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Product Review: Noble Outfitters Pinnacle Jacket

Welcome to EN’s Product Review series! Who doesn’t love shopping, especially when the object of your search is new gear for yourself or your horse? As an enthusiast of all products equine, I LOVE trying out new gear. Please join me as I narrate my personal journey of trying out all of the products featured. While I will make no recommendations, I hope you have fun reading about my many adventures of trying new products, and that hearing about my personal experiences helps you on your own quest for new gear. Go Shopping.

I also find the styling of the Pinnacle Jacket to be very smart looking. The blazer inspired design is one that I would gladly wear into the show ring. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

It’s truly amazing to watch the seasons change. Just when I think I’ve had about enough of the cold temperatures, they melt away. Instead of going out into snow and ice each day, I’m happy that the grass has greened, and the spring flowers are in full bloom.

Along with all of the lovely sights of spring, we’ve seen quite a number of rainy days. I’m not complaining, mind you … for the rain helps keep everything green and growing. Rain showers are just one of the many wonderful facets of this time of the year.

I am someone who likes to dress in preparation for the weather. Which means that I’m generally grabbing a waterproof jacket on my way out the door — just in case a spring shower happens to pass through during the day.

One of my go to jackets is the updated Pinnacle Jacket from Noble Outfitters[1]. I’ve found that the Pinnacle Jacket is not simply back … it’s back with improved styling and functionality. I like the conservative blazer inspired appearance that looks all around terrific.

I’m very happy that the Pinnacle jacket is fully seam sealed to keep water out! It is 100% waterproof and breathable, so I am able to stay dry, yet still comfortable on warm and rainy days. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

What is my very favorite feature of the updated Pinnacle Jacket? Above all, I’m very happy that this jacket is fully seam sealed to keep water out! It is 100% waterproof and breathable, so I am able to stay dry, yet still comfortable on warm and rainy days.

But let’s take a closer look the features and technology behind the Pinnacle Jacket. The waterproof material of the Pinnacle is a three-layer, four-way stretch material. Which means that it not only keeps water out; it also moves comfortably with me during wear.

The Pinnacle Jacket features a two-way YKK front zipper, which zips easily and feels sturdy. I also like the row of Prym snaps that line the front of the jacket. It also boasts a hidden internal zip pocket to securely stow away items, which also features a media cord access!

The design of the hood fits my head well, and the two snaps on the front close to help the hood stay in place securely. In addition, I like having the ability to tighten the hood using the adjustable draw cords. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

I’m also a fan of the front pockets of the Pinnacle Jacket. While you may see two pockets at first glance, there are actually four pockets! Two of the front pockets feature a top flap, and they also snap shut. The snaps are easy to fasten/unfasten, and they feel secure.

The additional two pockets are subtly incorporated into the design of the Pinnacle front pockets. The side of each pocket is the opening, which allows me to easily place my hands inside. These are a natural fit for me when I want to put my hands in my pockets.

The Pinnacle Jacket also features a hood that is removable. It features Prym snaps, which again are easy to fasten/unfasten, but they really feel secure. I do find that the hood is another one of my favorite features of the Pinnacle Jacket.

I very much like the dropped back hem, and vents. These help provide comfort and style for me while both in and out of the saddle. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

Why do I like this particular hood so very much? The design of the hood fits my head well, and the two snaps on the front close to help the hood stay in place securely. In addition, I like having the ability to tighten the hood using the adjustable draw cords.

Some features really add finishing touches, such as the adjustable velcro strips at the ends of the sleeves. I also very much like the dropped back hem, and vents. These help provide comfort and style for me while both in and out of the saddle.

I also find the styling of the Pinnacle Jacket to be very smart looking. The blazer inspired design is one that I would gladly wear into the show ring. On a rainy day, the Pinnacle Jacket would help keep me looking polished, while keeping me dry and comfortable.

The Pinnacle Jacket is available from Noble Outfitters, in ladies sizes XS through XXL. It is available in black, and has a retail price of $189.95. You can find it here[2].

Go Staying Dry & Stylish. Go Noble Outfitters. Go Eventing

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  1. ^ Pinnacle Jacket from Noble Outfitters (www.nobleoutfitters.com)
  2. ^ here (www.nobleoutfitters.com)
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Product Review: Weatherbeeta Comfitec Ultra Tough Detach A Neck Blanket

Welcome to EN’s Product Review series! Who doesn’t love shopping, especially when the object of your search is new gear for yourself or your horse? As an enthusiast of all products equine, I LOVE trying out new gear. Please join me as I narrate my personal journey of trying out all of the products featured. While I will make no recommendations, I hope you have fun reading about my many adventures of trying new products, and that hearing about my personal experiences helps you on your own quest for new gear. Go Shopping.

The Wither Relief Pad is another feature that I'm a big fan of, as it helps to provide additional comfort for Roo. Plus, it helps to reduce the rubbing on his sensitive withers. Photo by Lorraine Peachey. The Wither Relief Pad is another feature that I’m a big fan of, as it helps to provide additional comfort for Roo. Plus, it helps to reduce the rubbing on his sensitive withers. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

I’ve been counting the days until the end of winter. At this point in the seasons, I’m so over the cold weather. The good news is, we’ve had lots of cold weather in my neck of the woods … but not an over large amount of snow this year.

The lack of any substantial snow has been a little sad on one hand. It means that I haven’t gotten to take hacks in the snow, or take in the beauty of a fresh blanket of snow coating the farm. But on the other hand, that means that I haven’t had to clear the drive!

In the absence of flakes, there’s still been plenty of rainy and cold weather to go around. Which means that my horses have been outfitted in some comfy, cozy blankets. After all, they need protection from the rainy, cold winter elements.

And I should add that I’m kindof a blanket fanatic. I feel like I’m on an eternal quest to find the blanket that works the best for my horses. One that is more than just a waterproof and breathable turnout blanket that gets the job done.

This season, Rufus has been wearing a Weatherbeeta Comfitec Ultra Tough Detach A Neck blanket. Which, considering his history as a blanket wrecker, has been a good thing. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

This season, Rufus has been wearing a Weatherbeeta Comfitec Ultra Tough Detach A Neck blanket. Which, considering his history as a blanket wrecker, has been a good thing. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

I’m looking for a blanket that has innovative features. Features that make it fit better and be more comfortable for the horse, and help it be more durable for the biggest and baddest blanket wrecking horse out there. Innovation is what sets blankets apart for me.

This season, Rufus has been wearing a Weatherbeeta Comfitec Ultra Tough Detach A Neck blanket. Which, considering his history as a blanket wrecker, has been a good thing. I’ve been pretty darn happy seeing how the Comfitec Ultra Tough has held up to Roo’s antics.

So what makes the Comfitec Ultra a good fit for Rufus? It’s a blanket that has all of the basics covered. A 1680 denier ballistic nylon outer shell that has Teflon coating provides a tough exterior that is both waterproof and breathable.

And then … let’s add some of my very favorite features that Weatherbeeta has to offer. I’m a big fan of the quick clip front closure, which makes taking the blanket on/off even easier. The quick clip also allows for maximum adjustability, to get a close, comfortable fit.

The Detach A Neck fastens closed around the horse's neck with front velcro straps. Where there used to be two fastening straps, there are now three. The addition of a third strap may seem like a small thing, but it does a terrific job keeping the Neck securely fastened. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

The Detach A Neck fastens closed around the horse’s neck with front velcro straps. Where there used to be two fastening straps, there are now three. The addition of a third strap may seem like a small thing, but it does a terrific job keeping the Neck securely fastened. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

The Wither Relief Pad is another feature that I’m a big fan of, as it helps to provide additional comfort for Roo. Plus, it helps to reduce the rubbing on his sensitive withers. The elasticized leg straps are adjustable and removable…and they help provide a secure fit.

Sounds like a pretty nice blanket, right? What makes the Comfitec Ultra Tough blanket even better is the addition of some brand new features. These new features help to add a little something over and above on a blanket that I already love.

The new Weatherbeeta Cozi Guard offers unbeatable chest protection. And I’m happy for that, because Roo has a history of having his chest and shoulders rubbed due to ill fitting blankets. The Cozi Guard fits him wonderfully, and keeps his shoulders protected.

Another terrific feature of the Comfitec Ultra Tough is the new Reflective Strips that have been added to the front sides and tail flap. These reflective strips help to provide extra visibility of your horse during the dusk and after dark hours.

The new Weatherbeeta Cozi Guard offers unbeatable chest protection. And I'm happy for that, because Roo has a history of having his chest and shoulders rubbed due to ill fitting blankets. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

The new Weatherbeeta Cozi Guard offers unbeatable chest protection. And I’m happy for that, because Roo has a history of having his chest and shoulders rubbed due to ill fitting blankets. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

Even though the Detach A Neck itself is not new, it is another of my favorite features. Tough velcro strips hold the neck securely in place during wear. But, they also allow for the Detach A Neck to easily be fastened to or removed from the blanket.

The Detach A Neck fastens closed around the horse’s neck with front velcro straps. Where there used to be two fastening straps, there are now three. The addition of a third strap may seem like a small thing, but it does a terrific job keeping the Neck securely fastened.

I’m very happy with the way that the Comfitec Ultra Tough blanket keeps Roo warm, dry and comfortable. But beyond that, this is a blanket that has held up wonderfully against his blanket wrecking tendencies. And it looks good all of the while.

The Comfitec Ultra Tough has a brilliant looking navy blue outer shell that is complimented by charcoal gray and white piping. The Weatherbeeta logos and the Reflective Strips also add a nice touch. And I must say, the blanket looks stunning on Rufus.

The Weatherbeeta Comfitec Ultra Tough Detach A Neck Blanket is available in sizes 66″ through 84″. It comes in two fill weights: a Heavy weight that retails for $269.99 (you can find it here[1]) and a Medium weight that retails for $259.99.

Go Comfy and Durable Blankets. Go Weatherbeeta. Go Eventing.

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  1. ^ you can find it here (www.weatherbeeta.com)
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Product Review: Noble Outfitters Evolution Insulated Jacket

Welcome to EN’s Product Review series! Who doesn’t love shopping, especially when the object of your search is new gear for yourself or your horse? As an enthusiast of all products equine, I LOVE trying out new gear. Please join me as I narrate my personal journey of trying out all of the products featured. While I will make no recommendations, I hope you have fun reading about my many adventures of trying new products, and that hearing about my personal experiences helps you on your own quest for new gear. Go Shopping.


I don't just love wearing the Evolution Jacket for all of my riding pursuits. I love wearing it wherever, and whenever. And that is why I keep reaching for it every time I open my closet. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

I don’t just love wearing the Evolution Jacket for all of my riding pursuits. I love wearing it wherever, and whenever. And that is why I keep reaching for it every time I open my closet. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

When it comes time to choose pieces for my wardrobe, I consider myself to be pretty practical. Closet space in my house is sadly not unlimited, which means that each and every piece I own must literally earn its place in my closet.

This year, my closet is under more scrutiny than ever because as I prepare for my upcoming wedding, I need all of the space that I can get! This means consolidating and rehoming those pieces that aren’t earning their keep.

With the amount of time that I spend at the barn and in the saddle, of course my riding apparel is very important! Even so, the pieces that stick have to be versatile. They need to perform in the saddle, and carry over into my everyday life.

A favorite new piece that my wardrobe has embraced is the Evolution Insulated Jacket from Noble Outfitters. Now, I’ve met many a coat over the years and I’m pretty picky when it comes to things like fit, function, style and overall appearance.

From the first time that I tried on the Evolution Jacket, I had a pretty good inkling that I would like it. The months that I’ve spent wearing the jacket have proven my gut instinct to be spot on, because I’m glad to say that I’ve found a lot to love here.

I'm also quite a fan of the features that help to make the Evolution Jacket saddle friendly. The back vent and hidden storm flaps are easy to unsnap before hopping in the saddle. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

I’m also quite a fan of the features that help to make the Evolution Jacket saddle friendly. The back vent and hidden storm flaps are easy to unsnap before hopping in the saddle. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

So what exactly does the Evolution Jacket have going for it? Well, from the first time that I picked up my jacket, I could tell that it would be a good weight for cold weather days. Beyond that, the fabric, zipper and hardware all felt to be of excellent quality.

One of the most important features of a jacket, in my personal opinion is its ability to keep me dry. The Evolution Jacket is made of a 100% polyester fabric with a water repellent finish. What’s more, it is also 100% fully seam sealed, waterproof and breathable.

Staying warm is also on my list of must have features when it comes to selecting outerwear. The Evolution Jacket features 120 grams of polyester insulated lining, which provides a comfortably toasty amount of warmth during wear.

So what are some of the features of the Evolution Jacket that I really like? Keeping with the theme of warmth, I find that I very much like the soft fleece that lines the inside of the collar, making it feel snuggly and warm when zipped up on cold days.

The YKK two way zipper on the front of the Evolution Jacket feels nice and sturdy. I have no issues with it getting snagged during wear. The small leather Noble branding on the left sleeve, as well as the accenting on the pockets is very pleasing to the eye.

And about those pockets — they are actually dual action pockets, which means that I can store my lip gloss and gloves in the section with the top flap, and still have room to slip my hands in the separate side section. Excellent for storage and keeping hands toasty!

Rainy weather presents no problem for me when wearing the Evolution Jacket. The waterproof and seam sealed jacket keeps me nice and dry. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

Rainy weather presents no problem for me when wearing the Evolution Jacket. The waterproof and seam sealed jacket keeps me nice and dry. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

I’m also quite a fan of the features that help to make the Evolution Jacket saddle friendly. The back vent and hidden storm flaps are easy to unsnap before hopping in the saddle. I also simply adore the pommel cover, as it keeps the front of my saddle dry during rainy rides.

Let’s not forget a couple of my other favorite features. I’d be remiss to not mention the three piece detachable hood, which is terrific for rainy conditions. The knit storm cuffs with thumb holes help add to the Evolution Jacket’s cozy factor.

Clearly, the Evolution Jacket has a number of features that I like, but why does it hold such an appeal for me? From the first time that I pulled the jacket on, it felt like it fit me really well. And, I liked that the fabric was fairly quiet as I moved.

One of my favorite ways to wear the Evolution Jacket is to layer it over my Elements Cowl (you can read my review of the Elements Cowl here[1]). I find that it layers perfectly over a base and mid layer. And I just love how warm the jacket keeps me on cold days.

Rainy weather presents no problem for me when wearing the Evolution Jacket. The waterproof and seam sealed jacket keeps me nice and dry. Plus, I have the added benefit of not overheating since the fabric is breathable as well.

I’m happy that the hood stays up and nicely in place, which is a great benefit in wet conditions. Also, I the storm cuffs with the thumb holes help keep my sleeves from sliding or from cold air or moisture from getting up my sleeves.

And the pommel cover is great to ride with, even in dry conditions. When I'm wearing the jacket and not riding, it is easy to leave zipped to the side and it stays out of my way. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

And the pommel cover is great to ride with, even in dry conditions. When I’m wearing the jacket and not riding, it is easy to leave zipped to the side and it stays out of my way. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

The back vent and storms flaps work oh so very well when I unsnap them to ride. The pommel cover is great to ride with, even in dry conditions. When I’m wearing the jacket and not riding, it is easy to leave zipped to the side and it stays out of my way.

This brings me to one of the reasons why the Evolution Jacket works so well for me. It’s true that it keeps me warm and dry, and works so well in the saddle. But what about my everyday life, that I’m not spending in the saddle or around the barn?

The Evolution Jacket is stylish and has simple elegance about it. Yes, it is designed to be a waterproof barn jacket. However, the style translates very well for me to wear in day to day life. Going to the store. Out for errands. Even when I go to work.

I don’t just love wearing the Evolution Jacket for all of my riding pursuits. I love wearing it wherever, and whenever. Not only does it keep me warm and dry, it matches my personal style so very well. And that is why I keep reaching for it every time I open my closet.

The Evolution Jacket is available from Noble Outfitters in sizes XS through 2XL. It comes in either Black or Dark Navy (pictured), and has a retail price of $199.95. You can find the Evolution Jacket here[2].

Go Warm & Dry Outerwear. Go Noble Outfitters. Go Eventing.

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  1. ^ you can read my review of the Elements Cowl here (eventingnation.com)
  2. ^ You can find the Evolution Jacket here (www.nobleoutfitters.com)
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Product Review: Dublin Winter Riding Apparel

Welcome to EN’s Product Review series! Who doesn’t love shopping, especially when the object of your search is new gear for yourself or your horse? As an enthusiast of all products equine, I LOVE trying out new gear. Please join me as I narrate my personal journey of trying out all of the products featured. While I will make no recommendations, I hope you have fun reading about my many adventures of trying new products, and that hearing about my personal experiences helps you on your own quest for new gear. Go Shopping.


Staying warm and looking fabulous...is there really much more I can as for? Considering how budget friendly Dublin's Winter Apparel Collection is, I'm oh so pleased with the dependable quality, functional performance and the stylish appearance it provides. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

Staying warm and looking fabulous…is there really much more I can as for? Considering how budget friendly Dublin’s Winter Apparel Collection is, I’m oh so pleased with the dependable quality, functional performance and the stylish appearance it provides. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

It’s been absolutely positively freezing outdoors lately. Before I even think about stepping outside, I make sure to bundle up appropriately … especially since I’m pretty much cold 24/7. Which means pulling on a coat, hat and gloves. All over layers — lots and lots of layers.

Going out to the barn requires additional bundling up, above and beyond the usual. Being out in the cold dealing with frozen fingers, toes and water buckets is no fun. But I suppose that’s all just a part of dealing with staying north with ponies for the winter.

Riding during the cold season is an even greater endeavor. Fall days with their warmer temperatures and colorful foliage made for beautiful long hacks out. But this is the time of the year that one has to be truly dedicated to spend time in the saddle.

I feel pretty hard core when I insist upon going for a hack these days. I know that it’s windy, bitter and downright freezing. But I can’t help myself: I need to spend time in the saddle. So I do the only thing I can … which is dress in sensible layers to support winter riding.

This season, one of my go to outfits is from the Dublin North America Winter Apparel Collection. My look gives me just the right blend of style and function … all while keeping me comfortable whether I’m out riding or mucking stalls in winter weather.

My outfit starts from the bottom up, with the Performance Warm It Gel Riding Tights! It’s true that I’m already a self admitted fan of tights in general. However, the Warm It tights bring their own set of unique features to the table.

The Performance Airflow top pairs perfectly as an under layer to the Annabelle jacket. The 1/4 zip neckline is my favorite riding top styling, and the color coordination of the pink and navy is so visually appealing. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

The Performance Airflow top pairs perfectly as an under layer to the Annabelle jacket. The 1/4 zip neckline is my favorite riding top styling, and the color coordination of the pink and navy is so visually appealing. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

I find the stretch performance fabric of the Warm It tights to be both comfortable and durable. Instead of a flat solid color, the tights do feature a chevron pattern; This gives them more depth, and adds much visual appeal to the tights during wear!

The interior of the performance fabric is lined with brushed fleece, that feels soft and warm. And let’s not forget one of my favorite features– the polyurethane silicone gel print full seat! Little Dublin logos help to provide extra grip and stability in the saddle.

Continuing to build my outfit, I choose to add the Performance Airflow Technical Top. Perhaps my favorite aspect of this top is its versatility. Comfort Dry Technology helps to provide comfortable moisture control for me, no matter what the weather.

This time of the year, I like to use the Airflow Technical top as a base layering piece. It does a nice job of keeping me warm and dry, whether I’m riding or mucking stalls. The 1/4 zip neckline coupled with the mesh underarms also help provide additional ventilation.

Looking to my outer layer, I’ve chosen to wear the Annabelle Jacket. When looking at Dublin’s Winter Apparel Collection, the Annabelle Jacket caught my eye. An attractive navy jacket, with feminine pink accenting … retailing for under $100? Yes, please!

I was pleasantly surprised at such an attractive price point for a Winter jacket specifically designed for life around the barn. The Annabelle is a waterproof jacket that features sealed seams to help keep it’s wearer dry and comfortable.

I like to use the Airflow Technical top as a base layering piece. It does a nice job of keeping me warm and dry, whether I'm riding or mucking stalls. The 1/4 zip neckline coupled with the mesh underarms also help provide additional ventilation. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

I like to use the Airflow Technical top as a base layering piece. It does a nice job of keeping me warm and dry, whether I’m riding or mucking stalls. The 1/4 zip neckline coupled with the mesh underarms also help provide additional ventilation. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

The seams taper at the waist, in order to provide a flattering and feminine silhouette. Looking to the interior, a half body fleece lining helps to bring warmth and comfort to the wearer. Not to mention that the lining is a lovely contrasting shade of pink!

The Annabelle jacket has a full length zipper up the front, and has a flap that Velcro’s over top. Two side zip pockets provide easy storage for gloves, or they can nicely accommodate my hands. I also appreciate the knit storm cuffs that keep cold air and hay out.

A back snap closure vent can easily be unsnapped to drape nicely over the back of my saddle, and it helps to keep me dry and warm while riding. I also appreciate the zip underarm vents, and the detachable hood, which provide additional comfort features.

I’ve enjoyed spending time both riding and doing chores around the barn in my Dublin Winter Apparel Collection outfit. My entire look is finished off by pairing the outfit with the Dublin Wye boots that I recently reviewed (you can read about my experience here[1]).

What are my very favorite features of my Winter ensemble? So glad you asked! The Warm It tights are among my favorite for riding in Winter weather. The performance fabric is super comfortable and blocks against the wind and cold to keep me warm.

I also find the silicone gel print of the Warm It tights to be extremely functional for me … especially this time of the year when the horses can be a little extra spooky. The attractive looking Dublin logos give me that extra bit of grip that I need!

My Dublin Winter look gives me just the right blend of style and function...all while keeping me comfortable whether I'm out riding or mucking stalls in winter weather. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

My Dublin Winter look gives me just the right blend of style and function … all while keeping me comfortable whether I’m out riding or mucking stalls in winter weather. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

The Performance Airflow top pairs perfectly under the Annabelle jacket. The 1/4 zip neckline is my favorite riding top styling, and the color coordination of the pink and navy is so visually appealing. I love that the Comfort Dry technology controls the moisture.

And now I want to convey just how much I adore the Annabelle jacket. Not only does it keep me warm enough, I also like that the sealed seams keep me dry in wet weather conditions. The jacket has worn well for me around tough barn conditions.

I’m also pleased with the visual appeal of the Annabelle jacket. An embroidered Dublin logo graces the front chest, while the Dublin brand can be spotted on the back under the hood zipper. I can’t miss mentioning how the hood keeps my ears warm while mucking!

Staying warm and looking fabulous … is there really much more I can as for? Considering how budget friendly Dublin’s Winter Apparel Collection is, I’m oh so pleased with the dependable quality, functional performance and the stylish appearance it provides.

The entire Winter Apparel Collection is available through Dublin retailers. The Warm It tights are available in ladies sizes 24 through 38, in both Navy and Olive. They retail for $114.99, and you can find them here[2].

The Performance Airflow Technical Top is available in size XS through XXL in either Pink or Navy. It retails for $49.99, and you can find it here[3]. Finally, the Annabelle Jacket is available in size XS through XXL, in Navy/Pink. It retails for $99.99, and you can find it here[4].

Go Function + Style + Value. Go Dublin. Go Eventing.

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  1. ^ you can read about my experience here (eventingnation.com)
  2. ^ you can find them here (www.dublinclothing.com)
  3. ^ you can find it here (www.dublinclothing.com)
  4. ^ you can find it here (www.dublinclothing.com)
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Product Review: Dublin Wye Boots

Welcome to EN’s Product Review series! Who doesn’t love shopping, especially when the object of your search is new gear for yourself or your horse? As an enthusiast of all products equine, I LOVE trying out new gear. Please join me as I narrate my personal journey of trying out all of the products featured. While I will make no recommendations, I hope you have fun reading about my many adventures of trying new products, and that hearing about my personal experiences helps you on your own quest for new gear. Go Shopping.


I personally love the versatility of the Wye boots. They keep my feet dry and comfortable during daily wear...But what's more, I'm happy that I can wear them right out to the barn and in the saddle. Boots that can follow my journey anywhere...now that's what I call a great pair of boots for my lifestyle! Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

I personally love the versatility of the Wye boots. They keep my feet dry and comfortable during daily wear…But what’s more, I’m happy that I can wear them right out to the barn and in the saddle. Boots that can follow my journey anywhere…now that’s what I call a great pair of boots for my lifestyle! Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

This is the time of the year that I feel myself wistful for spring. Once Christmas has passed, all that separates us from spring are a few months. Just a few cold, snowy, icy and dark months that can never seem to pass by quickly enough.

It’s a sad prospect to endure the cold and dark months. Especially when I spend less time in the saddle and more time mucking stalls and feeding. However, that is what is to be expected of staying north for the winter season.

While passing these cold months, I make it my goal to dress accordingly to keep myself warm. Especially since I’m almost always freezing! So I make sure to choose sensible layers, cold weather riding tights, and boots to keep myself warm and dry.

My feet are often cold and toes slightly numb this time of the year. However this season, I’ve kept then warm and dry in a pair of Dublin Wye boots. In a fairly short amount of time, the Wye boots have become a favorite of mine.

The Wye boots are as stylish as they are functional. Yes, these lifestyle boots are designed with function and comfort in mind. But I adore the fact that they offer an attractive silhouette that is reminiscent of a pair of half chaps worn over paddock boots.

The Durable Tough Tech outsole helps the Wye boots to fit well in the stirrup irons. This along with the RCS footbed helps them to be a terrific choice of footwear for hacking out. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

The Durable Tough Tech outsole helps the Wye boots to fit well in the stirrup irons. This along with the RCS footbed helps them to be a terrific choice of footwear for hacking out. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

So let’s talk about my favorite features of the Wye boots. The first detail that caught my attention is the full length zipper that runs up the outer side of each boot. This coated waterproof zipper allows for easily pulling on and taking off the Wye boots.

A panel crosses over the top of the full length zipper, which helps to stylishly close the boots with a velcro pull through tab. And looking to the back, the Wye boots feature a stretchy elastic area that allows them to adjust to different calf sizes.

Another important feature to me is the HCS waterproof and breathable membrane. This membrane helps to keep the boots waterproof to a depth of just over six inches. Which is definitely important while I’m trudging through snow and puddles.

The Wye boots also keep comfort in mind, with their RCS footbed. This footbed is moisture wicking, and it also provides heel and arch support. And, the double cushioning layer helps to provide all day comfort, whether on the ground or in the saddle.

Much of my time in the saddle this time of the year is spent hacking out. Instead of my traditional tall boots, I do prefer something warmer and more comfortable. The Wye boots have also been a good riding companion to me as well.

The Wye boots are designed with function and comfort in mind. But I adore the fact that they offer an attractive silhouette that is reminiscent of a pair of half chaps worn over paddock boots. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

The Wye boots are designed with function and comfort in mind. But I adore the fact that they offer an attractive silhouette that is reminiscent of a pair of half chaps worn over paddock boots. Photo by Lorraine Peachey.

The Durable Tough Tech outsole helps the Wye boots to fit well in the stirrup irons. This along with the RCS footbed helps them to be a terrific choice of footwear for hacking out. For in them, my feet stay comfortable and don’t overheat.

The Wye boots also have a fun interior — a lovely plaid lines the inside of the boots! While hidden from the eye during wear, I find that I do enjoy the fact that the boots are secretly stylish on the inside. Party on the inside, business on the outside!

I personally love the versatility of the Wye boots. They keep my feet dry and comfortable during daily wear … to the office, while out running errands, or even when going out for dinner. As a bonus, they give me a flair of equestrian style.

But what’s more, I’m happy that I can wear them right out to the barn and in the saddle. The treads provide me with good traction around the barn and in the irons. Boots that can follow my journey anywhere — now that’s what I call a great pair of boots for my lifestyle!

The Dublin Wye boots are available in a Drifted Brown color, in women’s sizes 6 thru 10 in full and half, and in size 11. They have a retail price of $279.99, and you can find out more about them here[1].

Go Wear Anywhere Boots. Go Dublin. Go Eventing.

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  1. ^ you can find out more about them here (www.dublinclothing.com)
       
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