We gave Rachael the following three products to put through their paces in her daily life, to see whether they did in fact live up to expectations! She tested all three to the max and these were her findings...
Dublin Mesh Back Riding Gloves
Here we have a very comfortable pair of gloves. I wear gloves all year round and in fact now can’t ride without them, you can never own too many gloves! Bailey is not particularly strong at all, but my hands will now blister and cut very easily, so I need to make sure the gloves I wear are comfortable and offer me full protection. Not only this, but now the depths of winter are approaching faster than last year, I like to keep my hands nice and warm.
I found these gloves to be extremely breathable, with an airmesh back and synthetic suede palm with finger reinforcements. This ensures they will protect your hands against any friction from reins and lead ropes but will also give you the airflow required to keep your hands comfortable, making them ideal for wear in the summer months too. They are great for everyday riding, whether it be hacking, schooling or jumping, but also look smart enough to wear while competing; the best of all worlds!
So far I have worn these constantly and they wash up great, with no wear marks having appeared yet. They also have an elastic wrist with a touch tape closure for full adjustment and a better fit.
Dublin Black Ellie Waterproof Jacket
I love love love this coat! It's stylish and smart, and being my first long coat, I really don’t want to wear it up the stables yet (our stables are very muddy now already)! So for now I will keep it as a work and dog walking coat.
It's fully waterproof and windproof, and even includes a hood that rolls up into the collar, which is great for wet weather to keep you dry, but also great for windy cold weather as its like having a scarf on due to the high neck. Although this coat is not thick, it will keep you very warm, without the bulk!
It's been designed to be worn whilst riding, with a saddle gusset at the back allowing full movement.
The great features of this coat are;
High neck style
Internal pockets, chest and hand pockets including zips
Magnetic centre back hem to allow extra movement
Two-way front zip
It has room for a jumper for the colder days and I certainly will be as snug as a bug in it! Keep an eye out for me wearing it everywhere!
Horseware Tech Riding Tights
I love wearing riding tights during both the summer and winter months. To have these in my collection is a huge bonus for me. If you're looking for comfort than look no further.
I've worn these for quite some time now and cannot find a single fault with the design. I have covered all aspects of riding, from jumping to schooling, even bareback jumping (which was the first time in many many years)! They are comfortable, wash amazingly well, and have been made in more of a lightweight material so no worries about overheating. They also have a thermo-regulating feature built into the material to ensure you don’t get too hot or cold. And what can I say about the colour! Very different and unique and not too loud, lary or in your face.
They even have a handy phone pocket on the front of the thigh with a lip over the top to prevent your phone falling out which looks very smart too! Finally, the silicon on the knee area helps with grip in the saddle, which with riding tights is really important, otherwise you will slide around (as I have experienced with a pair of other branded ones I own without silicon).