Any outside activity you perform is going to have to be done in cold at some point. But where normally any old jacket will do, horse riding lovers may wish to take on the more traditional, realistic style of the Hacking jacket.
A hacking jacket is simply a version of a sports jacket. In contrast to what may be considered ‘sporty’ these days, sports jackets were not made of advanced, breathable, rip-proof components to be used while running or training. It established part of a smart-casual look used by gentry while out tracking or indulging in other outside actions, hence the name.
Sports jackets look and feel like the top half of a complete suit – but they won’t come with matching pants and are usually available in an comprehensive variety of materials. Variations in colors, styles and model make them somewhat more light-hearted than suit jackets, but they are still smart looking. the tough material is very rigid and makes the person feel comfortable and safe, and keeps them warm also. There are several variants of a sports jacket, designed or suitable for different sports and adventures.
A shooting jacket is generally used for shooting indoor and for hunting in wilds, with leather stitched on to places that come into contact with shotgun or weapon parts. This is to make the jacket more durable and resistive to the shocks on the special spots. Then there’s the blazer, a designed cover with origins in yachting – but it doesn’t actually carry any feature these days that straight feature it to the sport.
A hacking jacket is preferred amongst horse riders. It is often made of tweed with a single vent. A vent is a small cunt near the end of the jacket, making the riding much easier, but vents can be found on many types of jackets these days. They improve the dangle of a jacket when worn sat down or when pockets are being used. The pockets on a hacking jackets are angled, so that when a rider is bending forward on their seat the material in the pockets cant fell.
A hacking jacket for riding is generally made of bulkier, tougher wool or made of wool and tweed, but light choices are also available. Many feature weather proofing in key areas and have varying pocket options depending on your needs – traditionally, a third pocket is added above one of the main pockets. Some manufacturers are able to make a jacket to order for a perfect fit, or to use specialist materials.
As a hacking jacket is a requirement for many equestrian events, the look and cut are just as important as the functionality of it. Their quality and unique features make them sought after as fashion garments too.