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  • Winter Riding Breeches or Pants

    This is my first winter to do jumping so I am trying to figure out if I should get Breeches or Pants for winter riding. If I get pants do you wear half chaps over them? I don't have tall boots yet. Are the Pants more bulky than the breeches?

  • #2
    I find nothing is warmer than fleece breeches. I wear the cheap ones but I have heard the Beval ones are exceptionally nice, and more flattering than some others. I have no problem wearing them with my half chaps but I don't think they would fit under my tall boots.


    • #3
      I have the Beval's breeches and luffffff them. They do look very nice and keep me warm. They fit fine under my half chaps and tall boots, both of which are pretty tight.

      I have a strong feeling that they are the same breeches that Smartpak says are made by Custom Riding Apparel. They look exactly the same, and until recently, both only came in blue.


      • #4
        I got a pair of Kerrits winter sport breeches off ebay, they're fleece lined. They're extremely comfortable and so warm. They fit really well too.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Pony Soprano View Post
          I have the Beval's breeches and luffffff them. They do look very nice and keep me warm. They fit fine under my half chaps and tall boots, both of which are pretty tight.

          I have a strong feeling that they are the same breeches that Smartpak says are made by Custom Riding Apparel. They look exactly the same, and until recently, both only came in blue.
          But the Smartpak ones are exceptionally short, according to a friend who has them. I believe she told me they end just barely below her knee, and she is not tall. The Beval ones are longer.


          • #6
            I love my Kerrits fleece breeches. I also have the TuffRider ones, which aren't as nice--they pill a lot and get stained easily--but they are warm.
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            • #7
              Unfortunately, the Beval fleece lined breech - which does, IMO, fit better than the Smartpak offering by Custom Riding Apparel (ie, long enough to cover more than 3" past your knees....) is only available any more by special order. *sigh*
              We move pretty fast for some rabid garden snails.


              • #8
                I love my Irideon Powerstretch Breeches: http://www.adamshorsesupply.com/browse.cfm/4,2179.html. I live in MT and is gets ubber cold here. These are love. I put a pair of Smart Wool tights under them when it is REALLY cold and I am good to go.


                • #9
                  Last fall Bevals carried them in the New Canaan store. I am not sure if that was typical, but they had quite a few in stock.

                  It is interesting that people don't like the custom riding apparel breeches. I have a pair of their show breeches that fit beautifully and I am closer to wearing a long breech than a short.


                  • #10
                    I ordered both from Beval (a couple years ago) and Smartpak and both pairs I have are identical. Same maker, same fit, same everything. I have found that the Custom Riding Apparel fit pretty much the same as my TS breeches. I'm a regular length person and don't find them short at all. The only thing that I don't like about the lined breeches is the velcro down at the bottom of the leg is kind of bulky -- I really notice it makes a lump under my boots/chaps. I'm thinking I will be doing a little modification to that as I don't need that much velcro to hold my pants down.


                    • #11
                      I agree with horsepoor, haa in more ways than one!, that I think that they are the same breech. Maybe some got a poor prototype (sp?) .


                      • #12
                        I have the Irideon fleece tights and really like them. They're not too bulky, and I can wear them with my half chaps. They are plenty long enough. Granted, I am not tall (just under 5'2"), but they come down to my ankle. They are warm enough for most winter days (indoor riding). On really cold days, I wear sweat pants over the top and take them off just before I go to the ring to ride.

                        I also have the Tuff Rider fleece breeches. They are bulkier and not quite as long as the Irideons. They're definitely warmer, but let's say that they don't have much to offer in the fashion department (ie. they're ugly). They also have a zip pocket on the front.


                        • #13
                          I stepped up from the Irideon Powerstretch to the Irideon Wind Pro breech three years ago, and I LOVE it. I've ridden 3 Michigan winters, and am fixing to ride an Ohio winter, in them. I am comfortable in them down to about 20 degrees, at which point I add a layer of microfiber long underwear (Cuddl' Duds) under them.

                          IMO the wind-resistant properties of the Wind Pro breech make a huge difference to your warmth. I was so impressed with my breeches that I soon after purchased a Mountain Hardwear fitted fleece jacket in Wind Pro fleece.

                          Don't forget your FEET. I couldn't keep riding in the winter without my Mountain Horse Thinsulate-lined paddock boots and Smartwool socks.
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                          • #14
                            Thanks jn4jenny! I've always wondered if the Wind Pro breeches were warmer than the regular ones. I wasn't sure it would make a difference for me because I ride indoors during the winter.


                            • #15
                              Love my Irideon fleece-lined britches... I wouldn't be caught dead in the barn without them in the winter. TOTD ran a sale on them a couple months ago and I bought two pair.
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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by SarahandSam View Post
                                I love my Kerrits fleece breeches.
                                Ditto for me! I think the one's I bought are the windpro's? I've never had winter breeches before and I am loving them, sometimes I even leave then on when I get home.
                                It makes it so much better having the right equipment.


                                • #17
                                  I have the pikeur ciara winter breeches, they're super warm


                                  • #18
                                    I also use the Kerrit Winter breeches w/ the fleece lining. They are very warm and comfortable. Highly recommend them!


                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Lucassb View Post
                                      Unfortunately, the Beval fleece lined breech - which does, IMO, fit better than the Smartpak offering by Custom Riding Apparel (ie, long enough to cover more than 3" past your knees....) is only available any more by special order. *sigh*
                                      Are you sure its only by special order? I noticed that the navy breech must be a special order but they now have it in tan too, and it appears you can order that color directly from Beval's website. I know in previous years I think they only sold them in navy? Is the tan new this year?


                                      • #20
                                        I purchased a pair from Dover last year that I think were called Tuff Rider power fleece. Not sure exactly about that though. They have fleece on the inside. Very warm.

                                        But, I just got a pair called Tropical Riders Toasties and am totally in love. I was lucky enough to get a pair on sale from SmartPak but the next day, they were completely gone. They also have fleece on the inside.