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Weatherbeeta ComFiTec 600D/Mesh II Combo Neck fly rug: first look


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  • Weatherbeeta ComFiTec 600D/Mesh II Combo Neck fly rug

    Score

    9/10
    • Fit:
      9/10
    • Performance:
      10/10
    • Durability:
      10/10
    • Value:
      8/10

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Clever design features
    • Stands up to spring showers

    Cons

    • Neck could be slightly longer

    Manufacturer:

    WeatherBeeta

    Price as reviewed:

    £129.99

    Weatherbeeta ComFiTec 600D/Mesh II Combo Neck fly rug

    My first impressions of the Weatherbeeta waterproof fly rug were very positive and having used the rug for a number of weeks, I’m still a fan. It is quite lightweight, but has proven to be hard wearing with good quality fastenings that are to the task. The material is very soft and pliable from first wear and the rug contours well around the horse’s body. It also has some clever design features, including a memory foam pad that sits either side of the withers to reduce pressure on this sensitive area, which is a new design addition that was not included in the previous version of this rug (Weatherbeeta ComFiTec 600D/Mesh Combo).

    This is a full-neck fly rug with waterproof panel across the back and top of the neck to protect against the rain during spring, summer and autumn, which makes it a useful addition to any horse owner’s equine wardrobe in Britain. However, it is also suitable for use as a standard fly rug on dry days. My horse has not shown any signs of sweating while wearing this rug on warmer dry spring days, and it has kept his back and neck dry when it has rained.

    Weatherbeeta ComFiTec 600D/Mesh II Combo Neck fly rug

    The neck and front fastenings

    The front of the rug has a combination of clip and Velcro fastenings. The clips are easy to use and feel robust. The neck has two wide webbing straps that pass through metal fasteners before attaching back on themselves with Velcro. Each strap is shaped at the end, which makes them easier to pass through the metal fastener.

    Weatherbeeta ComFiTec 600D/Mesh II Combo Neck fly rug

    The rug has a “traditional side gusset” on the shoulder to allow the horse to move around without restriction in the field and the shoulders are lined to “help prevent rubbing or stretching”. After a few weeks use the rug has retained its shape and there are no signs of rubbing on my horse’s shoulders. The sides of the rug are sufficiently deep to wrap around the horse’s belly area, while the surcingles run under the belly parallel to each other, instead of following the more common cross pattern. There are webbing loops attached to the rug that the adjustable surcingles pass through to encourage the material to shape itself around the horse’s ribcage and offer fly protection to the belly area. This is a change in design compared to the previous version of this rug, which had a separate elasticated and adjustable belly wrap, and I believe it is a significant improvement.

    Weatherbeeta ComFiTec 600D/Mesh II Combo Neck fly rug

    The rug wraps under the horse’s belly

    The rear of the rug has a generously sized tail flap and detachable rear leg straps that are elasticated at one end to help keep the rug in place. Personally I prefer a single fillet string to secure the back of the rug, but so far I have tested this rug with the rear leg straps as supplied and it has not slipped during use. I now intend to replace the rear leg straps with a single fillet string to see if the security of the rug is affected when the rear leg straps are removed. The rear leg straps are adjustable and the clips appear to be robust and easy to use.

    Weatherbeeta ComFiTec 600D/Mesh II Combo Neck fly rug

    The generous tail flap

    I am testing the 6ft6in rug on my 16.2 Irish Sport Horse and I feel the sizing of the rug is pretty true. He appears to be very happy to move around in the field wearing the rug, which was good to see. The rug is currently showing no signs of wear. I’ve not had an issues with static when removing the rug, which can be an issue with some fly rugs.

    Verdict

    While not the cheapest on the market, this is a good quality fly rug that offers protection from both flies and damp weather.

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    What is a first look review?

    These are our first impressions of a piece of kit or clothing based on spending some time with it. We will have had our hands on it and given it a really thorough going over before trying it on ourselves or our horses and using it. The information we can give you after this first look will give you some sense of what it’s like to use, even if it’s only an initial view. As soon as we’ve given it a more thorough test, we will update the review with a full scoring and additional thoughts.

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    Who tested this waterproof fly rug?

    Carol Phillips is Horse & Hound’s website editor, who has ridden since childhood. She has a seven-year-old Irish Sport Horse who has put this rug to the test.


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