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Hunt coats that aren't ovens...

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  • Hunt coats that aren't ovens...

    I have a collection of perfectly nice, perfectly furnace-like wool hunt coats. They are lovely... until you wear them in 80*+ heat.

    So. With the advent of all this wonderful Coolmax stuff, do they make a coat that doesn't fry the wearer these days?

  • #2
    Great question.

    Although I don't have an answer for you. I'd so love a coat with Coolmax and lots of stretch.

    [Eeek - can you believe, something that could make sense - horrors. Where are these companies minds at, I wonder? This is not that hard to realize we Need that. ]

    I adore Tropical Rider enduracool breeches, btw. That's all I buy.


    • #3
      Originally posted by Across Sicily View Post
      I have a collection of perfectly nice, perfectly furnace-like wool hunt coats. They are lovely... until you wear them in 80*+ heat.

      So. With the advent of all this wonderful Coolmax stuff, do they make a coat that doesn't fry the wearer these days?
      If they can put a man on the moon, I'd think a clever tailor could install some sort of air vent/cooling system to reduce heat. Or fashion some sort of vest to be worn under the coat in which you can place cold packs?

      Jump on to my soap box....
      I am excited to see that they are now manufacturing more stretch/high tech material clothing. I think of it like skiing- in the old days folks used leather boots, metal cable bindings, wooden skis, bamboo poles, and decidedly non technical jackets. Ski clothing and equipment is now amazingly high tech- it is now much safer and more efficient. Ski racers wear suits that allow virtually unrestricted movement (yay).
      In our sport, Riding helmets have definitely become more technically sophisticated- I certainly hope the rest of our gear that would benefit from a tech overhaul will follow suit. And I hope the prices of those stretchy coats will come down!
      Step down from soap box...


      • #4
        I hear you!! I've seen higher-end coats ($500 +) like sonomacounty described, Grand Prix, Gersemi, & Animo. They are a bit too "jumper ring" for me.
        Is it too much to ask for a stretchy, Coolmax coat in a traditional hunt coat style that has a reasonable price tag?!?


        • #5
          Still not enough stretch out there right now, Mukluk. JMO.


          • #6
            I think Lycra makes the material hot, too.
            100% worsted wool is much cooler than partial synthetic.


            • #7
              GPA jackets are amazing! They are not hot at all. I love mine, too bad it doesn't fit me any more!


              • #8
                Charles Ancona jackets are amazing. He makes a BEAUTIFUL hunt coat that is not hot, wicks sweat, and fits like a glove. Mine is on order now

                They are only $500, so on par with pretty much all other technical fabric coats but the fabric is so much nicer.

                He is very hard to get a hold of. He made mine custom but most people would fit off the rack, I just have monkey arms. Kate Levy wears hers when she is not wearing the GPA one.

                Right now he only has black, but he is doing a navy one soon The one I ordered is black with silver thread, very subtle and not noticeable unless your standing next to me.
                "Using draw reins without spurs is like going to the bar with no underwear on. You're just waiting to get f***ed."


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                  I have now made it my mission to find one of these for the summer. I am highly motivated because I hate being hot...

                  I've found a few interesting-looking contenders, but am hesitant to bite the bullet 'til I know more!

                  So. With that said (and this might require a new thread....) has anyone had experience with the Grand Prix softshell? How about the RJ Classics one? (it looks much too short to me, sadly.)