Roeckl Winter Riding Glove Guide

It’s no secret that Roeckl Riding Gloves are the #1 choice of riders around the world. Famed for their “second skin” fit, Roeckl gloves maintain the tactility of the reins while keeping riders’ hands comfortable and protected. Did you know that Roeckl also has an extensive range of winter riding gloves? Here is an overview of their features to better aid you in selecting the right winter gloves for your riding.

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The Indoor Winter Range

For many riders in the US, winter weather can really curtail outdoor riding. Winter is a good time to catch up on your schooling and address challenges in your riding.  For the indoor winter rider, warmth is a consideration but so is tactility—keeping the feel of the reins and the contact with your horse while wearing gloves. The Roeckl indoor winter range does just that. These gloves have a soft Micro Bemberg lining, a thin breathable fleecy layer that wicks moisture to the outside of the glove to keep your hands from getting chilled and won’t interfere with your grip.

Roeck-Grip Winter

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The flagship of Roeckl, the Roeck-Grip (also known as the Chester) has Roeckl’s proprietary breathable, elastic Roeck-Grip outershell, with the Micro Bemberg lining for warmth and comfort.

Malta Winter      

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The Malta is the Roeck-Grip with an attractive accent piping.

Madison Winter   

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The Madison Winter has a 2-way stretch outershell and a synthetic PU palm for good grip. The Micro Bemberg lining will keep your hands warm and dry.

The Outdoor Winter Range

                For the more intrepid riders who are faced with outdoor riding conditions, a key feature to keep the hand warm and comfortable is windproofing. The Roeckl outdoor winter gloves use a variety of technical fibers to deal with inclement and downright unpleasant weather.

Winchester

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One of Roeckl’s most popular outdoor winter gloves, the Winchester has a soft, flexible outershell of Gore® Windstopper®, a palm of Roeck-Grip, lined with the Micro Bemberg lining for warmth and comfort.

Weldon   

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The Weldon uses the ever popular Polartec® for fleecy warmth and comfort, with a silicone on the palm for a secure grip, silicone reinforcement between pinky and index finger, and a knitted cuff that tucks into the jacket sleeve. The Weldon is one of two winter gloves that is Touchscreen Compatible.

Warwick 

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The Warwick is also a Polartec® glove with silicone grip, although it lacks the Touchscreen Compatibility. The knitted cuff tucks neatly into the jacket sleeve.

Whitehorse      

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With a sporty look, the Whitehorse has an outershell comprised of both Gore® Windstopper® and Roeck-Proof® Ural, a Roeckl softshell fabric that is 100% windproof. The palm of Durasense, a thin synthetic suede, maintains tactility but wears rugged enough for winter riding. The extended knitted cuff is extra warm, with an elastic wrist belt to keep the cold air out. This glove is heavy duty warmth for extended hours in the saddle.

Willow

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Introduced in Fall 2017, the Willow is likely to become a favorite with riders. This lightweight, flexible winter glove has an outershell of Roeck-Proof® Andes fabric for 100% windproofing and a palm of Dry Tec G5 laminated with a lining of Micro Bemberg for warmth and comfort. The Willow is terrific for climates that are moderately chilly but not extreme.

Julia  

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Also introduced in Fall 2017, the Julia is an elegant women’s glove with an outershell of Roeck-Proof® Ural for windproofing and a palm of Roeck-Grip laminated with a lining of Micro Bemberg. Like the Willow, the Julia is designed for climates that are moderately chilly.

Winter Waterproof and Warm

If your riding doesn’t slow down with winter weather and you enjoy the adventure of outdoor winter riding in all weather, a waterproof winter glove is going to be your best choice.

Westlock

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100% waterproof, the Westlock also has the distinction of being one of the few winter gloves in any brand that is not only waterproof and windproof, but also has Touchscreen Compatibility. Westlock uses OutDry®, a waterproof/breathable insert technology that maintains a high degree of tactility despite being warm and winter-proof. The Duradero synthetic suede palm has silicone for a secure grip. The soft TR lining provides comfort and warmth.

Wellington GTX®

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Not only is the Wellington 100% waterproof, it’s also the apex of Roeckl winter technology. This glove has an outershell of Gore-Tex® for extreme weather protection, a layer of Primaloft® insulation for maximum warmth, and a palm of Durasense synthetic suede lined with Micro Bemberg for tactility and grip. A knitted cuff with elastic belt keeps cold air out. Whether you’re outside chopping ice out of water buckets or riding through the snow, the Wellington will keep you warm and dry without sacrificing tactility.

Bucas Blankets – Choosing Your Winter Blanket

Winter can mean many different things for people depending on the geographical area, climate, and horses’ living situation. Here is our Bucas Winter Blanket Guide for the 2017 Fall/Winter season, including blanket temperature ranges and important product features.

The Irish Turnout

Built for rugged terrain and temperatures, the Irish turnout blanket is more than just your average turnout blanket. Providing exceptional value and versatility, the Irish Turnout brings the same Bucas quality at a cost-effective price for temperatures ranging from 14°-46° (300G Heavy) and 41°-54° (50G Light) making it perfect for cold and snowy conditions or moderate temperatures that have occasional rain and wind. Bucas creates each blanket with features that enhance fit, protection, and function, no matter what the price point, including:

  • 1200D Ripstop Polyester
  • Waterproof/Breathable Outershell
  • Neck darts give optimum shoulder fit and range of motion
  • Padded Front W/ Hidden T-Loc Closure Keeps Your Horse Safe Inside and Outside
  • Silky Nylon Lining for a Smooth Coat
  • Combi Neck Attachment for Additional Weather Protection

Retail Pricing:

Irish Extra (300G) Turnout: $200.95

Irish Light (50G) Turnout: $178.95

Irish Combi Neck: $80.95

 

The Select Range

 

 

Does your horse live indoors and outdoors? For many of us, this means having turnout blankets, stable blankets, coolers, and sheets, not to mention all of the blanketing changes!

The Bucas Select Range was created to be versatile, cost effective, and easily adjustable depending on the weather to reduce the number of blankets and blanket changes. The Select Range starts with a 1200D Ripstop, Waterproof/Breathable Turnout Sheet, perfect for use on rainy or windy days in temperatures from 46° to 57°. The second part of the Select Range includes your choice of a quilted, insulated stable blanket that can be used with the turnout sheet to create a warmer turnout, or as a stable blanket on its own. The Select Quilted Stable Blanket options are:

  • Quilted Stable 150G Stay Dry Lining – Temp Range 14° to 53°
  • Quilted Stable 150G Silky Nylon Lining – Temp Range 23° to 50°
  • Quilted Stable 300G Stay Dry Lining – Temp Range -4° to 50°
  • Quilted Stable 300G Silky Nylon Lining – Temp Range 14° to 46°

The unique Stay Dry lining quickly wicks moisture away from your horse while keeping him warm and dry, even when used in combination with the turnout sheet! This means even if your horse is caught in an unexpected rainstorm or is sweaty after riding, you can throw your Stay Dry stable blanket on without worrying about your horse getting chilled or staying damp for hours. The Quilted Stable blankets also have a waterproof/ripstop edging that keeps the stable blanket dry and prevents water from leaching up into the blanket on a rainy day.

The Select Range also offers and insulated Quilted Combi Neck and a waterproof/breathable Turnout Combi Neck. Both blankets also offer neck darts for optimum shoulder fit and mobility, attachment options for the Combi neck, and padded front T-Lock to keep your horse safe in both the stall and paddock.

Retail Pricing:

Select Turnout: $163.95

Quilted Stable 150G Stay Dry Lining: $167.95

Quilted Stable 150G Silky Nylon Lining: $145.95

Quilted Stable 300G Stay Dry Lining: $176.95

Quilted Stable 300G Silky Nylon Lining: $156.95

Select Turnout Combi-Neck: $80.95

Select Quilted Combi-Neck: $61.95

 

The Power Turnout 

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The Power Turnout is truly an unmatched turnout blanket. Designed to be the most durable, ergonomic, and technologically advanced blanket, the Power Turnout will keep your horse comfortable in a larger temperature range and climate setting than any other blanket on the market!

The Power Extra (300G) can be used comfortably in temperatures ranging from -13° to 55° and the Power Light (no fill!) is equally impressive with a temperature range of 14° to 61°. This is possible due to the Stay Dry lining, a heat-reflective aluminum backing on the outershell, and a light-reflective silver outershell. The Stay Dry lining used on the Power Turnout is also antibacterial as well, which means you can use the Power Turnout on a wet horse and the Stay Dry will quickly dry the horse and move the moisture outside the blanket, eliminating extra blanket changes. The antibacterial properties will also prevent any odors from building up during use. The outershell is made with a tough 1000D Ballistic Nylon to hold up against even the liveliest of horses.

The Power also features a padded stainless steel Click N Go closure, easily used – even with gloves! Neck darts are also used for optimum shoulder fit and motion. Combined with an optional Combi-Neck, the Power Turnout blanket really is the best climate management for your horse!

Retail Cost

Bucas Power Combi-Neck: $123.95

Bucas Power Extra: $354.95

Bucas Power Light: $318.95

The Recuptex Therapy Blanket and Quarter Sheet

Fall and winter normally bring cold and damp weather which can be hard on older or hard-working performance horses. If you notice that your horse isn’t warming up the same or seems stiff walking out of his stall, consider the Recuptex. Bucas answered the need for a stable blanket that can be used for therapeutic purposes when they developed the Recuptex Therapy Blanket.

The Recuptex Therapy blanket is made from an extremely fine stainless steel mesh that reflects the magnetic fields created inside the body to stimulate blood circulation and oxygen flow through the horse’s back and body. This reduces swelling and inflammation and promotes faster healing when used as a therapeutic treatment.

This blanket can be used 24/7, unlike many other therapy blankets. When introducing the blanket, slowly increase the amount of time used in the beginning as the properties will warm up the muscles and some horses may sweat after extended use.

This blanket is an ideal tool to rehabilitate horses with chronic back problems and warm up muscles before riding and to stimulate muscle recovery after a strenuous ride. Also available in a quarter sheet for use while riding.

Retail Price:

Recuptex Therapy Blanket: $240.95

Recuptex Therapy Quarter Sheet: $138.95

Shop Bucas Blankets Now at: https://www.toklat.com/Products/Brand/Bucas

 

Bucas Blankets – An Informational Guide to Denier, Fill, and Blanket Linings

The air is a little crisper, the nights are a little colder—autumn is here! When autumn arrives, horse owners start thinking about horse blankets. If you ask 100 horse people about blanketing, you’ll get 100 different answers, theories and ideas about horse blanketing; this blog is not about “To blanket or not to blanket.” If you have already decided to blanket, we want to help you decide on the right Bucas blanket for your horse.

How durable does my blanket need to be?

One of the most confusing terms in horse blanket lingo is “denier.” You see a denier number on every blanket intended for turnout, typically abbreviated to “D”; for example, 1200D, 600D. The generally accepted understanding is that the higher the number, the stronger the material, but this is not always the case.

“Denier” is a unit of measure used in the textile industry to quantify the linear mass density of a fiber. That’s a mouthful! Technically it’s the mass in grams of 9000 meters of the fiber (although the denier is usually obtained by weighing 900 meters of the fiber and multiplying by 10). The basis for denier is the mass of 1 strand of silk fiber, where 9000 meters of silk weighs about 1 gram.

What does this mean for horse blankets? What denier does not take into account are the qualities of the textile itself. Denier is only a good measure of strength and durability when comparing different deniers of the same textile. For example, 1200D of ripstop polyester is definitely stronger and more durable than 600D of the same ripstop polyester fiber. But 1200D ripstop polyester is neither stronger nor more durable than 1000D of ballistic nylon.

When considering which horse blanket to buy, consider not only the denier but also the textile itself. The most commonly used textiles in horse blankets are nylon, polyester or polypropylene, all synthetic materials. (Fun Fact: nylon was originally invented to replace silk). Here are some of the materials used by Bucas.

Ballistic Nylon One of the strongest textiles available, ballistic nylon was invented by DuPont for flak jackets in World War II to protect airmen from flying fragments. Ballistic nylon is much stronger than standard nylon or any polyester. Bucas uses 1000D ballistic nylon in the Power and the Smartex. Because the textile is so strong, 1000 denier ballistic nylon is strong enough for horses without adding a lot of unnecessary weight.

Ripstop Polyester is a polyester fabric specially woven in a cross-hatch pattern and interwoven with reinforcement threads. The ripstop weave means the polyester is less likely to continuously tear, making it more durable than standard polyester and a perfect textile for horsey shenanigans. Bucas uses 1200D ripstop polyester on the Irish and Select Turnouts, 600D on the Freedom Turnouts. 1200D ripstop polyester is a tough fabric, but not as tough as 1000D ballistic nylon.

Teflon®-coated Polyester is just what it sounds like—polyester fabric treated with a Teflon® shield to increase durability. Adding the Teflon® coating means that the denier of the polyester can be reduced so the fabric is lighter weight, making it more suitable for a warm weather turnout sheet. Bucas uses 840D Teflon®-coated polyester in the Sunshower sheet, making it a lightweight but durable sheet, perfect for wet weather.

Polypropylene is a synthetic textile with high abrasion resistance and low heat transfer. More simply put, it’s extremely durable and acts as an insulator; these properties make polypropylene perfect for a stable blanket to keep the horse warm. Because polypropylene by nature doesn’t absorb water, it’s naturally water-resistant without additional fabric treatments, but not waterproof. Bucas uses 1100D polypropylene in the Celtic Stable Blanket.

Understanding denier will help you evaluate the durability of the outershell to make the best choice for your horse.  Is your horse is destructive? Does he have pasture mates that are hard on blankets? Does your pasture have lots of trees and brush? If your horse’s turnout environment is tough on blankets, you probably should invest in the ballistic nylon Power or Smartex.

For horses that aren’t particularly hard on blankets or have regular turnout in a clean paddock or field, the Irish and the Select are great choices. The Select is actually a blanket system of several blankets in one: an outershell sheet, a quilted stable blanket liner, and when put together, a waterproof/breathable turnout. The Select System offers quite a bit of versatility for horses that are in and out daily, worked year round, or traveling.

Watch this video to see how versatile the Select System can be.

If your horse is stall-bound or has a stall with a walk out, the Celtic Stable Blanket or Select System may be the choice for you.

If you live in a geographic area where the spring, autumn and winter is chilly but not brutally cold, or wet, the Sunshower might be the best choice. As a rain sheet without any insulation, it’s lightweight but durable, with a mesh lining that allows air to circulate between the sheet and horse’s skin.

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What kind of lining should my blanket have?

Most blankets have some sort of silky lining to prevent rubbing. These linings work well unless the horse becomes overheated or was wet before the blanket was put on. Then they become a moisture trap, much like wearing a t-shirt under a sweater, where the t-shirt absorbs but can’t release the moisture, ending up with the wearer getting chilled. Turnouts that have a silky lining should not be used on a horse that has been exercising until the horse has cooled down; to avoid a chill, use a cooler first, and then change out to a turnout when the horse is relaxed and dry.

To solve this problem for horse owners, Bucas uses a unique fabric called Stay Dry as the lining in Power, Smartex, Celtic, and Select Stay Dry Stable Blanket. Stay Dry is a very low pile fleece that transports moisture rapidly away from the horse’s skin, which in turn allows heat to escape. The Stay Dry lining on the Power, Smartex and Celtic contributes to the overall climate management features of these blankets, as well as cutting down on required blanket changes. You can put any blanket lined with Stay Dry on a wet horse without worrying about changing the blanket to avoid the horse getting a chill, minimizing the need for coolers. If you board your horse and have to pay for each blanket change, having a turnout that minimizes blanket changes can save you money, as well as be healthier for your horse. The Stay Dry lining in the Power and Celtic is anti-microbial; the Stay Dry lining in the Smartex and the Select Stay Dry Stable Blanket is not.

Watch this video on the unique properties of Stay Dry lining found in the Power, Smartex, Select and Celtic.

A side benefit of Stay Dry is that by itself, it is a 200g fleece, providing quite a bit of warmth on its own, whereas silky linings offer no warmth.

How much insulation does my horse need?

Once you’ve settled on the outershell and lining, you need to decide on the warmth factor, usually referred to as the “weight” of the blanket which indicates the amount of insulation in the blanket. The insulation, also known as “fill,” is quite often a synthetic batting that provides not only insulation but also breathability. The insulation value of a blanket is usually indicated in the grams per square meter of insulation (a standard 75” blanket is about 3.3 square meters in size, which means 300g of insulation adds about 2lbs of weight). Your goal should be to choose a blanket with enough insulation to keep your horse comfortable, but not so much that your horse overheats and sweats. Insulation also adds weight for your horse to carry so finding the proper balance is necessary for your horse’s overall health. The standard insulation for a “heavy” turnout is 300g. Blankets that have no other way to keep the horse warm will simply add even more batting, which of course adds weight but does not necessarily increase warmth. All Bucas “Extra” Turnouts have 300g of insulation. Medium Turnouts have 150g or 200g, depending on the blanket, and Light have no insulation (with the exception of the Irish, which has 50g).

To further assist in making a good blanket decision, Bucas has provided a temperature range for most of its turnouts. The temperature range indicates a comfort level, although certain factors like a clipped or unclipped coat, humidity, amount of sunshine, wind, and general horse activity can cause the range of comfort to vary, but it gives you a place to start. A comparison of the Power and the Irish Turnout demonstrates how the combination of the right materials can work together for prime efficiency. The Power Light has no insulation, but the aluminum backing on the outershell combined with the Stay Dry lining maintains enough warmth that insulation is not needed. The combination of outershell and lining on the Power Light also makes this turnout more efficient, so horses will be comfortable in a much wider range of temperatures, from 5°F up to about 61°F. In comparison, the Irish Light, with a ripstop polyester shell and silky lining, requires 50g insulation to maintain a much narrower range of comfort, 32°F and up to 54°F.

If you need more information on how to choose the right blanket for your horse, visit the Toklat website for more Bucas videos or email us at info@toklat.com.

Watch this video on how to measure for your Bucas blanket.

Sources

www.fibersource.com

www.fiber.net

National Council of Textile Organizations

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Units_of_textile_measurement#Denier. Accessed 10/4/2017.

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