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post #1 of 11 Old 06-21-2014, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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What English breeches/tights are best to ride with paddock boots?

Hi everyone,

I'm picking up English riding after about a 12 year hiatus...in my late 20s now. I don't have a lot of horsey friends and I've already asked my trainer a million dumb questions so here I am! I just don't know how to dress myself for riding these days! I need help buying riding breeches or tights to go with paddock boots. I bought a pair of used Ariat paddock boots on eBay and really like them. I'm so rusty I didn't want to break in a pair of tall boots and I don't see myself needing them for a while! I grabbed a couple pairs of used breeches from the local tack shop (not all that local and doesn't have a lot of new or used options) and ordered a pair of Tuffrider cotton pull-on breeches.

My question is - I'm not happy with any of the pants I've bought. The new Tuffrider ones are by far the most flattering but they ride up on my ankles while riding and the knee patches are very cheap and not "grippy" at all. I'm 5'2, 130lbs and today is the first day of summer! Any suggestions for something okay for hot/humid weather and paddock boots? Are Kerrits/Irideons worth it? Thank you :)
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I love my Kerrits, going through my 3rd pair. I use FlexTight Full seat in summer and find them flattering and not hot.

They are very popular in endurance where we need to stay cool. I hear the new IceFill from Kerrits are cool and comfortable too.
I use their model "Sit Tight 'n Warm" in winter, very comfortable but almost too sticky!

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post #3 of 11 Old 06-23-2014, 12:48 PM
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I ride in Irideon tights and love them. I'm about the same height/weight as you (though I think I have short legs for my height) and appreciate that they're one of the only brands I've been able to find in petite.

If you don't have them already, I'd also recommend you look into half chaps. I can't really do any serious riding without them (too much pinching from the stirrup leathers!)

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post #4 of 11 Old 06-23-2014, 02:16 PM
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I really like my Tuff Rider pants, but I put my socks on over the pants, and then my paddock boots and half chaps. Putting the socks on over the pants keeps them from riding up on me.

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post #5 of 11 Old 06-23-2014, 02:53 PM
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I find my cheap and cheerful Tuff Rider everyday breeches to be comfortable and they fit nicely and I don't have to worry about getting them messed up as I do with a pair that cost me $200+
I don't much like wearing what you call tights (jodhpurs) and prefer to wear breeches with half chaps - Tredstep fit my legs really well
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post #6 of 11 Old 06-24-2014, 10:37 AM
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If youre looking for cheap and pretty good quality:
Riding Essentials Pull-On Breeches | Dover Saddlery
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I also have a slew of TuffRiders that I wear with paddock boots and half chaps, though I used to ride them without when I was younger. I definitely recommend a pair of half chaps, the cheapest ones you can get if nothing else. That's what I did! I didn't need the halfchaps for the grip, I just moved trainers and my new trainer required them. Bought the cheapest ones I could find (Dublin Easy-Wash or something like that), and it stops the raising in the ankle, and any pinching you may have going on.

I do have a pair of Romfh's that I just want to NEVER take off. Most comfortable thing I have, plus they're stylish, and the knee-patches are sticky as well. I have the riding tights, so they're very nice and cool as well. I only use them for shows, though, as I'm not wealthy and we paid a pretty penny for them This is coming from someone who found Kerrits uncomfortable, keep in mind. Irideon is amazing as well, but I don't have $200 to drop on breeches.

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I agree with Eole, I just got a pair of Kerrits about a year and a half ago and I love them. Super comfy and not hot in the summer. Plus they have a nice big pocket that fits my phone. :)

Another type I like are called Dublin. I think they're a bit of an older brand, at least the ones I have are older, but they're also comfy but with a little more structure than the Kerrits. They're more like breeches whereas the Kerrits are more like tights. The only bad thing about them is that they only have a small pocket on the inside of the pants. But like I said, the ones I have are older styles, and more recent ones might have bigger pockets, lower waist, etc. :)
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I find that my Tuffriders are too thick for summer riding. I think looking into a riding tight (I think Tuffrider makes some under $40) would be a good idea.

I also would look into a pair of half chaps. Riding with them is so much more enjoyable, no pinching and if you're looking for a bit of grip, there you go. I bought my Dublin Comfort suede half chaps for $30, have had them for almost two years and put them through heck. Worth the purchase.

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post #10 of 11 Old 06-26-2014, 06:38 PM
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I have a pair of Patagonia and two pair of Kerrits. They have lasted better than any other I have tried and been the most comfortable. I've never had issues with them riding up my calf but I do pull my socks over my pants.
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