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

    Limited quantities available! Click here to shop all VTEK® Turnouts by size.

    Item # 18473
    • 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
    • Enlarged tail cover acts as a better wind and rain break
    • Reflective gusset patches and tail stripe for added visibility at dusk or for night turnout
    • 1680 Denier Ballistic Nylon / Lightweight (80 gm) Insulation (over the back portion only) / Tekno-Dri® Climate Control Inner Lining / Nylon Lining
    • 10 Year Guarantee. Read Warranty
    • Color: Silver/hunter
    • Sizes: 68, 70, 72, 74, 76, 78, 80, 82, 84

    Also available in Heavyweight (380 gm insulation) or Midweight (220 gm insulation)

    Learn more about StormShield® Turnout Blanket Features
    Learn more about our VTEK® Wither Relief Turnouts
    Item Options / Availability Quantity Price
    #18473
    SIZE CHART

    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
    $219.99
    Matching Accessories Options / Availability Quantity Price

    Matching Neck Cover (220 gm)

    $84.99

    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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

    (based on 677 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (591)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (75)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (205)
    • Good size/fit (185)
    • Waterproof and breathable (176)
    • Stays in place (175)
    • Warm (175)

    Cons

    • Need more colors (54)
    • Heavy / bulky (3)

    Best Uses

    • Cold / extreme (224)
    • Everyday wear (136)
    • 24/7 turnout (126)
    • Indoor/outdoor (83)
    • Changing weather (72)
      • Fit:
      • Feels too small

         

        Feels true to size

         

        92% 

        (81 reviews)

        Feels too big

         
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Parent of two or more children (16), Grandparent (9), Medical professional (9), First time parent (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (178), Yes (8)

    Reviewed by 677 customers

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    5.0

    I would buy this product again

    By Lucky Willy

    from River Falls, WI

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Good Fit
    • Good Value
    • Stays in Place
    • Waterproof and Breathable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • 24/7 Turnout
      • Changing Weather
      • Everyday Wear

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

      I am really pleased with the fit of this blanket. The belly band and front closures are very adjustable. At first I thought it was going to be too big, but with a few simple adjustments, it fit perfectly! It stays in place, even when he runs around and rolls. It's also very durable- no tears despite playful pasture mates. Very happy!

       
      5.0

      Best Blanket I've Ever Owned!

      By Carly Loves Aallie

      from Ottawa, Ontario

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Clean
      • Good Fit
      • Good Value
      • Produces Good Hair Coat
      • Stays in Place
      • Warm
      • Waterproof and Breathable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • 24/7 Turnout
        • Changing Weather
        • Cold Weather
        • Everyday Wear

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

        This blanket fits my Standardbred like it was custom made for him! You can tell the fabric is very tough and the dirt doesn't stick to it. It stays in place and is very well constructed. I will buy this blanket for my other 2 horses as soon as it is back in stock!

         
        5.0

        Nice Warm Tough Blanket

        By Roni

        from Havana, FL

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Good Fit
        • Good Value
        • Warm

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • 24/7 Turnout
          • Changing Weather
          • Cold Weather

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

          I expect this blanket to last several winters it is so well made.

           
          5.0

          Love the bellyband!

          By LadyB

          from Thunder Vay

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy to Clean
          • Good Fit
          • Good Value
          • Produces Good Hair Coat
          • Stays in Place
          • Warm
          • Waterproof and Breathable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • 24/7 Turnout
            • Cold Weather
            • Indoor/Outdoor

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

            Love the color and fit. The belly band option provides the extra protection and added comfort

            Service and delivery comments:

            Excellent delivery

             
            5.0

            Awesome product!

            By Kev

            from Muskegon, MI

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy to Clean
            • Good Fit
            • Good Value
            • Produces Good Hair Coat
            • Stays in Place
            • This sheet is perfect! Exactly what I wanted.
            • Waterproof and Breathable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Changing Weather
              • Everyday Wear
              • Layering

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

              Love the blanket. Horse is out 24/7 and it stays in place better then other blankets... particularly because of the belly band. Horse was dry after being in a steady medium to light rain all day. Very durable! Best blanket I've tried!

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              9 Questions | 13 Answers
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              • Q:

                I love the idea of the bellyband, but I have a young gelding who turns out with other young geldings and they play rough! One in particular loves going for the surcingle straps on the sides and has now ripped all of them off my guy's current blanket. Do these straps on the bellyband lie pretty flush to the horse and hard to grab? Or am I better off sticking with the surcingle blanket & tightening it as much as I can get away with to make it difficult to grab.
                Asked on 12/21/2017 by Tired of repairing blankets from Kansas

                3 answers

                • A:

                  Hi,
                  I love this blanket but I'm not sure it will work for horses that like to trash blankets.  The way its constructed with elastic for give produces a bit of a loop.This webbing loop of surcingle isn't flush with the blsnket. I think this would give them extra
                  stuff to grab on to.  Hope this helps.
                  Jen
                   

                  Answered on 12/23/2017 by jdlastchanceranch from undisclosed
                • A:

                  The bellyband toggle hooks are up higher and have a short piece of doubled strap folded over them to keep the horse from rubbing them off. My horses don't mess with them. The straps themselves are stitched down.  If your mischievous one wants to, he could grab it but I would think this would be a better solution than regular surfing Lee straps that are loose under the horse. My big thoroughbred loves this blanket. 
                  Sent from my iPhone

                  Answered on 12/21/2017 by heidihducote from undisclosed
                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  If your horse's pasture mate zeros in on the surcingle straps, you may be better off with the surcingle style blanket. While the bellyband provides a bit of extra coverage, the straps could be quite inviting. You do have a 10 year warranty on this blanket and it should hold up to rough horseplay.

                  Answered on 12/21/2017 by Anonymous
              • 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

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

              Warmth and Temperature Guide

              Sheet (no insulation)
              50°F - 65°F
              As needed
              Lightweight (Tekno-Fleece, 180-200gm)
              40°F - 60°F
              30°F - 50°F+
              Midweight (220-300gm)
              35°F - 50°F
              30°F - 45°F
              Heavyweight (380-440gm)
              20°F - 40°F
              15°F - 30°F
              Extra Heavyweight (500gm)
              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® Wither Relief

              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® Wither Relief Euro Fitted V-Free® Cutback Euro
              FRONT CLOSURE Snap front w/ Velcro assist 2-buckle open front w/Velcro assist or closed front 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 or detachable 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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