“ manufacturer: Sherwood / Type: Riding & Diving „
For my birthday I had asked for a few specific items which is always welcomed by my family as they never know what to get me as I can be a bit picky on the items I like so they normally ask for a few items which gives them a clear idea of what I'd like which of course I am incredibly grateful for. One item which I have already reviewed is the Sherwood Forest Buttermere Boot Bag which was bought by my sister and just to match I was also bought the Sherwood Forest Buttermere Hat Bag which was also on my list!
I'd wanted a new hat bag for quite a while as my current or well now previous hat bag was incredibly old and becoming increasingly tatty so with my birthday coming up it was a good chance to have it replaced. I'd seen the Sherwood Forest Buttermere Hat Bag in the Robinsons catalogue as I had the matching boot bag and noticed it had been nicely reduced in price and thought it would be nice to have a matching set of luggage for everyday use.
Sherwood Forest is an equestrian brand specialising in clothing for the rider and have quite reasonable prices too. I hadn't really come across Sherwood Forest before although having heard of the brand I'd never had any of the items. The Buttermere Hat Bag is a part of the Buttermere collection so there are other matching items. The hat bag comes in either navy with pink polka dots or bright pink with navy polka dots. To keep it all matchy matchy I opted for the navy version that and navy for me is a far more practical colour than pink.
The main purpose of the hat bag is to protect your riding hat whether it is your smartest show hat or your everyday. It is simply designed to keep it clean from any dust or dirt as well as just keeping it safe. Now you can get incredibly expensive hat bags or like this one from Sherwood Forest an evenly priced hat bag ideal for any level of rider. The hat bag itself is made from nylon making it incredibly durable and tough to withstand yard life. The polka dot pattern is printed onto the fabric, it isn't embroidered on. The finish to the nylon is slightly shiny and from what I have found out it is showerproof should you happen to get it wet.
The hat bag itself is an oval shape which is obviously the shape of a riding hat so it makes sense! As above mentioned it is made from nylon and is incredibly lightweight to carry around even with a hat inside. There is an adjustable handle/strap which is in contrasting bright pink which is nice and again this is made from quite a tough but lightweight material which will hopefully make it last and won't fray. The hat bag is done with by a zip that goes almost all of the way around the top of the bag which of course makes it easy to get the hat in and out. There is also a small accessory pocket at the front which I have found useful to keep hair bands and grips in.
I use my hat bag for everyday use taking my general every day riding hat in and out of my car as I do go and ride other horses. My hat isn't overly large and isn't the smallest or biggest you will find but it does fit nicely into the hat bag with room to spare. The hat bag is lined with a quite a shiny soft satin navy material which is slightly padded around the sides of the bag which gives the riding hat a little protection from any knocks or bangs. The hat bag also features a mirror on the inside just in case you want to make sure your hat is on correctly or you want to adjust your straps.
I use my hat bag on a daily basis and it does get knocked a little when in my car and getting out of my car and so far it has done its job. Because of its size it is easy to store in my car as I just put it down in my footwell. It is lightweight to carry and the strap is easily adjusted whether you want to carry it or carry it over your shoulder. The nylon fabric is the perfect material for this as it is hard wearing and so far I have managed to easily wipe any marks off it. I've had other hat bags and of course they all do the same purpose but this for everyday use is absolutely fine, my hat is kept clean and protected so what more could I possibly want? Definitely a recommendation from me for a rider of any level as it will do the job whether you are just having riding lessons or a county show person! 5 stars from me!
~ Useful Info ~
Brand: Sherwood Forest
Colour(s): Navy or bright pink
Size: One size only
Availability: Sherwood Forest stockists
Price: RRP £45.99 but more likely around the £20.00 mark