One of my riding wardrobe staples has always been a good vest. They keep the core warm, without hindering any movement. They keep your arms free so that you can tack, untack, groom and do all your daily barn tasks without a puffy coat getting in the way. So I thought today I would let you know which equestrian vests are my favourite for riding in.
P.S. For more info on protective vests and other safety equipment for horseback riding, check out this article.
As you know, I’m a huge advocate of layering for riding.
This is so important in Winter, but even in Spring and Fall I find myself dressing up for the barn and stripping off by the time I’m riding. A vest is a perfect layer to use – and I find they’re usually really cute too!
Also, it leaves you free to sweat a little bit without trapping the moisture in. However, as you should know, once you start sweating that’s when you should be taking layers off. Then when you cool down, you can re-layer right back up.
Anyway, let’s have a look at these vests!
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Irideon Equestrian Quilted Vest
There’s something special about the Irideon Equestrian Quilted Vest.
The poly fill in the body will keep you warm without being too bulky. It also has adorable equestrian touches incorporated into it, like a woven patch on the vest back, and a stirrup zipper pull.
I’m a sucker for details like that.
The texture of the vest is water-resistant and breathable. This makes it appropriate for almost year-round riding – something I really value in my riding gear.
Another thing that I really like are the concealed zip pockets and the inside pockets it sports, which offer you a lot of spots to keep things while you ride. There is also a cord circle for headphones if you’re not into the wireless trend (personally I’m not a fan of earbuds, but that’s just me).
Update November 2020: We are so sorry to say this vest isn’t currently in stock. We hope it will come back soon – but keep reading for our fave alternatives!
Kerrits Unbridled Horse Quilted Vest
Like I said above, I’m a sucker for little equestrian-themed details on my riding gear.
That’s why I love this vest – the print is lots of running horses!
Kerrits is a much loved brand, known for their high quality equestrian wear. Another great feature they’ve included here is a riding-specific cut, so the vest won’t affect your seat in the saddle, which can happen with some longline vests and jackets.
It also has stretchy side panels, so can accommodate lots of layers on cold days – but doesn’t look too bulky on a warm day.
Fuinloth Women’s Padded Vest
Okay, so the two equestrian vests above are a little expensive, so I thought I’d give you a cheaper option here too.
The Fuinloth Women’s Padded Vest is simple, but comes in a range of colours (just like the Irideon and Kerrits, I should say!). While it’s not equestrian-specific, there’s no reason you can’t wear it riding, and the cut is saddle appropriate too.
The only drawback to this equestrian vest is that the sizing runs a little small. So make sure to buy a size up, especially if you’re going to be layering lots of sweaters underneath.
Conclusion: Best Equestrian Vests
Update: I have just heard that the Irideon Quilted Vest is out of stock! But that’s okay – you can still get the Kerrits and Fuinloth vests on Amazon.
I think each of these three vests could be the best equestrian vest in different contexts.
I really like the Irideon vest for extreme weather – it’s waterproof and really warm, without being too bulky. But then the Kerrits is so well cut, and can accommodate lots of layers with its stretch panels. Finally if you’re not looking to spend too much, the Fuinloth is really for you.
If you want a fourth vest option, have a read of our review of the Outback Trading Co. Oilskin Vest. I chose to write it a separate review since it comes in mens and women’s styles and sizes.
Now that you are all set in riding gear, have a read on how to tack up before you ride.
I would love to hear what you guys have to say. Which vest is your favourite? Please don’t hesitate to comment below!
Happy riding 🙂
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