Frequently asked questions about Riding Breeches
The range of breeches brands, as well as the different wishes and requirements of their users, differ quite a bit. Whether with knee patches, full patches or the more modern grip patches, the range of breeches on the current market is huge. Our demands are as different as our bodies. Therefore, manufacturers also offer riding breeches in plus sizes as well as in overlengths to grant every rider an optimal fit. By testing and trying several models of breeches, you can find the ideal model for you over the years. Over time, many people develop a preference for certain brands and models, but the price should not be an irritant. Depending on the brand or model, the price quickly varies from affordable to moderate and even to breeches in the upper price categories. In addition, it should be said that opinions about quality are as individual as the demands.
The most important thing when choosing breeches is the fit and comfort. The breeches should ideally fit snugly and not have any creases, as at the beginning of your riding career you are still a little more unsteady in the saddle and chafing can quickly occur due to unsuitable breeches. To ensure a good hold in the saddle, it is advisable to choose breeches with full seat at the beginning. The choice between a leather or full-grip seat is irrelevant.
When temperatures are high, even under a pair of breeches it gets warm quickly. Unlike in other sports, we riders depend on the long breeches. That is why many manufacturers now offer summer breeches, which make riding in summer temperatures more pleasant thanks to the particularly thin and breathable material.
Some manufacturers also offer breeches for children. In addition to the adjusted cut and the child-friendly look - given by the larger colour range - the children's breeches are an ideal counterpart to the adult models. Especially for children, it is recommended to choose breeches with full seat. This makes it easier to balance in the saddle at the beginning.
Depending on your needs or taste, you can choose from a wide range of models and patches. Especially in dressage, breeches with a higher waistband and full seat are common. Many dressage riders like to go for the full grip seat, as this ensures the most support in the saddle. In show jumping, you mainly see breeches with knee patches. Also here, the question of grip is a matter of preference and habituation.
Just a few years ago, this question did not arise because the modern grip patch did not yet exist. The leather trim was either only applied above the knee or distributed over the entire seat area in order to strengthen the fabric and to improve support in the saddle. For more than a few years now, grip patch has been an absolute novelty on the market. The small silicone particles are evenly applied to the reinforced fabric and thus provide increased grip in the saddle. Both variants have their advantages and disadvantages. Some complain about the lack of grip when using leather trim, while others complain about the grip patch sticking too much to the saddle. Often it is simply a matter of getting used to it. Once accustomed to "leather trim" or "grip patch", many find it difficult to change.
High-quality riding breeches adapt to the shape of the body and at the same time offer the highest degree of flexibility and wearing comfort. Chafing of the knees or ankles, as well as the constant need to adjust the breeches, represent a considerable lack of wearing comfort and should not be tolerated under any circumstances. In the meantime, the quality standards of the breeches have become so high that a well-fitting, comfortable pair of breeches can be found even for little money. Unfortunately, normal signs of wear and tear can never be ruled out, but a pair of high-quality breeches should accompany you for a few years, depending on how often they are worn.
Riding breeches are heavily exposed to wear and tear in the stable and while riding, which is why washing them too often can seriously damage their structure. However, if your favourite well-worn piece becomes so dirty that there is no way around washing it, make sure you always turn it inside out and wash it at low temperatures (up to 30°C) with a mild detergent. For breeches with grip patch, it is recommended to use a special microfibre detergent to protect the grip patch, as this preserves it for longer and also cares for the fibres. The wet breeches should always be air-dried afterwards.