The Ariat Madden Jacket. On arrival of the jacket my first thoughts were somewhat flasher mac-esque. It screen-shot-2016-12-21-at-21-13-51looked quite plain in the packaging and a little shapeless. DO NOT BE FOOLED….

The detailing is just to die for. The little stirrup zip fob, the gold button detailing, placement of the pockets which were spacious enough for everything I needed – just perfect finishing touches to this exceptionally well thought out design.

My most favourite feature is the hood. Large enough to go over your helmet when riding – GENIUS IDEA. Second favourite has to be the pull in waist, enabling you to lose that shapeless feeling of being in a warm winter coat.

The thickness of this jacket isn’t as it looks in the pictures either, it really is a warm, padded, winter coat. The cuffs are snug and non-scratchy, the zip does right up to the chin without cutting your throat open and the pockets are soft microfibre fleece lined which really does improve your quality of outdoor life!!

I wore the jacket teaching and walking cross country courses first of all, got several comments on its stylish and flattering fit. I got home and had a ride in it.. Only then did I notice the riding design features! The tail of this coat unzips to reveal branded panels and accommodate the saddle and horse without bunching up – PERFECT – What a nice touch.

Washing – I followed the instructions and boy did it come up like new -no mis-shaping or creasing – just perfect.

From a pricing point of view – Other brands I have worn in the past are coming in WAY dearer than this £199 – It really is a coat to stand the test of time and worth every penny of this for dry, snug and windproof rides. It’s classic yet stylish and won’t look old fast like some of the modern styles. I hope to be wearing this for the next 5 years in all weathers, I’m pretty certain it will stand up to that!

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RRP £199.99

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