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  • Waterproof Riding Pants

    Looking for recommendations on either waterproof overpants or waterproof pants that can just be ridden in. Horse brands or even brands from other hobbies. Friend and I are going on a riding vacay in August and want to be prepared, since the last time we went on a trip we rode in the rain for a whole day (not the most fun!). So pants would need to be able to be ridden in for up to 6 hours, if necessary. TIA!

  • #2
    I think Rain/Overpants are going to be the most comfortable and easiest. Like these: I have a couple of pairs and have ridden in them often enough.....if you're stuck out in the rain all day they do help.

    I own a pair of waterproof breeches that are really kind of awful. I mean, they're great to ride in when it's really coming down, but they feel like putting on a drysuit and breathe just about as well (meaning, not at all). I think they're the Irideon Aquus breeches, IIRC?

    More recently I rode in my full chaps, and I think they did as good of a job as overpants. They would obviously get soaked through after 6 hours in the rain, but so will every pair of "waterproof" anything you can find. I've had horseshows where things are wet that definitely shouldn't be (under the saddle, my backpad sandwiched between my saddle and saddle pad, my bra, my underwear...).

    Also, a good coat will help. I have an Asmar rain coat (along with a few rain coats from Kerrits, North Face, and the like) and it's my favorite on really wet days. The ones that allow you to make a riding skirt out of them are pretty decent to ride in, and might give you better protection than anything else in the scenario you're talking about.
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    • #3
      Something like this is what feedlot pen riders use, that have to ride in all kinds of weather:

      I have one such that I use when I have to run the bulldozer in a blizzard.
      The dozer tracks keep kicking up snow on everything.

      They are very much waterproof, you can stay dry in those.


      • #4
        I went out riding once with an endurance rider who leant me a kind of neoprene skirt. A bit like something you'd use in a kayak. It covered legs to thighs and the saddle. This was a rainy day in June in the mountains in the PNW, probably about 15 celcius.

        It was fantastic. It didn't interfere with posting trot or with your seat. It felt clunky on the ground but didn't notice it on horse. You didn't sweat up like you would in full pants and it insulated you from the cold rain.

        I wore it with my Goretex long rider raincoat over top.

        You could certainly dismount, put it on or take it off, mid ride.


        • #5
          KateKat: PM sent
          Savor those rides where you feel like a million bucks, because there will be those where you feel like a cheap date...


          • #6
            I believe you would want water resistant rather than water proof as you need breathable material otherwise you end of baking yourself in the heat


            • #7
              A friend of mine brought me back a pair of these from Ireland. I haven't tried them since I don't ride in the rain.


              Muddy Creek has awesome rain riding gear (per my friends):


              • #8
                There is a woman on Etsy who makes waterproof riding skirts that are well liked. The advantage is that you aren't adding another layer between you and the horse, and can add/remove them while riding. They just go over top of the whole thing.


                • #9
                  I have a pair of Grand Prix 3/4 rain over-pants. You can completely remove them while sitting on a horse. They zip up the sides and have snaps at the waist. They work great and don't make you hot. I got them in a size Medium. I wear 28s in pretty much everything. Didn't get my pair through SmartPak but it looks like they carry them now in two colors. Is this what you had in mind? I have worn them in the pouring rain and they work. I also didn't feel like I was slipping around in the saddle. So they aren't slick. I could wear them all day if needed.



                  • #10
                    Originally posted by joiedevie99 View Post
                    There is a woman on Etsy who makes waterproof riding skirts that are well liked. The advantage is that you aren't adding another layer between you and the horse, and can add/remove them while riding. They just go over top of the whole thing.
                    Like what I borrowed mentioned above. They also keep the saddle dry. Huge bonus.


                    • #11
                      I have a new pair of the kind SmartPak has if anyone's interested. Deeply discounted.
                      Savor those rides where you feel like a million bucks, because there will be those where you feel like a cheap date...


                      • #12
                        Thin Waterproof breathable rain pants from a hiking line (end/Patagonia/etc) over riding tights or breeches. It’s $ but worth every penny. If it’s hot and humid you will sweat a bit underneath them but nothing too uncomfortable and better than being soaked.

                        ETA-I’ve never tried jumping in the above set up but I’ve ridden at pace over terrain and never felt like I was sliding around.
                        Last edited by NCRider; May. 26, 2019, 09:29 AM.


                        • #13
                          I've always just ridden in my normal hiking/biking rain pants. Which I think specifically are bottom-shelf Columbias? My spouse has a pair of REI pants and loves them. The higher end ones are more breathable too. IMO I don't think riding specific ones are worth it, especially if you're not doing anything super serious.


                          • #14
                            I have a great pair from EOUS, full seat so I don't slde around in the saddle, full zip up both legs.