Monday, 24 October 2016

Time (to shop!) - Asmar Jacket Review

We're at the time of year where I'm driving in the dark to get to the barn in the mornings before work, and driving home in the dark after my post work ride. I'm struggling a little with the lack of daylight hours, and have been perusing job opportunities with a more flexible work day. (Only to daydream and make myself feel better though, honestly I love the town and my current coach, I'd be reluctant to go anywhere, better job or no!)



I feel like the best thing I can do right now is to take advantage of every last minute of daylight, even better if I'm doing that on the trail with Bridget.


The second best thing I can do to keep myself positive is to shop. Normally, I am not much of a consumer, but if I'm going to buy stuff fall is the time. I've had a riding appropriate waterproof coat on my wish list forever (remember that weekend show last winter when it poured rain and I was soaking wet and freezing cold all weekend? I sure do, weekend ruined all because I was too lazy and cheap to find a good winter coat upon moving back to the coast.) This year is going to be different, because I bought THE coat. The one I've been wishing for:

Asmar Equestrian City Jacket

I bought it in black so it will work on those rainy winter show days. Retail is $260 USD, but the Spruce Meadows Shop has it on sale for  $182 CAD about ($135 US) plus they ship free and there is no provincial sales tax in AB. Still a bit of an investment for me, but doable for a nice waterproof coat.

Initial impressions: I LOVE this coat. It's lightweight, stretchy, breathable. and so far has kept me dry in some pretty rough weather. Perfect for our rainy, but not super cold climate. The fit is really flattering, in and out of the saddle. I've actually been wearing it more as an everyday coat than a riding coat though...it looks nicer on than my usual 'good' coat. The quality is really nice. There's a zipper on the back that you can easily unzip so it works really well to keep you comfortable and dry in the saddle. I also like the big collar/hood - it makes me feel super cozy. Honestly, I am not a wealthy person, but if this coat lasts (which I think it will!) I'd say it's worth even full price....it goes with everything and it's functional too. I can justify it by saying it's my riding/biking/hiking/grocery shopping/3 season/everyday/rainy day adventure coats all in one. Lots of value there, see? ;)



22 comments:

  1. That price is very reasonable and it's a great looking coat. I might be tempted to buy two: a red one for out and about and a black for the riding. :)

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    1. There's a gorgeous blue color too...;)

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  2. Oooh that coat looks awesome! I, like you, have suffered without a proper raincoat for too long.

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  3. That is one good lookin coat!! I always put off purchases like that too.... And then kick myself once I finally indulge for not doing so sooner!!!

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    1. Right? I would never let Bridget go out with a leaky rainsheet, but apparently it's totally fine for me to be soaked thru all winter.

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  4. It's the opposite at my side of the world!! The day's are longer and warmer and there's plenty of daylight left to get my 3 ridden and fed after work! I love it.
    That coat looks and sounds well worth it!!

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    1. Lucky, lucky you. Maybe if I'm ever uber rich, I'll spend 6 months of the year riding my horses there, and 6 months here.

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  5. Omg I love that coat! Great deal too :)

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    1. I still hate spending that sort of money on myself, but it was worth it, I think.

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  6. Oh that is SO pretty! I need a "real person" waterproof coat and that is just LOVELY... Think I'll be hunting for one for myself!

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    1. They have quite a few different styles and all are riding friendly, and I think most are 'real person' acceptable too :)

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  7. I also do not have a good waterproof coat. Which made my trip to Chase Creek rather miserable. I took 3 coats and none of them turned out to be fully waterproof. I keep looking for a good one that doesn't cost a small fortune!

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    1. Let me know if you find one...I still feel like this one was a small(er) fortune and would love to not have to spend so much for a good coat :)

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  8. My daughter has that coat in blue - think she has had it for 3 years and it still looks great!

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    1. Yay! Good to know if I treat it right it will last.

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  9. Its definitely shopping season

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    1. Totally. My credit card bill day is going to be sad.

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  10. I've been wanting one of these for such a long time! I LOVE my Asmar coat which was one of their early models. I've had it for a few years now and certainly used and abused its in perfect condition and looks like new after it's been washed. I'd get another in a heartbeat :)

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    1. I think I need more coats too ;)

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  11. Love the coat. I made the switch to a more flexible job two years ago and it was great for riding. Last year I rode more in the winter than I had previously since my barn has no electricity so I previously couldn't ride much in the winter.

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    1. Ohhh, so envious of your schedule! I'm hopeful the perfect thing will come along one day.

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