabric and the additional ventilation from the mesh helps me to feel cooler. Plus, I can also adjust the zipper or snap buttons to allow for some additional airflow. And, this allows me to styling the top just the way that I want it.

One of my favorite things is just how quickly the ultra light fabric dries. I hate feeling slightly soggy after I end up sweating buckets during a ride, and my top usually ends up soaked. With the Sunstopper tops, the fabric dries quickly, and which helps me to feel comfortable.

Both the Sunstopper 1/4 Zip and Polo tops are availble from Ariat. Both styles retail for $49.95 for solid colors, and $54.95 for prints. You can find the 1/4 Zip top here, and you can find the Polo top here.

Go Stylishly Cool Summer Apparel. Go Ariat. Go Eventing.

 

Product Review: Troxel ES Helmet

Welcome to EN’s Product Review series! Who doesn’t love shopping, especially when the object of your search is new gear for yourself or your horse? As an enthusiast of all products equine, I LOVE trying out new gear. Please join me as I narrate my personal journey of trying out all of the products featured. While I will make no recommendations, I hope you have fun reading about my many adventures of trying new products, and that hearing about my personal experiences helps you on your own quest for new gear. Go Shopping.

The self-locking buckle on the Troxel ES Helmet features an advanced magnetic fastener, which allows it to close in a virtually automatic way. Just one click, without any pinching, and the durable buckle is fastened. And what's even better? I can use one hand to unfasten it! Photo by Lorraine Peachey. The self-locking buckle on the Troxel ES Helmet features an advanced magnetic fastener, which allows it to close in a virtually automatic way. Just one click, without any pinching, and the durable buckle is fastened. And what's even better? I can use one hand to unfasten it! Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

Something that I take very seriously is safety. I tend to be risk adverse person in most areas of my life. However, I know that each and every time that I choose to climb on up into the saddle, that there is an inherent risk that accompanies me.

Safety is no joke … which is why I always, always, ALWAYS wear a helmet. No matter what horse I’m riding. Or how short of a ride I’m planning. I absolutely will not put my boots in the irons without having an ASTM approved, properly fitting helmet strapped to my noggin.

In all of my years riding, I’ve never heard a good reason to go out sans helmet. I don’t care how hot my head gets. Or if I look like a ‘mushroom head’. Or even if I end up rocking total helmet hair. Protecting my head is way more important.

And above all else, the number one reason that I wear a helmet is for everyone in my life who cares about me. While jumping on the back of a horse does come with risk, I wear helmet to keep myself safe for my friends and family.

One of the helmets that I’ve been riding in recently has been exceedingly lovely. Not only does it look sleek and sophisticated enough for the show ring…it also provides a nice fit, and keeps my head from overheating. I’m talking about the Troxel ES helmet.

I'm happy with the way the SureFit Elite System cradles my head. No matter how much I bounce around, or how active I am in the saddle, my helmet stays put. No sliding, or slipping. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

I’m happy with the way the SureFit Elite System cradles my head. No matter how much I bounce around, or how active I am in the saddle, my helmet stays put. No sliding, or slipping. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

My very first riding helmet was a Troxel. And to this day, I have many memories and pictures of myself riding in that navy blue helmet. It was not the most sleek or stylish helmet, but I was oh so very proud to wear it, just the same.

The Troxel ES is vastly different to the helmet of my youth … words like sleek and stylish immediately sprung into my mind the first time that I saw the helmet. And when I tried it on for the first time, it fit great and looking simply fabulous.

About the fit … the Troxel ES helmet features the SureFit Elite fit system, along with Flip Fold fit adjustment technology. The SureFit Elite system features a Comfort Cradle, that uses elastic straps that self adjust to accommodate the size and shape of a riders head.

The SureFit Elite system features an adjustable slider to tighten or loosen the EverFlex straps that adjust to the riders head. In addition, the Flip Fold System provides an adjustable liner that can easily be made thicker or thinner to accommodate various head shapes.

Along with some terrific fit technology, the ES helmet also boasts features to enhance comfort. Air channel technology, along with mesh covered cluster vents help to promote air flow. And, an open cell foam moisture wicking headliner helps to pull away sweat.

that can easily be made thicker or thinner to accomodate various head shapes. Along with some terrific fit technology, the ES helmet also boasts features to enhance comfort. Air channel technology, along with mesh covered cluster vents help to promote air flow. And, an open cell foam moisture wicking headliner helps to pull away sweat. Photo by Lorraine Peachey,

Along with some terrific fit technology, the ES helmet also boasts features to enhance comfort. Air channel technology, along with mesh covered cluster vents help to promote air flow. And, an open cell foam moisture wicking headliner helps to pull away sweat. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

But I haven’t even touched upon one of my very favorite features of the Troxel ES helmet … and that is the Self Locking Buckle. So what exactly is the Self Locking Buckle? And more importantly, why is functional and really pretty awesome at the same time?

The Self Locking Buckle features an advanced magnetic fastener, which allows it to close in a virtually automatic way. Just one click, without any pinching, and the durable buckle is fastened. And what’s even better? I can use one hand to unfasten it!

I’ve been very happy to have the opportunity to spend so much time riding in the ES helmet. The helmet does indeed look fabulous, as evidenced by the many compliments that I get while wearing it. The fit also works very well, and the helmet stays in place just so.

No matter how much I bounce around, or how active I am in the saddle, my helmet stays put. No sliding, or slipping. I’m happy with the way the SureFit Elite System cradles my head. And, I made use of the super easy Flip Fold system to get just the right fit.

I also find that the air channel technology, paired with the mesh covered cluster vents do a nice job keeping me from overheating. Plus, the open cell foam moisture wicking headliner helps to wick away sweat to keep me comfortable.

And let’s not forget the Self Locking Buckle. I can easily fasten and unfasten the buckle with a single gloved hand. Let’s add the fact that it opens and closes without pinching me, and I’m pretty much smitten with this particular buckle!

But I saved the best part for last. While I’ve been very happy with the overall appearance and functionality of the ASTM/SEI certified ES helmet, I’m completly shocked when I look at the very affordable and budget friendly price tag.

The Troxel ES helmet is available in sizes S through XL, in both black/black and black/silver (pictured). It has a retail price of $109.95, and you can learn more about it here.

Go Functional and Stylish Helmets. Go Troxel. Go Eventing.