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  • Originally posted by walktrot View Post
    Where did you get yours?
    I got mine from Riding Warehouse. I used my USRider discount for 15% off. They recently had a sale for 20% off everything (that I missed), as they do a few times a year. With my 15% discount, it comes in about $75 less expensive than Dover's price.
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    • Originally posted by KBC View Post
      I love my Airowear Outlyne vests, I now have two of them, because I found the second one dirt cheap used on EBay. It’s the only vest that fits my over ample curves. Fallen off once wearing it, no damage, heartily glad because I bought it after managing to get 10 breaks to my ribs in the fall before that..
      I wouldn't mind having two, either...one for the trailer and one for home...'cause I hate loading and unloading the trailer...
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      • Originally posted by seabreeze View Post

        I wouldn't mind having two, either...one for the trailer and one for home...'cause I hate loading and unloading the trailer...
        Lol, I have one for training and one for showing.
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        "You're just a very desperate troll, and not even a good one. You're like middle-school troll at best. Like a goblin, not even a troll." et_fig

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        • Got a new Dover catalog today and I was pleasantly surprised to see that "extended sizes" (as they call them) are available in more items than I recollect in the past. To wit: Kerrits shirts, Noble Outfitters shirts, Riding Sport shirts, to name a few.

          Of course there are still shirts listed as XL which have a given size of 10-12, so buyer beware.

          Dare I make an online order without trying something on? Maybe....

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          • Another vote for Airowear vests! I have the Airmesh and I've worn it for about 15 hrs so far and it's amazing. Never rides up and I forget I'm wearing it. Super comfortable.

            I'm very busty and have a long torso and the Airowear fits like it's custom. I didn't even need the largest size, which is mind boggling. It's BETA 3 certified, so it is thicker than some other vests but I'd rather have the protection than not.

            Cannot recommend it enough, I love it.

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            • my current rant-tucking in shirts. I know its neater etc etc but I only do it for shows, until recently when I got a sunshirt that in order to fit in the arms is long in the torso so I'm going to have to tuck it in. Man those rolls. I look like a sack of oats. I feel like I'm doing ok weight wise, until I see pictures of myself on a horse

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              • pinkpikeurs You are the only one that notices it, I promise. Not many of us like pictures of ourselves, and I think we are even more self-conscious in this sport. Enjoy your horse and don’t worry about what you think you look like (easier said than done, I know).
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                • Who makes "extended size" riding clothes these days? Sadly, I am tall, wide-shouldered, and have a tummy. I've also been out of the saddle due to various injuries requiring multiple surgeries, and am now just able to ride a bit. Time has flown by and styles and companies seem to have changed drastically. What happened to the 12/24 Shop run by Robin Petit? In the past, I've had luck at Dover for Ovation breeches, and RJ Classics jackets, but the larger (largest, to be precise) sizes are few and far between. What brands and shops (online and brick and mortar) have you all discovered? I would really appreciate any info you can offer. Thanks!

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                  • Try Smartpak. Their Piper breeches come in a wide range of sizes.
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                    • I've been getting Irideon for years. Their sizes are closer to "real world" sizes than anything else I've tried. The waistband on the breeches is stretchy, which I need for a tummy also. I get the Cadence Classic breeches, which have regular fabric to the ankle, not the sock bottom for tall boots. I'm not into tights. I use the Wind Pros because it gets pretty cold in Maine, and I ride year-round. I also like their summer shirts because they are roomy and comfortable. Irideon used to have more colors available in the plus sizes. They are part of Toklat, so you can check out what they have available in extended sizes. Noble Outfitters also makes some nice things, but they run smaller than Irideon. I've never tried SmartPak Pipers, but the thinner teenage crowd at the barn seems to like them. Kerrits is another brand to look at.

                      I have some really terrific Mountain Horse jackets for moderately cold and truly frigid winter weather. They were bargains on Tack of the Day, but TOTD has changed a lot lately, so I'm not holding out much hope for the future. You can usually Google and find some good bargains elsewhere. (15 is more or less the low for me and the horse in an indoor arena. I don't need a lot of layers, which makes for more comfortable riding.)

                      Websites I keep an eye on are Adams Horse Supplies here in Maine. They have terrific customer service. Get on the email list for discounts, sales and close-outs. She is a smart business person. She doesn't tie up a lot of money keeping all available sizes in inventory. She gets them straight from the company and has them drop shipped. That saves her bigtime by not tying up money on inventory she may or may not sell. She generally has a booth at the back end of Better Living at Equine Affaire in November. Apparel, boots, gloves, etc. no tack.

                      Equestrian Collections is one to keep an eye on also. They have a pretty good collection of larger sizes because they absorbed the 18-24 (sizes) Collection years ago. That's another one with an email list.

                      I'm suspicious these days when i see someone advertising "plus sizes." You click on something you like, then look at the size chart- the XL is more like a 10-12. They probably start at 0 or 00. I avoid looking.
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                      • Originally posted by Bristol Bay View Post
                        Try Smartpak. Their Piper breeches come in a wide range of sizes.
                        Piper mid rise go up to size 46.
                        A helmet saved my life.

                        2017 goal: learn to ride like TheHorseProblem, er, a barn rat!

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                        • Originally posted by walktrot View Post

                          I'm suspicious these days when i see someone advertising "plus sizes." You click on something you like, then look at the size chart- the XL is more like a 10-12. They probably start at 0 or 00. I avoid looking.
                          Yup, we offer 2XL.


                          EXCITEMENT


                          Oh right size 16, because that is 2XL

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                          "You're just a very desperate troll, and not even a good one. You're like middle-school troll at best. Like a goblin, not even a troll." et_fig

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                          • Dover is carrying more plus size stuff these days. However, since FullerFillies bit the dust, I haven't seen any place that offers the larger plus sizes.

                            And if I may run off on a tangent...Several months ago I spotted a show coat on clearance sale at Dover in a size 22. I had a brief moment of excitement. Then I tried it on. Why can't anyone manage to get the proportions right on plus size? I'm fat. I have boobs. I don't have ape-length arms and I'm not 6'5". Why is it so hard?

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                            that's even remotely true."

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                            • Originally posted by NoSuchPerson View Post
                              Dover is carrying more plus size stuff these days. However, since FullerFillies bit the dust, I haven't seen any place that offers the larger plus sizes.

                              Have they gone totally? I heard they were re branding?

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                              "You're just a very desperate troll, and not even a good one. You're like middle-school troll at best. Like a goblin, not even a troll." et_fig

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                              • Originally posted by KBC View Post

                                Have they gone totally? I heard they were re branding?
                                They have rebranded as Pluss in Boots, but as far as I know, are just selling boots and some leftover Fuller Fillies half-chaps (not sure if they plan to start making half-chaps under the Plus in Boots brand or just sell out what they've got).

                                Based on what I've seen on their Facebook page, I believe that the founder would like to get back into the clothing side of the business, but I kind of feel like that may be mostly wishful thinking at this point.
                                "Facts are meaningless. You can use facts to prove anything
                                that's even remotely true."

                                Homer Simpson

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                                • Originally posted by KBC View Post

                                  Yup, we offer 2XL.


                                  EXCITEMENT


                                  Oh right size 16, because that is 2XL
                                  This ^^^^. I'm afraid to order anything in extended sizes. Seems manufacturer's have a very different idea of what extended is in relation to what I think or wear. Size 16 = to 2XL, is probably cut slim so won't fit really fit a size 16 or a 2XL. I ordered a Piper winter coat in their XXL last winter, it's way to snug to be comfortable. I have an old Riding Sport winter coat in XL that fits really baggy.

                                  What I desperately need is a pair of off the shelf tall boots with a WIDE foot! If only men's came in small enough sizes. Boots now have such a narrow foot, even the square toe boots. I have old beat up feet.
                                  Last edited by js; Sep. 22, 2019, 07:25 PM.

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                                  • Originally posted by js View Post

                                    What I desperately need is a pair of off the shelf tall boots with a WIDE foot!
                                    Yes! I do need a wide calf, but a couple different off-the-shelf boots will work for me in terms of calf size. However, I also wear extra wide shoes and there is NOTHING that comes wide enough in the foot. Fortunately, paddock boots and half chaps meet my basic needs.



                                    "Facts are meaningless. You can use facts to prove anything
                                    that's even remotely true."

                                    Homer Simpson

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                                    • Originally posted by js View Post

                                      This ^^^^. I'm afraid to order anything in extended sizes. Seems manufacturer's have a very different idea of what extended is in relation to what I think or wear. Size 16 = to 2XL, is probably cut slim so won't fit really fit a size 16 or a 2XL. I ordered a Piper winter coat in their XXL last winter, it's way to snug to be comfortable. I have an old Riding Sport winter coat in XL that fits really baggy.
                                      As a general rule with the equestrian manufacturers, XL is not the same as 1X, and XXL is not the same as 2X. It can be misleading on the websites when they say they carry plus size stuff but all they have is an XXL that is still cut small! It's just so hard to predict.

                                      17hTBmare the Pipers do come in a lot of sizes and colors, but you might also check what inventory is left in your size in the Hadley breeches. IMO they are nicer, more comfortable, and hold up better. So of course SmartPak is doing away with the plus sizes in them But they still have some size/color combinations in stock and possibly even some left on clearance.

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                                      • Originally posted by NoSuchPerson View Post

                                        They have rebranded as Pluss in Boots, but as far as I know, are just selling boots and some leftover Fuller Fillies half-chaps (not sure if they plan to start making half-chaps under the Plus in Boots brand or just sell out what they've got).
                                        Dear lord. If ever there were a name worse than Fuller Fillies, its surely Plus in Boots.

                                        Madison where did you hear that SmartPak is getting rid of the pus Hadleys? I recently emailed them about getting tan in my size and was told they are committed to providing a wide range up to 48 and that the tan was just temp out of stock...

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                                        • Originally posted by ecileh View Post


                                          Madison where did you hear that SmartPak is getting rid of the pus Hadleys? I recently emailed them about getting tan in my size and was told they are committed to providing a wide range up to 48 and that the tan was just temp out of stock...
                                          An email from SmartPak Customer Care back in early May!!! The rep said she checked with the Merchandising team and "[a]t this time we are discontinuing any size over 38R in Hadley breeches." She went on to suggest the Pipers were the alternative, and I responded and expressed my disappointment because the Hadleys were great and the Pipers IMO are not comparable, particularly in the tan for showing. So, I would be thrilled if they have subsequently reversed that decision!

                                          Maybe someone from SmartPak Customer Care will see this and weigh in??

                                          ecileh I'm adding an update that I hopped on SmartPak's website and did the live chat, and they said they aren't discontinuing after all, so they must be waiting for new stock, although they don't yet list the size option in the tan ones, which are also my priority, so who knows when they will come in, but at least there is now hope!
                                          Last edited by Madison; Sep. 24, 2019, 03:59 PM.

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