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post #91 of 96 Old 05-16-2019, 04:31 PM
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I ride in breeches, and get my breeches mostly from smartpak now. I'm looking for tights in the summer for when I go back to riding but I'm very stingy with the prices. I have the regular breeches and the knit ones (which are a little slippery but I like them.) They changed their formular for the knit--or my first pair was 'defective' (my first knit pair is quite thick and great for cold days. Subsequent knit breeches I've brought are a little thinner in material).

Anyway, I used to ride in jeans but they pinch a little, and I do not have enough 'sturdy' jeans in my closet. They're getting more expensive and the material denim is getting cheaper where I'm at. I used to just use my sturdy jeans to work in the barn or go on a trail ride. I never worried about the saddle- I worry more about the jeans rubbing and wearing out (getting thinner and lighter in color)/rubbed out jeans. So I weak knee patch breeches mostly. They don't provide 'stick', but I don't have to worry about them being rubbed out. I find them pretty comfortable- especially the knit jeans from smartpak which are my favorite. They aren't stiff and feel like sweatpants. Unfortunately they don't have a lot of fun colors like the original.
I recommend Kerrits Ice-Fil tights for summer riding. Pricey but they do seem to help wick moisture away. I douse mine in water before I ride and they stay nice and cool until they dry out.
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post #92 of 96 Old 05-18-2019, 09:45 AM
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Thanks I'll look into those when I get the chance! I love kerrits and have several shirt designs by them. I also used to have a tight by them too but I grew out of them haha.
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post #93 of 96 Old 05-25-2019, 10:08 AM
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There's no rules. I wear full seat breeches but you can wear whatever you want. Comfort is more important. For shows/ competitions though, you will need beige/cream breeches.

I only wear certain brands though. Some I feel very uncomfortable in. I wear Ovation Euro Melange full seat in the colder months and Kerrits Ice Fil full seat in the heat. Have to say the Kerrits are like wearing leggings. Unbelievably comfortable and they keep you a lot cooler.
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post #94 of 96 Old 06-22-2019, 06:07 PM
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Not actually sticky, just textured. These have a suede-like material that just gives you extra friction in the saddle. Not a ton of extra grip, but sometimes just that little bit extra can make a difference in a hairy moment! I've never had an issue with posting in them, or with shifting my seat around intentionally.

There are silicone grip ones out there too, which I would think would have more of an actually sticky feel, but I have yet to try them!
Those silicone grip breeches have a LOT of grip. As in, you sit in that saddle and you're not moving. As per my post in another thread, I had a funny test-ride in a new saddle where I had purchased new stirrup leathers. The stirrup leathers were too long, even at the shortest setting (my fault, I thought I measured my leg and bought the correct length but alas, no. I used the leather punch later.) But I didn't know they were still right on the edge of too long until I was in the saddle. And there I STUCK for my test ride. Adjusting was certainly a chore - that's how much stick you have. So silicone breeches I consider to be somewhat of a training aid. If you can get your leg and seat in the right position to not move, vices like knee gripping, etc. become a non-issue, letting you focus on other aspects of what you're doing. It also forces you to use the correct muscles to keep yourself upright. I suppose if you want grip on the trail or during times of speed, that might be a good option. Just don't let it hinder your mobility when you need it, particularly if you need to dismount or take a safety dive.
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Those silicone grip breeches have a LOT of grip. As in, you sit in that saddle and you're not moving. As per my post in another thread, I had a funny test-ride in a new saddle where I had purchased new stirrup leathers. The stirrup leathers were too long, even at the shortest setting (my fault, I thought I measured my leg and bought the correct length but alas, no. I used the leather punch later.) But I didn't know they were still right on the edge of too long until I was in the saddle. And there I STUCK for my test ride. Adjusting was certainly a chore - that's how much stick you have. So silicone breeches I consider to be somewhat of a training aid. If you can get your leg and seat in the right position to not move, vices like knee gripping, etc. become a non-issue, letting you focus on other aspects of what you're doing. It also forces you to use the correct muscles to keep yourself upright. I suppose if you want grip on the trail or during times of speed, that might be a good option. Just don't let it hinder your mobility when you need it, particularly if you need to dismount or take a safety dive.

LOL!! I eventually discovered all of this for myself!
https://www.horseforum.com/barn-ridi...-seats-804051/
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post #96 of 96 Old 06-26-2019, 04:06 PM
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LOL!! I eventually discovered all of this for myself!
https://www.horseforum.com/barn-ridi...-seats-804051/
Hilarious!!! Yeah, that's about how it goes. I really miss On Course breeches. I know people who had theirs for over 5 years, myself included.

I've ridden in jeans, "jeggings", yoga pants, breeches and riding tights. You can ride in whatever you want, but just as with all things in life, there's something to be said for *well made* tools of the trade. And it does help if you find the tool you feel was 'made for you' (or literally was made for you, in the case of custom items). It makes me chuckle when people mention the purpose of English apparel is to look conservative, neat and tidy. Much of English riding tack and apparel is about minimalism for athletics and communication between horse and rider, while maintaining comfort and support for both. That just happens to go hand in hand with conservative, neat and tidy. Breeches and riding tights are supposed to offer the rider a 'second skin', meaning close contact (for all the usual reasons close contact is a factor in English riding) and flexible support. Knee patches and full seats offer additional grip and reinforcement that doesn't get in the rider's way. Furthermore, breeches and riding tights allow judges and instructors to see your leg clearly and assess your riding position. So far, I've only been able to achieve all of that with breeches or riding tights. Some jeans offer much of that checklist, and many don't. and you end up with uncomfortable seams, fabric bulges, fabric riding up, and weird restriction in movement due to lack of stretch. Sometimes, you have to feel it to believe it. BUT yes, just like with any clothing, you do have to find the right breeches/tights for you...in a world where style, fabric, and sizing are all over the place. Fortunately, if you like jean material, some brilliant person thought of jean breeches, including full seat and bootcut...so those now exist. I haven't tried them yet, but I'd certainly like to.
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