Now, most of the products I review are new; this blanket, on the other hand, I have had for about 10 months. Blankets are something I feel you can’t entirely tell the quality of by the first few fits, but rather with a season of wear. There are a lot of things to consider, fit, durability, warmth and waterproofing. I would like to add, this blanket is now listed as the Greenhawk Summit North Combo Turnout Blanket 100GM W/ Liner 200GM. I cannot guarantee that my blanket or experience with the blanket will be the same as this year’s design but from photos and details, I can assume they are very similar if not the same. I bought the Shedrow 3 in 1 combo blanket (what it was called previously) with the idea that it would be versatile for several weather conditions, 1200 denier, 100-gram waterproof outer layer or ‘shell’ with detachable 100-gram hood, then attachable 200-gram liner. Both pieces can be worn separately, or combined with a total weight of 300 grams. I bought this blanket with the appeal that during slightly chillier days where a rain sheet was not adequate, I could use the 100-gram shell along with the hood. I also had in mind that the 200-gram layer would be a nice feature in layering under other blankets during those lovely -40 celsius winter nights. Then, of course, the all together 300-gram for normal winter weather, say -15 celsius. I purchased this blanket in a 75”, while thinking it might have been a bit big, it would still have had some room for layering.
The fabric of the 100-gram layer feels very durable, I never did and still don’t have a fear of it ripping. Other horses I know who have this blanket, theirs have still held up showing no indication of damage. The fabric of the liner is different than any other blanket I have had, it isn’t a soft cotton or ‘comforter blanket’ (as I like to describe them) kind of feel; but rather a stiff, slippery, plastic polyester kind of feeling. I think you can probably make an assumption on the texture from the photo above.
Something I love about this blanket that many don’t have is the clip front, so convenient. I can’t tell you how many times I have been swearing like a sailor doing and undoing buckles in the middle of winter. The 200-gram liner has a nice, huge piece of padded fleece at the wither, which I think is fantastic. The hood is secured onto the blanket by a large piece of velcro, as well as the liner is secured into the blanket by clips on the rear of the blanket, and velcro tabs at the front of the blanket. It also has fluorescent pieces on the hind end for extra visibility and really secure clips at the back to connect the 200-gram to the 100-gram.
Something important I would like to add about this blanket is that it does not come with leg straps, but instead a rubberized tail cord. I choose not to use the tail cord because it was wider than her hind end hence not making it particularly stable for keeping the blanket in place. Several people I know have also done the same thing by swapping the tail cord for leg straps, but it just comes down to personal preference. It’s a great tail cord though! Unfortunately, I do not have a picture of it.
Fit and Feel
This blanket is great for length and body but I do find that it does fit larger in the chest, and the hood is longer than her neck. She might not have the longest neck in the world but I haven’t had a problem before with hoods going over her ears. This was something she found uncomfortable at first, so I would roll it down for her, but she has since gotten used to her ears occasionally getting stuck underneath. I just tell her she looks like a little nun. 🙂 A bonus though is that the hood does not slide back, which has been a frustration with other blankets. The blanket is roomie in the body and seems comfortable to wear. Again, really appreciating the thick padded fleece on the 200-gram liner. With both layers intact it feels quite heavy, so I really appreciate the fleece to bare the pressure against the skin.
I think this blanket as just a 100-gram is very useful, I love having it on those cooler fall days and the hood is great against the rain. Something about the hood I don’t like, though not uncommon, is how open it is. I feel I have become a bit snobbish in comparison to my Horze Avalanche Heavyweight Combo Winter Blanket 350-gram (review coming soon!) where there is a nice tightly wrapped hood.
The Shedrow Summit North Combo hood only comes in I believe 100-grams, but truthfully it feels like there is next to no filling in it. It’s open and thin, so I consider it more of a barrier from the wind and rain than extra warmth. There is clearly a distinction from the winter fuzz growing on her neck to the hair growing on her body because of this coverage difference.
A concern I do have about this blanket is breathability. It does fit a bit larger in her chest and the hood is open so that allows for airflow, but due to the type of material the liners are made of, it fails in comparison to a cotton lined blanket. The few times I have been running late to the barn on a warm day when she has started to sweat a bit, the sweat does seem to stick to the liner as opposed to somewhat absorb as it would with a cotton liner. Because of this, I do find that the inside of the blanket does get dirtier and stickier a bit faster than a normal blanket. Despite this, a bonus to this material is that in the hood it does not rub out her mane but instead keeps it nice and smooth, tangle free and therefore appearing to grow faster.
I do think this blanket is good, and this opinion I am about to express might be an individual thing, but it caused me to buy another blanket. IT DOES NOT KEEP HER WARM. I had bought this blanket with the expectation that it would be my heavy winter blanket, with the exception of -30 where additional blankets are needed. Now she is a little Arabian, who gets a cozy pony coat but I acknowledge not as thick as some weathered Quarter Horses. I had this blanket on, all layers at -15. I was so unimpressed to stick my arm under and feel she was as cold as the air around me. I have instead been using it as a medium weight, currently, she has been wearing it for around -7 at night. Though when I come in the morning and it is -2, she is not overheated or sweating but merely cozy to the touch.
I met someone else who has a smoother coated Arabian and she dealt with the same problem and has had to blanket more extensively in colder months. It should be added, neither of us shaves our horses, in which extra blanketing would be necessary. I find the material on the blanket does not hold warmth as you touch it, its plastic feel always reminded me of the inside of a freezer bag.
Though on the plus side, for waterproof or snow proof, this blanket really does stand up. I have never had water seep through. Now I do reapply a waterproof coating to my blankets after washing them, but even still, the fabric has proven to be resilient.
Another note about this blanket in the several months I have had it is how it has faded. I can acknowledge that fading is part of the natural wear-and-tear process, but I always found it odd how the hood and blanket (which have never been separated mind you) have faded into two separate colours. Obviously, this has to do with dye lot, but to me, it also says something about the consistency of the product. But of course, this is all just purely aesthetic.
I bought this blanket during a Greenhawk sale, where I got a very good deal on it, I believe around 40% off. The blanket currently is running for $279 plus taxes, I personally feel this is expensive for a Shedrow brand especially because I cant confidently say it will keep your horse warm in harsher winter temperatures. But, I do think that is a well-made blanket; definitely, a better one that I have seen come out of the Shedrow line. Having bought it on sale, I do think I have got my money’s worth in that I have used it for a variety of weather conditions. I do believe she is comfortable in it; not appearing to feel restricted, consistently lying down comfortably and there are never any signs of chafing. I do wish the hood was lined heavier or if possible had a liner with it, but I like how it lets her mane grow and stay silky. If you are looking for a medium weight and a lightweight blanket, and have no problem layering in colder months, then go for it! But if have a smoother coated, less woolly horse I would not count on this being your -20 something blanket.
Always get back on,
*The opinions shared in this blog are of my own, and not a reflection of the company or its current and future products