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Best Duster Coat

Updated on May 6, 2013

Unfortunately the changing seasons aren't always kind to horse riders - which is why a good quality duster coat can become a necessity - though part of the year will allow for a short horse riding jacket. On top of the inclement weather that most of us have to deal with, there's also the fact that much about riding and/riding horses also involves a lot of non-riding.

Much of our time is spent on the ground - from grooming and feeding to leading our horses to pasture, for training purposes or just good old yard and stable clean ups. In short - keeping the worst of the weather of our backs is almost as much of an occupation as it is caring for our horses.

The five best duster coats are featured below - they're all great value for money, will protect the wearer from the rain and the cold and manufactured to a high standard.

The Oilskin Drover

This is the best selling duster coat - and has a five star rating by previous purchasers. It comes in a range of sizes - from x-small up to x-large and it's 100% water repellent. It's great for either working from the ground or can be worn when riding due to the saddle gusset.

The cape is big enough to give extra protection across the upper back and shoulders and the pockets are plenty and spacious. The fastenings are heavy duty and the inner cotton lining is adds to its ability to keep you not just dry but warm with it. The leg straps have enough length on them not to snag (if you use them) and the storm cuffs do their job. In all - a top quality oilskin coat that looks good, offers plenty of protection and won't let you down in a storm.

Kerrits Coach's Equestrian Riding Waterproof Full Length Coat

This is an awesome duster coat if you prefer to avoid using rain sheets when riding. It's available in a range of five different colors and sizes start at a 12 and go up to a size 16. Despite the price - you're getting a lot of bang for your buck. It's a full length drover - waterproof, extremely warm and does a fantastic job of keeping you snug and dry when riding or working whilst you're wearing it.

The leg straps keep the lower coat flaps in place, you can use or remove and store the hood, and the back saddle gusset does a top job of keeping the cantle fully covered. You can alter the cuffs for a tighter fit when the weather draws in and the whole design makes this a superior full length for riding or working in. Top quality, equal to other makes that cost at least double the price tag.

The Tasman

This is hailed as the toughest duster coat ever designed and manufactured - but is it? For one, the fabric is a 16 oz oilskin, which has then been treated against wind, snow and rain - plus it's been re-oiled. I'd say that's quite some protection.

The shoulder cape is removable, the harder working parts of the coat have been focused on - the elbows are reinforced, it has double snap closures and there's even a cord through the inner waist that allows you to create a far more snug fit. It also enjoys a warming cotton lining, roomy pockets and comfortable leg straps. A well designed drover coat, lots of features and high on quality.

The Outback Slicker

If you want a cheap drover coat - this is the one for you. Despite the bargain price tag it features everything you need to keep you warm and dry from the ground or on horse back. It comes in three sizes - small, medium and large, and the design incorporates a shoulder cape,leg straps and spacious pockets.

It's manufactured from 100% waterproof nylon and the lining is soft, warming and does a great job of adding an extra layer of protection. The saddle gusset is big enough to accommodate most saddles and it's lightweight enough to store in a saddle-bag and take along for the ride. A nice quality, inexpensive slicker - great if you're on a budget.

The Combo

This is the best selling dual function duster coat - it's incredibly warm in the coldest of months yet can be worn less the removable inner fleece during the warmer seasons. In short - it's both a heavy and lightweight drover depending on the use of the liner.

Without it, you've got a cotton lined coat that's water and wind proof, will allow you to both ride and work from the ground, as well as turn into a great outdoor coat in general. It includes all the usual features we like to see in a slicker - plenty of pocket space, leg straps and study fastenings, a size-able cape and a nice wide back gusset that comes in when riding. It's available in black or brown and from x-small up to xx-large. A great all-rounder and worth every cent.


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