While there is no dearth of riding shirts, one particular style of riding shirts has emerged as the clear front runner. Whether you like the Wellington Collection Extreme Air Shirt or the Bette and Court Swing Shirt or the EIS Swing Shirt, they are all slights variations on the same basic style. The riding shirts are made from light weight fabric. The shirts all feature the signature mesh on the underside of the arms. This feature aids primarily in the airflow to reduce perspiration. Also, all these shirts have built-in UV protection.
When one style of shirts becomes so dominant that you see virtually rider wear it, it is time for change. Not that there is anything wrong with these shirts, but as they say, there is always room for improvement. And that is exactly what Kastel did.
Two-Tone Performance Riding Shirt by Kastel Denmark
The shirt (and in fact the entire Kastel brand) is the brain-child of famous dressage rider, Charlotte Jorst. In addition to being a busy dressage competitor, Charlotte has managed to juggle other successful ventures. Her latest is Kastel Denmark. According to Charlotte, these shirts are great for anyone that spends time outdoors. The shirts offer all the protection that of the above mentioned shirts, but have a very distinguishing edge. That edge comes from the fabric being quite a bit lighter. When you are riding (or any outdoor sports for that matter), the lighter the shirt, the better your ability to move.
The Kastel shirt comes in very attractive color schemes. The two tone design of the shirt is eye-catching and refreshing in a sea of solid colored shirts. The different colors options and trims are a welcome change to the white and beige colors we are used to seeing on the showgrounds. The shirt sizing is a bit on the smaller size. That applies mostly to the Small Size shirt.
The Kastel shirts also addressed an important problem that the other brands did not. The wrist band sleeve is now elastic on the Kastel shirts. This means that it ill not get in the way when gripping the reins or any wrist movement. This small change is a fantastic idea.
All in all, this shirt has been a hit at Wellington WEF so far in the pre-season. Here are a few pictures of the shirts.
The shirt is priced at the very attractive price of $75. Stop by the TACKNRIDER WEF Trailer or the TACKNRIDER store in Wellington, or order online at the TACKNRIDER website.