Spring Reviews

LL Bean Primaloft Vest

Carson Shirtjac from Toad

Just in time for spring riding season, we’re putting together an interesting and varied collection of reviews from and for horse and outdoors-y gals.

In the coming weeks, Katrin Silva, Julie Kenney, Amy Skinner and Maddy Butcher will review quality gear from Toad & Co., LL Bean, and Patagonia. Check out what’s coming:

Three rain jacket options:

LL Bean’s Trail Model Rain Jacket – redesigned to be tougher and more weatherproof. It’s affordable and comes in zippy colors.

Patagonia’s Calcite Jacket, helmet friendly, made from recycled

Calcite Jacket

materials and in stylish colors, for when you really cannot afford to get wet. UPDATE: Maddy Butcher reviewed this jacket and loved it although it is temporarily unavailable from Patagonia.

Although it may not be ideal for riding, it’s perfect for quick downpours or long, rainy days if you also have Muddy Creek rain chaps. The sleeves are slightly long, allowing hands to stay dry and warm. The hood is adjustable, with a firm visor. The fit is to size, trim and not oversized (like so many rain jackets).

Muddy Creek short coat

We’re reviewing two styles from Muddy Creek, a small company founded by Nancy Blystone over a decade ago. Nancy was on a rainy, cross-Michigan trek with her horse when she dreamed up her new company  and a solution to her rain-soaked condition.

We’re looking forward to testing Muddy Creek’s Long Coat  and Short Coats. Read long coat review. 

Patagonia Calcite Jacket is helmet-friendly

Patagonia’s Rainshadow Jacket – also helmet-friendly, this jacket is light, stretchy, and packable. A rain jacket that’s stretchy? Yes! Read review here.

Tops for a variety of temperatures and conditions:

Detail of the performance-driven Herringbone top from LL Bean

From LL Bean, the Herringbone Full Zip jacket, a flattering yet practical performance jacket, and the Primaloft Packaway Vest. (Who doesn’t need a vest anytime, any where? This one’s made with Primaloft Gold, even warmer than past models.) Read review.

From Toad & Co. the Carson Shirtjac, stylish, made of organic cotton with a tad of stretch, and the Recycled Denim Pullover, in an array of muted colors consisting of denim and polyester blends.

From Patagonia, the Capilene Cool Trails Shirt, quick drying and super soft, with a flattering scoop neck. Read review here.

Rainshadow Jacket – a rain jacket with stretch

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  1. Does not mention if these rain jackets cover the saddle? I am wondering who decides which companies are reviewed. For equestrian rain gear I suggest checking Muddy Creek. Designed by a rider for riders.

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