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Do you like silicone vs suede for your 'stick'?

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  • #21
    It varies with what I'm doing and what horse I'm riding! The super hot horse with a penchant for airs above ground? DEFINTELY love me my silicone! In summer, I almost always prefer silicone full seats because they're cooler.
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    • #22
      I prefer silicon, I wear the Kerrits summer and winter tights/breeches.

      I tried other stuff--FITS deerskin full seats, fake suede knee patches, and the sticky spray. The first two were just too slippery for me (especially on calf-skin covered saddles), the sticky spray did work decently but it made my skin break out badly.

      I have no problem with the Kerrits tights/breeches sticking to the saddle when I post or when I want to make subtle changes in my seat while riding. I have not felt so secure in the saddle since I was young and wearing the old style cavalry twill breeches of jodhpurs (without suede knee patches, just cloth.)

      I LOVE my silicon full seat breeches and will no longer even consider riding in anything else, at least the Kerrits. I have not tried other brands of the silicon full seat breeches so I cannot compare them.

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      • #23
        I just wore the piper knit full seat silicone breeches I've had for a while. They are almost too sticky, I feel like I can't really post, forget jumping (unless you tend to jump ahead, then maybe they will fix you!) 😂. For dressage they would be good! Or no stirrups!
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        • #24
          Interesting, 23 replies which seem to weigh against silicone, yet the vote is 24-14 in favor of silicone.

          I find silicone too sticky and interferes with posting in my Ovation tights. It may have been a little better in the Kerrits Affinity breeches (psst anyone want to buy a pair?)

          Are there any tricks for making the silicone less sticky? I love the pockets on the Ovations...
          That's fine, many of us have slid down this slippery slope and became very happy (and broke) doing it. We may not have a retirement, but we have memories ...

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            #25
            Originally posted by OTTBs View Post
            Interesting, 23 replies which seem to weigh against silicone, yet the vote is 24-14 in favor of silicone.

            I find silicone too sticky and interferes with posting in my Ovation tights. It may have been a little better in the Kerrits Affinity breeches (psst anyone want to buy a pair?)

            Are there any tricks for making the silicone less sticky? I love the pockets on the Ovations...
            Corn starch or baby powder? Messy, and not permanent, but would certainly achieve the desired goal.

            Personally, I think the silicone is hideous. Looks something reptilian to my eye. And from what I've read, the stick isn't appealing either. Back in the day, you chose very carefully which horses you rode in full chaps because sometimes you just wanted to get OUT of the tack, unincumbered!

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            • #26
              I had a few pairs of silicone knee patch breeches 6 or so years ago when they were brand new. I found that when I was posting, in a half seat, or jumping (so, doing anything other than flatwork!) there was uncomfortable friction and heat as I opened and closed my knee. They're very popular with jumping riders now so I can only guess they've improved?

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              • #27
                Originally posted by OnDeck View Post
                I had a few pairs of silicone knee patch breeches 6 or so years ago when they were brand new. I found that when I was posting, in a half seat, or jumping (so, doing anything other than flatwork!) there was uncomfortable friction and heat as I opened and closed my knee. They're very popular with jumping riders now so I can only guess they've improved?
                I find that it depends on the pattern and location. I have a bunch that never cause me any issue but I got one pair and they would open my leg up every time I wore them!

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                • #28
                  I love silicon
                  i have half just knee and half full seat, and probably ten pair of suede seat I rarely ride in now.
                  ive been riding in silicon for a few years now and never had any issue with saddles.
                  i do wear the silicon off some brands and it's interesting that the most expensive breeches sometimes have the worst wearing silicon. I stick with the ones I know last the distance now

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                  • #29
                    I have several pairs of the Piper knit full seat silicone breeches, and that's about all I ride in now. The stick is too much the first few rides, but as they wear, it ends up where it's not very noticeable/distracting to me, even when posting. I am monitoring my saddle for excessive wear, but so far so good. I might switch back to synthetic suede once my horses are older and wiser, but for now I'm happy to have a little help staying with them. I also like how comfy and breathable they are vs. regular full seats, and I don't have to worry about washing with Leather Therapy or otherwise giving them any special care (I do hang dry them instead of putting them in the dryer).

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                    • #30
                      Another person who both voted for silicon and will post as well. I'm an adult ammie who for years has had a sensitive WB, and now a young pony as well, so I love to stick. I LOVE STICKY SEAT BREECHES. All caps for attention. Great company to work with you, very responsive to emails. I like the grip in the saddle, but I noticed with my new car (leather seats), the stick is annoying to get in and out . It doesn't stick like that on the saddle, but good to know that they will stop side-to-side movement! They have some called the Eventer with nicely placed silicon, but I prefer the cargo pocket version for the nice roomy pockets on the thigh. Comes with belt loops too for a nice tucked in look if you want that.

                      https://www.stickyseat.com/7591pcarg...teuroseat.aspx
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                      • #31
                        I have real suede full seat breeches for winter.

                        Never did like Kerrits and the way they fit. Too baggy in the legs and very cheap material imho.

                        Honestly, I have been riding in leggings I bought at Walmart with leather half chaps. Cheap, comfortable and have lasted 2 yrs.

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                        • #32
                          I have a pair of Piper breeches with silicone dots and I love them for their stickiness.
                          I wear them mostly when cross country jumping her, or on a particularly yahoos-inducing day, and appreciate them in the summer.
                          They saved my butt a few times on my athletic, quick, cat-like Tb mare who likes to take off bucking after jumps, and has a signature spook: Full speed backwards/U-turn/full speed forward.

                          I think they are much more comfortable than classic full seat breeches.
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