Written by Erin Post.
Springtime is coming (I promise), but we have news of snow next week here in New Jersey, and the temperatures still fluctuate from being warmish (60s) to cold (30s). I’m sure other areas are the same way. Erin Post put together some affordable essentials that will help you survive the cold weather snaps.
Riding in 30 degrees? NBD. Spring is just around the corner, but for now, we’re still dealing with these gross sub-freezing temperatures. Here are a few of my favorite winter riding gear items to keep you cozy in the saddle:
A key necessity to a good winter ride is staying warm. This jacket is thermal insulated and rain repellant, which is crucial for riding in the snow. It also has fleece-lined pockets, which are good for hoarding horse treats or warming up those cold hands if you don’t ride with gloves. The sleekness of the coat allows for mobility and a non-bulky feel. It retails online for $100 on Columbia’s website.
These gloves are Polartec fleece lined for ultimate warmth and comfort. The palms are also coated in silicone to ensure you have a good grip on the reins! They are soft to the touch and not bulky. They retail online at Dover Saddlery for $32.99.
These riding tights are the equivalent of wearing sweatpants: super comfortable, and you never want to take them off! They’re lined with Polartec fleece, aren’t bulky, and don’t let the wind through. These breeches are perfect for those 10 degree days. The side pocket is nice too. They retail for $79 on the Kerrits website.
(Note: These are probably the comfiest and best winter riding pants I have ever owned)
The worst thing about winter riding is when you dismount, and it feels like you have just shattered all of your toes. The solution to that? Warm boot socks! These socks are made from super soft and warm material that won’t be bulky under tall boots. To double up the warmth, you could even put a foot or hand warmer in them!
They retail online at Dover Saddlery for $5.99 each.