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  • Coolest Breeches

    I'm REALLY heat sensitive so I've been reading with great interest the different ways people are staying cool while riding/showing.

    What are the coolest breeches out there that aren't going to break my wallet?

    And are riding tights the right way to go for just schooling around here? (I tried riding in shorts once...I admit defeat)
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  • #2
    I really like the Ariat All Circuits. Very light, thin material. Can be found for under $80. Granted temps were only in the 70's this weekend and I have not yet tested them with real summer heat, but so far so good.


    • #3
      For schooling in the heat, I like my Kerrits ribbed tights. Super comfy, they last forever (I've had one pair of their winter tights for almost six years now, still look great), and they're pretty cheap. The full seats are great for schooling when you need some extra "stick" too.
      Trying a life outside of FEI tents and hotel rooms.


      • #4
        I have several pairs of the Tuff Rider ribbed schooling breeches. They are around $40 and breathe well in the heat (90 + degrees). I like them because they breathe super well but aren't super thin- I don't like the feel of the really really thing material - but these definitely keep my legs cool in the heat.
        It's not having what you want, it's wanting what you've got.


        • #5
          Kerrits. Ribbed for vanity. Plain when it's just too darn hot
          They are very thin, I use knee patch version. I find them thinner then Tuff riders. You can find them on Ebay or Dover at discounted prices.

          I get hot easily as well.

          I also ride in athletic carpis that come just past my knee (little flair at bottom). They are great for their wicking properties as well as 'air flow' up the knee. When used with my suede 1/2 chaps, I can't even tell I'm not riding in breeches. Helps that my saddle is nice french leather, so I stick pretty well even in slick pants.


          • #6
            Devon Aire Versailles are very thin and cool. They work best for me, and I am extremely heat sensitive (migraines).
            Mon Ogon (Mo) and Those Wer the Days (Derby)


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              • #8
                I have both TuffRiders Ribbed and Aerocool, both do a pretty good job. The Aerocool ones I use on the hottest days. They're very thin and I'm not sure how durable they will prove to be (haven't put them to the test yet) so I've been careful with them. That said, I've done endurance rides in the heat of the summer in the Ribbed ones and was about as comfortable as one can be when its 90F and extremely humid.


                • #9
                  I agree the devon aire ribbed are very comfortable in heat.


                  • #10
                    Seconding or thirding the tuff rider ribbed schooling breeches and the devon aire Versailles breech. The Versailles is actually my favorite all around summer tight, and it's got a real zipper fly and Velcro ankles, which I like.... But I've had mine for a year now and they have sun bleached a good amount (I have the black pair). I don't know how obvious it is, but when I see the lower part of the leg versus the part exposed to the sun, it's kind of annoying to me :-)
                    Other than that, they're really lightweight and not clingy.

                    I've heard good things about the tropical riders but haven't gotten a pair and can't remember the price point on them.


                    • #11
                      I have the Tuffrider Aerocools--they are very lightweight and comfortable. I wear mine for small shows when it is extremely hot. They are very reasonably priced. I did have to have mine shortened a little, but I am only 5'0".
                      I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh as that was! My very heart leaped with delight at the sound. --Nathaniel Hawthorne


                      • #12
                        The TuffRider Aerocools are FANTASTIC, and they do hold up well - I like mine so much I actually wear them year-round, so they've survived many trips through the washer. Their ribbed breeches aren't marketed as summer, but they too are fairly cool.

                        I just picked up the Kerritts F-Low Rise, and they seem like they'll be good in the summer too. And have the benefit of being THE most comfortable breeches I have ever worn.


                        • #13
                          Kerrits performance tights. LOVE them for schooling. They are very light and thin but are extremely durable and stretchy. They are also good for layering in the winter. Plus they are ridiculously comfortable!
                          "I looked at life from the saddle and was as near to heaven as it was possible to be"


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by KateKat View Post
                            I really like the Ariat All Circuits. Very light, thin material. Can be found for under $80. Granted temps were only in the 70's this weekend and I have not yet tested them with real summer heat, but so far so good.
                            These are awesome they hold up really well, don't stain like cotton breeches, and most importanly they dont show sweat. I have ridden in them for a couple summers, really love them.


                            • #15
                              I use the ribbed Kerrits breeches for summers in Arizona.


                              • #16
                                kerrits and also check out tropical rider too


                                • #17
                                  Also interested in this...as I've been just riding in some thin workout/yoga type pants with my halfchaps over em... :P It works but I look ridiculous! (or so I think)

                                  So are 'ribbed' britches typically cooler than 'smooth' ones? Or is that just the more preferred type? I used to own some Kerrits and loved them but have since outgrew them (yeah Ive ridden in jeans for a few years x_x now THOSE get hot) It seems like anything I ride in is too hot *shrug* maybe its just Texas haha! What about hot-weather, show-worthy jodhpurs?
                                  Clancy 17hh chestnut Dutch WB, '99. Owned and loved since '04 and still goin'!


                                  • #18
                                    Tropical Rider Tropix are my favorite summer tights, followed by Kerrits. If you're after breeches, the ribbed Tuff Riders are pretty good. Tropical Riders are slightly more expensive than other tights but they've always got some kind of sale going on. Plus they last forever.
                                    I love my Econo-Nag!


                                    • #19
                                      I love all the Tropical Rider schooling tights. Prix Tech, Endurocool, and the Tropix. They are always having sales and send you emails with the sale info. I wear mine to trail ride in alot, and they hold up well.


                                      • #20
                                        Kerrits Brek. SUPER thin/light microfiber. They're on sale at Dover right now. I paid $100 for mine so you should snap em up now that they're $50. They look like a tight in the pictures but they are not--tights are way more clingy!

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