This winter has delivered one thing, time and time again – rain. Whilst there have been cold nights and lots of places saw snow in early December, the forecast seems to have been dominated by rain, and the countryside is swimming with water. If you’re a horse owner, work outdoors or spend hours every week walking your dog, you won’t need us to tell you about the mud… Mud, glorious mud – it’s a feature of every winter in the UK, but this year it’s starting to take over! Field gates are like swamps, the grass squelches underfoot and even if you’re lucky enough to have gravel tracks and hardstanding, the heavens will probably open again soon! That’s why it’s so important to choose clothing and footwear that’s fit for purpose. As the old saying goes, ‘there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes…
Here at Toggi our aim is simple – we want to strike the perfect balance between style and substance. We want to offer our customers products that they love to wear, and that keep them warm and dry when the winter weather bites. In this blog, we’re taking a closer look at the technical details of our products that ensure you’re comfortable, no matter what. We’re so proud of our products and know that our customers love them too – because they work! Let’s take a closer look at what you can expect from our collections:
Clothing to tackle the winter blues
There’s no need to fear the wind, cold and rain when you step outside, because our clothing is packed with features to ensure you stay shielded from the elements. You’ll find jackets, such as the Saturn Waterproof Jacket, that are designed for riding, active dog walks and other outdoor activities. This style features a waterproof fabric and zips as well as taped seams to keep the rain and wind out. We’ve added a light padding too, enough to keep the cold at bay but not so thick you’re sweating in the saddle during a lesson.
If you suffer from cold legs in winter, and it’s your worst nightmare to get rained on when you’re out riding, our legwear can ride to the rescue! Our Delta Full Seat Breeches are a firm customer favourite in the winter months, with a fleece lining to keep you warm and a waterproof coating to keep the rain away from your skin. Or, if you prefer something a little more heavy duty, our Torrent Overtrousers are designed to be layered over breeches. We’ve thought of everything, and as well as being waterproof to help keep you dry even in the most torrential downpours, they are rustle-proof too. If you’re breaking youngsters or have very fresh horses in the winter, you’ll love this feature!
Away from the yard, our stylish country clothing still boasts plenty of technical features to help you banish the winter blues. For those days when it’s downright freezing, our Maple Long Padded Coat has incredibly light padding that will keep you oh-so snug, and it’s made from recycled materials. It’s also coated with a repellent coating to ensure you don’t wind up soggy in a passing shower. Or, our Cedar Waterproof Coat combines style and serious substance, with a storm shield to keep rain from dripping onto your thighs and light padding for warmth. On the style front, we adore the leaf print lining and contrasting inner placket.
Layer up to beat the elements
We design our clothing so that it can be easily worn together to keep you comfortable no matter what the weather does. That’s why you’ll find base layers, mid layers, gilets, sweaters, fleeces and jackets when you browse the full Toggi clothing collection. If you find it hard to stay comfortable when an average winter day might see you mucking out, sweeping up, riding, holding a horse for the vet, cleaning tack and running errands, you need a decent layering system. Our Gamma Performance Layer is designed to keep you warm when you need it, with a soft brushed inner, but the zip neck and breathable fabric will let heat and moisture escape too! We all know that lots of layers can leave you feeling about as sleek and flexible as a snowman, which is why we use technical fabrics that work together and stretch elements too. Shop the Polaris Hybrid Gilet to see what we mean!
Winter adventures with warm, dry feet
It’s hard to stay cheerful and enjoy a country adventure, day out competing with your horse or even a walk to the pub if you have cold, wet feet. That’s why we pay close attention to all our footwear, so that you can pull on our boots and shoes knowing that they work as hard as you do. This year we launched our Barnsdale Wellington Boots, a unisex welly that’s handcrafted from rubber and packed with features to keep you comfortable. There’s 4mm neoprene to keep the cold at bay, a dual density cushioned sole to absorb shock and an adjustable gusset for the perfect fit. With three colours to choose from in a huge range of styles, you might just have found your new favourite wellies…
Our award-winning Canyon Boot, which has been a best-seller for over 15 years, boasts a cushioned inner sole, flexible and lightweight outer sole and Puratex breathable and waterproof membrane for all-day comfort. Even our paddock boots are designed to ensure your feet are supported with a contoured footbed and with ballistic nylon panels on the outer, they’re designed to last. Our Avebury long leather riding boots, made from premium full grain leather, have a waterproof and breathable membrane to the ankle to keep you dry when the yard is full of puddles.
So, whether you’re looking to beat the weather with waterproof fabrics and taped seams, or you suffer from the cold and need clothing designed to keep you warm no matter what, turn to Toggi to help! Our website is bursting with clothing, accessories and footwear designed to tick all the boxes and make you feel great. Why not give us a try this winter and embrace the cold, damp and windy weather with our technical clothing and footwear?