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Lightweight jackets

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We’d all prefer to avoid wet, muddy days at the yard but when you live in the UK, that isn’t always an option. So, waterproof jackets are mandatory when it comes to an outdoor hobby. Our selection, worn around the clock by our team of testers, is made up of lightweight garments perfect for layering if you feel the chill, or to pair with a thin base on milder days. See how they fared and find your perfect coat here.

Our testers: We all know that horse ownership doesn’t stop just because of a few grey clouds, so our testers wore these jackets for a variety of yard duties, hacking and schooling sessions, dog walking and more. As well as taking note of how well these jackets kept the rain out, our testers kept their activity levels high to see how breathable they were – overheating is a big no-no if you’re halfway through a jumping lesson.

The products

Pikeur Alexis jacket
RRP
£209.95

Pikeur Alexis

Stand-up collar and taped seams. Includes active air conditioning materials. Mesh lining.

Features

  • Removable hood
  • Inner cuffs

Flattering fit with toggled hem to keep it in place. Inner cuff kept water out and the peaked hood kept rain off face. Inner and invisible outside pockets complete the high-end look.

Noble Equestrian Pinnacle jacket
RRP
£179.95

Noble Equestrian Pinnacle

Silicone drop hem, adjustable hood and cuffs. Internal pocket. Taped seams. Inner mesh panels.

Features

  • Removable hood

Fitted, non-bulky cut that suited running as well as riding. Deep pockets, and slightly peaked hood is a bonus. Zips initially stiff, but soon loosened off. Silicone hem kept it in place.

Horka Outdoor Extreme jacket
RRP
£153.95

Horka Outdoor Extreme

Fleece-lined collar and hood, taped seams, drawstring waist and reflective details. 

Features

  • Removable hood
  • Inner cuffs
  • Reflective details
  • Unisex

Padded jacket best suited to chillier days. High-quality and very well-designed for yard use and riding with rear vents. Several useful pockets that are fleece lined for comfort. 

Cavallo Padee jacket
RRP
£149

Cavallo Padee

Includes a two-way zip and a mobile phone pocket. Dirt-repelling with reflective piping.

Features

  • Stowable hood
  • Reflective details

Stylish fit and the perfect length for riding. Breathable enough to school multiple horses and not overheat. Cuff and hem material isn’t waterproof, but the body is. Pockets ideal for larger phones.

Busse Sentinal jacket
RRP
£140

Busse Sentinal

Includes mesh lining with an elastic hip drawstring. Taped seams and drawstring hood. 

Features

  • Removable hood
  • Inner cuffs
  • Thumb holes
  • Reflective details

Light and comfortable to wear. The stretchy fabric gives freedom of movement for yard work and riding. Plenty of secure, useful pockets. Not the most flattering coat, but does the job well.

Mountain Horse Serenity Tech
RRP
£129

Mountain Horse Serenity Tech

Features back pleat detailing with a windproof, waterproof and breathable outer. Mesh lined.

Features

  • Removable hood

Smart-looking with button details, not bulky or restrictive to wear. Lightweight and fits layers underneath. Body stayed perfectly dry. Inside phone pocket was very useful.

Toggi Alston jacket
RRP
£145

Toggi Alston

Features waterproof zips, high-gloss metallic trims and an arm pocket.

Features

  • Removable hood
  • Inner cuffs

Tailored look with adjustable hood. Woven outer is soft but prone to snagging. Discreet arm pocket is a useful touch. Overall a smart, effective coat that’s best suited to use in the saddle.

Ariat Coastal jacket
RRP
£145

Ariat Coastal

Features a chest and internal pockets. Adjustable cuffs and hood. Rear vents and taped seams.

Features

  • Removable hood

Very flattering, non-restrictive and secure fit. Wearer was never too hot even on mild days thanks to the mesh lining. A high-performing jacket with practical, stylish touches, such as concealed zip, that set it apart.

Penelope Lyon bomber jacket
RRP
£114

Penelope Lyon Bomber

Sporty fit with faux-fur trim and lining. Two hand pockets and useful arm pocket.

Features

  • Thumb holes
  • Inner cuffs

Super-stylish jacket with a bomber jacket fit. Lining is ultra-soft and cosy, and great in colder weather. The cuff and hem material isn’t waterproof, but the body kept dry and warm on the yard and out riding.

HKM ProTeam Active
RRP
£71.95

HKM ProTeam Active

Stand up collar. Lightweight lining with built-in cuffs and features an internal pocket.

Features

  • Stowable hood
  • Inner cuffs

Relaxed fit that made layering easy. Rustly outer material. Stood up to all but the heaviest downpours, dried quickly so great if you’re going to be in and out all day. Generous-sized pockets.

Premier Equine Pro Tech Rider
RRP
£65

Premier Equine Pro Tech Rider

Quilted lining and dirt-resistant coating. Includes a fleece-lined collar and an internal pocket.

Features

  • Removable hood

Fitted cut with smart touches and great pockets. Stood up to all weather conditions and kept wearer warm, but not too hot. Cuffs were a little snug, but overall it’s a smart, super-versatile jacket that’s well worth the price.

Horseware HWH20 jacket
RRP
£84.95

Horseware HWH2O

Super-lightweight, designed for running, riding and more. Soft-touch fabric with taped seams.

Features

  • Stowable hood
  • Reflective details
  • Unisex

Loose, generous fit and hard-wearing. Very lightweight and great for an active wearer. Pockets were a practical size and the adjustable hood never fell down. Performs like a more expensive jacket.

Steirna Prime 3L jacket
RRP
£230

Stierna Equestrian Sportswear Prime 3L

Four-way stretch fabric. Chest pocket. Taped seams. Elasticated cuffs and rear ventilation panel.

Features:

  • Reflective details

Smart and sporty. Top quality and a pleasure to ride in. Lightweight and easy to layer. Collar is tall and stiff, so ideal for wind protection, but can get in your face. Hoodless design means it performs best in the saddle.

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