November 1, 2013 at 6:05 pm
Hi There Forum Friends –
My name is Melissa, and I’ve worked in Merchandising at SmartPak for the past 10 years. I have the very good fortune of spending my days finding and developing products for you and your horses. One of my favorite things is hearing from you about what you like and need more of in your barn life. I’ll be using our super, awesome forum to ask your advice on all kinds of things to make sure that SmartPak has what you need to enjoy your time with your horses.
My first question for you…
What non-equestrian brands of apparel do you wear in the barn/when you’re riding and why?
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Rider, World Traveler, Mom to 2 legged and 4 legged babies, SmartPakerNovember 2, 2013 at 7:33 am
Hi : )
I don’t shop intentionally for brand names, no disrespect intended, open to most as the bulk of my barn wear (sweats, Tees, shorts, jeans, GOOD barn boots, occasionally gloves…and no WHITE!!) is preferably warm/cool, durable, and affordable as it gets WORN/trashed/ replaced/lost/taken often enough.
In the spirit of co-operation:
Champion makes a decent sweatshirt but really hard to find the genuine HEAVY weights so I tend to send child support to The Black Dog for theirs. Jeans are normally Levi or Lee depending on how fat I feel (and how clean they are) on a given day. BIG Mountain Horse winter clothes fan but that is horse-related : ) If not in breeches for teaching/coaching/etc., I am most often found in Dickies (pants) cheap or Carhartt (outer/winter wear), stupidpricey but durable, warm and well made, classy and accepted as such by most in the outdoor professional world.
The rest is horse-related tho I DO like Sorrels for winter feets. They fit me well (next to impossible venture more often than not) and they are warm : )
Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.November 2, 2013 at 3:08 pm
Hi Pheets –
Thank you so much for such a thoughtful reply! If you don’t mind answering, could you tell me what your ideal price point would be for your “disposable” barn wear? So, tees, sweatshirts, polos, etc that you wear and replace often?
Rider, World Traveler, Mom to 2 legged and 4 legged babies, SmartPakerNovember 2, 2013 at 5:03 pm
Most welcome, Melissa : )
Willing to pay a fair to better price to insure quality which MUST include durability. $40-$60+ for a sweatshirt (not including Black Dog clothing) but ideal would be closer to $30.00.
Tees… I get a lot of T-shirts thru event volunteering (thanks soo much everybody!) and haven’t had to BUY one in years (I wear them til there are no threads left)!
Jeans: $30-$50 depending on intended use. More for a nicer pair, less for dailies.
Outerwear/winter: I live in Mountain Horse and Carhartt. MH has always been affordable for the quality and I have an MH jacket that , unless it is below 10F and windy, is TOO warm 😀
Carhartt: if only they could be priced like more generic clothing but Carrs last forever, are definitely durable and warm as toast : ) I would love to pay less than 120$ for a lined bib overall that is Carr quality but one DOES get their money’s worth.
Boots: I can’t comment other than to whine about how hard my multi-times broken toes and over high insteps are to please and what it costs me to keep them happy and functional.
Preferred prices?….if wishes were horses: ) The “disposable” stuff would be a sweet deal if they were averagely priced but two for one!
Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.November 2, 2013 at 5:45 pm
Thank you so much for all of the information Pheets. It is very helpful and very much appreciated. Have a fantastic weekend!!
Rider, World Traveler, Mom to 2 legged and 4 legged babies, SmartPakerNovember 4, 2013 at 1:36 amequusparvusTopics Started: 14Replies Posted: 12
I LOVE my Aeropostale polos! I always wear them at the barn. They fit perfectly (are long enough to tuck into low rise breeches but aren’t so long that they cause lumps), are very inexpensive (I’ve always bought mine on sale for $10), and come in all different colors! So far all of mine have lasted really well, except that on one the button holes have stretched a little and my shirt occasionally comes unbuttoned. They are my #1 non-equestrian warm-weather item for the barn.November 4, 2013 at 7:15 am
Thinking out loud and from a winter perspective:
It would be fabulous for MOST if the unaffordable but worth it clothing IS affordable once or twice a year. Outdoor living, horses/farming specifically here, deserves quality duds. We HAVE to be out there, on call 24/7, ALL weather secondary, and indoor riding ring? my…..butt : ) Nothing but a refrigerator, albeit wind-free (from an instructour pov)!
Not all of us can regularly afford/justify the price of the GOOD stuff on our average horsey incomes, the stuff that lasts and is warm that we deserve. So… we don the multi, hopeful layers of everything we have and again, rival the Monday Morning Wal-Mart Society, swill whatever java/HC/hot stuff we have time for before IT gets cold… and we still get cold.
It really would be nice if basic warmth and function were more affordable, even if it was a once a year blow-out sale. I am in New England, speaking with NE winters in mind.
Thank you for reading : )
Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.November 4, 2013 at 8:24 am
Hi Pheets –
Coming from a girl who has had to endure New England winters for the past 20 years, I totally understand what you mean. Indoor refrigerator indeed! Thanks again for all of the tips. Feel free to keep it coming!
Hi hunterjumper –
Welcome to the conversation and thank you very much for your input! Would you be willing to try a different brand of polo if it had all the same characteristics that you appreciate in Aeropostale? Right price, right fit and lots of color options.
Thank you both again for taking the time to respond. Hope you have a wonderful Monday!
Rider, World Traveler, Mom to 2 legged and 4 legged babies, SmartPakerNovember 4, 2013 at 9:21 pm
I love love love a down jacket for winter riding/chores. I got mine from Cabela’s on clearance. It is Cabela’s brand. I think it was normally priced close to $100-? I got it for $20. I don’t usually pay full price for my barn coats as they tend to get so disgustingly dirty. I would not have paid full price for this one, even though it is super warm & light weight. I like ’em cheap-o!November 4, 2013 at 9:32 pm
Now, having said all of that-I probably shouldn’t admit this-but I am a sucker for the SmartPak logo….so, yes, I would strongly consider a down jacket from SmartPak….under $100 please. ;). With the logo on the sleeve, or collar. Brand recognition, baby! :). Of course, it would have to be warm & functionable also.November 5, 2013 at 5:53 am
Hi wyoenglishrider –
I’m a sucker for the SmartPak logo too! Thank you for the information. Hugely helpful. Is the down coat that you’re currently wearing dry clean only or can you machine wash it?
Rider, World Traveler, Mom to 2 legged and 4 legged babies, SmartPakerNovember 11, 2013 at 7:03 am
Pockets. Lots of them. Pockets are good for those cookies that all MY horses think grow there (somehow I have convinced them that cookies grow in pockets and can produce a never-ending supply). Always needing an extra spring clip, piece of baling twine, cookies, pliers, gloves, small torch and knife, more cookies and, of course, now the sacred and ohso important leash/phone and more cookies. On enough occasions, meds and their delivery systems (MORE cookies…), bandage supplies, the illusive BIC lighter, and the business card someone left me three years ago that I still haven’t found. Probably no need to mention the comparison and regularity of the chronic hay stalks in the pockets to the French fry in the car.
I love laundry day…
If one is looking to supply working horsefolk, pockets will appeal : )
Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.November 11, 2013 at 11:58 am
Hi Melissa, Yes-my down jacket is machine washable. I have washed it a couple of times. I am just really hard on my barn clothes–I have the cuff of one of the sleeves on this particular coat duct taped because I burned a hole in it with a tank heater! Doh! I think that is why I don’t like to pay a ton for barn coats. Silly things like that!November 13, 2013 at 5:40 am
Hi pheets and wyoenglishrider –
Thank you both for the additional information. As always, it is much appreciated and very helpful.
Rider, World Traveler, Mom to 2 legged and 4 legged babies, SmartPakerDecember 2, 2013 at 2:37 amEverclearTopics Started: 1Replies Posted: 6
Head to toe cold weather outfit
Wool nordstorm socks, breeches pulled over, followed by super thin Riding socks and then boots & spurs. Sports bra by Wacoal (nothing else has support that works for me) Hermes belt, tucked in under armor and polo by brooks brothers, wool crewneck sweater by j crew, down vest by Jack Wills (or the north face), and wind breaker by Gap Fit. (Durrable and ok to be destoyed) Gloves are equestrian brand of course and so is the hairnet. USEF broach and pearl earrings.
I may have forgotten a thing or two but I can’t recall it just now.
I would love to see more USEF and USDF apparel. When attending a large event like a GP with many riders from all over the globe it is a great feeling to show off your country with USEF appearl (pins, jackets, caps, vests).
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