Is there anything better than getting to the barn, seeing that your horse has almost tore the tail flap off of his new heavyweight blanket, shrugging, and getting a brand new one for free?
|This is what greeted me when I got to the barn last night.|
No, no there isn't.
Let me start by saying I'm a huge fan of Rambo blankets, they fit Connor incredibly well, but I can't afford to replace them if they rip. I'm also a huge fan of independent retailers like Riding Warehouse over SmartPak just on principle. That's a long story.
But both those things said - enter the SmartPak Ultimate Turnout. I've had the sheet for a year (used it with the Rambo liners all winter last year), and I've had the heavyweight for about a month.
|Smartpak heavy with Amigo neck altered to fit the non-matching blanket cause I'm not made of money. (It's on the list. When there's a clearance sale.)|
If you're not familiar with them, they're made of 1600 denier ballistic nylon, supposed to be indestructible (ah but nothing is), and the best part - SmartPak will replace them an unlimited number of times for ten years. A DECADE. It doesn't matter if it rips wide open or a tiny little tear, if the waterproofing wears out, if a strap breaks, whatever. They'll replace it, literally no questions asked in my experience.
I've replaced one so far, the sheet. It wasn't even the sheet's fault, I just ordered the wrong size and didn't come to terms with that decision until Connor had worn it 24/7 for a month. SmartPak's answer? "Sure, no problem! Just get it reasonably clean and send it back."
|The original too-big sheet that Smartpak exchanged for a smaller size - they fit true to size, which means size down 3" from what your horse wears in Rambo/Amigo.|
When I said, "This is my horse's only blanket, is there any way you can send me the new one before I send the old one back?" They said "Sure! We'll send you a new one and put a temporary charge on your credit card which will be refunded in full when we get the old one back."
|Erm, his blankets, uh, get put through a lot, and this is the first time I've had to replace one due to it ripping.|
So let's do some math. I paid $125 for the heavy. Say he totally destroys it once a year for ten years, I've paid a total of $125 over ten years or $12.50 per year to blanket my horse, and on top of that, he pretty much always has a brand new blanket, so no re-waterproofing or anything.
Compare that 10 year price to a heavy Rambo - if he destroys a Rambo heavyweight once a winter for ten winters, and I find a really good deal on a Rambo at $200 per blanket every year, I would have paid $2,000 over ten years or $200 per year to blanket my horse! $125 vs $2,000 - there is just no way I can say no when the math is that good and they fit him really well with no rubbing.
(I know Rambos typically last longer than one season, but in my hypothetical example, both the SmartPak blanket and the Rambo are getting shredded once per year - come on, we all know horses like that!)
Have any of you tried out the SmartPak Ultimate Turnout?