Texas doesn’t have too much cold weather–for instance, right now it is about 70F and humid for the winter solstice. I wanted to get enough use and rides in wearing the Noble Outfitters Warmup Quilted Jacket before reviewing it, and it took a little while. Fortunately we have now had enough wintery days that I have been able to get a good idea about the wearability and quality of this jacket.
Honestly, I’ve reached for it just about every time it’s been in the 50s or less. It has a lot of features I appreciate, like pockets big enough for a smartphone, gloves, or spurs, that zip closed, plus an interior pocket that also zips closed.
It’s tailored pretty nicely, too, although I think I could even go down a size. The back features zippered vents, although on my long torso, the jacket is short enough on me that I don’t find it necessary to unzip them while in the saddle.
Probably my favorite aspect of this jacket is the collar–it stands up high enough to keep my whole neck warn even with my hair up in my helmet, or it can fold down like a polo collar.
The jacket is VERY warm for how lightweight it is. I even get a little too warm in it sometimes because I think it’s colder than it really is, so after riding around a while I have to shed it. However, this makes me think it will be perfect for days that barely crack the freezing line, especially because of the double cuff, with the interior cuff having thumbholes. I was a 90s alternateen, so I am definitely a fan of thumbholes!
I really can’t say anything I don’t like about this jacket. If you’re still doing some eleventh hour holiday shopping for the equestrian in your life, this jacket would make a fabulous gift!
Last, here is a video of the jacket in action … horse and rider a little out of sync (what I get for only a couple of rides during the week), but the jacket kept me nice and toasty on a brisk morning!
And yes, that rail … Eli and I will be working on establishing a proper half-halt three or four strides out before tackling verticals without ground lines this week.