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    I almost made up a new name. . . But anyway, what the hell is a "soft shell" coat you guys keep talking about? I went and found them on Dover and whatever but don't understand the difference.

    Help a re-rider out, without snickering please.


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    instead of being made out of wool/ polyester its made out of technical fabrics and many are machine washable.
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    Wow, that's not embarrassing -- I thought you were going to ask "What's a distance" or something


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    Additionally they're little bit cooler than normal coats and more form fitting.
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    Agreed, that's nothing to be embarrassed about!

    The soft shell coats are fairly new, and becoming more and more popular. They tend to be more comfortable to wear (stretchy technical athletic fabric) compared to the traditional wool, and they are easier care (launder at home in the washing machine v. dry cleaning.)

    I have one that looks very traditional and from more than a foot or so away, cannot be distinguished from my wool coats. I've worn it in the eq, particularly when the weather was bad and I didn't want to get my wool coats wet. I absolutely love it.
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    Cool, can someone steer me towards a good one? Looking for traditional Navy.



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    They also tend to be a lot more expensive than the wool coats. There are some cheaper ones out there, but to me they tend to look cheap. I haven't bought a soft shell yet because I can't afford it.

    If you want a nice traditional model, you can't go wrong with this one:

    http://www.doversaddlery.com/gp-clas...at/p/X1-40638/

    They make the same coat in a heavier fabric as well, but it costs a lot more:

    http://www.doversaddlery.com/grand-p...ll/p/X1-40458/
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    WOW! Ok then, I'll be sticking with my cheap ones.



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    Quote Originally Posted by hrford View Post
    Cool, can someone steer me towards a good one? Looking for traditional Navy.

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    Mine is a Pikeur ... I bought it a few years ago and don't remember the model. But it looks like Amira has a very similar one now, and they tend to be much less expensive than the US stores:

    http://www.amirashop.co.uk/acatalog/Pikeur_Gotha.html
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    I have an Equine Couture one that was just under $100, if you don't care much about having the latest/greatest, the soft shell coats can be found on clearance racks too.

    I love mine, it's a light grey, I didn't think that it would replace my wool coat...I bought it at a trade show because it was so cheap and happened to be my size. Love it!
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    Horze.com has a reasonably priced one but no navy. Reviews are all over the place...including someone who hated it but gave it five stars!
    http://www.horze.com/Horze-Wiona-Lad...,en_US,pd.html



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    Quote Originally Posted by hunterrider23 View Post
    Additionally they're little bit cooler than normal coats and more form fitting.
    And the fabric isn't as stiff as wool. The potential for looking like an over-stuffed sausage is real, even if that wasn't your usual MO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mvp View Post
    And the fabric isn't as stiff as wool. The potential for looking like an over-stuffed sausage is real, even if that wasn't your usual MO.
    Wear a corset. Helps with good posture too! Maneuverability, not so much.


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    Quote Originally Posted by eqsiu View Post
    Wear a corset. Helps with good posture too! Maneuverability, not so much.
    Back in my much younger days when I did Equ. I used to wear a skin tight t-shirt, a sports bra then duck tape because my breasts were large! So I've done worse. I've now had the boobs taken care of with surgery so such antics are no longer necessary.


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    I too have a Pikeur in navy and I love it! So much easier to just be able to come home and throw it in the washing machine. They've also come down in price and you can find a lot of them now for the same of less than the wool coats (which I find way too confining now). I think I paid around $200 for mine but that was almost 4 yrs ago.
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