Now that the weather seems to be warming up a bit, it’s time to lose a layer and show off what lies beneath. Warm enough to wear on a sunny day during a good workout, these base layers are all smart, do their job and need to be seen.
The Ariat Lowell Quarter zip top is made from a brushed stretch jersey which features a mock collar and thumbholes and features Ariat’s AriatTEK Cold Series technology which has dual layer construction and wicks away moisture from the skin to keep you warm and dry and insulates you from the cold.
You can’t go wrong with Ariat for style and this doesn’t disappoint. The Lowell is available in a variety of colours as well as useful white. This kept me perfectly warm whilst training and is really comfortable. Great wicking properties and it washes really well. A welcome addition to the wardrobe that doesn’t scream horsey gear and can be worn with anything. Very happy to recommend. Look out for deals as new lines are currently being added so there are deals to be had (the new Lowell has been changed to have a stylish crossover mock collar and princess seams) We found it on Countrywide Farmers for £25 (more colours available on Ariat.com for £44.99)
Next to road test is Uniqlo’s Women Heattech Polo Neck Long Sleeve T-shirt
This soft turtleneck is made with exclusive heat-retaining HEATTECH, making it the perfect layering piece whether you’re in the city or on the slopes. The flattering silhouette isn’t bulky, and is especially chic when paired with your favourite jeans or a skirt.
• Soft turtleneck sweater can be layered or worn on its own
• HEATTECH converts perspiration and water vapor into warmth, keeping you cozy all winter long
• Unique knitted fabric is stretchy, soft and comfortable
• Ultra-fine, resilient material keeps its shape for years
• Anti-static, odor-minimizing fabric is woven with camellia oil for a softer feel
A great everyday top for riding, especially at its current price and there are a good range of colours available. It washes well, is lovely and soft and a few of these in your cupboard won’t break the bank. Win win !
Reduced from £12 to £7.90 from Uniqlo
And finally, but by no means least is the Charles James Fox Born & Bred personalised base layer:
Born and Bred Layers regulate the temperature of the body, keeping you most comfortable for when it matters the most. The raglan sleeve design allows increased mobility and a full range of motion in the arms, making this item perfect to wear under your clothing when out exercising, or performing in your sport or just as an extra layer when training.
Choose from: Black, White, Bottle Green, Emerald Green, Light Blue, Maroon, Navy, Orange, Light Pink, Pink, Purple, Red, Navy, Royal, Yellow, Flourescent Yellow, Amber
Adult Sizes (Chest to fit): XS – 34/36″, S/M – 38/40″, L/XL – 46/48″, XXL – 50/52″
Child Sizes (Chest to fit): XS Youth – 24″, S/M Youth – 28″/30″, L/XL Youth – 32″/34″
So you have done your first competition of the season, eyed up everyone’s XC colours, and now realised that yours need a makeover. Look no further!
‘All the gear…’ or ‘What, more gear!’ are regular comments from Horse Phobic Husband in our house, but even he loved this! Properly sporty, a really great fit and so comfortable, I am thrilled with my base layer – plus it’s got our name on it ! It washes really well and despite relenting to superstition and not wearing it brand spanking new for a competition, it is now properly worn in and ready for being seen.
Having ridden in it for training, this base layer is designed to keep you warm and dry in cold conditions and it does. The fabric is lightweight, soft and dries quickly if caught in the rain. Plus it washes really well and my only comment is I should have ordered 2! Ordering was so easy and despite by inability to make a decision on logo positions, I was guided through the process effortlessly by Patrick Latham and received my order super swiftly. Not to be left out, the children have now designed their own base layers and are wearing them for everything!
Price: £37 from Charles James Fox
Full brochure here