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
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).
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.
Tops for a variety of temperatures and conditions:
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.