Joules Sports Clothing Reviews
Joules Byland Quilted Jacket
I quite like to spend a little more on my coats and jackets, especially ones for autumn and winter, and I particularly love Joules items, so last year when I was in the Lake District I made a somewhat impulse buy when I saw the Joules shop and then saw the most heavenly coat! It fit like a dream and at around £80 it wasn't massively ... expensive in comparison to the nearly £200 Superdry Pea coat I had opted for the winter before.
The Byland quilt jacket is similar in style to the Barbour jacket but I rarely see anyone in the Joules one in comparison to the very popular Barbour jackets. Quilted in style, it comes in a range of colours, but I opted for the navy blue one which would go with more items and outfits. Lightweight, it is waterproof and surprisingly warm. The only downside in my opinion is when it is very cold, the fitted style offers little protection to the face or below the waist line, so you will need to accessorise with a chunky scarf, hat and gloves on colder days.
As with all Joules clothing items, they have a little twist and a bit of fun thrown in. This comes in the lining of the coat which is a vintage floral effect in bright colours. I particularly love this and it can be seen straight away when the coat isn't fastened up. The little hare stitched on the bottom of the coat is also a giveaway that you are wearing Joules. The deep pockets are perfect for your phone and keys whilst out for a walk, but don't seem to comfortably fit your hands into because of the way they are positioned.
This particular coat is very similar in style to the Moredale jacket also by Joules, and while the Byland can't be bought in Joules stores anymore, the Moredale can and it is just as lovely. The fitted style of the jacket means it can be worn smartly, but at the same time it will look just as fab with a pair of jeans and wellys down the local park.
It washes easily and dries quickly too, and the biggest bonus is it doesn't need ironing after washing (I let mine dry naturally on a coat hanger and once dry it will be ready for you to pop it straight on). I should know as I had a corker of a fall in the local woods when I tried to jump on a tree swing and massively missed! The kids thought it was hilarious, I was more worried about what damage I had done to my then fairly new coat! It survived! It still looks as good as the day I bought it, and as this is my main autumn / winter jacket it has had plenty of use.
If you want to be a complete geek like me, you can buy mini me versions for the little ones. Similar in style but with the name Mabel, they are perfect for younger children to look just like mummy!
Available in plum, navy and brown.
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Joules Field Coat
I am a big fan of the brand Joules and own quite a considerable amount of their clothing. Joules are not the cheapest but the quality is wonderful and I still own items nearly 6 years old that are still going strong. Joules if you haven't heard of them before is a manufacturer of womens, mens, childrens and even horse and dog wear. They ... are a big equestrian brand and although they do casual wear for the non-equestrian people Joules debut a lot of their ranges at varying horse events throughout the country and therefore a lot of their clothing is worn by country/horsey folk.
At the beginning of this year I had decided I wanted a nice tweed jacket as something smart to wear when say out walking the dogs or at varying horse/dog events and sometimes my general yard jackets are just a bit too scruffy so I wanted something smart yet practical for country activities. This is the part where I saw a gorgeous Joules jacket in my local Joules store and came away knowing that should I want to buy it I'd have to put money away as at the RRP of £189.00 it would mean a big chunk of change going out of my account all in one go and when you are taking into account your next big hay order you have to be practical!
Needless to say a month later having done a lot of teaching (riding lessons that is!) I bought the Joules Field Jacket for a slightly lower price of £160.00. Yes, it is expensive and it won't fit into everyone's budget but I worked hard for it and I know that this jacket will last for quite some considerable time making the hefty price tag seem worth it in the end. The Joules Field Coat has now been discontinued by Joules itself but can still be bought via other Joules stockists although these are mainly online. The field coat as far as I am aware is available in Angus Blue and Toad Green. I opted for the Angus Blue as I preferred it as I preferred the more checked look where as the Toad Green jacket is paler in colour and doesn't seem as bold.
The Joules Field Coat is classed as a country sports coat and of course being tweed it has a country theme going on right from the start, think people going shooting with their tweed coats, flat caps and Hunter green wellies! This jacket is the epitome of country-esque! The Angus Blue (and no the coat isn't blue!) coat has a lovely large check which stands out nicely as the darker green stripes are set out against the paler green background. The field coat is made from 100% wool so it isn't the lightest of jackets but it is certainly not heavy to wear. However, due to it being made completely from wool it is dry clean only.
The Joules Field Coat is lined with Joules' exclusive floral print material. Although the pattern of the material may differ from coat to coat Joules always use their own exclusive prints which really do contrast nicely against the tweed and add a little girliness to this tweed jacket. The same floral material is also added to the front pockets too and if you lift up the popper fastening you can see the material. The lining of the jacket is lightly quilted, just enough to keep you warm on those cold spring days but not too much so it doesn't look bulky. The jacket is slightly fitted and has been fitted to give a shapely feminine fit which finishes just below the hips. The collar is moleskin lined which adds a touch of luxury to this jacket not to mention it is incredibly soft.
The jacket features two quite large pockets at the front which are fastened with two brass studs which help keep in any items you may have in your pockets. The pockets are however incredibly generous in their depth and size so you can easily fit quite an array of items, ideal if you are wanting to carry the bare minimum and not use a handbag. The front of the field jacket is done up by a concealed colour co-ordinating zip together with poppers (again which are colour co-ordinated with the jacket!) which are down the length of the jacket. The cuffs of the jacket also feature adjustable brass studs so you can loosen or tighten the cuffs around the lower part of your arm.
My jacket has now been worn many times whether I am out walking the dogs or out at a big equestrian event it really is a casual jacket which can be easily made to look smart. Despite being made completely out of wool the jacket isn't heavy to wear nor does it feel bulky. It instead is more of a lightweight wool jacket which is soft and easy to wear. I have owned wool jackets in the past where they feel a bit too rigid as they are quite heavy and weighed down. The key to this jacket is getting the right size because it is semi fitted the look to go for isn't big and baggy it is the fitted look. I find Joules can come up quite small but I did try this jacket on and did opt for my normal size and it fits perfectly but of course everyone is different but I'd personally recommend that you try it on before buying.
The quality of this jacket is wonderful. It has been expertly made and made from good quality materials which is why Joules have such a high price tag and not just for the name. Despite it's pretty much constant use in the colder months earlier this year I did think a few threads may come loose from the seams or a popper may ping off as has done with other jackets I have owned but I am incredibly pleased that this jacket still looks as good as it did when it arrived in the post to me. I have however made an effort to keep it as clean as possible and to generally just look after it so have probably been a little over protective but given its hefty price tag I have reason to be!
I have no doubt that this jacket will be with me for quite some considerable time as it is so well made I can't imagine it falling apart easily. The jacket fits me perfectly and the fact that it is semi-fitted really does add shape and style to the jacket. I really can't find fault with this jacket at all as the material is lovely and soft and of course the floral patterned lining really is lovely and adds a unique twist to the tweed. If you are wanting to spend a decent amount of money on a tweed jacket then this may well be the jacket for you but if budget conscious there are no doubt cheaper alternatives available. I have high hopes that the money I spent on this jacket will be worth it as long as it lasts but for this reason I can only give this jacket 4 stars, knocking 1 star off simply due to the price as it won't be accessible to all.
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Price: RRP £189.00
Colour(s): Angus Blue or Toad Green
Sizes: 8 to 18
Availability: Joules stockists online or in store
Misc: Dry clean only
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Joules Byland Quilted Jacket
I am a big fan of Joules clothing not only because of the quality but because it is slightly different to other brands and of course not only do they offer clothing for equestrian wear but they offer clothes for casual day to day whether a woman, man or child. I am lucky enough to have a Joules store about 20 minutes away which as good ... as it can be it also makes buying their items a lot easier meaning I spend more money which is the slight downside. However, I do try to be sensible and tend to buy items that I am in need of rather than don't need but just like and want! One item I did buy because I needed a lightweight jacket for riding was the Joules Byland Quilt Jacket.
Joules was originally started back in 1980 where it started out selling their clothes at county shows - their main target were country folk plain and simple. Their clothes are specifically made for outdoor living but keeping good old British traditions in mind. By 2005 they had launched their kids range in keeping with the adult ranges. Joules do use the highest quality of materials and they are known for their sense of fun when it comes to the material patterns and colours they use. Joules clothing and homewares are available via their stores and website but are also sold by varying stockists so their items are not especially hard to get hold of.
In my local Joules store I had noticed their selection of jackets and I had come across the Byland jacket before but had always tried to remain sensible but as I noticed it in the sale it was hard to resist. I managed luckily to find one in my colour of choice shoved on a hanger which had the wrong size on it (I always check the garment size as it doesn't always correspond with the hanger size!) and instantly protected it from the hoards of women all trying to get Joules bargains! The colour I opted for was the plum version but the jacket comes in a variety of other colours such as chocolate brown, navy and maroon.
Regardless of the colour choice the jacket comes with a contrasting colour lining which of course is typical of Joules making it a bit more unique and different. For the plum version the coloured lining is a mustard yellow colour with a vintage floral type print which is absolutely gorgeous and although the two colours don't normally go they contrast nicely and the pattern is lovely. Of course each jacket will be slightly different in terms of the pattern but this is very common with Joules as they do like their items looking a bit different.
To look at the Byland jacket is quilted with a cord trim which of course is the 'trend' currently and this jacket came out back in 2010 when of course the Barbour quilted jackets suddenly became the must have item (for some anyway!). It is classed as a lightweight jacket which is semi fitted so it is important that you get your correct size as it does fit more around the sides and the waist to give that fitted look. The jacket isn't overly long and on me it fits just over my hip bones which is quite a nice fit for me personally as it covers my waist but isn't too long. The jacket itself is made from 100% polyester so should be quite durable and obviously easily washed.
To give the jacket a bit more detail it features two pockets at the front of the jacket with are topped with cordrouy and are lined with the same gorgeous vintage floral print fabric that is on the inside of the jacket, again adding a bit more detail. Now although the pockets are lined which means you can't see the fabric they are done up by a flap of fabric with antique brass poppers so when you get things out your pocket or put them in you can of course see the fabric. A little luxury which may not been seen all that much but it's a nice finishing touch to what would be a very boring pocket! The sleeves have piped detailing which again gives a bit of detail to stand this quilted jacket out from all the rest.
Now I have had my jacket for two years and it is still being worn on quite a regular basis. Now I don't just wear it for casual wear but I also ride in it quite a lot simply because of being lightweight it doesn't make me overheat and is great for wearing on the cooler summer and spring days where I still need something to keep me warm. I often wear it if riding out on the roads/ bridle paths as it is warm enough to keep the chill off. But of course this jacket also comes in useful for wearing casually if popping into town or when out at various agricultural shows which I try to attend as much as possible as it is quite a smart jacket too so can be dressed up or dressed down accordingly. I.e. can be worn with a pair of skinny jeans and flat shoes or a pair of breeches and my Ariat country boots!
Despite is near constant use for the past few years it has faired well. But I wouldn't expect anything less from a Joules item as they are very well made and they use good quality materials, they certainly don't skimp. My jacket apart from a few pulls here and there mainly from my dogs jumping up at me it still looks as good as new. The jacket is machine washable and mine has seen the inside of my washing machine many times and has always come out with no shrinking or colour loss but I don't put it in the tumble dryer and I always leave it to dry naturally and because of being made of polyester it doesn't take long to dry and of course it doesn't crease!
I really can't complain about this jacket at all. It is incredibly well made and still looks in perfect condition. It manages to keep me warm without me over heating and is very light to wear making it ideal for the cooler months/days. This is definitely a lovely ladies jacket which is not only quite stylish but practical too. Definitely a recommendation if wanting a decent, lightweight jacket. However, due to it being released a few years ago limited colours and sizes may only be available. 5 stars from me.
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Sizes: 8 to 18 (may be bigger sizes)
Price: New around £75.99 but can be found a lot cheaper now it is quite limited
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Joules Sports Clothing
Manufacturer: Joules / Sports Clothing / Type: Ladies Jackets
Manufacturer: Joules / Sports Clothing / Type: Ladies Riding Jacket
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