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"Stretchy" Show Jackets?

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  • "Stretchy" Show Jackets?

    I would like to find a show jacket that has a little `give` to it. Something equivalent to size 18 reg or slim in grand prix. Can anyone recommend a brand, where to buy and the size equivalent?

  • #2
    Check with the efo nearest you - they have a promo on RJ Classic Sterling collection coats (lightweight wool with a slight stretch, definiftely not in the same stretch category as the Iris Bayer/GPA etc versions, but also rather less $$).

    Sorry no size equivalent but efo personnel should be able to sort you out.


    • #3
      Are there any other stretchy brands? I have broad shoulders, so I always have to go up sizes and then get the waist tailored. If I could find one with a bit more give maybe it would help.


      • #4
        I bought the RJ Platinum stretch jacket. I tried on that, the GPA and the Gesmi. IIRC, mine was 400, the Gesemi was 450 and the GPA was 475 or thereabouts so all within the same price range.

        I liked the Platinum because it was the most traditional styling and is 100% washable which is a lifesaver - no more drycleaning bills after wearing a jacket. Super stretchy (you'll want to try them on as you'll probably be in a smaller size than normal), very lightweight and oh so comfortable. The GPA was my 2nd fave and the Gesemi was fun but very European jumper styling. The Platinum looks like a traditional coat (albeit in black) and you in theory could cross over to the other rings.
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        • #5
          Ahh nice to know you tried a Gersemi, I'm in Norway now, so I bet I can get my hands on one of those to try for now. I currently have a RJ that I love, but I need to get it tailored some more, I'll have to look at the Platinum series.


          • #6
            What about Grand Prix themselves? They make a nice soft shell. It's a bit on the expensive side, but it's a lovely coat. I got mine from Farm House... If I recall correctly, I think Greenhawk or Running Fox carries them as well. They're nice because they are very traditionally styled. I wore mine in jumpers, equitation, and hunter derbies last year.

            If you're looking for something a bit less expensive my next stop would be RJ Classics. Their soft shell coat looks pretty nice, and I am eyeing one up. Grand Prix and RJ do fit differently, but I'm honestly not sure of the size difference, since I had to tailor the cr*p out of the one Grand Prix coat that I have whereas RJ fits me very well off the rack.

            You could also look into Gersemi, Pikeur, Animo, GPA, etc etc. There are a lot of companies with stretchy and/or soft shell coats!


            • #7
              The Grand Prix softshells in the "techlite" fabric are not that expensive. They make several styles, including a traditional hunter/eq-style coat.
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              • #8
                Try finding a web site for Charles Ancona. His jackets are now a traditional style, have the "give" you are looking to buy, and are washable. They are also priced about the same as the prices mentioned earlier in this thread.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by Dewey View Post
                  The Grand Prix softshells in the "techlite" fabric are not that expensive. They make several styles, including a traditional hunter/eq-style coat.
                  The techlites are really nice! Super comfortable and breathable, and nicely stretchy. There are two main styles (maybe more?) and both are available in a hunter version and a jumper version (button style and collars). One is the traditional cut, the other has zippered pockets along the front darts instead of traditional pockets, and a slightly more sporty silhouette while still being hunter-approved. The two styles fit slightly differently, so I'd recommend seeing which fits you best.
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