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What do YOU wear out on trail?

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  • What do YOU wear out on trail?

    Yes, a fashion discussion. No, don't roll your eyes. Now that I've officially stopped trying to be anything other than a trail/pleasure rider (I used to do dressage), I've been slowly changing my collection of riding cloths (and when I say collection, I mean the cloths I set aside as barn/riding cloths either through purchase or retirement from streetwear, so don't roll your eyes again ).

    Right now I ride in comfy breeches (discovered Smooth Stride this year and LOVE them) or nice broken in jeans, with half chaps and paddock boots. But it's the tops I struggle with. I HATE to sit on my top, so long shirts, sweatshirts, etc. are out and since I'm short wasted, almost everything is long on me. I went through my closet last night and realized I need to do some shopping, but I don't want to pay some ridiculous price for "riding wear" that's the right length. So I'm asking my COTH friends -- what do you wear riding? Particularly in the fall and spring, when it's not hot, but not cold enough for a nice heavy, short jacket?
    "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." - Confucious
    <>< I.I.

  • #2
    Ahhh, that's why trail riding is so great. Who cares what you wear! I loff it.

    I always ride in tights (Ariat Venturas, Saddlebums & Irideons) with 1/2 chaps, a T-shirt or Polo and, if a warmer outter layer is needed, a fleece pullover with zip neck.

    For winter, I'll do a layer of SmartSlims under my tights and Cuddleduds and a turtleneck long-sleeve on top, then my Mountain Horse jacket. I love that thing! Tons of pockets and uber comfy. Got it on sale last year from Horseloverz.com

    My helmet, of course, always....during winter, I'll sock a Polar Fleece cover over it that wraps around my neck. Like these: https://www.helmetcovers.com/index.p...6745f79d406399
    <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.


    • #3
      Depends on what I'm doing, but normally i wear my Kerrits low rise rights with either my hubby's green skivvy shirt [he's a marine], or a tank top.

      Or, I wear my jeans with half chaps, green shirt or a tank top.

      In the winter I throw a hoodie on over the whole ensemble, and if it's really cold I'll wear riding tights under my jeans.
      (¯`·._¤ Jess!·._¤ ´¯)


      • #4
        For a bareback loop around the farm, just jeans and whatever t-shirt, sweatshirt, etc.

        For a "real" ride, I use Under Armour athletic pants, and knit athletic tops like Reebok, Under Armour or Nike.

        I've given up totally on "riding clothing." I have one pair of Irideon saddleseat, bootcut breeches that I like, but they don't wick sweat and keep my cool and dry like the athletic pants do.

        We do lots and lots of miles and typical riding clothing just doesn't cut it for me.

        For shoes I wear Ariat Terrains, Fatbaby boots, or just my Crocs.


        • #5
          Ditto on the Ariat Terrains for shoes. LOFF DEM!!!
          <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.


          • #6
            Tropical Rider Enduracools, or their polar fleeced lined tights. Been wearing Tropical Rider's since '02. The polar fleece line Tropical Riders tights earned their keep when I competed on an endurance ride and it was 20 with very strong winds. Wow, it was cold, warm tights though.

            In the summer a Nike heat/moisture wicking shirt, keeps you cool and dry.

            In the winter or cooler months tee shirts, or turtle neck, and sweat shirt and bright colors to be noticed first, and not mistaken for a deer. I like "do not shoot me red", or "do not shoot me pink". I also have a bike riding hi-viz yellow long sleeved shirt I wear also. I call it "do not shoot me hi-viz yellow". :-)

            Ariat half chaps.

            Either running shoes, or Ariat Terrains.

            Tippeary helmet.

            SSG all weather gloves, and these current ones are lime with black palms. ("Do not shoot me lime" (of course)).

            back to lurking.


            • #7
              I'm glad someone else mentioned the "don't shoot me" clothes. Its that time of year. I have a bright orange light weight vest for now and when it gets colder a bright red down vest. I'll be wearing one or the other vest every day until Spring. Love the pockets on both. I wish someone would make a nice looking vest in the hi vis colors.


              • #8
                Jeans, Ariat All Terrain Half chaps, Ariat boots (they're not All Terrains, they're actually from their 'casual collection' or whatever).

                Troxel Sierra helmet, most important part of my outfit. Every ride, every time.

                As for tops, just whatever I happen to be wearing that day. T-shirt, hoodie, jacket, whatever.

                Occasionally I'll ride in the arena with no half chaps, but I really can't stand to ride without them.
                Tell a Gelding. Ask a Stallion. Discuss it with a Mare... Pray if it's a Pony!


                • #9
                  Jeans, regular pants ,teashirts-just any combination actually. I usually wear my clothes that I use for regular use and am thinking of throwing away. I use them for about 6 months with the horses-by then there are holes or stains or slobber or shampoo from bathing-so throw them out!

                  Shoes I use a pair of old cowboy boots that I bought a while ago. Nice way to recycle the clothes though!


                  • Original Poster

                    Originally posted by rmh_rider View Post
                    In the winter or cooler months tee shirts, or turtle neck, and sweat shirt and bright colors to be noticed first, and not mistaken for a deer. I like "do not shoot me red", or "do not shoot me pink". I also have a bike riding hi-viz yellow long sleeved shirt I wear also. I call it "do not shoot me hi-viz yellow". :-)
                    I have a bright orange helmet cover (my SO calls me the great pumpkin or pumpkin head when I wear it ) for hunting season. We also invested in neon safety vests last year after getting too close for comfort to a group of hunters. Before that I wore a hideous old yellow windbreaker. But yes, great thing to point out this time of year.
                    "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." - Confucious
                    <>< I.I.


                    • #11
                      I've gotten some nice, cool, quick-to-dry tops from WalMart in the section where they sell exercise clothes. Found this to be an inexpensive way to supplement my riding gear. Also ride in men's undershirts over a sports bra when the weather is warm. Those things are great in the summer, and cheap.

                      For colder weather, I layer like blazes, but try to arrange it so I can peal off layers as I overheat. For work and riding, I like an undershirt, sometimes a T, and a mock turtleneck for riding in the cold. I never wear these for trimming, since I get too hot too fast and don't want to strip down to the undershirt. My winder skin ain't pretty (the glare off my shade of white is too much for some horses).

                      Over the mock turtleneck I put a sweatshirt or fleece, sometimes both. Last year I bought a Goretex jacket to put under a cheap winter coat. The thing is wind proof, which helps keep the heat in. I would love to convince them to put the windproof layer on the outside so there is more insulation next to the skin, but fashion rules even in outerwear, and nobody wants it on the outside.

                      I don't worry too much about keeping my legs warm, but in winter I switch from half chaps to full chaps and let my butt get cold. Keeps me awake.
                      "Passion without knowledge is a runaway horse."


                      • #12
                        tights or pullon breeches mostly, sometimes just any old leggings or exercise pants. Day-glo orange hi-way worker type vest for hunting season. Long sleeved Tshirts mostly, although this summer I did break down and wear short sleeved T's a lot. My husband goes to lots of military bases for his work so I have geat T shirts, several with a cavalry theme. In GA winter tends to be a lot like October in the midwest--in other words, perfect riding weather, often a hoodie is all the jacket needed, but for real cold and blowy days I have a nice Ariat softshell jacket. I generally pack the cell phone in a little camera case kinda thing that I wear around my neck and under one arm where it stays out of the way. I hate getting buttons snagged on the saddle horn so no button shirts when I ride the Western saddle. Blundstones or ariat shoes on my feet. I have half chaps but dont bother with them all the time.


                        • #13
                          In warm weather, just jeans and a t-shirt works fine. I have a couple of pairs of Ariat paddock boots, and also my Blundstone #500 boots. The Blundstones are actually my favorite for all-around, but they're a little too wide in the heel for my spurs to fit comfortably and they don't offer much ankle support. Otherwise, they're super-comfortable.

                          While I was camping at East Fork Stables in Jamestown, TN last week, I bought one of the lightweight, breathable Aussie full-length raincoats for warmer riding weather. It has leg straps like a regular Aussie coat, plenty of room in the back, plus a hood with visor that can be rolled down and secured with a snap if you don't want to use it. Best thing about it is that it can be packed into its own attached pocket for travel, small enough to stuff into a saddle bag or tie to the back of the saddle in case we get caught in a cloudburst while we're out. Oh, and it comes in different colors - mine is yellow, which is great for added visibility if I am riding on or near a road.

                          In cooler weather I also wear my smooth leather schooling chaps - they're good for added warmth, for keeping my legs dry from splashing mud or rain, and for protecting my jeans from some of the thorn bushes we sometimes ride through. I also have a full-length Australian oilskin coat (which really needs to be re-oiled, now that I think about it) that includes a synthetic wool vest that can be buttoned to the inside for added warmth. Long-sleeved t-shirts or button-down shirts, sometimes a fleece pullover or light jacket for a top; just jeans or old khakis for pants.

                          For cold weather, I do lots of thin layers with a heavier coat on top. Long underwear is my friend. A couple of years ago I bought a helmet cover that has a fleece neck wrap attached - love it! I also use a full face/head cover and fleece headband. When it comes to boots - whatever is warm and well-insulated, or roomy enough for me to wear one pair of thin socks and one pair of heavier/hiking socks. I'm saving up for a pair of Schees riding boots. A good friend and riding buddy has a pair and says his feet NEVER get cold, even after hours on trail. He and I are among the few from my barn who venture out on trail when the temperatures dip below freezing.
                          Please copy and paste this to your signature if you know someone, or have been affected by someone who needs a smack upside the head. Lets raise awareness.


                          • #14
                            I don't have different wardrobes for ring work and trail rides. I wear a T-shirt, breeches, paddock boots and 1/2 chaps. Personally, I like baggy T-shirts since I find breeches to be very unflattering even though they are comfortable for riding. If it's chilly, I put on a fleece top or jacket.


                            • #15
                              I love shopping for riding clothes (go ahead roll your eyes). For the bottoms, I do breeches or jeans with paddock boots and half chaps depending on if I have stuff to do around the barn afterwards and don't want to ruin my breeches.
                              For tops, I usually shop at Lands End or Eddie Bauer. I generally buy talls, and I still don't sit on the shirt tails. My favorite cool weather gear is a ribbed turtle neck with a fitted riding vest bought on sale. I never thought about buying blaze orange, but I'm hacking out more these days, so now I'm off to shop for something bright... thanks jnel!
                              Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans


                              • #16
                                In the heat of summer, shorts, tanktop, helmet & tennis shoes (not safe I know)

                                Warm weater jeans, tanktop or t-shirt, boots, helmet

                                Hunting season: jeans, t-shirt, sweatshirt, day glo orange vest & helmet

                                I can't stand sleeves when it is hot out. If you wear shorts you will dry quickly if you ride to the swimming hole (we swim the horses there too)


                                • #17
                                  Old regular clothes. In the summer jeans and a ribbed tank top with half chaps and paddock boots. I'm another one who can't stand sleeves when it's hot out!

                                  Fall is the same but with t-shirt and optional sweatshirt.

                                  In the winter lots of LAYERS. I usually switch to my full chaps, too. Silk thermals, turtleneck, scarf, sweatshirt or sweater, down or Carhart vest and LL Bean Barn Coat with thinsulate liner. Sometimes by the time I'm tacked up and ready to ride I'm down to just a turtleneck and vest. Then i don't overheat and I have all those nice warm clothes to pile back on once I stop moving around and start getting cold again!
                                  Doubled Expectations (Roxy, 2001 APHA)
                                  Al Amir (Al, 2005 OTTB)
                                  Ten Purposes (Rosie, 2009 OTTB)


                                  • #18
                                    Wrangler jeans, polo shirt, boots, spurs, always gloves and chinks. It it's cool, a sweatshirt. If it's cold, several layers that can be subtracted as needed. Sometimes I even match, but it's usually unintentional!

                                    Since elk hunting season starts this weekend, I wear either a bright orange sweatshirt or an orange vest, and my horse wears an orange halter under his bridle and an orange tail bag, as well as a bright orange saddle bag.


                                    • #19
                                      While my sister is a NYC fashionista...I am...well...not.

                                      I am 5'9" and have a ridiculously long torso and small waist- which means I am always trying to cover up my mid section when riding.

                                      Greatest two articles of riding clothing for me- under armour in various weights and Eddie Bauer down vests.

                                      The under armour is thin enough to tuck in and not look ridiculous...and you can easily wear a polo over to dress up. I've found men's to have longer arm/torso length for me. Women's would probably fit the average torso better.

                                      The Eddie Bauer vests are PERFECT for a long torso. Small, fitted adjustable waist. I bought 3. I wish I'd bought more...

                                      Deerskin gloves for barn work. Roekl for riding. They are worth it. Really.


                                      • #20
                                        If you are a western rider and ride with a saddle with a horn... PLEASE please make sure you ride in clothing that... if get caught on that horn, will rip, pop open, or zip UP so you can unleash yourself. I personally have had a horse buck and my tight waisted sweatshirt got hooked on the horn and became the very thing that tied me to my horse as he continued to buck and rammed that horn into my tummy. Aweful experience.

                                        Otherwise, I wear riding breaches that are of a jean material and whatever is comfortable and willing to get good and dirty!!!
                                        The Galloping Grape
                                        Warrenton, VA