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post #1 of 16 Old 09-18-2011, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
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Do you wear a jacket or vest riding in the winter

I will be riding in the winter this year, and I am in New Hampshire so its cold. And I am not sure if I should get a jacket or vest. I am thinking a jacket may be a little to restricting. Here is the one I want to get. Jaipur Polo Men's riding jacket | Men's Riding jacket | Men's Riding Apparel | Equestrian Clothing
I am thinking I may buy the vest, what do you wear in the winter and what is your opinion on this.

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post #2 of 16 Old 09-18-2011, 10:16 PM
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I live in North Dakota. If I go anywhere in the winter, I have a cami, a tshirt, a sweatshirt and a heavy winter coat on. So yes, I have to wear a coat while riding. I also have to have leggings under jeans and several pairs of socks on. I feel like a giant marshmallow on my horse, but you get used to it.

That jacket looks nice and not nearly as poufy as me with all of my clothes on, so I don't think it would be all that restricting, to be honest.
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post #3 of 16 Old 09-18-2011, 10:19 PM
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Um...both. When I go for a ride in the winter when it's cold, I often have 4 or 5 layers on (long sleeved t-shirt, long sleeve button up shirt, fleece pullover jacket, down vest, and a carhart coat over the top of that). The more thin layers you are able to put on, the better off you'll be because if you start to get warm when you're working, you can take off a layer or 2 without going completely down to just a single shirt.

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post #4 of 16 Old 09-19-2011, 12:41 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks ill go with the jacket!



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post #5 of 16 Old 09-19-2011, 06:36 AM
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I wear a thick warm jacket, and I'm in MD (much warmer than NH)!

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post #6 of 16 Old 09-19-2011, 06:42 AM
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I wear both plus about five extra layers! It is sooooo cold, and I have practically zero circulation. I sometimes see people wearing just a vest and am so jealous because I feel like I can hardly move with all my winter clothes on :(
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kill two birds, make sure your jacket is 100 % waterproof. Polar fleece works good as an under layer or for a light jacket on cool days. I have a frog toggs no liner jacket. A dickies waterproof medium ( a bit lower than waste length) jacket. And a Cabelas Dry plus waterproof thigh length parka. As well as various wool vests hats gloves etc.

I have never once said, "wow" I just have too many warm cloths in the truck. Always better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

I wouldnt buy the one you have pictured, $80 for a cheap crap paper thin polyester coat ? That isnt warm or dry, It is just a style thing. You can find a lot more durable, warmer, lighter weight and rain proof clothing than that. Go to Cabelas and get some real out door clothing.

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One piece snowmobile suit which allows plenty of movement. Warmer than wearing the same in jacket and pants. Big zips up to the hips. Wool longies underneath and toast warm. Nylon reins allow the rider to put their hands in their pockets as they don't get stiff in the cold like leather reins do.
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post #9 of 16 Old 09-20-2011, 05:55 PM
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Well,being in Southern Oregon I ride usually with a vest with down in it. I make sure I wear my half chaps(really does keep your legs warm),winter riding socks,and my gloves.If it's really cold I put on a heavy jacket with my vest under it.
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post #10 of 16 Old 09-20-2011, 07:41 PM
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I live in Alberta, Canada and always wear a jacket in winter. I will often wear a sweater underneath but I only take off the jacket when it's warming up. Sometimes it can be a bit restricting but I don't find that it gets too bad.

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