We have a team of reviewers – Natalie Lord, Katrin Silva, Amy Skinner, Julie Kenney, and Maddy Butcher, putting these products to the test. We think these items from Patagonia, Title Nine, LL Bean, Toad&Co., Jungmaven, and Buff offer a fabulous array of options for horsewomen and outdoorswomen as colder months approach. Check back soon for links to our reviews.
Katahdin Insulated Pullover by LL Bean – a warm, practical layer that may find it’s way to the top of the pile, either as a vital midlayer or as a top by itself when you’re running out to toss hay before breakfast or at last call. We like it!
Utility Jacket by LL Bean – it might be our new barn coat favorite. Stay tuned for details!
Cabin Stretch Flannel Shirt by LL Bean. Sometimes companies get it right. Sometimes they don’t. While the Scotch Plaid flannel by LL Bean is a clear winner (see below for link and Julie’s review), this shirt doesn’t quite hit the mark for active riders like us. While the cut and style are nice and size-correct, it’s not particularly warm. The side pockets and the longer length make it cumbersome for tucking in or leaving out when in the saddle.
ReForm Flannel Shirt by Toad&Co.
Sierra Raglan Sweatshirt from Jungmaven
Super Power Full Zip Sweater from Title Nine, quickly becoming a favorite. Made of extrafine merino and miraculously washable. Feels soft and yummy on the skin but holds up to barn chores brilliantly.
Slip-On Storm Chaser by LL Bean. Easy-peasy slip-on boots that make cold, winter barn runs a piece of cake. Comfortable enough to wear all day. They are insulated but don’t make your feet sweaty (always a tricky balance).
Rangeley Pac Boot by LL Bean
Read Julie’s review of the Limited Edition LL Bean boot here.
We review two alternatives to scarves. Both are tubular, warm, and cozy. Both would make great stocking stuffers for the outdoors-y loved ones on your list.
Air Gaiter by Patagonia. This knit tube has a looser weave than the Buff Merino and is therefore easier to breathe through if you have it up around your nose and mouth. That also makes it less warm.
Buff Merino headgear. We tried the light merino blend and loved the pattern, durability and versatility of this little item.
Black Hole Duffle Bag, 40liter, by Patagonia might just be the perfect weekend bag, or, as our reviewer found, the perfect Thanksgiving trip bag. Carry or wear it as a backpack. What’s not to love?
Winter Leggings by Title Nine