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  • Cold weather riding gear

    I just got home from a lesson a little bit ago and the outside temp was around 12 degrees (yes, LAZ, I know it was 20.7 in the barn but still... ). My boy and I had a good lesson and once we got movin' I was fine, but I think I need more "serious" winter riding gear so I have one less excuse to not drag my sorry butt to the barn when it's this frigid. I have the Ariat thermal, full seat riding tights and really like those. I'm thinking of ordering another pair but I'm also considering the Kerrits Sit Tight N Warm breeches. Anyone tried those? Any opinions on them?

    Also, I need warmer underthings. Anyone tried the two-piece Mountain Horse tights and mock neck that you're to wear under your breeches and whatnot? What do you think of those?

    Any other recommendations of winter breeches/tights or warm under-layers are most welcome. Thanks!
    "If ever I did not have a horse or dog in my keeping, I should feel I had lost touch with the earth." ~Beryl Markham

  • #2
    No opinion on the Kerrits, but I adore my Irideon Wind Pro Fleece breeches. They served me well today in 28-degree indoor arena temps!

    IMO you're better off getting non-horse-branded long underwear. Under Armour is the bomb, but if you can't afford it (like me), Cuddl' Duds microfiber is also very good. Sam's Club sells Cuddl' Duds in the winter, and I think Penneys sells them year round but don't quote me on that.
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    • #3
      No matter what you wear on top, when its cold, chemical hand and foot warmers make life much more bearable. Easy to find in hunting section or online...I cannot survive without them in anything under 35 degrees, and that includes Michigan and Kansas winter temps...


      • #4
        I have the Kerrits sit tight n'warm in both knee patch and full seat, and find them very warm and comfortable. Are you riding outside or in an indoor? I am usually comfortable wearing a smart wool or other crew neck thermal top, layered on top with either a fleece, or other synthetic turtleneck type top. My outer layer is a lightweight EMS quilted jacket which I only where when tacking up, but get too hot in it when riding. Even when it was 12 degrees last week I still ditched the jacket when riding and wore the Smart Wool top, knit fleece turtleneck, and Kerrits sit tight n'warm breeches. I also got the Middleburg boots from Dover which are very warm. I like the Hot Chilly's thermal tops because the back is long enough to tuck into your breeches.
        I wear this a lot and love it! http://www.ems.com/product/index.jsp...737271.3693429


        • #5
          ditto on the chemical foot/hand warmers -- I have a stash that I will use for clinics and other times I can't just abandon myself to unkempt layers

          I grew up in SoCal so find even our MidAtlantic winters terrible.

          You can get great deals on long underwear at sierratradingpost.com -- get bottoms, sock liners, glove liners, and tops.
          Then add on top of that layer, smart wool socks and good insulated boots (some on TOTD today), fleecy winter britches (I covet the Irideons and FITS but have a nice pair of Harry Halls I got for super cheap at Rolex), a lightweight fleece layer or two, fleece headband for under your helmet, and a good windproof jacket/coat and serious gloves (I just got Mtn Horse "extreme" gloves and love them).

          Then you can strip down while riding a fair amount -- I'll lose the top two jacket/fleece layers, go back to regular riding gloves, and even lose the fleece headband if I'm warm.
          The big man -- my lost prince

          The little brother, now my main man


          • #6
            i LOVE my PolarTech winter riding breeches by EQ...I got those about a year ago after suffering through one New England winter with "Regular" riding pants,and i haven't regretted since, add to that my fleece helmet cover and winter riding boots that i have and i'm good to go...i would highly reccomend the PolarTech breeches to anyone


            • #7
              Well, it doesn't get as cold as that here, but warm clothing is warming clothing I suppose!

              My mom ordered a bunch of stuff from www.moosejaw.com. She got some great layering tops for free with the reward/point system.

              Under Armour is GREAT, but I got a couple of Icebreaker (wool) items which have been very warm too.

              I think a good breaker helps so much, and I have had a North Face windbreaker/shell for several years now. It has gotten a lot of wear, mud, rain, horse snot, etc. and it keeps me very warm and dry.

              Smart Wool socks, for me, work even better than the feet warmer/Toasty Toes.

              I have one pair of fleeced lined breeches that I like by EQ. I have the regular Kerrit Sit N' Tights and kind of think the full seat part is too sticky! So I haven't gotten the fleece lined pair.
              T3DE Pact


              • #8
                another vote for Kerrrits

                Sit Tight N' Warm Breeches. Every day this week....getting ready for another bout of temperatures in the teens. I can hardly wait to leave for Aiken!!


                • #9
                  EMS has some great thermals. I have two of their heaviest weight. Also scour TJ Maxx or Marshalls for great deals on Under Armour. Tomorrow it's supposed to be about 30 with some serious windchills, and I will be wearing:

                  (top) Shiny thermal, long sleeved shirt, fleece, winter jacket
                  (bottom) Under Armour tights, Tropical Rider toasties, wool hunting socks from Walmart

                  Layers are key (although right about now I'd love to only have to put one set of clothes on every morning).
                  I love my Econo-Nag!


                  • #10
                    I recommend the Kerrits you mentioned and Under Amour Metal.. Best stuff i have ever used! I can wear just the UAMetal Shirt and a sweatshirt when it's in the 20's and be a-ok..

                    Good luck!!
                    Proud owner of a Spicy mare!!


                    • #11
                      HUGE fan of Kerrits Sit tight and Warm

                      i just bought these britches in full seat on sale at Dover and they are fabulous. I live in NJ where it has been 19 in the indoor one day and 40 the next. Its GRRREAT!

                      I also just bought a Mountain Horse Winter Jacket. It is super warm and I am a big fan. I was looking for a down jacket and was very skeptical, but the new Mountain Horse is super warm.

                      My normal gear for the 20's is:
                      bottom--silk long johns, kerits sit tight britches in full seat, wool winter hiking socks.
                      top -- long sleve tee shirt or slik long john top, Reebok Play Dry fabric mock turle neck (love these), fleece top/sweater/sweatshirt, Moutainhorse Jacket.
                      Still trying to find my favorite pair of winer gloves, but the ones I have now are ok.

                      Find the hand warmers to be a must if its in the low 20s or below and I am riding more than one.

                      Good lord it seems like its going to be a long, snowy winter! Wish I was off to aiken this year...


                      • #12
                        I don't think you need to buy horse specific cold weather gear to survive. Quality base layers that wick sweat away are the best things, and you can find decent ones inexpensively. Some of my favorites are called "Cuddle Duds" (the name cracks me up). They are light weight and silky against the skin, don't bunch up, and fit well under britches. I think you can find them at Target. Obviously, you can get great stuff that is very fancy and technical at sporting goods stores, especially stores that specialize in outdoor sports.

                        I swear by Smart Wool socks. They are warm, comfy (good, since I am on my feet all day), and are designed to wick sweat away. Warm socks are super important to me...I hate cold feet!

                        And screw the warm britches...I am all about full chaps, especially since I scored so incredibly this week when I got a new pair (looking for off the rack, none that fit me. They had a pair of unclaimed customs that fit me like I had ordered them myself!!!! ).

                        Irideon does have a nice balaclva (sp? I know that is NOT how you spell it but my brain isn't awake yet) that I got for Christmas. It is designed to go under helmets, so it's not bulky at all, has a handy pony tail slot, and is very soft and comfy. I highly doubt I'll actually wear mine for riding, but I'll definitely be wearing it on my bikes!


                        • #13
                          Not exactly clothing, but Sams Club carries the giant box of the hand warmers quite cheap! Gets me through the whole winter.

                          I find I can stay out nearly all day with the hand warmers in my gloves. And of course layers of fleece, etc.


                          • #14
                            Love my Tropical Rider Toasties Full Seats, warm and comfy. I usually tack up my horse then change into my paddock boots (Ariat Winter) and half chaps (Ariat Thermal). Keeping a dry pair of wool socks to change into is key. Right now I'm just walking my horse for a half hour each day in the indoor and keeping warm can be tough. I like to wear a Cuddledud shirt under a polarfleece 1/4 zip shirt. If I'm doing more than walking I wear a vest (Royal Robbins Peralta) over that. I start out wearing a jacket but can quickly shed it when I start trot work. I have a Tipperary helmet that I can wear a polarfleece headband under to keep my ears warm. Tried one of the Helmet Helpers Fleece Covers but it was too warm! I like the SSG All Weather Winter Glove to ride in. 2 way zippers on outerwear is very important and I wear a nice pair of nylon ski type pants over my breeches before and after I ride.

                            I'm up in the northeast corner of Ohio in the snowbelt. I don't ride when it is 15 degrees or colder (unheated indoor).
                            1. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.


                            • #15
                              I really love my Sit Tight and Warm breeches. Be warned: the knee patches are VERY sticky!
                              Have YOU ever looked into the eyes of a rich white child who has just lost a jumping competition?


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Brigitte View Post
                                Not exactly clothing, but Sams Club carries the giant box of the hand warmers quite cheap! Gets me through the whole winter.
                                I love those, but at about 40 cents a pop, they're a little too pricey for me. If I were out at the barn for the full 10 hours that they work, I would definitely spring for them. But since I only need to stay warm for a few hours, I use the reuseable kind that you recharge in boiling water. They claim that you can only use them 40 times but mine have surely been used over 100 times and are still going strong. It's cheaper and better for the environment, but the tradeoff is that they only stay warm for about 60 minutes.
                                Last edited by jn4jenny; Jan. 2, 2010, 12:15 PM.
                                Head Geek at The Saddle Geek Blog http://www.thesaddlegeek.com/


                                • #17
                                  I have the Kerrits Sit Tight n Warm and Irideon WindPro breeches and they are both awesome. The kerrits knee patches ARE very grippy.

                                  I love my UnderArmour, too.

                                  Third Charm Event Team


                                  • #18
                                    My challenge is always my fingers.

                                    But as for everything else - I love under armour as my base layer! I also have a couple Nike equivalents that I found at TJ Maxx last year for a fraction of the under armour.

                                    I have the Boink full seat fleece lined breeches and they are very warm and comfy. I've had them for at least 6-7 years and they have held up great.

                                    I have the Ariat Iceberg insulated boots in a 1/2 size too big, these with a pair of moisture wick ski socks, I have never had cold feet!

                                    And people make fun - but I have a polar fleece helmet cover and that thing is the bomb for keeping my head, ears, and chin warm.

                                    And then to go outdoors, my riding coat is wind resistant.


                                    • Original Poster

                                      Originally posted by Hollywood View Post
                                      And people make fun - but I have a polar fleece helmet cover and that thing is the bomb for keeping my head, ears, and chin warm.
                                      Yes, we do make fun, but I'm sure your ears are nice and toasty!

                                      Thanks for all the recommendations, everyone! I just ordered a couple pairs of the Kerrits Sit Tight n Warm full seats and am going to TJ Maxx this afternoon to comb for Smart Wool socks. I'm also going to keep my eyes peeled for Nike under things or a deal on Under Armour.
                                      "If ever I did not have a horse or dog in my keeping, I should feel I had lost touch with the earth." ~Beryl Markham


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Hollywood View Post
                                        My challenge is always my fingers.

                                        And people make fun - but I have a polar fleece helmet cover and that thing is the bomb for keeping my head, ears, and chin warm.

                                        And then to go outdoors, my riding coat is wind resistant.
                                        The first time I rode with the polar fleece helmet cover all you guys were rolling around on the ground, laughing at my bowling ball head--but I've noticed nearly everyone has one now! Great for keeping ears, neck and face warm, and easily opened up to be cooler if need be (though then the snoopy comments start).

                                        My hands don't get too cold indoors while riding, I usually use just my usual gloves for riding and have my beloved Gordini gloves for before/after, though for really invigorating days I use a pair of thinsulte backed SSG's. I think it is much the same as socks/boots--if you wear them too tight you get cold, so try buying your insulated gloves a size bigger.

                                        AEM & Hollywood already know this--I buy a lot of my outdoor gear off the Campmor Hot Deals page, or the REI outlet page. Same equipment, but a season out of date or off colors for as much as 70% less.