I'm wondering what other foxhunters wear when it rains. Do you wear a clear see-through plastic raincoat over your hunting coat (like the H/J crowd), or a colored slicker, or do you just "grin and bear it" with nothing over your wool Melton?
Last edited by gothedistance; Feb. 20, 2008 at 07:21 AM.
I have a Dry as a Bone (sp) riding duster. It looks like a waxed coat, but isn't. It is lightweight, waterproof, wind proof, but I don't sweat under it, and has snaps that make it into a 3/4 length coat. It even has warm pockets. I even have a detachable hood. Makes walking the dog at 5:30 am in the rain not so much of a chore. I got a big size so I can layer under it. It is black so doesn't stand out.
My wool hunting coats have always gotten the job done. I will say that my scarlet coat gets verrrry heavy when wet, but never got soaked through and kept me toasty.
But of course, if the Master declares that rain coats or parkas are acceptable, then it's fine. In fact I did regret not accepting the offered raincoat at Bridlespur last April...took my boots DAYS to dry completely!
I've spent many a long rainy day hunting in Ireland. A long waxed cotton coat (Barbour or similar) over your hunt clothes is all you need. It's made the way it is because it works. I've seen people wearing their frock coats in the rain, with rainwater dripping off the bottom edges, and their breeches soaked through. Miserable.
I also put a cheap black plastic rain cover on my hat. It gets ripped up after a few passes through the brush in ditch and bank country, so I buy several at a time so I always have one to use. I have spent all day in the pouring rain hunting and stayed dry and comfy.
Now if you want to go real old timey, wear a Melton frock, and wear a traditional rain apron. I've seen them in Ireland. Basically a black apron that ties around your waist and drapes down in your lap and over your legs while in the saddle. Very historically correct.
I just saw a coat similar to X-rab's description at Ted's Tack Shop for $40. It was black and looked like a long duster with leg straps. They are open Wed and Sat 10-5 through the month of Dec and then closing. Everything in the store is 20% off. I have nothing to do with them, just want to pass on a good deal. I'm going back today just to buy that coat!
Can be very good hunting!
If we start in the rain I wear a Barbour. For the south they are either too cold or too hot, but what can you do? If it starts out cold, then begins to rain, I find that my melton is warm even when wet. String gloves or wool string are essential. So is a peppermint.
At home if it's raining I just wear my Barbour Bedale. I got a new one a while back after giving my ancient one a decent burial. I got the old one at a tack swap years ago - and it was ancient and patched then. Finally it gave up the ghost. The new on is holding up just as well; I wear it often.
If it's cold and rainy, I've got an old Aigle vest I wear under it. Helmet, boots and gloves keep me warm enough.
Does anyone own a Barbour Stockman? I was crushed to find out this morning that their Burghley (long, with leg straps) was discontinued. I borrowed a Burghley yesterday and it was awesome - my saddle stayed dry even on a fast run in the pouring rain. The Stockman looks longer and I'm wondering if it would be way too long on me. Any 5'7"-ish women on here own one?
Yes I bought the rain coat! It was $25 and I figured I couldn't go wrong with it. They had one L and one XL left. It's full length and when the back is unsnapped will expand to cover your saddle and part of the horses rump.
I don't want no stinkin' raincoat whilst hunting neither BUT...one goes on as soon as I dismount!! I find true wool meltons quite water repellant as it just beads up on the cloth. Just DON'T touch it! THEN it soaks through! Let it roll off. I also think cleaning fluid is somehow helping with the repellancy too. Seems older/more oftened cleaned meltons shed water better to me.