Pony trekking and product testing in Yorkshire

What better way to spend a weekend than testing new outdoor gear and forcing Alex and my sister to come horse riding with me?! Perfect.

The outdoor kit in question was from Aldi from their new outdoor range that launched last week. Now I will be honest, I would never normally think of buying waterproof clothing from Aldi, seeing it more as a cheap place to buy sun-dried tomatoes, nuts and seeds from, rather than technical clothing – but never say never!

A weekend in the Yorkshire dales visiting my Granny gave us loads of time for being outdoorsy and testing out the new waterproof jacket and trousers kindly provided. On to the pony trekking…

Kilnsey riding and trekking centre is where we chose to go for our pony trek. I had a look online beforehand and saw they offered treks for complete beginners so booked us in.

Pony trekking Yorkshire

 

Horse riding in Yorkshire

Alex was on Gloria, Emma on Ruby and I was on Ryan. We didn’t manage to capture a photo of all three of us together but you get the picture. Ryan was a proper cobby fell pony with a long straggly mane and big feathery feet.

We set off – well Alex and Gloria set off first unintentionally until the leader chased after them – towards the Yorkshire Dales. It was a short walk out of the village of Conistone and up a farm track to reach the moors. Our two guides were great jumping on and off their ponies to open the gates for us all!

We headed through fields full of pheasant and grouse, up the cobble tracks and underneath Cool Scar Crag. It was a great viewpoint to see the Yorkshire Dales and Kilnsey Crag from. The horses were really safe and happy to follow along behind one another  and the ride was definitely suitable for beginners.

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Emma riding Ruby
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Alex and Gloria about to trek over the medieval bridge

On to the product testing…

Style: I like the colours of the jackets, they’re bright and vibrant (although the purple jacket with my purple jodhpurs did make me look like a Ribena berry!) I also enjoyed the reflective strips, really useful for cycling to work as the days get duller.

Fit: as a tall girl it can be tricky buying clothes without trying them on first so I was pleasantly surprised with how well the jacket and trousers fit. The arms and legs are long enough without the rest of it being too loose. Alex did wear his jacket whilst doing the three peaks on Sunday though and found it “flapped a bit like a sail” when running.

Technical properties: the one stand out flaw in the product for me is that it does not stuff in to a bag or pocket. The one reason we love cagoules in this country is the fact you can carry it with you when it is sunny and get it out as soon as the weather turns bad – they’ve missed an obvious trick here!

Waterproofing: Ironically, it didn’t rain at all this weekend (the last product review we did, it chucked it down) so we took measures in to our own hands to test the waterproofing.

The result was good – Alex managed to remain dry whilst doing the ‘shower test’. However when it comes to the durability of the coat and trousers we’re not quite convinced. The material feels like it might be a waterproof coating rather than a waterproof material but only time will tell.

Price: for £12.99 for the jacket and £9.99 for the trousers you really can’t go wrong. They do as it says on the tin – keep you dry and warm. They’d be perfect for day trips and walking holidays and stack up compared to the likes of Decathlon and other budget sports gear.

We’ve been told once they’re gone – they’re gone! So if you want to get your hands on an Aldi Specialbuy bargain for the rainy months to come, get down to Aldi quick! (The outdoor range went on sale on Thursday 11th Sept).

New - Aldi outdoor gear
Obviously we couldn’t write this blog without bit of a catalogue pose…
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