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StormShield® VTEK® Marathon Bellyband Turnout Blanket
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    StormShield® VTEK® Marathon Bellyband Turnout Blanket

    • 1680D outercover for exceptional durability
    • Pressure free raised shaped wither extends 6-8" onto the mane
    • Tekno-Dri® climate control inner lining for enhanced breathability
    • High quality of waterproof breathability; bellyband closure for greater warmth and coverage
    • 1680 Denier Ballistic Nylon / Choice of Insulation / Climate Control Inner Lining / Nylon Lining
    • 3 Year Guarantee. Read Warranty
    • Colors: Red/Black, Brown/Black (available in Heavyweight & Midweight only)
    • Sizes: 68, 70, 72, 74, 76, 78, 80, 82, 84, 86
    • Learn more about StormShield® Turnout Blanket Features
    • Learn more about our VTEK® Wither Relief Turnouts
    • Very limited sizes available...HWT sold out
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    Item Options / Availability Quantity Price

    Heavyweight (380 gm)

    #17125
    $219.99 $199.99

    Midweight (220 gm)

    #17126
    $209.99 $189.99

    Lightweight (80 gm)

    #18473
    $189.99 $174.99
    Matching Accessories Options / Availability Quantity Price

    Matching Neck Cover (220 gm)

    $69.99 $64.99

    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    StormShield®StormShield-VTEK-Marathon-Bellyband-Turnout-Blanket--Lightweight
     
    4.8

    (based on 478 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (411)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (62)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (98)
    • Easy to put on (88)
    • Warm (83)
    • Stays in place (80)
    • Waterproof and breathable (78)

    Cons

    • Need more colors (28)

    Best Uses

    • Cold / extreme (144)
    • Everyday wear (74)
    • 24/7 turnout (51)
    • Indoor/outdoor (40)
    • Layering (34)
      • Fit:
      • Feels too small

         

        Feels true to size

         

        92% 

        (81 reviews)

        Feels too big

         
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (94), Yes (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Parent of two or more children (16), Grandparent (9), Medical professional (9), First time parent (3)

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    5.0

    If you need a great blanket buy at sstack

    By Millie

    from Delaware

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Quality, fit, customer service

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

      Comments about StormShield-VTEK-Marathon-Bellyband-Turnout-Blanket--Lightweight:

      These blankets are second to none.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      I loved it but...

      By My horse loved it

      from Massachusetts

      Pros

      • Freedom throughout
      • Great for the cold
      • Love the belly strap
      • Only need 1 on when it's super cold

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Extremely cold weather

        Comments about StormShield® StormShield-VTEK-Marathon-Bellyband-Turnout-Blanket--Lightweight:

        I love this product and I would buy this for every horse in the future, the only problem is that there are hardly any colors. It would be very difficult to distinguish the different blanket because they pretty much only come in red

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Schneiders has the absolute best blankets

        By Happy in SC

        from SC

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable and indestructible

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about StormShield® VTEK® Marathon Bellyband Turnout Blanket - Midweight:

            Stormshield blankets are awesome.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great fit for difficult to fit

            By Rubysmom

            from Rome,Ga

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about StormShield® VTEK® Marathon Bellyband Turnout Blanket - Midweight:

            Thank you for selling belly band blankets that fit my short but long bodied POA.At age 33,he needs a little extra help staying comfortable in the cold and this warm,weatherproof blanket gets it done.Thanks for helping me keep my old friend a little happier and healthier in the cold.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I only buy the Marathon bellybands now.

            By XCtry Girl

            from Rochester, MN

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fits well and doesn't move around

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about StormShield-VTEK-Marathon-Bellyband-Turnout-Blanket--Lightweight:

                I have this same blanket in a med wt and that one has survived 4 Minnesota winters on a horse that comes into a stall at night but does not have outside shelter. I love the adjustability and sturdiness. I love that it has snaps and not buckles for closure on the chest area. The bellyband keeps my old guy warmer and cleaner.

                I would advise you not to buy an SS blanket or sheet with a removable tail flap--one that is velcro'ed into place. The velcro pulls away from the stitching in the washing machine and other horses pull the flap off as a game. I am not sure why SS Tack even offers this "option," but I wish I could wave my wand and make all their sheets and blankets have permanent tail flaps. We live in the Great White North with prairie winds year round. We need those flaps to stay on and last. I end up paying our blanket repair person to sew mine on permanently.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                6 Questions | 8 Answers
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                • Q:

                  Does anyone have experience with this blanket being used by a horse who loves to stand in the pouring rain for hours? I am concerned that water will run down the blanket side and run under the belly band.
                  Asked on 3/24/2016 by Mary from Hillsboro, OR

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    Bellyabnd should be flush to the belly and not loose. This sides are long enough and roll under so the water should come down the side and run off but this is always a possible issue especially in windy blowing rains. We don't hear many complaints.

                    Answered on 3/25/2016 by Customer Service from Chagrin Falls, OH
                • Q:

                  I can't figure out hoe to tighten the belly wrap on her blanket, iWhen I try, it seems to loosen? What am I doing wrong? Does anyone else have this problem?
                  Asked on 2/3/2016 by Sherry.. from Raymond Washington

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    Feed the webbing through the sliders so that the sliders move closer to the bellyband piece, not the t-hook connections.

                    Answered on 2/4/2016 by Customer Service from Chagrin Falls, OH
                • Q:

                  Will this fit horses with normal withers too? They're both quarter horses with low - medium withers but i like the high neck on these and they seem like they'd be more comfortable without the wither pressure.
                  Asked on 9/28/2015 by Brittany

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    This fit is specifically made for horses with large withers. Your horse would be best fit for a Fitted V-Free, such as the Regulator or item #31435. This fit is designed for sloped shoulder and creates a larger neck opening - leaving the mane uncovered. V-Free pressure free wither eliminates pressure points for horses with this build.

                    Answered on 10/15/2015 by Schneider's Customer Service from Chagrin Falls, OH
                • Q:

                  What is anyone's experience with these on a very high withered, older horse? We currently have the 1200D Versatility Fitted V-Free that seems to rub his withers. Do you think this style would work better?
                  Asked on 8/21/2015 by Cohorsequestioner from Colorado

                  3 answers

                  • A:

                    Fits my 29 year old and she wore it almost every day last winter. Just an FYI - I added beet pulp to her feed and her withers filled out. :)

                    Answered on 11/8/2015 by Dana from Kentucky
                  • A:

                    I have had this blanket for years and am ordering another for my 27 year old gelding. This blanket is the best and fits the older guys well. The belly band keeps it in place no matter what he does. He stays warm and dry all winter.

                    Answered on 9/1/2015 by horsecrazy830 from Golden, CO
                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    The VTEK has the highest V-Free room for the horses withers. It also has the longest drop and the most room in the chest and is made for bulkier horses.

                    Answered on 8/24/2015 by Schneider's Customer Service
                • Q:

                  What are the instructions for laundering the StormShield 1680D VTek Marathon Bellyband Turnout?
                  Asked on 7/31/2015 by Sandra

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    Instruction for laundering is with each blanket. It's suggest to wash in a blanket specific was or a light detergent if you must use something.

                    Answered on 7/31/2015 by Schneider's Customer Service
                • StormShield® VTEK® Waterproof / Breathable Turnout Neck Cover

                  Q:

                  Does this connect to the blanket? I was hoping it would solve the problem of the hole created by the adjustable neck and the rain running under the blanket. But if there is no connection then it might pull above the neck of the blanket, especially since there is bulk created by the adjustable neck.
                  Asked on 2/22/2015 by Barb from Oak Ridge, NC

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    This neck cover connects to the StormShield® VTEK® Marathon Bellyband Turnouts and StormShield® VTEK® Marathon Surcingle Turnouts with 4 of the D rings placed around the neck opening, 2 on each side.

                    Answered on 2/23/2015 by E. Schwartz from Schneiders Saddlery
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                How to Measure for a Horse Blanket:

                How to Measure for a Horse Blanket
                • For best fit, stand horse squarely.
                • Measure from center of chest to edge of tail.
                • Take care to measure along the widest part of the shoulder and hindquarters.
                • The blanket measurement result is the blanket size.
                • If your measurement is in between sizes, round up to the next blanket size. Example: 73" = Size 74.

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                Blanket Warmth Guide

                Durability Guide

                General Guide for Blanket Durability
                If you have any questions about this product or a type of fit, please contact us at 1-800-365-1311 or service@sstack.com
                1680D Ballistic Nylon or
                1680D Nylon
                3 Year Exceptional Durability Recommended for horses that are hard on blankets or turned out with other horses who may bite or pull at blanket.
                1680D Woven Poly or 1200D High Count Ripstop Nylon 2 Year Superior Durability Recommended to withstand the demands of turnout.
                1200D Ripstop Poly 1 Year Good Durability Recommended for horses easy on blankets. Occasional or monitored turnout. Picket line use.
                Economy 1200D Ripstop Poly 30 Day Standard Durability Recommended for horses easy on blankets.
                600D 30 Day Standard Durability Recommended for Spring/Fall when grass is available and horse does not test blanket. Picket line use.
                D = Denier

                Turnout Fit Guide

                How well a blanket fits your horse is important. Good fit equals comfort. Comfort enhances durability.

                This illustration demonstrates where each blanket cut begins on your horse's neck. Other style differences are outlined below.

                VTEK® V-Free™

                Raised, shaped area over the withers. Contoured over the back and hindquarters.

                Euro

                No back seam, straight line over the withers and back. Contoured over the hindquarters.

                Fitted V-Free™

                Raised, shaped wither up to the start of the mane. Contoured over the back and hindquarters.

                Cutback

                Cutback at withers. Contoured over the back and hindquarters.

                  Stormshield®
                  Vtek® V-Free™
                FRONT CLOSURE Snap front w/ Velcro assist
                NECK & SHOULDER COVERAGE Small neck opening, upright neck line covers shoulders and withers fully
                MANE COVERAGE Extends 6-8" onto mane
                CONSTRUCTION OVER WITHERS Full coverage, raised, shaped and pressure-free
                FLEECE AT WITHERS No
                ADJUSTA-FIT® Yes
                GUSSETS Forward and extended
                GIRTH Crisscross surcingle or bellyband
                BACK Contour shaped w/ sealed seams
                DROP ON SIDES Graded to size
                HINDQUARTERS Contour fit w/ sealed seams
                TAIL COVER Attached
                WATERPROOF BREATHABLE High level
                LEG STRAPS Detachable elastic
                  Stormshield®
                  Euro
                FRONT CLOSURE Snap front w/ Velcro assist
                NECK & SHOULDER COVERAGE Small neck opening, upright neck line covers shoulders and withers fully
                MANE COVERAGE Extends 4-6" onto mane
                CONSTRUCTION OVER WITHERS Straight, no seam
                FLEECE AT WITHERS Yes
                ADJUSTA-FIT® No
                GUSSETS Forward and extended
                GIRTH Crisscross surcingle or bellyband
                BACK Straight, no seam
                DROP ON SIDES Graded to size
                HINDQUARTERS Contour fit w/ sealed seams
                TAIL COVER Attached
                WATERPROOF BREATHABLE Mid to high level
                LEG STRAPS Detachable elastic
                  Stormshield®
                  Fitted V-Free™
                FRONT CLOSURE Snap front w/ Velcro assist, closed front or 2 buckle open front w/ Velcro assist
                NECK & SHOULDER COVERAGE Large neck opening, sloped neck line covers shoulders and withers up to start of mane
                MANE COVERAGE Leaves mane uncovered
                CONSTRUCTION OVER WITHERS Partial coverage, raised, shaped and pressure-free
                FLEECE AT WITHERS No
                ADJUSTA-FIT® Yes
                GUSSETS Forward and extended
                GIRTH Crisscross surcingle or bellyband
                BACK Contour shaped w/sealed seams
                DROP ON SIDES Graded to size
                HINDQUARTERS Contour fit w/ sealed seams
                TAIL COVER Detachable w/ double Velcro
                WATERPROOF BREATHABLE High level
                LEG STRAPS Detachable elastic
                  Stormshield®
                  Cutback
                FRONT CLOSURE Snap front w/ Velcro assist or closed front
                NECK & SHOULDER COVERAGE Large neck opening, sloped neck line cut back for withers
                MANE COVERAGE Leaves mane uncovered
                CONSTRUCTION OVER WITHERS Cutback
                FLEECE AT WITHERS No
                ADJUSTA-FIT® Yes
                GUSSETS Forward and extended
                GIRTH Crisscross surcingle
                BACK Contour shaped w/sealed seams
                DROP ON SIDES Graded to size
                HINDQUARTERS Contour fit w/ sealed seams
                TAIL COVER Detachable w/ double Velcro
                WATERPROOF BREATHABLE High level
                LEG STRAPS Detachable elastic
                  Dura-Tech®
                  Euro
                FRONT CLOSURE 2 buckle open front w/Velcro assist
                NECK & SHOULDER COVERAGE Small neck opening, upright neck line covers shoulders and withers fully
                MANE COVERAGE Extends 4-6" onto mane
                CONSTRUCTION OVER WITHERS Straight, no seam
                FLEECE AT WITHERS Yes
                ADJUSTA-FIT® No
                GUSSETS Forward and extended
                GIRTH Crisscross surcingle
                BACK Straight, no seam
                DROP ON SIDES Graded to size
                HINDQUARTERS Contour fit w/ sealed seams
                TAIL COVER Attached
                WATERPROOF BREATHABLE Mid to high level
                LEG STRAPS Detachable elastic
                  Stormshield® Stormshield® Stormshield® Stormshield® Dura-Tech®
                  Vtek® V-Free™ Euro Fitted V-Free™ Cutback Euro
                FRONT CLOSURE Snap front w/ Velcro assist Snap front w/ Velcro assist Snap front w/ Velcro assist, closed front or 2 buckle open front w/ Velcro assist Snap front w/ Velcro assist or closed front 2 buckle open front w/Velcro assist
                NECK & SHOULDER COVERAGE Small neck opening, upright neck line covers shoulders and withers fully Small neck opening, upright neck line covers shoulders and withers fully Large neck opening, sloped neck line covers shoulders and withers up to start of mane Large neck opening, sloped neck line cut back for withers Small neck opening, upright neck line covers shoulders and withers fully
                MANE COVERAGE Extends 6-8" onto mane Extends 4-6" onto mane Leaves mane uncovered Leaves mane uncovered Extends 4-6" onto mane
                CONSTRUCTION OVER WITHERS Full coverage, raised, shaped and pressure-free Straight, no seam Partial coverage, raised, shaped and pressure-free Cutback Straight, no seam
                FLEECE AT WITHERS No Yes No No Yes
                ADJUSTA-FIT® Yes No Yes Yes No
                GUSSETS Forward and extended Forward and extended Forward and extended Forward and extended Forward and extended
                GIRTH Crisscross surcingle or bellyband Crisscross surcingle or bellyband Crisscross surcingle or bellyband Crisscross surcingle Crisscross surcingle
                BACK Contour shaped w/ sealed seams Straight, no seam Contour shaped w/sealed seams Contour shaped w/sealed seams Straight, no seam
                DROP ON SIDES Graded to size Graded to size Graded to size Graded to size Graded to size
                HINDQUARTERS Contour fit w/ sealed seams Contour fit w/ sealed seams Contour fit w/ sealed seams Contour fit w/ sealed seams Contour fit w/ sealed seams
                TAIL COVER Attached Attached Detachable w/ double Velcro Detachable w/ double Velcro Attached
                WATERPROOF BREATHABLE High level Mid to high level High level High level Mid to high level
                LEG STRAPS Detachable elastic Detachable elastic Detachable elastic Detachable elastic Detachable elastic
                VTEK V-FREE turnout blankets with the pressure-free wither design provides exceptional fit so the blanket weight is evenly distributed to eliminate pressure points.

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