So, this will be my first Utah winter with a horse in work, & whilst it does get bitterly cold back home, I am not used to the snow or the extreme cold that can occur in my new home town. So, to prepare, I thought I had best look into some appropriate cold weather riding clothes as all I had were some riding skins & a couple of other light weight breeches.
I recently purchased online 2 breeches advertised as being for winter. Disclaimer here: I paid full price & this was a totally independent purchase. I did a lot of searching & looking into a variety of brands & product reviews before settling on the 2 pair. A few things I took into consideration:
- I absolutely must have a full seat breech! Unfortunately I have become too accustomed to riding in a full seat breech that without one, I feel like the proverbial sack of potatoes without that extra grip provided!
- Price. I was not going to spend a fortune, especially as I am not all that confident purchasing clothing online. My budget per pair was $80 or less if I could find.
- As this was an online purchase, the store guarantee was also taken into consideration should the need arise to return the items due to poor fit or any other issue.
- Reviews were read from other purchasers & assisted in choosing which brands I thought were worth trying.
Now, there were a number of brands I wanted to purchase but found that either the color I wanted or the size I needed were not available. The 2 I ended up purchasing, both through the same online store were:
Devon Air Full Seat Fleece
Tuffrider Unifleece Breech
Although purchasing from the same store, the items were shipped separately. This wasn’t a major concern as I was only charged the one shipping fee. I was also able to get 25% off one pair through the merchants promotion. Shopping around to compare prices & special offers always pays off!
My first impressions:
Fit; Good overall. Leg length perfect in Devon Air, slightly longer in Tuffrider*
(*At 5′ with short legs I am assuming these are designed to be midcalf for normal height riders!)
Seat; Suede in both, Devon Air is over the top of base material, Tuffrider is an insert. Neither appears to be a stretch suede, so very little give.
Material: Devon Air is a lightweight fleece, Tuffrider a thicker fleece.
Style; Both are nicely styled
Comfort; Both are reasonably comfortable however there is little give in the seat.
I am yet to ride in both & when I do I will update the blog with my impressions on their “rideability”! I’ll also do periodic updates throughout winter as to how they are wearing.
Do you have a favorite winter breech? Leave your reply below.