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Breeches that don't gap at the waist ... do they exist?

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  • Breeches that don't gap at the waist ... do they exist?

    More specifically, do they exist in the $100 or less price range?

    I'm 5'5" and 120# and have a long, narrow waist and wider hips/butt/thighs (I wear a 26R) ... and it is next to impossible to find breeches that don't gap at the waist. Some are worse than others and have lots of extra room at the waist even when I'm just standing up; others aren't quite as bad but still leave a gap at the small of my back when I'm on a horse. Even though I have a long waist, longer-rise breeches don't seem to be any better ... they may have more coverage in the back but just come up higher and gap more. In the summer I usually ride in schooling tights, and fleece tights in winter, but I'd like to have some decent mid-weight breeches that look nicer for lessons, clinics and stuff, but it's hard to look nice and professional with your waistband sticking out a few extra inches from your body

    So are there breeches that actually fit people with a skinny waist and wider hips? I prefer knee-patch to full seat, although I do like the look of the "euro seat" seam. And I'm on a limited budget, so while I'm sure the $350 Pikeurs are great, I will only be able to afford them if I hut the lottery, so I'd like some reasonably priced options! Thanks

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    Well I'm fat at the moment...but when I was skinner....I had the exact same issue and still do now. Joys of actually having hips and a waist! I always have to wear a belt. Best that I found cheaper...that were not too thin of material (and are still made) were was the Irideon cadence breeches. But honestly....I found it was worth it to just pay more and get better breeches. I also prefer full seats so that added to the difficulty and expense. I could find good Pikeur breeches for 150-180 and they lasted a long time. I currently like the Romfh Sarafina full seats for an alternative to the Pikeur but they are roughly the same cost.
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    • #3
      Look into the Signature line from Devon-Aire, as well as their All Pro line. The Signatures are similar to TS, but under $100, softer and lots of stretch.
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      • #4
        There are tons! But you got to quit getting breeches in Jr sizes which is what 26/28 ect are. Irideon, FITS, Kerrits all come in S/M/L which is the sizing you want, not 26/28.
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        • #5
          I think you would really like the horze breeches - their grand pix breeches are well priced and wear very well. They fit looser through the leg and snugger through the waist (compared to say Smartpak pipers fit a big snugger through the leg and looser at the waist). The higher priced B Vertigos would rival Pikeurs and quite often you can find their breeches on a really great sale!

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          • #6
            I have the same problem and pretty much the exact same build as you do. I found the perfect fit in Romfh Champion breeches. My waist is a 26" but I usually have to get a size 28 in breeches to fit my hips and thighs...thus gapping at the waist. The champions are awesome and I can actually get a size 26!
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            • #7
              Horze Grand Prix full seats are around 120 and are the bomb for us hourglass chicks. Wear like iron, comfortable, look fabulous.

              http://www.horze.com/full-seat-breec....html?color=BL

              slightly cheaper for knee patch:

              http://www.horze.com/knee-patch-bree....html?color=BL

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              • #8
                I'm the same size as you (with a long torso, but I think most of my length is upper torso) and am a devotee to TuffRider Ribbs. They have low and mid-rise styles.

                If you're 26/28, try the 26 in the low rise and 24 in the mid-rise. (I've got 26's in both and find the mid-rise a bit gappy.)

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                • #9
                  Edited, based on the OP's price range.

                  Romfh International are around $140, so still above budget, but they wear like iron and fit great. The only downfall is they have elastic at the ankles. I agree that you can find some really nice breeches on sale at Horze, especially in your size!! Every time I try to order a pair my size is always gone.

                  SP's mid-rise Pipers are very comfy and under $100, but you do need a belt. The mid rise doesn't gap as badly as the regular, but if you've got a booty and a smaller waist, the gap will be there.
                  Last edited by runNjump86; Oct. 27, 2016, 01:52 PM.
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                  • #10
                    Check out Tuff Riders shapely fit.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by runNjump86 View Post
                      Edited, based on the OP's price range.

                      Romfh International are around $140, so still above budget, but they wear like iron and fit great. The only downfall is they have elastic at the ankles. I agree that you can find some really nice breeches on sale at Horze, especially in your size!! Every time I try to order a pair my size is always gone.

                      DON'T do the Internationals....they are cut super-straight and gapped the worst on me.
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                      • #12
                        I have a 24" waist and 30" hips. Hate the Pipers!!! The Tuffrider ribbed are okay, but not great on me. I wear Kerrits tights most of the time. I got the Equine Couture Coolmax this summer and like those, wish they came in more colors. http://www.ridingwarehouse.com/Equin...e-ECCCBCS.html.

                        I wanted to try the Romfh Champion, which claim to be a curvy fit, but it looks like the smallest size is a 26 which according to the size chart is for a 28" waist, 34" hip. $98 http://www.adamshorsesupplies.com/ro...-breech-203385
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                        • #13
                          These are my jam: http://www.doversaddlery.com/riding-...hes/p/X1-3532/

                          They are cheap, thick enough to be show quality, work for me as a skinny waist/big butt person and have the coveted combo of side zip + knee patch. I wish they came in white, my dressage breeches suck.

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                          • #14
                            I love the tredstep britches. They really are stain resistant, comfortable and flattering, and fit my curvy shape very well.
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                              #15
                              Thanks for all the suggestions! I ordered a pair of the Romfh Champions with my birthday money. I do have another pair of Romfh breeches, not sure which model and haven't seen them at a tack store recently, but they fit better than most ... I can ride in them with no belt without showing the world my underwear

                              I'll try to report back after the new ones come and I try them out!

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                              • #16
                                For breeches that I love I take them to the tailors to have the waist taken in. Runs about $20 and then my options are endless.

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                                • #17
                                  I tend to have the same problem. Romfhs fit me the best, and TuffRider ribbed ones work great too. I have some older Ariats that fit well too, but I'm not sure of the model - they were a hand-me-down.
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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by asterix View Post
                                    I love the tredstep britches. They really are stain resistant, comfortable and flattering, and fit my curvy shape very well.
                                    I just got a pair of Tredstep Symphony after living in Tailored Sportsman for many years, and I LOVE THEM. OMG they don't fall down and have an actual tapered waist. Love. I will say that the manufacturing quality control seems a little off, as I tried on 5 pairs in the same size/model (different colors), and they all fit a little differently. But the price was right and I'll never go back to TS.

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by wanderlust View Post
                                      I just got a pair of Tredstep Symphony after living in Tailored Sportsman for many years, and I LOVE THEM. OMG they don't fall down and have an actual tapered waist. Love. I will say that the manufacturing quality control seems a little off, as I tried on 5 pairs in the same size/model (different colors), and they all fit a little differently. But the price was right and I'll never go back to TS.

                                      I like those as well...but have had the same experience in the sizing not always being the same. Still nicely made otherwise.
                                      ** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **

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                                      • #20
                                        I have the exact same problem and i am your exact same size..well..plus 5lbs ;-) Smartpak Piper Modified Rise addressed the gaping problem that I had with their original fit. $89.95 but you can usually find them on sale for 20% off throughout the year.
                                        https://www.smartpakequine.com/pt/b/13087

                                        I also just bought a pair of Horze Active full seats which don't gap either.
                                        http://www.horze.com/full-seat-breec....html?color=BL On sale right now for $35.97

                                        And any Irideon's fit great too.

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