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Amigo 1200 D Turnouts...Anyone have a review on them?

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  • Amigo 1200 D Turnouts...Anyone have a review on them?

    I'm shopping for a few more turnout rugs and want to get the most bang for my buck. I love Schneiders for the adjusta fit feature but I am tired of leg straps and having to replace them every year when they stretch out. I also don't like the type of closures the Schneiders have. I saw the Rambo spinoff Amigo on Smartpak and wondered if it was good quality and worth the price?

    Thanks!

  • #2
    I LOVE IT!!!!!!!! I have a big, bony almost 17h TB that lives in his turnout sheet most of the winter. He rolls in it at least twice a day and can find mud to roll in even in a drought. Right now he rolls in puddles. He has to roll twice, as he can not roll all the way over, so roll, scrub himself into the ground hard enough to leave clumps of grass on himself, up and back down on the other side. It rights itself every time, even if it starts out a little crooked, or he only rolls on one side. it may not be completely straight as soon as he stands up, but by the time I would go out there, it's fine. I believe the sheet could stand up on it's own right now. But if I wash it, it looks good as new. This is the second winter so far, has been washed and still waterproof. I was a Schneider's fan for a little arab I had, and had always been a Weatherbeeta fan for this big guy, but I am firmly converted. There is also a big sale in Dover on the Amigo's I believe. I am considering taking a photo and sending it to the company I was so pleasantly surprised. He hasn't worn out his other turnout blankets yet, but when he does I will be replacing them with Amigo's.

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    • #3
      My latest Dover sale catalog has the Amigos starting at $80 for the 600 denier medium fill blankets. However, the blue plaid 640 denier Rider's International turnout with the heavier 340 fill is on sale for $70.

      Schneiders latest sale catalog has their Dura-Tech Viking on clearance for $70 for the heavy weight and $65 for the midweight. Those are 1200 denier shells.

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      • #4
        I love them. I am sadly at a point where my horses are old enough that I do not want to replace their Rambos--I think that Rambos are absolutely the best, but they last FOREVER (I have one that is 15+ years old), and that just doesn't make sense to buy for 30+ year old horses! I found the Amigos to be a great compromise. They definitely will not hold up as well, or stay as waterproof, as the Rambos, but for the price, you can't beat them.

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        • #5
          I just bought my gelding a 1200D Amigo turnout sheet in October. He wore it for 2 straight months, rolled in it, etc and it looks awesome...fits great too, never shifted, never rubbed! He's out with company too, and no rips

          I will say that one of the other boarders at my barn has a midweight or heavyweight and her horse is out with a bigger, more rambunctious crowd and she told me hers got ripped by another horse in the paddock...the blanket still looks great and is fully functionable, but they are not as durable as the Rambos.

          I would definitely go with the 1200D vs the 600D.

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          • #6
            Not impressed
            Our horse Alex was injured and has no hair on his back so he LIVES in some kind of blankst always

            We got one of the light weight Amigos (high denier) cuz it had the nylon lining and was lighter for summer rainy days

            It lasted 2 wearings before Alex (who is a chunky draftX) had ripped out the whole side of the blanket

            He fits a weatherbeeta nicely and we've had them last thru the whole 5 years we've had him 24/7 in a blanket

            Light cotton sheet dont last and neither did the Amigo

            I attribute some of that to the way it fits around him
            I think they fit a narrow horse much better than a wide (drafty or QH type)

            I'll never buy any of the Rambo/Rhino/Amigo again for this horse . . .
            Id rather buy a cheaper one more often than watch big bucks get destroyed in an instant! ! !

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              #7
              Thanks for the reviews. It sounds like most of you are satisfied. I suspect the 1200D is the tougher blanket but the price on the 600D is great. DriveNJ...was yours the 600 or 1200?

              Kelly/PandoraXX...it does sound like a good value doesn't it? Check out another thread on how unhappy folks are with the newer Rider blankets...I'm a bit skittish after reading that. Schneider's does have some nice blankets on sale though for sure. I have like three websites open right now comparing blankets!

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              • #8
                Somewhere here is a thread about Schneiders blankets with some very unhappy posters. I have to admit I've been a Schneiders fan for years, but the latest blankets/sheets I've bought (in the last two years) have not held up well. The medium weight Tekno fleece lined turnout I have on my guy right now lost it's leg straps in the first 24 hours. And the binding is ripping off at the shoulder by the gusset. I don't think it will make it a second winter.

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                  #9
                  That's interesting about Schneiders...I have one that is about 5 years old and it's just now starting to show signs of wear...other than leg straps stretching out and a minor rip a few years ago that I mended. It is still in occasional use and seems to be in decent shape. The one PandorasXX is replacing is way more messed up than mine...not sure how old hers is.

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                  • #10
                    I like the amigo's for the price, we have had several of the 600 turnout sheets and blankets and they hold up reasonably well, better than any comparable brands at that denier and price range. Have NO luck with weathabeeta blankets, have one Schneider and it is fine. LOVE rambo but lots to fork out, but they DO last forever!
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                    • #11
                      The Schneider's ones did not fit my horse (so I spent more $$ in shipping for blankets that did not fit 2 horses), but the Amigo 1200 did. Go with the higher denier though. The Amigos fit all three of my horses better than Weatherbeeta, Schneiders, and Dover Riders. My Heavyweight Amigo 1200 is going on its 4th year and despite so minor repairs, is still a waterproof well fitting blanket.

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                      • #12
                        I have one, and am not thrilled with it. The first two years it held up okay, but this year its like it's begun disintigrating. It started with some smallish tears, which multiplied and then could be found all over the blanket. My horse is the boss in her paddock so I doubt the others were biting it. Then last week (on a night that was single digits of course) the lower trim ripped off the bottom of the blanket about 12" along the bottom. I replaced it with one of the SmartPak blankets, which I have been really happy with so far, same cost as the Amgo 1200D.

                        It did fit well and I guess 2 years isn't a terrible life span, but I was disappointed with the durability. If I could afford it, I would buy the Rambo, but the SmartPak Deluxe is working well for now. FWIW I do not consider my horse hard on blankets.

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                        • #13
                          I think one of my Amigos is the 600D one, it's just a sheet (and this is the lightest sheet I've ever had, so beware of that), but it's lasted about 2 years now with no visible wear and tear. The horse that wears it is pretty light on blankets but she does get a good roll in every once in a while and when I wash it it looks brand new, and I mean BRAND NEW. The waterproofing is fabulous, not a drop of rain gets in.

                          I have Rhinos as well, they're the in between of Rambo and Amigo, and I like them better, they've held up better and I feel like they do a better job of filling them properly.
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                          • #14
                            I have a Rider's Supreme as well and hate it. My boy is tall, and I guess could be described as deep bodied, not really narrow, and not really round. He does have really high withers. The Rider's fits like crap, has a mesh lining which I like, but somehow holds water in the lining under the mesh even though it's still fairly waterproof. When wet it must weigh 50 lbs. He stays fairly dry so I am not sure how the lining gets so wet but he is always relieved for it to be taken off! I use it for the sacrifice turnout (lots of rain, going to have to come off to dry as soon as he comes in) sheet. His original sheet which is now 10 years old was the same sheet but it is a completely different fit. This one is tight in the shoulders, shifts a lot and rubs him. I will not be upset if he shreds it. Now that I think about it my Amigo is the 600 I think (it was really on sale at a tack shop) it doesn't have anything to attach a hood to. I think the 1200's do come equiped for that.

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                            • #15
                              I purchased a used Amigo 1200 TO Sheet and really like it. I purchased it for an Arabian pony - with that average build (not really thick, not at all narrow) and it fits great and has held up well so far. I LOVE how it doesn't shift without the leg straps!

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                              • #16
                                My boy tore off the 600D Amigo sheet last year shredding the front, so this year I went up to the 1200D hoping for more durability, and so far so good. He is usually very hard on blankets, so I have high hopes for this one thus far. If this one bites the dust I suppose I'll have to spring for a Rambo. Anything inexpensive and polypropylene and it is a muddy heap on the ground within hours of putting the thing on.
                                Mon Ogon (Mo) and Those Wer the Days (Derby)

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                                • #17
                                  600Ds don't hold up as well as the Amigo 1200Ds-definitely go for 1200D!
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                                  • #18
                                    I've had no luck with the Amigos at all. They fit well, but don't hold up for my crowd.

                                    I have everyone in Rhinos or Rambos and love them.

                                    BUT I still have some 1200 D High-neck Centaurs that I think are awesome for the price. Centaurs They have lasted 3 - 4 years and still look great, are warm and toasty and still waterproof without re-proofing them.

                                    SCFarm
                                    The above post is an opinion, just an opinion. If it were a real live fact it would include supporting links to websites full of people who already agreed with me.

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                                      #19
                                      Thanks for the input. This has turned out to be a great review thread!

                                      I just got in from putting jammies on all our inside horses so they will be dressed for the morning. Temps are falling fast here. I found some old "mystery" blanket that is working for a gelding I had come home recently (on loan as a companion) but it's almost certainly not waterproof....kind of reminds me of the old style Triple Crowns...leather buckles in the front and that QH type of shape to it. I'm not even sure where it came from. UGH...I still have an old Miller's Everest in my stable in use...it's surprisingly in good shape as it has to be over 10 years old.

                                      I personally hate those double snap closures on the Rider's Supreme's. We have several of those and the snaps are a weak spot and break easily...then you have to monkey around with manually feeding the straps through the loops and it's time consuming and a PITA.

                                      LLDM...I'll check out those Centaurs...thanks for the link.

                                      I had Rambos for years but they are just too expensive for my mob now. Back when I only had two horses, I could do it...but now, I'm dressing a herd practically. I was always pretty happy with them and they did stay in place well.

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                                      • #20
                                        We have a 1200d Amigo and a Weatherbeeta Orican, the Amigo is almost too small, not too short lengthwise but in the barrel, and the W on the other horse is large. So you can see the pony's tummy and the old guy is wearing a kilt. Go figure.
                                        I wasn't sure if the Amigo had a single butt strap because it was pony sized - don't really care for it, it's a manure collector. That and it took me forever to get the exact right angle on the clips to get them off. I probably would have bought another Amigo but there was a $20 difference on sale. So far I am pleased with both. Time will be the true test.
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