Side zip pro -
belt buckle on the side so when you dismount you wont scratch your saddle.
Side zip con-
Hard for me to reach to the side and fasten or un-fasten.
Front zip pro -
Easy to fasten and un-fasten.
Front zip con -
belt buckle in the front can scratch your saddle when dismounting.
I do prefer the front zip because I have a tough time fastening the side zips and can be careful not to scratch my saddle. I think the side zips look better for showing, more clean, but with the new coats that have four buttons I noticed the front of the breeches don't show as much as with a three button coat.
"Don't saw on your horses mouth it's not a piece of wood" ~ GM
What's your opinions on side zip or front zip breeches?
I think they both look nice on the right body Which do you like better? Why?
Front zip %100. Its easier to take on off (if you have a belt) than side zips for me, even if I have the belt to the side of the side zips. The front zips are WAY comfier, the side zippers tend to really dig into my hip bones and i find they look bulkier on. Also, front zips tend to fit me better as there is less bulky fabric around my hips/thighs. which is better for showing?
Either on is appropriate. which is in style?
I'd say front zips are right now, but that doesn't mean you can't wear side zips. pros and cons of each?
Pretty much what I said above. But alot of people have mentioned the front zips w/ belts have the possibility of scratching saddles. I've NEVER had this issue, if you're worried just push yourself a couple more inches away from the horse as you jump off.
I love the front zip breeches! Try on both and see which fit you best and which are most comfortable for your body type. I know that different brands fit differently, so it's all personal preference. SmartPak, gotta love 'em, will ship you a bunch and you can send back what you don't like.
I find that it depends on the cut of the breech as to which is more comfortable to me. In general though, I'm preferring the front zips. In any case, I wear my belt buckle on the side no matter what, even in street clothes. Keeps the buckle out of my tummy
I see I'm not the only one who has problems with the side-zip clasps digging into the hip bones. I still school in my old side-zips and endure the pain, because I'm too cheap to replace them. But buying new, it's front zip all the way. So much more comfortable.
I own both and find them equally comfortable and easy to get in/out of. Scratching my saddle while dismounting is never a problem either.
Personally I find size zips give a more flattering appearance on my particular body, but I wouldn't hesitate to show in either style. At the moment front zips seem to be more popular but both are equally appropriate.
I own both (FITS) and do find the side zips a tad more flattering in front while in the saddle (I'm a size 14) but FITS are so nicely made, either are nice. When schooling I don't wear a belt with either since I wear my shirts out.
For shows, I wear side zips because that's what I already have (FITS front zips just came out for knee patch) and I actually wear my belt (TS quilted C belt) in the front buckled.
I have no problem in a porta-potty, just unbuckle belt in front, and unzip side. Maybe I have appropriately placed belt loops that my belt can slide wide enough and not come unbelted. Cuz I just zip-up and re-buckle, my belt pretty much stays in the same spot. I would never buckle on the side... weird.