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  • New show breeches - Favorite brands?

    So I'm finally going to spend the money on some new white breeches for showing. The two pairs I have are fine. They are still white, and basically fit me. But I hate them. They've never been comfortable, and did I mention I hate them?

    Any suggestions to try for favorite brands? FITS? Something else? The one's I have are Ariats, so that brand is definitely out.

    Here Be Dragons: My blog about venturing beyond the lower levels as a dressage amateur.

  • #2
    Irideon Cadence. Great fit, look great on and last forever.


    • #3
      Pikeurs are always good - get the ones with the full seat.
      Saw someone wearing a pair of Rugged brand white breeches recently and thought they looked lovely too. They are a UK brand and are more reasonable than the Pikeurs.

      I have several pairs of Pikeur Luganas and they are really hard wearing and good quality. However, I'll be watching this thread with interest as I would like to get some new breeches with the pleated front and am trying to make up my mind.


      • #4
        I bought some Aristas in the fall, which I thought I loved (real leather full seat, cheaper than Pikeurs), but I have one pair that fits and one pair that is quite baggy and both give me a wicked bad VPL. Maybe they just aren't a good fit for my body type. Other than that, they are great. Look and fit great when not riding!


        • #5
          I currently have a pair of FITS and I am not happy with how they have cleaned up in the wash. Some stains have not come out. However they fit very well and are comfortable.

          My last pair of show breeches were Irideon. Rode in them for about 4 years before the white looked dingy. I loved these breeches. Very comfortable. Would probably look for these again when I am ready to replace the FITS.


          • #6
            Equissentials. Get them through Netfilly on eBay
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            • #7
              I've had good luck with a number of brands: Pikeur, Golden Dress, Kentucky, Schumacher, Cavallo, Eurostar. If you are sure of your size, you can get good deals on Pikeurs from Amira Equi in the UK. None of these breeches are cheap, but I have been impressed by the fit and longevity of all of them. Some of my breeches (not white ones) are 20 years old and still have a lot of life left in them.


              • #8
                Golden Dress!!! That's the name that I have been trying to remember!! I bought a pair of these quite a few years ago now, but they are fabulous quality and they have a very high back which is nice and supportive.

                I find Euro Stars wear out quite quickly - I've gone through quite a few pairs of coloured ones for every day.


                • #9
                  Pikeur Luganas. They fit me, are SUPER comfy and hold up great. I have two pairs for schooling and one for showing.

                  "Reite dein Pferd vorwärts und richte es gerade.” Gustav Steinbrecht


                  • #10
                    USG breeches all the way!
                    They're a new brand from Germany that are super comfy and hold up extremely well.


                    • #11
                      I love my full seat Tropical Riders....


                      • #12


                        • #13
                          Doesn't matter which ones I like, you'll like something else! Seriously, none of us are built the same and there are no real standards in sizing for breeches.

                          With that said, I had a hard time finding anything I liked and finally got into a pair of Ariat Fairfields that I love--but now they've discontinued them. (None of the other Ariat styles worked for me.)
                          "And I'm thinking you weren't burdened with an overabundance of schooling." - Capt Reynolds "Firefly"


                          • #14
                            What is it about the Ariats that you hate?
                            Do you like knitted or woven fabric -- like tights or less form fitting?
                            Full seats or knee patch?
                            Leather, deerskin or synthetic?
                            Are you skinny, so hiding fluffiness isn't a factor?
                            Do you like a high rise? Mid rise? Low rise?
                            Are you long waisted or short waisted?

                            There are lots of styles to fit lots of body-types out there. If you give a clue you could garner some good suggestions


                            • #15
                              TROPICAL RIDERS

                              Sale on now.
                              I have at least five pairs of Tropical Riders.One white pair for show, some winter ones, light weight summer ones, and everything in between.
                              Very well made breeches, excellent customer service! One thing that really stands out is that there is a lining of material between your butt and the real leather seat. My Arista breeches do not have this feature, nor do any of the Pikeurs I have seen.
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                              • #16
                                I love Pikeurs, and for more economical I like Ovation. Ovation run a size small IME. I have one pair of Ariats and they are terrible...the fit is not great and they have worn really poorly. If you're going with Pikeur, they're a lot cheaper abroad, even after the shipping. I usually order from www.calevo.com.


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Napoles View Post
                                  Golden Dress!!! That's the name that I have been trying to remember!! I bought a pair of these quite a few years ago now, but they are fabulous quality and they have a very high back which is nice and supportive.

                                  I find Euro Stars wear out quite quickly - I've gone through quite a few pairs of coloured ones for every day.
                                  Thanks for your analysis! I got more deep understanding about this part, It's quite useful.


                                  • #18
                                    I'm looking for white show breeches for dressage, first time showing this year. I'd like to order online for better selection and prices (I'm in Canada) - any thoughts on how different brands fit? Right now I've just got the basic Greenhawk/Elation schooling breeches. I'm tall-ish (5'7") and "boy-shaped" (not curvy).

                                    I don't mind spending more for better quality but I can't see wearing white breeches outside the showring so don't want to spend a lot - does that make sense?
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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by cliveiupfx9 View Post
                                      Thanks for your analysis! I got more deep understanding about this part, It's quite useful.
                                      Glad we could help.
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                                      • #20
                                        Pikeur or Cavallo

                                        these are my favorites.
                                        i know they are expansive, but worth it. they not only last forever, the look good, they fit (women) perfectly and they are so comfortable, i immediately forget wearing them.
                                        and if you like to, you can get both brands high cut, which i love, but would only recommend if you have a flat belly otherwise you will look a little bit fat while sitting on your horse.

                                        i try euro star and golden dress as well, but got the impression that they were too tight at my legs (maybe my figure ist too womenly) and trying them one size bigger they didn't fit at my chest and so i go for pikeur and cavallo as i am wearing them in training as well.

                                        i bought lots of my riding pants in germany on ebay. that saved me 150 € (up to 200 $). you can buy them new between 150 € and 200 € and i usually pay between 30 € and 50 € for rarely used ones.

                                        i am happy to brought mine from germany because i couldn't find them on ebay in the us. it doesn't seem to be popular here.