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ARMORFlex® Challenger V-Free® Fit Surcingle Turnouts
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    ARMORFlex® Challenger V-Free® Fit Surcingle Turnouts

    Blanket Blowout Sale! Prices dropping daily - get them before they're gone! Limited availability.
    Limited end of season stock available! Prices dropping regularly, get the options your horse needs before they sell out for the season!

    A waterproof turnout blanket that’s exclusive design will fit your low to moderate withered horse without any of the discomfort or fit issues of traditional styles.

    Also available in Tekno-Fleece®, which is designed to ensure your horse is comfortable and sweat-free in wavering temps.

    These blankets were formerly known as the StormShield® V-Free® New Briton Surcingle Turnouts.

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    Five Year Warranty Five Year Limited Warranty
    Playful Durability Perfect for horses that are playful but not hard on blankets
    V-Free® Patented design prevents rubbing and relieves wither pressure for horses with moderate to low withers; leaves mane uncovered. Ideal for Quarter Horses, Stock Horse breeds & Arabians.
    Adjust-Fit® Patented Adjusta-Fit® system customizes neck opening to fit any horse width or head carriage providing maximum comfort.
    Closed Front Adjustable double snap open front with Velcro assist for easy on and off.
    Tekno-Fleece® Just the right weight for moderate climates or changing weather! Polar fleece layered between an outer cover and smooth, maintenance free nylon lining.
    Style: Surcingle
    Closure: Open Front
    Item Options / Availability Quantity Price

    Heavyweight (380 gm)


    Medium Weight (220 gm)




    Sheet (No Insulation)

    Matching Accessories Options / Availability Quantity Price

    Neck Cover (220 gm)


    Neck Cover (Tekno-Fleece®)


    Neck Cover (No Insulation)

    Which turnout blanket is right for your horse?

    Features Include:

    • Specialty fits to keep your horse comfortable
    • Patented V-Free® design prevents rubbing and relieves wither pressure for horses with moderate to low withers, leaving the mane uncovered
    • Adjusta-Fit® system offers adjustability around the neckline to fit any horse
    • Crisscross surcingle closure for greater stability
    • Detachable elastic leg straps to prevent your blanket from turning
    • Detachable tail cover with double Velcro acts as a better wind and rain barrier
    • Extended gussets for better movement
    • Double Snap front closure with Velcro assist
    • 1200 Denier Ripstop Polyester Outer / Choice of Insulation / Nylon Lining
    • 5 Year Guarantee - Read Warranty
    • Sizes: 68, 70, 72, 74, 76, 78, 80, 82, 84, 86
    • Colors: Black, Navy, Burgundy

    V-Free® Pressure Free Wither Relief:

    • V-Free® wither relief to fit sloped shoulder conformation with a larger neck opening
    • Designed to fit Arabians, Quarter Horses, stock horse breeds and similar conformations
    • V-Free® design prevents rubbing and relieves wither pressure for horses with moderate to low withers, leaving the mane uncovered

    Great Blanket


    I already had a collection of Schniders heavy weight, midweight and uninsulated turnout blankets for my two horses. This tekno fleece fits a temperature range in between the one with no insulation and the 220g midweight perfectly.

    Jenn Judd

    Mead, CO

    Works well for our quarterhorse


    Our quarterhorse appendix got rubs from his old sheet, so this V-Free fit was a great solution. We ordered V-Free for his sheet and blankets.

    Horse Mom



    Great turnout blanket, as usual! Mid-weight is great


    I have used this model of blanket for years (in all weights) but needed a new one for my horse that does not currently have a shelter, here in Santa Fe. The mid-weight 220 gram insulation is perfect for our colder nights - yet the blanket is easy to carry. It stays put, even without the leg straps for my Lusitano mare. I like the new easy snap front - which is much easier to close than the former buckles. The new navy color is really pretty!

    Iberian Rider

    Santa Fe, NM


    Good, not excellent


    As with other blankets of this style, I especially like the double snap front closure, extended gussets and adjust-fit at the shoulder. However, for my 15.2 hand quarter horse, the blanket is a bit too long. The reason I could not give a better review is the sub-quality to the surcingle buckles. They are not manufactured well. The T part does NOT slide correctly into the slot and it is a daily struggle to get the buckle together OR apart.



    Almost love this blanket


    I use this heavy weight blanket in cold and snowy weather. Sometimes off-on, and sometimes for a few days at a time.




    Great fit and seems very durable.


    I've used the blanket for our below 0 temperatures and have a nice fit, stays put outside and in the stall. Horse is warm and content. Haven't washed it yet.




    Versible and sturdy.


    I got this product, the midweight, closed front for my appendix quarter horse when it was on sale quite a few years ago. Other turnouts really bothered his withers making him grind his teeth when taking them on or off and some left a tunnel across his back making him chilled and creating awkward pressure points. I discovered this style fit his body shape well. The leg straps, surcingles and hardware are heavy duty. No problem with them whatsoever. The bonus of this turnout is the removable tail cover as my horse ended up suffering from IBS and would often get a messy tail. I could remove the cover for cleaning or when he was in his stall at night. I never had a problem with it coming off as the velcro is very grippy and secure. This turnout has proved to be a great buy, didn't shift when he rolled or blow about in the wind and could be worn late fall to early spring. This is by far the best blanket I have ever purchased. I did have to replace it, but only because I moved to another part of the state and mistakenly left the first one behind.


    northeast ohio


    Well made and useful


    I like the fit of an open front and this one does not disappoint. Great fit, value and is durable


    Norfolk Virginia


    Tekno fleece is great for variable temps


    Great turnout to avoid multiple wardrobe changes


    Norfolk Virginia


    Quality sheet with attention to fit


    My mare is really broad in the shoulders and is hard to fit. The adjustable neck opening provides a better fit that other sheets. The color is really nice, too.


    St. Charles, Il



    4.8 860


    Hi, very confused as a new horse owner what to choose as far as a blanket! She's a smaller , narrow arab.. 69" will fit. I live in a milder climate but we do get temps from 32-50. Yesterday it was 40 & i went out and she was drenched & shivering. She won't use the shelter, so just trying to figure out what she needs. She doesn't have a super thick coat. Help! 🤗


    Hi Julie! Being that your mare is outside, you definitely want to select a turnout sheet or blanket, as they offer protection from the elements and will help keep her dry. Every horse is different in terms of how much fill they need on their blankets to keep them comfortable. Sheets offer no insulation, just protection from the elements, a lightweight or Tekno-Fleece would be 80g of fill, a midweight 220g of fill, and heavyweight would offer 440g of fill. Each blanket has a warmth guide if you scroll down to where you can see the reviews. If you click on it, it will display comfortable temperature ranges for each weight. Being that your horse is an Arab, a cutback style blanket would likely be a good fit or the contour collar as this are less fitted through the front. Our Customer Service team is always available to answer questions to help you find the best fit for your horse.


    I bought this blanket years ago, along with a neck cover to match. I've never needed the neck cover, but I will this weekend! Could you please instruct me in the proper way to attach the neck cover to the blanket, and to adjust it to the horse? Also. I will need to adjust the blanket as my horse's conformation has changed. What is the proper way to wear the blanket around the shoulders and neck? Thank you, and my old gelding thanks you, too!


    The blanket you purchased was the old style that has 3 elastic straps to attach to the blanket. The shorter elastic straps attach to the d-rings on the shoulder and the longer strap attaches to the d-ring at the wither. The V-Free fit is for horses with a lower wither and the blanket should start mid wither. If your horse has pronounced withers, you may need to switch to the VTEK style, which extends over the wither and onto the mane, has a smaller neck opening to prevent the blanket from sliding back. We have since changed the attachment points of the neck covers, so the old neck covers are no longer compatible with the new blankets.


    How many grams does this blanket weigh please


    The overall weight of this blanket is about 9 lbs. The heavyweight blanket has 380 grams of insulation and the midweight has 220 grams of insulation.


    do these run true to size?


    Yes they do.  Several ways to adjust.  My Quarter Horse had a BIG barrel chest and I can let the closure straps across r.the chest out enough for him to be able to graze comfortably without compromising coverage.  Lindy


    yes, fits my horses perfectly


    Yes, these run true to size.

    Customer Service

    Yes they do and they are fantastic and super durable. Sent from my iPad


    Yes, I have found they run true to size. Sent from my iPhone


    How heavy is the blanket (weight-wise)? I am concerned about my big, elderly Friesian gelding being able to get up with a heavy blanket on. Thank you!


    Sent from my iPhone I purchased it for my 24 yr old gelding. It's got a little weight to the blanket but nothing to hinder his ability to get around. Nice sheet with no fill so good for rainy or chilly nights. 


    Hi Janet, I bought the sheet and it is very lightweight. I got it for my mare to wear alone in the warmer rainy season and for layering. She seems very comfy when she wears it and it is waterproof and windproof. 


    Hi Janet, I bought one of these blankets for my coming 3 year old Appaloosa gelding. I got the 80" to allow for growth. I love the blanket. I don't know exactly how much it weights, but I would have to guess under 10 pounds. It is easy to throw over his back and stays put no matter how much running and playing he does. The only negative thing about it is the leg straps do not stay in place where I have them adjusted. They keep getting longer so I have to readjust them quite often. But, maybe you won't have that problem with your older horse. Good luck. Donna Barcomb


    The blanket weights about 9 pounds.

    Customer Service

    The blanket is used for my Appaloosa mare.  She is 15 hands and weighs 1000 pounds.  I love the blanket because it fits well ( and you have the ability to adjust it for a more custom fit for your horse).  It is sturdy, but not too heavy to handle.  It is a very nice looking blanket and gives my horse good coverage.  It also has a detachable hood, which can be purchased separately, so it gives plenty of options.  I have 6 horses and have purchased many different brands of blankets which have cost a lot more than the Storm Shield, but I have to admit my favorite is the Storm Shield. Sent from my iPad


    Would this blanket work for narrow chested horses? My mare has narrow shoulders and most blankets rub or let water in.


    We would suggest the VTEK. The VTek will cover the shoulders better and come up higher so it should close the front end in more.

    Customer Service

    They have the adjusters at the neck to adjust the fit. It fits our welsh/quarter cross 14.2 hands high wearing a 70" Sent from my iPhone


    Depending on how narrow her chest is yes...there is the ability to snug it up with the Velcro adjustments at the neck/shoulders...I have both broad and narrow chested horses in this blanket...hope it helps... Sent from my iPad


    I have found this blanket to fit many sized horses.You can adjust the front and how it fits with the v fit..hope this helps. Debbie


    I have a fairly narrow-chested QH and this blanket works awesome for her. The best part about Schneider's blankets is the adjusta-fit system where you can adjust the chest part. I chose the sheet because I strictly just wanted protection from the rain. My horse lives outside with just a roof over her head, she has always been dry underneath when I brought her in to ride. I live in rainy southern Oregon and we do occasionally get snow. Hope this helps.  Sent from my iPhone


    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
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    Do you have blanket questions? Call us at 1-800-365-1311 or email us at service@sstack.com

    Turnout Blanket Warmth and Temperature Guide

    Sheet (No Insulation)
    50°F - 65°F
    As Needed
    Lightweight (Tekno-Fleece, 80 gms.)
    40°F - 60°F
    30°F - 50°F+
    Midweight (220 gms.)
    35°F - 50°F
    30°F - 45°F
    Heavyweight (380 gms.)
    20°F - 40°F
    15°F - 30°F

    If you have any questions about this product, please contact us at 1-800-365-1311 or service@sstack.com

    Turnout Blanket Durability Guide
    Turnout Blanket Durability Guide
    Find your horse's perfect FIT with our Schneider's Horse Turnout Blanket Fit Guide
    Find your horse's perfect FIT with our Schneider's Horse Turnout Blanket Fit Guide
    Blanket Warranty