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

    • 1680D Ballistic Nylon outer cover for exceptional durability
    • Pressure free raised shaped wither extends 6-8" onto the mane
    • Tekno-Dri® layer wicks moisture away from the horse, keeping them more comfortable during temperature changes
    • High quality of waterproof breathability; bellyband closure for greater warmth and coverage
    • New enlarged tail cover acts as a better wind and rain break
    • New reflective gusset patches and tail stripe for added visibility at dusk or for night turnout
    • 1680 Denier Ballistic Nylon / Choice of Insulation / Tekno-Dri® Climate Control Inner Lining / Nylon Lining
    • 3 Year Guarantee. Read Warranty
    • Colors available in select sizes: Red/Black, Brown/Black
    • 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
    Watch our video on How to Measure for a Blanket
    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® VTEK® Marathon Bellyband Turnout Blanket - Heavyweight
     
    4.8

    (based on 485 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (418)

    • 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 (101), 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

    Love these blankets

    By Lastchance

    from New Hampshire

    Verified Buyer

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

    Amazing design. Fits well and no more rubbed withers.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Amazing Blanket

    By Lastchance

    from New Hampshire

    Verified Buyer

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

    Absolutely love the design of these blankets. No more rubbed withers!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Very happy horses!

    By Kim

    from Cle Elum WA

    Verified Buyer

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

    I purchased three of these. Very well made.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Happy horses!

    By Kim

    from Cle Elum. WA

    Verified Buyer

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

    I purchased three of these. Very well made.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Love this blanket

    By Carolyn

    from Indianapolis, IN

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

    I bought this brand of blanket for my arab 11 years ago and it still works. I finally decided to buy a new one this year just to get a fresh look, but will hang on to the old one cause it is still in good condition (faded color is pretty much the only thing.) My mare has been in pastures with multiple other horses who like to rip blankets, and this blanket has held it's ground year after year. Very happy with this product.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    Get answers from real customers and in-house experts.

    8 Questions | 10 Answers
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    • Q:

      Any reports of the bellyband getting urinated on by geldings? It looks so warm, but seems pretty far back.
      Asked on 10/20/2016 by J. from Michigan

      1 answer

      • Staff Reviewer

        A:

        Yes it is a possibility. We would suggest going with the surcingle.

        Answered on 10/26/2016 by Customer Service from Chagrin Falls, OH
    • StormShield® VTEK® Marathon Bellyband Turnout Blanket - Heavyweight

      Q:

      My horse is normally a 78 and I am just wondering if StormShield VTEK Merathon Bellybant Turnout Blanket are normally true to size or if it tends to run large or small. My horse has an attitude so it is difficult to measure him for a sure fit.
      Asked on 8/24/2016 by Mary

      1 answer

      • Staff Reviewer

        A:

        This should be true to size. However sizes in other brands of blankets may vary so it is best if you could get him measured.

        Answered on 8/25/2016 by Customer Service from Chagrin Falls, OH
    • 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.

    How to Measure for a Horse Blanket Video
    Watch our Video on
    How to Measure for a Horse Blanket
    Do you have blanket questions? Call us at 1-800-365-1311 or email us at service@sstack.com

    Warmth and Temperature Guide

    Sheet
    50°F - 65°F
    As needed
    Lightweight
    40°F - 60°F
    30°F - 50°F+
    Midweight
    35°F - 50°F
    30°F - 45°F
    Heavyweight
    20°F - 40°F
    15°F - 30°F
    Extra Heavyweight
    Subzero - 20°F
    Subzero - 15°F

    A horse's natural coat can vary in length and thickness per breed, lifestyle, and zonal climate. These factor into the selection of insulation needed per season.

     

    Questions? Please contact us at 1-800-365-1311 or service@sstack.com

    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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