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  • Best/warmest HUMAN jackets?

    There have been tons of threads about the best horse blankets, but I'm shopping for something that will keep MYSELF warm while doing barn chores this winter. What are your recommendations?
    "My shopping list is getting long but I will add the marshmallows right below the napalm." -Weighaton

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    I have a Carhartt that is extremely warm and hard-wearing. Mine is 5 years old and despite being used very hard, looks almost new. I have also heard great things about the Mountain Horse coats but have not tried them myself.

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    • #3
      CARHART!

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      • #4
        Down Vest and polar fleece zip up jacket or all down.

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        • #5
          I am a huge fan of the Outback Trading Co. coats. Just bought a new one and it's not thick but extremely warm. Cuts the wind like nothing else including my carharts. They have some preformance clothes that are more englishy and still have the classic western stuff too. Reasonably priced too for how warm and dry they keep you. Alot of their coats are waterproof and windproof!!

          http://www.outbacktrading.com/2007/clothing07.html

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          • #6
            CANADA GOOSE!! And I swear I'm not biased just because I'm Canadian...

            http://www.canada-goose.com/7c_ladies.htm

            Seriously, I have never worn anything this warm before!
            CRAYOLA POSSE - Olive Green
            Champions aren't born. They are built little by little, day by day, with patience and love for the art. -Nick Skelton

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            • #7
              I also recommend Carhartt- the real thing, not the off-brands.

              I've found that I stay warmest (and still have freedom of movement) by wearing insulated Carhartt bib overalls over sweats and a hoodie. If my legs and feet are warm, I'm usually good to go. But when I'm really being a weenie- I throw a Carhartt coat over the top.

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              • #8
                Mountain Horse Original........Loved mine so much I bought one for street wear, too....
                *************************
                Go, Baby, Go......
                Aefvue Farms Footing Inspector

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                • #9
                  Nothing beats my L.L.Bean puffy coat! So light, blocks the wind, and incredibly warm... down jackets get my vote for the coldest winter days!

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                  • #10
                    Carhartt
                    you look vaguely familiar.

                    "And somewhere -- wherever the racing gods live -- there was unabated laughter at this comeuppance. Karma's a Witch, babe, and so is the Triple Crown. "

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                    • #11
                      MUSTO!!! I even wore mine up a munroe in January in Scotland...it kept me warm and nearly dry, which is about as good as you are going to get...http://www.musto.com/products.aspx?activityId=2
                      "Choose to chance the rapids, and dare to dance the tides" - Garth Brooks
                      "With your permission, dear, I'll take my fences one at a time" - Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

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                      • #12
                        polarfleece!

                        Hands down the lightest, warmest, cheapest layering tool you'll ever need.
                        Over a T-neck with a lightweight windbreaker on top and I am Good to Go in the coldest weather.
                        Friends bought me a pair of polarfleece sweatpants about 4 years ago and I am still wearing them. With Hot Chillys underneath they are my Winter staple.
                        You can find polarfleece tops in any thrift store in great condition (the stuff wears like iron) and since it's for the barn why pay LL Bean prices?

                        For indoor barn chores it is the best - no overheating, just warm!

                        The only downside is hay,shavings and horsehair are magnetically attracted to it.
                        *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
                        Steppin' Out 1988-2004
                        Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
                        Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015

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                        • #13
                          I have a jacket from Cabela's-love it. Check their online catalog-great deals. Mine is perfect for the barn. Keeps me warm, and washes great.
                          Life is great when you can hug a horse.

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                          • #14
                            Here is my winter uniform:
                            wool balaclava lined with polarfleece
                            fleece neck warmer
                            Down slope coat by Gerry. I love these coats so much, I contacted the Gerry company directly and bought 7 of the same coat about 10 years ago.
                            Cashmere turtleneck sweater. I found them at a discount store and bought 5.
                            Jeans or on really cold days, Hot chilis and x/c snow pants
                            Knee High Muck boots.

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                            • #15
                              I LOVE my Mountain Horse Original. It's super warm, good to ride in as well, and still looks good today, and I bought it about 6 or 7 years ago. It's survived a NJ winter and many MN winters. I strongly rec. them. It also cleans up easily in the washer and dryer.

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Angel Undercover View Post
                                CANADA GOOSE!! And I swear I'm not biased just because I'm Canadian...

                                http://www.canada-goose.com/7c_ladies.htm

                                Seriously, I have never worn anything this warm before!
                                Nice jackets, but OMG, every one of them I looked at was over $600!!! No way I could afford that for a barn coat (or any other coat, for that matter).

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                                • #17
                                  Love my Mountain Horse Original. I have heard that goose down is the ultimate, but haven't been able to afford that yet.

                                  Side tangent, but what is it with companies not listing the prices immediately up front on a product? I clicked on several of the above, just to check them out, and with a lot you really had to dig for a price and go multiple pages in. I want the price prominently on the original product details page, and actually, I'd prefer it back in the inventory listing. Willing to pay more for better stuff, but don't play keep-the-price-away.

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                                  • #18
                                    Tough Duck insulated coveralls from Tractor Supply.

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                                    • #19
                                      Goose down is the warmest, I think.

                                      I have a very old Gerry goose down vest that I bought *many* years ago for skiing. It's now my barn staple as it is very lightweight and allows freedom of movement, particularly for riding. I hate feeling like the Michelin man when I'm trying to ride!

                                      For barn chores if I am not riding - I have a pair of polarfleece-lined jeans from LL Bean, worn with a UA T-neck, probably a sweater, and then a Patagonia fleece-lined jacket. Yes, pricey stuff - but very, very well made and durable. I've had my Patagonia jacket for at least 15 years and it still washes up beautifully and looks great. As a plus, it is also designed for use in active sports - so it is not constricting the way some winter jackets are. (See a theme here? LOL)

                                      My hubby is a cyclist and gets really great socks and gloves designed for aerobic activity in cold weather. I find they keep my hands and feet warm and dry - more than half the battle in the cold northeast winters.
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                                      We move pretty fast for some rabid garden snails.
                                      -PaulaEdwina

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                                      • #20
                                        I'm a big fan of LL Bean and Land's End. Of course, I more need waterproof than super cold protection.

                                        I have a polar fleece bowler-shaped hat that I quite like for rain and cold. Hoods obscure my vision too much to be safe around horses.

                                        I tend to buy my coats extra big, so I have a nice layer of warm air between me and the coat. Makes it a little more tolerant of the comfort range between when I'm working hard and just standing around (or first outside).
                                        If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats. - Lemony Snicket

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