I love Kerritt's plain riding tights. They are lightweight, cool in summer, which in Florida is pretty much year-round, plus they are durable as heck. I've caught branches on my tights, got a cut on my leg underneath, but those breeches didn't even get a hole! I wear the heck out of them and the only problem I've ever had was the stitching on one pair came loose on the waistband. I got out the sewing machine and fixed them in an instant, but that never happened on any others.
A friend of mine had on some cool Kerritt's today. They had leg pockets in them for a cell phone or whatever. Very handy.
Another thing nice about Kerritt's....and all you plus size riders will appreciate this. They are the only brand (that I've found) that carries sizes for plus sized riders and they are so comfortable and roomy.
My favorite boots are from Dublin and Ped's support socks to help keep my feet and ankle's supported. And don't forget my Tipperary helmet with a Salamander visor, and I'm ready to ride! Oh, and T-shirts from the flea market!!! They're cheap and the guy has all kinds of pretty horsey iron-on designs, so I have horses t-shirt galore.
www.saddlebums.com tights! I have a pair each of the Ultimate Full Seats and the Racing Tights (to which I custom added a full seat). I love them. Very very tough, they fit perfectly (even on my odd-shaped bod) and were worth every penny. I've been through woods, brush, brambles and sticker bushes without one snag or pull. Machine wash in cold with Woolite and you're done.
Love my IRH skull cap. Very light weight and comfy, even in the summer since it's vented. Watch Jeffers for their sales on them.
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Another vote for Kerrits. They're well-made, durable and not too expensive (especially if you know your size and shop on eBay or Tack of the Day ). I have two pairs of the Performance Tights (cool for summer) two pairs of the Pocket Sport tights (handy pockets on the leg), and three pairs of the Microcord full seats. I ride a lot and they all wear like iron and wash up really well. I also have Kerrits' Windsport riding vests, and I love them. Very comfortable for riding and flattering, too.
The only caveat for Kerrits: If you're ordering tights or breeches online or from a catalog, ask if the style you want runs small. Some do.
A good friend recently gave me a pair of Equissentials full seats. O.M.G. They are heavenly. But I think I'll wait for at least one pair of my Microcords to wear out before I spring for a pair of E's -- they're around $180, I think.
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F.I.T.S. breeches! they are my new favourite! the most comfortable and flattering pair of breeches I have ever worn! And the deerskin patches are really nice, they are grippy, without glueing you down to the seat.
I also love Horka jackets. Apparently you can't get them in the US though. I got one in Holland a few years ago, it is the lightest, warmest, most comfortable and cute jacket I have ever had. I should have gotten two, but I didn't realize they didn't have them here at the time...
Cheap track pance and half chaps. Don't cost much, don't care if they get wrecked. Can use them for yard work, sitting around nights, have maybe a dozen pair and can change colors to match the Tee shirt or sweat shirt.
Did I mention they are really cheap???
Kerrits for shirts and jackets -- I love their styles. Mountain Horse is a close runner up.
Smooth Stride (if you don't know what they are -- you have to google them! They're super! Someone here turned me onto them) or Cavallo for breeches. I wanted to love Tropical Riders -- but could never find a pair that worked for me.
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I have some more insulated Ariat's and Irideon tights for really, really cold days. I like them ok, but for THREE season's, you cant beat Sportack's tights for comfort. They arent very expensive and last forever.
OH, and I second the vote for UnderArmor. I used several layers, and was soooo warm even on frigid days. UnderArmor is VERY light and lets you move freely while keeping you extremely warm. I LOVE their sweatshirts and turtlenecks. The surface is pretty slick, so sand and hair doesnt stick like crazy either.