“I loved the temperature control and it really worked. The grip section was brilliant, too. Although they’re expensive, I felt they were worth the money. The zip wasn’t as good quality as other breeches and despite following the washing instructions, the grip by my knees stayed stained.”
Sarm Hippique Virginia breeches
Made from fabric that’s waterproof and breathable. They’re close-fitting and low-rise, and feature a patterned pocket.
“I loved the material and thought the waist height was ideal for riding. The detail looks good and they still look really good after three months’ wear. They were a little too generous around the calf for me.”
Pikeur’s Lucinda breeches
The grip coating on the seat is in an interrupted pattern so the fabric is stretchy and breathable.
“I liked the design on the seat and the diamanté on the front. They were comfortable. I don’t usually like full seat breeches, but these were really comfortable. They’re high waisted and I prefer lower styles. I would also have liked a pocket.”
Horze Coolmax with leather full seat breeches
Front pockets with double leather piping and soft, elastic bottom leg panels to ensure optimal comfort.
“I loved these breeches, they looked great and were comfortable. The full seat fitted well and I thought they were good value for money. Despite following the washing instructions to the letter, the stains wouldn’t come out unless I soaked them first.”
Ariat Olympia full seat breeches
Elastic ‘V’ panel in the back of the waistband offers multi-directional stretch to accommodate riders’ varying hip angles.
“They’re stylish and comfortable, and I really liked the detail around the waistband, which is wide and doesn’t pinch. I tested the white breeches and they were very transparent, so I had to choose my underwear particularly carefully.”
“They gave good grip and were very comfortable. The knee patches looked similar to much more expensive styles, which I liked. They are very see-through, which made me really self-conscious, but they were fine with tights underneath.”
Mark Todd Contender breeches
Breathable, water- and wind-resistant performance fabric. Four-way stretch material and streamlined ankle sock.
“The thicker material around the seat was great at protecting my modesty. They didn’t stain, which was really great. I wasn’t keen on the Velcro bottom, but the fabric was thin so it fitted in my boots with no problem.”
Aztec Diamond Equestrian white technical breeches
Technical breeches lined in soft-touch Lycra material, with wicking and cooling technologies.
“I loved the black detail, the sticky knees in contrasting black and that the lower leg was material, not Velcro. The larger belt loops meant I could wear a decent belt. I especially liked the pockets on the bottom as my phone fitted in them. They washed and fitted very well. The material is very light so I’d recommend for summer wear.”
Equetech Shield breeches
These machine-washable breeches feature a suede full seat and silicone knee grips.
“The fabric is really good quality and the seat fitted nicely. I felt they were a great price for the quality and made my legs look really toned. I nearly put my foot through the mesh section at the lower part of the leg, but it did reduce bulk inside my boots.”
Shires Berrington Performance breeches
Suede, contoured seat and smooth lower leg inserts for minimum bulk in boots.
“Even though the fabric was nice and light, the breeches were not at all see-through. The ankles were really slim-fitting, so they were comfortable in my boots. They could do with a zip on the other pockets, too.”
Harry Hall Chester sticky bum breeches
Traditional, lightweight breeches with zip front and hook-and-bar fastening. They feature a dressage seat in a sticky bum fabric.
“I’m average height and I didn’t have to roll the bottoms up, which I have had to with other breeches. The material is comfy. The material takes quite a long time to dry if it gets wet and they’re quite an unusual shade of beige.”