05 Oct The Hacking Jacket The Right Way
The Hacking Jacket
The name comes from the term ‘Hacking’ which means informal or pleasure riding. Made popular in the 18th Century when English country folk needed a fitted, robust jacket to use whilst taking a leisurely horse back ride through the country. Traditionally the Hacking Jacket would be made out of a heavy weight Tweed to protect the rider from the elements. It would be single breasted with three buttons and a centre vent allowing the jacket to conform better to the horses back, slanted flap pockets are normally worn to keep belongings from falling out when leaning forward (internal pockets can have zips added) and to make them easily accessible whilst sat down.
A classic Hacking Jacket should be quite fitted, hugging the torso with room over the seat and hips. The arm holes are cut high to aid ease of movement. The sleeve length is slightly longer than standard (ideal when holding the reins) as is the length of the jacket (longer for more protection against the elements). Though a centre rear vent is traditional, two side vents is also an option.