Model: StormShield Turnout Blanket - Versatility Fit
Purchase: Purchasing directly from Scheider's is very hassle-free either my mail through their catalog or via their web site (www.sstack.com). They have a great variety of high quality horse products. The blanket I am reviewing was purchased through their catalog.
Likes: The outer layer is made of 1200D woven polyester, and has stood up well in the pasture environment, taking on the playful antics of my horse's pasture pals. The inner layer is a rip stop nylon, that is easily kept clean. The blanket is a midweight with 220 grams of insulation, which when the weather got really cold (-20+) was plenty when another light underlayer was added. I love that is is waterproof and breathable. Even with a back seam, this blanket has kept my guy dry all winter. This blanket is easy to care for and keep clean. I love the 'V-fit' at the withers, which provides a pressure free fit and nearly eliminates wear on the mane. Scheider's has an 'adjustafit system' on their sheets and blankets, which allows you to fit the neck opening to the horse, another plus. This blanket has shoulder gussets, which I like. These blankets also come already fit with rubber rings on the hooks to keep them from coming undone.
Dislikes: The only negatives I have noted are: 1) that these blankets could be cut a little deeper for bigger horses. Although there is plenty of room in the body, it would be nice if there was a little more length to the skirt. However, I venture to say that folks with smaller, more compact horses would likely see that as a fault. 2) no color choice when selecting a closed front. This didn't matter to me, but it may to some people.
Quality: I am very impressed with the quality of the materials and workmanship, which are excellent. This blanket has held up well with normal care. This blanket has proven to be very durable.
Summary: This blanket has proven to be a very good purchase. The purchase price is very fair at about $100. I believe this blanket will last a long time, based on how it has performed and held up over the harsh winter we have had. I highly recommend both the blanket and the vendor!
Usefulness Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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