Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
Breeches are based on military mounted unit uniforms. Most mounted units used a type of English saddle, and the tradition was continued with non-military riders. The idea was to be comfortable while riding long distances.
Cow punchers needed a strong fabric to withstand weeks in the saddle, and their preference was for denim. Not because it was comfy, but because it was durable. Western riders tend to wear jeans because of this particular tradition.
Full seat breeks are when the leather patch is extended all the way to the seat area, and doesn't stop at the lower thighs. Regular breeks are where the leather patch is between the lower thighs to just about mid-calf.
I prefer breeks simply because they're more comfortable than denim and don't have those gawdawful seams. The stretch denim riding pants are a good way to merge the two styles if you simply must ride in jeans.
Last edited by Speed Racer; 03-30-2010 at 10:49 AM.