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Ladies Riding Tights

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Riding tights and leggings are a wardrobe staple for riders across all disciplines – they’re comfortable, lightweight and perfect for keeping you cool.

A stylish and versatile alternative to breeches or jodhpurs but with a pull-on design. They look as at home in the saddle as they do on the high street or in the gym – although maybe not after a particularly gruelling schooling session.

Horse&Rider has put a selection of lightweight, summer riding tights to the test so you don’t have to.

Our testers: Our testers wore these riding tights regularly for a variety of different tasks – from yard duties and riding to walking, running, gym trips and more. Special features were put through their paces, and testers were asked to scrutinise the fit, quality of materials and durability. Our best in test and best value products were the most comfortable, practical versatile and hardwearing.

The products

Coldstream HIIT riding skins
RRP
£49.99

Coldstream HIIT riding skins

Four-way stretch fabric for comfort and flexibility.

Features:

  • Knee patch
  • Thigh pocket
  • Silicone grips

We say…

Lightweight material that’s not too compressive, but heavier smartphones in the thigh pocket could pull fabric down slightly. Comfortable to wear over long periods of time. Found sizing generous. Silicone knee provided fairly minimal grip and is great if you’re not a fan of sticky-bum designs. Durable, breathable and cool to wear round the yard and for riding. 

Dublin Performance Cool-It Gel tights
RRP
£55.99

Dublin Performance Cool-it riding tights

Performance fabric with full-seat  silicone grip. 

Features:

  • Full-seat
  • Belt loops
  • Silicone grips

We say…

Smart, stylish and stayed cool during warm weather. Best paired with a belt as the mid-rise design meant the waistband could slip slightly while riding. The full-seat grip has performed well and is showing no signs of wear. Great for summer competing, but would’ve liked a pocket if using for everyday. Washed well, didn’t stain and they dried really quickly. 

Uhlan riding leggings
RRP
£30.00

Uhlan riding leggings

Four-way stretch with fleece lining.

Features:

  • Full-seat
  • Thich pocket
  • Silicone grips

We say…

Perfect for everyday wear their wide, supportive waistband made them comfortable to wear for long periods of time. They’ve worn well and the silicone full-seat wasn’t too sticky. The inner fleece lining made them better suited to early morning rides. Handy leg pocket. Great quality and added extras that make the leggings great value. 

Equetech Inspire tights
RRP
£49.95

Equetech Inspire tights

Four-way stretch material.

Features:

  • Full-seat
  • Thich pocket
  • Silicone grips
  • Stretch cuff ankle

We say…

Wore really well in and out of the saddle. They’ve remained in good condition despite being worn and washed regularly. The knee grip has worn well with minimal signs of wear and wasn’t too sticky. Perfect for everyday use, however they did attract hay and straw on the yard. The pocket on the leg was a generous size. 

Hy Equestrian Energise skins
RRP
£34.99

Hy Equestrian Energise skins

Stretchy with waistband pocket.

Features:

  • Knee-patch
  • Stretch cuff ankle
  • Silicone grips

We say…

Super-lightweight material ideal for the warmer months, giving a close, comfortable fit. The elasticated waistband kept them in place. Although the material was slippery to touch, it had silicone knee grips that improved security in the saddle. The stitching has started to show signs of wear in places. Ankle design made them sit smoothly under boots.

DVR Equestrian Penny pull-on
RRP
£79.99

DVR Equestrian Penny pull-on

DVR Equestrian Penny pull-on

Features:

  • Knee-patch
  • Thigh pocket
  • Silicone grips
  • Belt loops

We say…

Thick, high-quality material ensured maximum coverage. The deep side pockets took some getting used to and overall they were quite long in the leg. Occasionally found the elastic inside the waistband twisted, but this could be rectified between uses. They’ve stood up well to regular wear and still look like new. 

Lemieux Activewear pull-on seamless
RRP
£59.95

Lemieux Activewear pull-on seamless

Technical material with wide waistband.

Features:

  • Full-seat
  • Thigh pocket
  • Stretch ankle cuff

We say…

Wide, comfortable, elasticated waistband that offered a supportive fit that didn’t move. Have stood up well to regular use. Silicone full-seat design was noticeable when riding and still looks like new even after repeated washing. Thigh pocket was a useful size. They’ve been worn for a number of different activities and have proved to be very versatile.

Decathlon Fouganza 500 leggings
RRP
£39.99

Decathlon Fouganza 500 leggings

Lightweight material with silicone grip.

Features:

  • Full-seat
  • Thigh pocket
  • Silicone grips

We say…

Flattering, comfortable fit with a wide waistband. Ideal for long days on the yard or in the saddle. Breathable material with silicone grip that made you feel more secure in the saddle. Silicone grip has remained sticky even with regular use. The zipped leg pocket was very useful and worked well. Great length and didn’t ride up. 

Derby House Pro Gel Seat tights
RRP
£39.99

Derby House Pro Gel Seat tights

Flattering fit with silicone full-seat.

Features:

  • Full-seat
  • Belt loops
  • Silicone grips

We say…

Thicker than my usual riding tights, but offered a comfortable, flattering fit. Full-seat gave extra security in the saddle but wasn’t too sticky. Washed well, kept their shape and were true to size. The cut around the ankle stopped them bunching up in riding boots. They’ve stood up well to regular use, showing no real signs of wear.

Aztec Diamond riding legging
RRP
£40.00

Aztec Diamond riding leggings

Sculpting fabric for extra support.

Features:

  • Knee-patch
  • Thich pocket
  • Silicone-grips
  • Stretch ankle cuff

We say…

Soft, silky fabric with a slight stretch, which meant they felt comfortable all day-long. They gave the perfect fit and didn’t look too horsey, so could be used for everyday errands. The deep pocket was great for phones, but smaller items could drop right down to the knee. The wide waistband has stretchy inserts at the hips so gave total freedom of movement. 

GS Equestrian Aisha tights
RRP
£23.95

GS Equestrian Aisha tights

Lightweight material with high waistband. 

Features:

  • Knee-patch
  • Thigh pocket
  • Silicone grips

We say…

A comfortable fit with a wide, supportive waistband that prevents them from slipping down. Sizing ran slightly small. Lightweight to ride in with the added security of knee patches. Perfect for everyday wear in and out of the saddle. Great quality they washed and dried quickly and have kept their shape well. 

Mochara Technical leggings
RRP
£40.00

Mochara Technical leggings

SPF-treated fabric with flattering fit and side pocket.

Features:

  • Thigh pocket

We say…

Their super-smart high-waist design and stretchy fabric made them perfect for everyday use. The material’s comfortable and gave a close fit without feeling slippery in the saddle. Despite being used for riding, cycling and running and they’ve kept their shape and washed really well. Still look like new and showing no signs of wear. 

Felix Bühler Kiara full-seat leggings
RRP
£57.90

Felix Bühler Kiara full-seat leggings

Four-way stretch and flexible leg cuff.

Features:

  • Full-seat
  • Thich pocket
  • Silicone grips

 

We say…

Flattering look and super comfortable fabric made these tights a firm go-to. Perfect for everyday use, the silicone grip has worn well and stood up to regular use, though the seams are starting to shown some signs of wear. Elastic waistband provided support. The pocket is big enough for a phone but not the most secure for smaller items. The material is perfect for summer riding. 

Mark Todd leggings
RRP
£49.98

Mark Todd leggings

Stretch fabric with ventilation panels.

Features:

  • Knee-patch
  • Silicone grips

We say…

Flattering and comfortable fit. The soft material was ideal for riding and yard work. The stretch fabric gave great freedom of movement. Sizing came up a little small. The silicone knee grips had just the right amount of grip and weren’t affected by wear or washing. Would’ve liked them to have a pocket, especially for the summer. Easy to wear, ideal for casual use on the yard or out and about.

Holland Cooper Luxe leggings
RRP
£79.00

Holland Cooper Luxe leggings

Super-slim fit designed to contour to your figure.

Features:

  • Knee-patch
  • Thigh pocket
  • Silicone grips

 

We say…

Flattering, close and comfortable fit, though the sizing came up slightly large. They’ve been worn on a regular basis for riding and running, and the material has stood up well, though the branding is fading. Quite long in the leg, so great for the taller rider, and the covered side pocket kept phone secure.

Ariat EOS Moto tights
RRP
£90.00

Ariat EOS Moto tights

Compressive fabric with jacquard panelling.

Features:

  • Full-seat
  • Thigh pocket
  • Silicone grips

We say…

Very smart and flattering. Ideal for warmer weather, the breathable fabric keeps you cool. Stretchy, wide waistband is comfortable and keeps the tights secure. Silicone grip worked well without being too sticky and is showing no signs of wear even after regular use and washing. Perfect for wearing for long periods of time.

Aubrion Stanmore tights
RRP
£48.99

Aubrion Stanmore tights

Quick-dry fabric with high-rise fit.

Features:

  • Full-seat
  • Thigh pocket
  • Silicone grips
  • Stretch ankle cuff

We say…

Lightweight, comfortable material made them ideal for wearing over long periods of time. True-to-size fit with a deep waistband, which kept them secure. The silicone seat was effective and robust, so offered plenty of security. Convenient pocket but heavier phones pulled fabric down slightly. They’ve washed and worn well. 

Pikeur Gia Grip Athleisure tights
RRP
£129.95

Pikeur Gia Athleisure Grip breeches

Super-elastic fabric and wide waistband.

Features:

  • Knee-patch
  • Thigh pocket
  • Silicone grips

We say…

Flattering fit with smart design and side pocket. Soft, stretchy material was cool to wear though found the elasticated ankle rubbed under closer-fitting riding boots. The grip has lasted and the wide elasticated waistband was very comfortable. They didn’t get any hay stuck to them so perfect for a full day on the yard. 

Mountain Horse Flora Tech tights
RRP
£69.00

Mountain Horse Flora Tech tights

Four-way stretch material with pocket.

Features:

  • Knee-patch
  • Thich pocket
  • Silicone grips

We say…

Comfortable fit with more grip than many other pairs. Had a tendency to slip down during yard work so would’ve benefited from belt loops, although this wasn’t a problem while riding. Great design with good-sized pockets on both legs. They’ve  stood up well to regular use and the grip hasn’t worn.

Horzehoods Air Mesh Venter riding tights
RRP
£54.99

Horzehoods Airmesh Venters leggings

Anti-sweat material and mesh panels.

Features:

  • Full-seat
  • Thigh pocket
  • Silicone grips
  • Belt loops

We say…

Great material that kept you cool and well-ventilated, especially during warmer weather. The high waistband was comfortable and flattering, helping smooth out your silhouette and preventing them from slipping down. The silicone full-seat design has worn well and offered maximum security in the saddle, and they’ve washed well, too. Worth the investment for summer rides.

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