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Now the cold days have firmly set in it has meant that all my winter yard wear has been unearthed from my airing cupboard having spent months in hibernation. Not that I am a fan of the cold but there is something quite nice about wrapping up warm. Most of my yard clothes are well worn throughout the winter and therefore they do require updating and replacing given the amount of use they do get. One brand I like to buy from (generally in the spring/summer sales) is Horseware.
At the beginning of May I bought the Horseware Newmarket Adela Hooded Fleece in yellow (as pictured). I managed to buy it in a sale at my local tack store which was great as I had been eyeing up for a while. Horseware is a brand most famous for its equine rug collection but since the start of the company in 1985 they not only create a wide range of horse and pony wear from rugs to bandages to numnahs but also have a full clothing range for men, women and children.
To look at the jacket does look like something that should be on a racehorse! The golden Newmarket red/black/yellow stripes is obviously the same as the rugs you see the horses wearing hence the name 'Newmarket' in the jacket's product name. The Adela jacket does come in two other colours (navy and chocolate brown but I preferred the 'yellow' version).
The jacket is made from a light weight fleece which is incredibly soft and you can tell it is made from quality material. At the front it has a full length zip together with two pockets (one at either side) which are completed with zips also. The Horseware Newmarket badge is embroidered on the front although it seems the design has changed a little instead of a badge it just has embroidery on the new version that has been recently stocked. The jacket is complete with a fleece hood which is made from exactly the same material and the jacket's arms are complete with wrist gaitors.
The jacket has been designed to give a fitted, feminine look and finishs just at your waist which I find quite a nice fit. It is slim fitting as that is how it has been designed so you will need to ensure you buy the correct size and taking into account if you will be wearing items underneath as it isn't overly giving so you may find you have to go up a size.
I've had my jacket now for a few months and it gets worn a lot whether out walking the dogs or at the yard and even at home. I find the fit is just right as I have a little room for say a t-shirt underneath or a thin jumper and it sits just nicely at the waist of my jeans or breeches, I don't have to keep pulling it down to keep warm which is nice.
The jacket manages to keep me incredibly warm without overheating which is great if I ride in it or go walking with the dogs as the last thing I need is to get too hot but even teamed with a t-shirt this fleece really does the job in keeping me warm. The only downside is the size of the hood. Now, I have a regular sized head (confirmed by my riding hat size!) and I find the hood is just too small, now I don't use hoods all that often but when I've had to this hood tends to blow back easily and doesn't cover my head adequately to stay dry!
The jacket is machine washable and I have never had any problems with it shrinking or loosing its shape. However, I personally leave it to dry naturally rather than stick it in the tumble drier as I do find with microfleece materials that they can sometimes shrink if tumble dried but due to the nature of the material it doesn't take long for it to dry if put out on a washing line or airer.
I do like my Horseware Newmarket Adela Hooded Fleece but I do find that one let down is the hood size and this does prevent me wearing it more than I do already and with temperamental weather I don't want to take the risk in getting wet if I have other clothes which will help keep me just a little drier especially when we have the odd shower. For that reason I can only award the jacket 4 stars as although the fleece keeps me very warm the hood just isn't ideal. Definitely a recommendation though for those crisp, dry mornings.
Price: From £30.00
Sizes: XS to XL
Availability: Horseware stockists in stores or online