As any equestrian knows, being out in the elements comes with the territory. Frigid winter days still mean that stalls need to be cleaned; horses need to be groomed, exercised, and fed; and there is always an endless list of barn chores that need to be tackled. That’s the life of an equestrian for you.
So what does the avid equestrian do to keep warm on a cold barn day? They get themselves a stylish jumpsuit to wear over their riding attire from Redingote Equestrian, the makers of technical outerwear for equestrians. Imagine, jumping into a cozy jumpsuit that is breathable, waterproof, and is made to go over your riding clothes (if you are an equestrian, you know just how critical that last part is!).
I first learned of REDINGOTE when I was out at the Hampton Classic Horse Show in August. Given my love of jumpsuits, one that I can wear over my outfit and that keeps me protected from the elements was an instant winner. And since I know firsthand just how cold you can get being out at the barn all day during the winter months, this piece had me sold. As someone who has owned horses and competed through the winter, I wish this jumpsuit existed way back when. It surely would have been a must-have item in my tack trunk!
A REDINGOTE suit doesn’t just look nice and keep you warm, but it is also designed with functionality in mind. Let’s face it—equestrians carry a lot of gear. From crops, spurs, and horse treats to cell phones, car keys, and cash, this suit can accommodate it all. There are plenty of zippered pockets to tote your belongings and ensure that they are stored securely.
Back in my competitive days, there were times where I had multiple horses to ride in a day. This suit is easy to get in and out of in between rides—making it perfect for the serious equestrian (and their equally cold trainer).
The real question, however, is does it actually keep you warm? I can fully attest that it does. On the day of this photo shoot, it was a balmy 30 degrees. But I was nice and toasty in my insulated REDINGOTE suit. The suit it comfortable to walk around in, doesn’t feel bulky, and looks sleek on. The only downside is you likely won’t want to take it off…ever.
My REDINGOTE suit is the XX-Small in Blue Nights (navy), and comes in three lengths—short, medium, and long. If you are petite, I would highly recommend going with the short length. I’m 5’1 and it fit me perfectly. The suit also comes in a very pretty light blue, called Grey Mist.
What I love most about these REDINGOTE suits is that they are made well and also fashionable. The inside of both suits is a fun yellow color and the cinched waistline makes you feel like you are wearing something tailored, instead of a bulky snow suit.
These suits sound great, but I’m not an equestrian…fear not, you can still own a REDINGOTE suit. I’ve thrown mine over my yoga clothes on a cold morning (and plenty of people came up to ask me about the suit and thought it was a great idea for the winter months). And when we get our first big snowstorm, you can be sure that I will be out in my suit. But aside from those applications, this item would be perfect for cold nights out walking the dog, a weekend ski trip, or for any kind of outdoor activity that requires thermal layers.
With the holidays approaching, this REDINGOTE suit would make a great gift for the equestrian in your life that likely already owns everything found in the average tack shop or anyone looking to just keep warm outdoors this winter.