Bucas Smartex Extra Turnout Blanket is rated
Rated 3 out of
A little too complicated to work
This sheet looks great, is made with excellent materials, looks to be sewn together really well. But there is a big drawback that make me give it only an average rating. The fleecy liner which is part of their "Smartex" design (which is supposed to wick away moisture so that you can put it on a wet / sweaty horse) makes it not at all slippery along their body. In fact it really fights against the back and side coat; imagine a fabric with a heavy nap working against the nap of another fabric opposing it. The problem with this is that when the horse puts his head down to eat off the ground, for example, there is no forward give at all of the sheet. It looks very uncomfortable to wear in that posture, with the chest and withers straining against the blanket in a way I've never observed in another sheet / blanket. I wouldn't say it actually stopped my horse from eating (that would be impressive!), but I think it would make for a really long day, and a much longer winter. Unfortunately I did not notice this drawback until after we'd used the sheet for a couple of nights and so I can't return it. Off to the consignment shop it will go... And it was really expensive so I'm pretty bummed.
Because we only used it for a couple of days I can't actually say how waterproof, rip-resistant, or effective the advertised wicking is.
Date published: 2019-11-10