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    Default Suggestions of a lightweight hunt coat/frock

    I'm looking for a mid to lightweight hunt coat after spending a 4 hour hunt in my double thick heavy weight melton on a sunny 65 degree day. I've seen a lot of options online but I can't tell what the material really looks like and I need something that comes in tall--and not too expensive as it will only be used on rare hot days (MD here).

    Any suggestions?


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    http://www.equestriancollections.com...upcode=RJ10037

    The reviews are very good for fit and also for being cool.



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    Quote Originally Posted by jawa View Post
    http://www.equestriancollections.com...upcode=RJ10037

    The reviews are very good for fit and also for being cool.
    Thanks, but the closeup of the material looks like it has a bit of a plaid pattern to it. I was looking for something that wouldn't stand out. More of a true melton or frock, just of a lighter weight.

    I don't mind changing out buttons... I've seen some suitable looking dressage coats with silver I could change to black but it's hard to tell what the material is really like through a computer screen and I find the supply of talls at most tack shops rather lacking.



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    If you have your colors... a member of my hunt just got a navy LW frock from The Tack Box (www.thetackboxinc.com), and another lady also purchased the same one in black. They are quite nice, well-made, and are only incorrect in that they have 4 buttons, not 3 (so both members just purchased 3 hunt buttons to put on them, and left the bottom one plain, which made it much less obvious). I am not certain what brand they are (Pytchley, perhaps?), but you can call the Tack Box and ask them.
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    Years ago, I bought a cheap Devon Aire 100% wool dressage coat as a hunt coat. Now, it was hot on sunday (which is probably why we only stayed out for 2 hours!) but I wasn't sweating to death in it. I would have died in my heavy melton.

    It actually came with black buttons but I've since switched them out to my hunt's buttons when I was awarded colors.
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    Why would you seek out a dressage one with 4 buttons? I would have thought that lightweight black ones with 3 buttons aimed at hunter/jumper riders were easy find.



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    It seems to me that the 3 button hunter/jumper competition offer a little less "coverage". The coats are shorter than dressage coats.

    I bought a light weight technical fabric dressage coat. It had four buttons. I took the top button off, stitched the top hole closed, and repressed the collar so that you couldn't tell it was supposed to have 4 buttons.

    I look for coats that have the bottom come close to my finger tips.

    I did use a cheapy hunter/jumper show coat for years as my light weight formal coat.

    Most years you only need it for a hunt or two, but I used a light weight coat alot last year. It never really seemed to get cold.



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    Yes, I find the regular hunt show coats too short to blend in well on a formal day. Everything is short on me to begin with and those are even worse. I would like something more like a true hunting frock, just not 1/2 inch thick and $800. Under $400 would be nice.



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