After a summer of wearing the most lightweight riding tights and tank tops you could find to stay cool, the weather is finally shifting. The crisp fall weather has arrived, and with it the need for a change in riding wardrobe. Fall riding apparel is all about the layers. Having the right items will keep you comfortable while you’re getting ready to ride, and allow you to shed a layer as you warm up in the saddle. Make sure you have everything you need to be appropriately outfitted this season.
- Long Sleeve Tops – Keep the muscles in your arms warm by swapping your lightweight shirts for those with cool weather fabrics and features. Half-zip long sleeves, like the Kerrits® Bit of Horse Zip Neck, are particularly great for fall, as zip neck openings allow ventilation to be adjusted for a variety of fall temperatures. Fall riding apparel that is made with performance fabric to wick away moisture is ideal to help maintain body temperature as you heat up and cool down. The ColdGear® Infrared Crew from Under Armour® is another great option for the fall and the perfect base layer as temperatures continue to decline. The fabric of this shirt has a thermo-conductive inner coating which absorbs and retains body heat, and is still amazingly breathable.
- Vests – When paired with a long sleeve shirt or sweater, a vest can complete the perfect fall riding apparel outfit. Easily taken on or off, a vest can convert a warmer day outfit into the cooler evening. Many vests, such as the Ariat® Ashley Vest, are wind- and water-resistant, which allows them to protect you from the elements when needed. Make sure to select a vest with good insulation if you want additional warmth.
- Jackets – While you may need a heavy winter jacket later in the season, a lightweight jacket is a great thing to have for the fall when you may sweat in something heavier but still need an outer layer. The Goode Rider™ Endurance Jacket is a great choice for your fall riding apparel outerwear. This jacket is made of stretch tech fleece for that warm fuzzy feeling with added flexibility. Quilted nylon panels make it very fashionable as well, and a removable hood gives you some extra coverage when you need it.
- Breeches – While most breeches will do the job in the fall, fleece lined tights or breeches are great for keeping your legs warm on those cooler autumn days. Corduroy breeches, like those from Riding Sport™, are another slightly thicker alternative to add to your fall riding apparel arsenal.
With the multitude of fall riding apparel options available, it’s easy to stay comfortable around the barn and while riding as the temperature starts to drop. Pick up all the essential elements and layer up so you’re ready for the fall season! And don’t forget- your fall items are the perfect base layers for winter, which is just around the corner.