This year I have decided to just go for full seat breeches as I have discovered that it is so much easier to stay in my saddle with them. However, I am finding that many, especially the more expensive ones tend to get stiff in the seat, so to speak.
I generally wash my breeches in my side load washer, on cold with "Eucalan" (a Lanolin based, phosphate free "no rinse" wash designed for wool sweaters). Although it DOES get rinsed from my breeches, and I also put in a little apple cider vinegar for the rinse instead of fabric softeners as I'm worried about a traditional softener making them slide in my saddle, plus I am allergic to most soaps so I have to do the vinegar on all of my clothes with or without softener to prevent hives.
Anyway, my knee pad and full seat breeches that are a decent brand have been experiencing stiffness on the suede or suede like material. I am not sure how to fix this. My trainer says that she uses saddle oil on these areas, this sort of seems strange to me. Is this right?