I recently purchased a set of Eskadron Training Bandages and the associated Climatex Bandage Linings. The brushing boots I’d been using were a couple of years old and the sheepskin had worn down completely. It was time to replace them for every day wear. I’ve tried polo wraps, and don’t feel like they do much other than provide some contact protection (likely all the brushing boots do too), plus I feel like they’re hot on the legs. I’ve been looking at the Eskadron bandages for a few months and always hesitated because of the price. It’s about $150 for 4 bandages and a set of bandage linings. However, when you compare that to a set of brushing boots, it’s really not any more expensive. When I was researching these wraps, I didn’t find a lot of reviews on them. I thought an in-depth review would be beneficial and give you an idea of the type of reviews I hope to provide.
Eskadron Training Bandages
The Eskadron Training Bandages are made of high density elastic for the utmost support for tendons and ligaments. Hard wearing, with double VELCRO® brand closures.
The wraps are 70″ long and are $52.95 for a pair ($105.90 for 4). They are available in black and white in the US (as far as I can tell), but are available in white, navy, black, green, grey, cinnamon, burgundy, cream, cognac, and chocolate in the UK. I’ve had good luck ordering from Amira Equi, if you want to order from the UK and pay the international shipping for a fun color of bandages.
These bandages are very elastic. They’re even firmer than a standing wrap. They cannot be used without bandage linings of some sort or you run the risk of wrapping too tightly or with uneven pressure and bowing a tendon. That’s not something any of us want to deal with! The great thing about these is that they’re easy to wrap and give you a firm bandage when you’re done. The velcro is small so that it’s versatile for all leg diameters. I’ve had issues with double velcro closures on my small Quarter Horse legs, but these work very well. Another benefit is that with the bandage linings, you don’t need to wash these as often as you’d wash polo wraps.
If you are familiar with Saratoga Bandages, the Eskadron Training Bandages are slightly different. The Eskadron bandages are an elasticized fabric, while the Saratoga Bandages are a breathable woven fabric with evenly spaced silicone beading along the bandage. The Saratoga bandages can be used without bandage liners (carefully!) and they’re $89.95 for a set of 4.
Eskadron Climatex Bandage Linings
Eskadron Climatex Bandage Liners improve air circulation and wick moisture away from the horse’s legs. Ideal padding for training bandages. Can also be used with stable bandages or as a medical dressing. Set of 4.
The bandage linings are made of a three-dimensional breathable fabric that is designed to improve air circulation and prevent heat accumulation under leg wraps.
They are available in two sizes – 12.5″ x 18″ and 17″ x 17″. The smaller size is designed to be used under the training bandages and the larger for standing wraps or stable bandages. The smaller liners are $47.95 for a set of 4 and are available in white, black, bordeaux, navy, and grey. The inside is white on all of the color options. The inside almost feels like a terry cloth towel, and the outside is smoother, like a typical bandage quilted bandage. There are vertical channels in the lining that disperse the heat and provide the cushioning under the elastic bandage.
So, what do I think of them? They work!
I was skeptical. I couldn’t believe that a quilted cotton fabric and a non-breathable elastic bandage could be cooler than a polo wrap bandage, but they are. When you take them off after an hour of riding in summer weather, your horse’s legs aren’t sweaty. The liners feel slightly damp, and the inside of the liners can look dirty (like a saddle pad). That tells me there’s moisture, but the linings are wicking that moisture away from the legs. Pretty cool, huh (pun intended)! One drawback is that because of the moisture wicking, the inside of the linings get dirty unless your horse is cleaner than mine (he’s pretty clean, but he has that fine dust and dander under the hair). I can typically get 2-4 rides between washings. I let them dry and brush them off with my body brush. After a few rides, I feel like they get too dirty to use again and could potentially be irritating. They wash up well, but I don’t use bleach because of the Eskadron tag on them. I don’t know how they hold up to long-term use, but the reviews I’ve read indicate they last a long time.
Would I buy them again? I absolutely would, and I will definitely buy some more colors – white will be first because I can see using them during lessons and clinics. I don’t know if I’ll miss the convenience of brushing boots because these do take a little more time to put on. Overall, another two minutes in the tacking up process doesn’t mean much to me, but maybe it would to you. If you don’t like wrapping, unwrapping, and rolling up wraps, you won’t like these. If you like the idea of the support these provide and the cooling properties of the Climatex linings, then you might want to try these.
Do you have these wraps and linings? What are your thoughts? Are there options you like better?