Being based in Yorkshire, we’re pretty used to cold weather but winter for horse owners everywhere can often become unbearable – especially if their wardrobe isn’t up to scratch. An absolute winter essential is the base layer, but there are so many on the market and they’re all totally different. We’ll run through our favourites which are designed specifically for winter.
As the name suggests, a base layer is your layer of clothing that acts as a base beneath the rest of your clothes which you can build upon as the weather gets colder. For example, you could have a base layer, fleece jacket and your coat to keep you warm when it’s freezing. However, due to their growing popularity in recent years there are so many different base layers out there now and it can be hard to know what to look for. Luckily, we’re on hand to help!
If there’s one thing we can all agree on its that LeMieux know their stuff when it comes to base layers, and the Liberte Roll Neck Base Layer is no exception! They’re made from a super soft, peached effect material which is perfect for colder weather as it retains heat superbly while still being moisture wicking. This material is also anti-microbial to reduce odour so even if you have a long training session you don’t need to worry. The roll neck collar is great for keeping the wind out and thumb loops provide a bit of extra warmth on your hands when it’s needed. Overall it has all of the qualities we look for when choosing a winter base layer!
As always, Pikeurpulled it out the bag with this super stylish base layer. Made from a thick yet technical material, this base layer will keep you cosy yet still allow your skin to breathe. The design itself features abstract, Pikeur lettering on the front making it perfect for if you have a lesson or an arena hire. The base layer is finished off with a half zip and high neck so you can either zip up for more warmth or have it down if it’s a bit milder. We think this is a fashion lovers dream base layer!
The Ennie Base Layer is priced at £79.95 and comes in four different colours – Antique Green, Chilli, Dark Coffee and Grey. Shop it here.
We are huge fans of this shirt at Equiflair due to its incredible warming properties and reasonable price tag! The outer fabric is a soft, elastic, close fitting material which naturally retains heat very well as it’s close to the skin. However, the inner is fleece lined so is extremely comfortable and perfect for those super cold morning at the yard. It’s finished off with a stand-up collar and zip fastener, along with a glittery Covallierodetailing across the chest.
The Covalliero Active Shirt is priced at £39.00 and comes in four colours – Aubergine, Cappuccino, Khaki and Navy. Shop it here.
Schockemohlehave released some fab clothing designs for autumn and winter, with this base layer being one of the most essential pieces in the collection. It’s been designed with the winter rider in mind and features a thick, body hugging material and a soft inner fabric to keep you toasty warm throughout winter. The logos and piping are also reflective which helps you to be seen on darker days, whether you’re walking up to the field or out riding with friends. It’s finished off with glittering seams for a bit of extra sparkle! We’d recommend pairing this base layer with the Schockemohle Vicky Winter coat for ultimate style and warmth.
The Schockemohle Page Winter Top is priced at £57.95 and comes in either Jeans Blue or True Navy colours. Shop it here.
Last but not least, the CavalloBelly base layer combines super functionality with a flattering design and gorgeous colours. This base layer is made of a bi-elastic material which is moisture wicking and breathable which makes it perfect to be layered when riding. The stand up collar also makes it retain heat well, while giving you the option to zip down if you’d like air to circulate a bit more. Finished off with a sporty Cavallo logo on the arm this base layer is ideal for wearing underneath the Cavallo Bree Fleece jacket.
The Cavallo Belly Shirt is priced at £64.00, and you’ll receive a free Brit Ear warmer too! It comes in the colours Navy or Rose Antique. Shop it here.
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