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post #1 of 6 Old 03-05-2009, 10:58 PM Thread Starter
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Questions about breeches.

What is the difference between full seat and knee patch breeches? Why are full seat so much more expensive? I've found a couple pairs that I like but they were all over $100! I've never spent $100 on a single piece of clothing!
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Full seat breeches have leather or suede that covers more of the breech, including the seat (hence the name, full seat) where as knee patch breeches only have this material on the knee.
Many pairs of breeches exceed $300, especially good quality full seats.
Arista Equestrian Apparel, Full Seat Breeches at The Spotted Horse a good brand of breeches in full seat and knee patch.
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But what is the difference in them? Are they more comfortable or something? What makes fullseat breeches so much nicer that they charge that much for them? o.O
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full seat usually provide more grip while in the saddle, so some folks prefer those over the knee patch. I've always used knee patch and found them just right, I like to be able to move my seat just a little when necessary.
As for price, check out the catalogues. Dover Saddlery has good quality breeches in the $40 -$60 range, and some closeouts (Dublin brand for $29.99)
Pull-on style are usually a little less expensive than the zip front, and I find them more comfortable too.
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Full seat is perceived to provide a stronger grip to the saddle, they're good if you're doing dressage or just learning to stay put on your saddle.. but they're also heavier, and less flexible than knee-patch breeches and/or riding tights with patches. I prefer knee-patches though.. jumper/hunter knee patch style.

I agree with anebel, most good breeches are above $100, but you can do with less expensive ones. Keep in mind that brands with a track record of breeches manufacturing will often last longer, and be sturdier than tailored and/or those of a lesser quality. Sometimes it's good to get 1 good pair of jodhpurs that will last years rather than get many cheaper ones and have to change them every couple of months or so.
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What is the difference between full seat and knee patch breeches? Why are full seat so much more expensive? I've found a couple pairs that I like but they were all over $100! I've never spent $100 on a single piece of clothing
I agree with you, I would never spend that much on a piece of clothing - I have more important things to put that money on, like the care of my horse and comps.

Anyways - I cannot stand Full Seats. I have tried on quite a few different pairs when Millbrook Tack was still open in Grand Rapids Michigan...and every single one of them were bulky down in the crotch area, frustrating.

I even tried to ride in them, and I dislike them.

I love my pull on tights - Kerrits and Tough Riders. I like the Knee Patches over full seats personally - but that's my preference. Full seats just don't fit me right, and I don't like how stuck in the saddle they make me feel.

HOWEVER I do, I really do - like the looks of Kerrits new tights, the Breathe Tight #40248 and #50131 - for $99.......but would I ever buy them? Not for that price.

You can find great deals on Ebay and and even go to local tack sales - you never know what you will find.
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