Tongass Rain Riding Skirt- Long

Sale price Price $ 199.00 Regular price

You're going to look forward to bad weather

Because now you can laugh in its face

You know in the movies when the downtrodden hero finally gets their power back and is all, "yeah, come get me now!" to their enemy?

That's going to be you shouting to bad weather once you get your Tongass Rain Riding Skirt.

"I love my riding skirt, it is comfortable and kept me warm and dry as I rode in the rain. It almost makes me look forward to having "bad" weather." - Jerilyn

{Read the other bajillion 5 star reviews below to hear other women calling on the bad weather to bring it!}

Enter our best-selling, multi-season, hero of a riding skirt, the Tongass Rain Riding Skirt!

You're going to wonder how you ever did without it.

Wear over your riding breeches or jeans, the Tongass Rain Riding Skirt is 100% waterproof + breathable and is the definition of essential riding gear.

There's a reason Horse Illustrated said this riding skirt is, "the unlikely invention that could save your life." 

The Tongass Rain Riding Skirt keeps you, your saddle, and your horse's back muscles warm and dry. Put it in your pack or tie in on your saddle to be prepared for whatever weather the trail has in store!

{Read reviews at the bottom of the page}

Custom Tongass Rain Riding Skirts can take 4-6 weeks to make and ship. If you're looking for an in-stock, ready to ship Tongass Rain Skirt check out our in-stock page here.

Why Riding Skirts Work Better

Have you ever noticed that mittens are warmer than gloves? Well, skirts are mittens for your legs. 

Hypothermia is not just a winter risk. Even on a warm summer day, when the bad weather catches you outside, you need to be warm and dry to keep your body temperature in a safe range.

The Tongass Rain Riding Skirt forms a 100% waterproof breathable pocket around your legs and captures the combined total heat from your lower body AND your horse.

So when the wind + rain roll in and the temps drop, ta-dah: INSTANT dry oven (and bonus: that hay you fed your horse to keep him warm is keeping you warm now, too)!

That's like the opposite of double-taxation... double hay benefit-ation. We're going to pretend that's a word.

Pants alone don't stand a chance in bad weather: with pants, your little legs are the sole source of heat with a small tube of fabric around to try and catch it.

(Not to mention most riding pants/jeans aren't waterproof, so the little heat you have is disappearing into the air).

Riding Skirts are bound by the laws of nature to be way warmer than pants alone because you're combining multiple heat sources (you + the horse) and trapping it under one big waterproof air pocket.

{Air pockets trap heat: it's why thermos' keep things hot, mittens are warmer than gloves, and sea otter's fur keeps them toasty in Arctic waters}.

The reasons skirts work better than small heaters in separate pockets (read: pants) is due in thanks to the laws of thermodynamics, the properties of heat convection, and something called the “inevitable heat death of the universe theory.”

We could keep geeking out here, but really, the design of riding skirts are bound to be warmer than any pant alone could be... it's just physics.

Add the mitten design of a skirt to the never-evah gonna soak through shell that covers you, your saddle+bags, and horse's back and you're absolutely weather-proof.

You do still need pants though… we get that question a lot. You’ll have horribly chapped thighs if you don’t.

Layering a waterproof Tongass Rain Riding Skirt over pants gives you all of the close contact your riding pants afford, with the warmth and dryness of a breathable shell on top.

“This may just be the best horse clothing investment I’ve ever made- the skirt is tough, waterproof, and best of all WARM! I can’t get enough of this skirt- I wear it even when I’m not riding!"- Jennifer

Anatomy of a Tongass Rain Riding Skirt

With science on our side with the design, we next created & tested a technical beast of rain gear- the Tongass Rain Riding Skirt:

  • 100% waterproof & breathable. None of this "water-resistant" mumbo-jumbo. Have you every heard of anyone who want to be dry for only a few hours of a storm? No. Thank you. Waterproof means you won't get soaked no matter what.
  • Lined with micro-fleece (except for the Ocean + Currant colors which are lined with mesh). Soooooooooo cozy.
  • "Alaska-proof."Check out the video below of the Alaskan packer who stayed dry as a bone in two weeks of pouring rain in the backcountry.  
  • Works like a quarter sheet on the horses' back. Keeps your saddle, bags, and your horses back warm and dry.
  • Deep cozy fleece pockets. Our pockets are legendary for their coziness.
  • Mounting snaps hold the riding skirt up and open for hands-free mounting. No need to hold your riding skirt up to use it- these are built to work and ride in.
  • 2-way front zipper. You can adjust how open or closed the front opening is depending on weather and your preference.
  • Take on/off while mounted. No need to get off and change when the bad weather comes in- just put it on while you're mounted.
  • Machine Wash & Dry. Get it disgusting and throw it in the washer and dryer, easy-peasy. You have enough things that are hard to clean (horse, saddle blankets, leather, children...)
  • Breakaway leg straps for fast or windy conditions.
  • {Optional $20 add-on} Silver Reflective Piping around the hem. Scroll through pictures for example. Be seen in darker conditions!
  • We donate a portion of the proceeds to the non-profit of your choice. If everyone gives a little, we can change things a whole lot.
  • Color Chart is in the skirt pictures (scroll to the end).

"The most amazing and useful item I have purchased for riding! I love my skirt!" -Lauren

The Arctic Horse Difference

They don't make'em like they used to. But, we do.

  • American made in Alaska
  • Women owned and operated
  • Heritage of quality: our seamstresses have skills handed down to them through hundreds of years of cultural sewing.
  • THEY WORK. Tested in some of most extreme conditions on earth.

We’re American made (and tested!) right here in Alaska. We employ Alaskans and source American-made materials whenever we can.

We’re woman owned and operated! Real women's gear developed for women by women. That statement really doesn't need further explanation as to why that's a very good thing.

I'm sure you've head the term, "they don't make 'em like they used to." Well, we do.

Our seamstress team of Russian Orthodox women have been sewing their own dresses for hundreds of years. Theirs is a heritage of excellent sewing quality not often seen in clothes manufacturing today.

That excellence is reflected in the hundreds of 5 star reviews of our skirts. They're tough, they work, and they're going to do their job so you can do yours.

Amazing + much needed gear, locally made, excellent craftswomanship, and we give back to the community.

How many win-win-wins is that?

We can talk the talk because we’ve walked the walk.

I’m Jen Dushane, the Founder of Arctic Horse. I’m a life-long equestrian and wildlife biologist in Alaska. Translation: that’s a whole lotta bad weather living.

After freezing, getting soaked, and being generally miserable using standard women’s gear women, I developed Arctic Horse All Weather Riding Skirts.

As I was already wrapping blankets tied with baling twine around myself (read: unsafe and ridiculous), I looked down one day and realized, what I really needed was a skirt…

Not because I liked skirts (actually, I never EVER wore skirts), but because they kept me warmer and drier than anything else I’d ever tried.

The Riding Skirts let me work outside and ride my horses in pure comfort.

(Hey, I’d have worn a purple star suit with wings if it gave me more time with my animals… luckily, it didn’t come to that. These are much more attractive than a purple star suit with wings).

"I absolutely LOVE my Narrow Arctic Insulated Riding Skirt. I was first impressed by the prompt, friendly, informative customer service. When the skirt arrived, I was delighted with it's well-made construction and quality materials...Finally, to be able to ride year-round in cozy comfort!" -Tracy

Sizing

Measure, Measure, Measure. Do not go by your standard pant size, pretty please. We have included standard pant size in the chart below to guide you, but please measure yourselves to be sure. We do build these custom for you :)

Remember- these are meant to go OVER your outdoor clothes, so measure yourself over the clothes you want to wear. 

"Waist" is wherever you want the waist of the skirt to sit, only use your actual waist measurement if that's where you want the skirt to sit. Some ladies want the waistband to sit on their hips- if that's the case, you need to measure around your hips and use that as your "waist measurement."

Hips: Our Full Skirts are, well, full, so don't worry about whether or not your hips will fit. Promise, they will!

Skirt Length: we recommend they hit at about the top of your ankle bone. When you order, you'll select your length in the drop-down menu, and we give you a guide to go by your height, but it's WAY BETTER to measure from your where you want the waistband to sit down to the top of your ankle bone. You'll get that length PERFECT, if you do it that way!

If you don't see your size here, we can still make your skirt! Just put your measurements into the textbox at checkout!

Size XXS XS S M L XL 2XL 3XL

Waist (in)

26-28

29-31

32-34

34-36

36-38

38-40

41-43

43-45

Closest Pant Size

0

2

4-6

6-8

8-10

10-12

12-14

14-16

Considerations

~These skirts are worn over your jeans/breeches. There is a built-in 2" stretch in the waistband (see the waist sizes below), however, you still want to measure over your riding/work clothes to get the best estimate of what size you'll need.

~Will you tuck your coat into the waistband or leave it out? Depending on how thick your coat is, your preference could change the size of skirt you need.

If you want a shorter style, check out the Short Tongass Rain Riding Skirt. Or, get both :)

Watch how well the Tongass Rain Riding Skirt performs on a rain-soaked Alaska pack trip:

*Order fulfillment time is 4-6 weeks. Your skirt is handmade in Alaska. Quality takes time, and we sure appreciate your patience and support!

International customers responsible for all custom and duty taxes.

All photos by Gutierrez Photography