It is high time that I finish my review of my Romfh Feather-Lite Dressage Coat (http://www.romfh.com/show-coats/romfh-feather-lite-dressage-coat-202041). I’ve been able to use it at two full weekend shows, and it has been laundered, so I feel that I’ve given it a full test drive to give an honest opinion. And my final decision? This coat is well worth the money you will spend on it.
For years I have shown in my very traditional black WOOL dressage coat. This coat has simple buttons and a classic cut. It has served me well and will continue to do so for years to come. But let’s face it, it is WOOL, and I live and show in the mid-Atlantic region which means hot summers with sauna level humidity. Needless to say, I would offer up a happy dance every time coats were waived. Sadly though, as I have aged, I’ve found myself wearing my wool coat even when I could be coat-free. Why? Let’s just say that there might be a little middle-aged spread happening in my abdominal region and the coat does a wonderful job hiding the sins of my overzealous eating and wine habits. So when I saw that Romfh was offering a dressage coat constructed with a micropoly/viscose/lycra fabric, I was excited to give it a try. Breathable fabric?! Yes please!
One thing to keep in mind is that the coat runs small. I ordered a 12 Long since, I have broad shoulders and, as my mother calls them, I have monkey arms. If I wore the coat with only a bra underneath and stood perfectly still with my arms straight by my side, the size 12 fit. Since that would not be practical while astride Ike, I had to send it back for a 14 Long. This time the fit was spot on.
I love the silver-toned buttons down the front that also adorn the sleeves and the back of the jacket. There is a Celtic pattern on the buttons that give some visual interest; Romfh also provides spare buttons just in case one disappears into the sand of the arena. The most exciting discovery for me was finding that the coat has real pockets including one on the interior of the jacket! Finally some place to stash a couple of peppermints, a tissue and a copy of my test.
The fabric is soft to the touch and has some give that allows you to move comfortably. There is a mesh interior which does help with wicking away the sweat and air flow. That being said, the coat is still black and I did still sweat in it. The nice thing is that even when I sweat and rode in the rain on Saturday, the coat was dry Sunday morning by just leaving it hanging in the trailer. How nice to not have to put my arm into a still damp coat sleeve.
I finally decided to take the plunge and wash my coat after my September show. My wool jacket of course is dry clean only. When you read the Romfh care label, it clearly states, “Do Not Dry Clean.” How awesome is that! I followed the instructions, started the washer, and said a prayer that I didn’t ruin my new coat. The coat came out of the washer in one piece. I hung it up overnight to dry. Happy to report that there was no “shrinkage” and my favorite part is that it does not need ironing. 🙂 [I don’t even know where my iron is and do not currently own an ironing board.] Machine-washable show clothes? Who would have thought it would ever happen?!
Looking forward to wearing my Romfh coat at the USDF Region 1 CBLM Championship Show in October. Hoping that my coat brings me the same luck that it did in August and September!