Predicting A Heatwave This Winter
This week our guest blogger is Liz Hayman, Head Designer at the British equestrian fashion brand, Equetech. Read her blog about one of the greatest innovations for equestrians, notably those who suffer from the cold - the new Inferno Long Quilted Heated Coat. Find out about the concept behind the coat we all want...
The concept of the Inferno Coat was born one freezing cold morning at the yard a couple of winters ago. I really suffer from the cold and circulation issues, and so I started to explore what was on the market for riders in the way of heated clothing for myself initially. When you own and ride horses, you understand how miserable it is to be cold.
I couldn't find anything stylish or thoughtfully designed with equestrians in mind, so I set about designing a coat that would embrace technology and fashion.
Several samples later, I had the prototype of the Inferno in my hands.
I was hugely excited to see the final sample but keen to try it out on other riders before we committed to the actual production run. I contacted a couple of our riders and asked if they would like to try the sample and to say they were excited by it, was an understatement!
Trying to get the sample back from each rider to give to another to try, proved more challenging than I first thought. So I knew we had something special!
So, what are the key design aspects of the Inferno Heated Coat?
It's super lightweight but incredibly warm, even without the heating. I wanted to create a warm jacket that wasn't bulky and easy to remove when you warmed up. As we all know, stripping off layer upon layer when you are mucking out and then having to put all those layers back on afterwards is a real pain and time-consuming. This coat replaces bulk with warmth and speed.
I put three heated panels in the jacket, one on each thigh and across the lower back. From talking to riders in the design development of the coat, these were the three main body areas that they felt the cold the most when riding in the winter months. I designed a zip pocket so you can house your power bank and all you do is plug the power bank in and select one of the three heat levels by pressing the discreet button in the pocket for continuous heat between 2 - 6 hours, dependent on the setting.
The battery can easily be charged in the car, at home or at the yard and without the heating element, you still have a warm and super stylish coat. The chevron quilt design is flattering, and the two-layer long storm flap conceals our shorter, waisted easy wear YKK durable zip to the front, for simplicity and durability.
I also included a detachable hood with faux fur trim and fleece lining and the coat has deep zip pockets to the front and chest, as well as zip detail to the back which allows for freedom of movement in the saddle.
And finally, because like most of us, I can't stay clean for more than half an hour of arriving at the yard, this coat is also machine washable. Fashion always has to have a function when it comes to equestrian clothing.