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The right breeches are essential for every rider - regardless of whether you are a beginner or a professional rider. Especially for women, there is a seemingly endless number of models of women's breeches on offer these days, which differ in material, cut, trimmings, etc. If you are a "frequent rider" or are very ambitious in horseback riding, good material, a comfortable fit with freedom of movement as well as high quality and thus durability are extremely important.
Whether no trimmings, only (knee)/half or full trimmings and whether this should be made of real leather or silicone trimmings is more a question of individual taste. Lepona offers breeches in all common sizes such as 36, 38, 40, 42 or even 44 & 46. We have some XXS or 34 size breeches on offer for very slim riders.
The selection of equestrian brands that offer breeches for women is very large. The Westphalian company Pikeur is probably one of the best-known manufacturers of breeches for female riders. But also Ariat, Cavallo or Kingsland have a large and high quality selection of ladies breeches. Schockemöhle Sports offers a selection of breeches in classic colors with subtle colored highlights. The Company Ea.St is known for the Reggings R1, a modern riding leggings with a large cell phone pocket and partial grip. If you are looking for breeches with a good price-performance ratio, then you are in good hands with Waldhausen ELT.
Most women's breeches are made of a cotton-elastane material mix. Due to the synthetic material, the breeches are elastically stretchable and nestle perfectly against the rider's leg. This is important to prevent wrinkles from forming. Riding leggings have a high stretch content. They are more like the well-known sports leggings and are very comfortable to wear, especially in summer. They are mostly made of nylon with elastane.
Softshell breeches have a windproof top and a fluffy inside to keep the rider's legs warm in winter. Softshell breeches are almost always made of a polyester and polyamide material. The lined winter breeches are also particularly dirt-repellent. Denim breeches are becoming more and more popular because they are too heavy-duty. Here, too, the breeches are mostly made of a cotton-elastane mix which is given a jeans look. The elastane makes the jeans breeches very supple and comfortable to wear. leisure riders or western riders in particular like to use denim breeches. When you go horseback riding, it even looks like you're riding in normal jeans.
In the past, there were only breeches with leather or imitation leather trimmings. In recent years, however, grip breeches have been on the rise. With Grip full seat pants you stick more in the saddle, they are much more non-slip. This is uncomfortable for some riders, which is why they choose classic women's breeches. Grip trim also has the advantage of being a little more airy. Because the seat insert is made of thin material, which is covered with silicone. This is more comfortable than leather trimmings, especially in summer. Always pay attention to the washing instructions for women's breeches with grip so that the grip is retained for a long time. Also pay attention to the quality of the materials. With very inexpensive grip breeches, abrasion can occur on the leather saddle. Most breeches with grip also have stretch leg ends instead of Velcro. This makes wearing a riding boot even more comfortable.
If you want to buy new riding clothing, you have the choice between a knee patch, a full patch and a 3/4 patch. Which one you choose depends entirely on your riding preferences. If you need a little more grip in the saddle, for example as a western rider, on trail rides or with a very lively horse, full seat breeches are ideal. This provides stability in the knees, thighs and buttocks. However, you are more likely to sweat with full seat breeches. Riding breeches with knee patches give you a little more freedom of movement. This can be of particular advantage in show jumping. Since you ride there most of the time in a light seat anyway, breeches with knee patches are a good idea. In the case of women's breeches with a 3/4 trimming, this extends just below your knee. This makes sense if you mainly ride in boots. Since your lower leg is covered by the riding boot, you don't need any trimmings there either. So always buy the breeches that suit your riding style and preferences.
Unlike classic boot breeches, Jodphur women's breeches have a wider, flared cut. They are worn over boots or riding ankle boots and have a foot strap that is meant to hold the pants in place. Women's jodhpurs have a seat insert made of leather or imitation leather that extends to the bottom of the leg. Make sure that the footbridge is not worn out, otherwise it can quickly chafe if the breeches move too much on the leg.
Riding leggings for women have been gaining in popularity for some time. Thin fabrics are an advantage, especially in summer, otherwise you will quickly sweat on the horse. Airy and comfortable summer breeches are then a must. Full-seat breeches with grip trim are also good for warm temperatures, as the fabric lets more air through than leather or imitation leather trim. The functional material of many riding leggings and grip breeches transports sweat and moisture effectively to the outside, in contrast to cotton.
You should also choose lighter colors like taupe, light gray or cream. These light colors stay cooler in the sun than dark colors like black, navy or dark brown. By the way, many riding leggings have a mobile phone pocket, sometimes open, sometimes as a zipped pocket. Riding leggings are only suitable to a limited extent as competition breeches, as the material is very thin and sometimes not opaque. Also, leggings often do not have belt loops, which is why the fit has to be perfect. Incidentally, manufacturers also offer thermal breeches in the style of leggings for the winter. These are then lightly padded or lined with fleece. In any case, you have trendy riding clothing with reggings.
Especially in winter, the legs get cold very quickly when riding. This can be remedied by wearing softshell breeches for women. The upper material is windproof, in some cases even water-repellent. The fleece inner material provides additional warmth. Softshell breeches are available with grip or artificial leather trimmings and also as riding leggings. Of course you can also wear thick cotton breeches and thermal tights underneath. But then there is a great risk that wrinkles will form. These can be very uncomfortable and cause chafing. Riding breeches made of softshell material are then the better choice.
The right breeches are always the ones you feel most comfortable in. If you are rather slim, you can wear almost any women's breeches. For example Pikeur and Ariat also offer breeches with longer legs if you have particularly long legs but are rather narrow around the waist. If you have stronger legs, you may want to try on breeches with a higher percentage of stretch, as these are less restrictive than sturdy, thick cotton breeches. The Elly women's breeches by ELT have been specially developed for the plus-size figure. It offers an advantageous cut in fit-sensitive areas and a modern high waistband, as well as a subtle wedge cutout in the back area. The contrasting insert on the thigh also flatters the figure.
With strong calves you can use Jodhpur breeches, because they are cut wider from the knee than classic breeches. In addition, the bootcut flatters strong thighs.
Would you like to hide a little belly? Then there is one Ladies breeches with high waist, so high collar the right one for you. If, on the other hand, you feel restricted when riding, you can give yourself a little more freedom with low-cut breeches. This Hip breeches sit rather low and do not press on the stomachwhen you sit on your horse.
Little riders will find short sizes on most brands. Long side seams in contrasting colors also visually lengthen short legs. You can optically stretch and flatter your figure with models in which the inner trimming is darker than the main fabric.