Best lightweight summer breeches for riders 2018: Horse & Hound’s testers rank their favourites

The best lightweight summer breeches for horse riders need to have excellent breathability, enabling the rider to stay cool while riding in warm temperatures while out hacking, schooling or jumping. Leisure breeches can be any colour, although those that are white, cream or fawn could potentially double up for occasional competition use as well. They need to have sufficient stretch to allow the rider to move in the saddle, combined with good grip, but without rubbing. Some riders prefer a full seat, while others like the grip on the inside of the knee. This is mainly personal preference, as is the cut at the waist. Riders want to look at stylish whenever they ride so a flattering fit and attractive appearance are always important.


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The lightweight summer breeches in this group test were trialled by Tamsin Addison. Tamsin beat bone cancer at the age of 21 and become the first person in the world to re-grow the humerus bone in her upper arm. She has competed up to CCI** eventing, but now rides for Ireland in para dressage.

Horse & Hound’s pick of the best lightweight summer breeches 2018


* BEST IN TEST *

Hy PERFORMANCE Chester breeches

RRP: £79.99

Hy PERFORMANCE Chester breeches review“These are a smart and beautifully detailed pair of breeches that are suitable as everyday or competition breeches as they are comfortable as well as very stylish. These breeches were comfortable to wear, but only offered a small amount of grip in the saddle. The material is lightweight, which makes them perfect for summer as you don’t get too hot. The pockets at the back look nice, but they are rather small and therefore aren’t very practical, but the front pockets are quite spacious, which is good. I really like the detail and the belt loops on these breeches.”

9/10

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* BEST VALUE *

Toggi Firle Ladies Breeches

RRP: £46.50

Toggi Firle Ladies Breeches review“These breeches proved to be not too hot on the hot days and not too cold on the colder days, making them very versatile and suitable for our changable English weather. They also dried pretty fast after getting wet and gave me a lot of movement. I found the elastic on the waist could get a little loose, which meant they did slip down a little so I needed to wear belt with them. They offer excellent value as everyday breeches at the price.”

8/10

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My LeMieux Pace Breeches

RRP: £74.95

My LeMieux Pace Breeches review“When I first saw these breeches I thought they looked very trendy and were to my taste. The fabric felt comfortable to wear. The breeches had lots of pockets including big back pockets with zips, which I love and were handy for my phone. They were comfy to ride in, particularly on slightly cooler summer day, but did tend to slip down without a belt. The grip on the inside of the knees was very effective, which helped me feel safe while jumping. A great choice for all age groups as they are trendy, comfortable and supportive. I think they are good value.”

8/10

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Cavallo Caja Grip breeches

RRP: £169

Cavallo Caja Grip breeches review“The performance of these breeches was good; the grips on the inside of the legs was so supportive it made you feel safe, but didn’t restrict any movement. The fabric was comfy, but not ideally suited to use in hot summer weather as it was quite thick and not as breathable as I had hoped. I would definitely recommend these breeches as they are supportive, comfortable and very stylish. But they are on the expensive side.”

8/10

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Horseware Adalie Summer Breeches

RRP: €89.95

Horseware Adalie breeches review“I really like the blue/white colouring, white stitching and the pocket design as well as the belt loops. Theses breeches did look really good on. They have no added grip on the seat, but as the inner knee pads are quite effective I didn’t find it affected my riding much. I found the sizing came up a little bit small, so if you are typically slightly between sizes I would go up, rather than down. They are a stylish pair of everyday breeches for any rider.”

7/10

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Sporting Hares Victorious Summer Performance Breeches

RRP: £49.99

Sporting Hares Victorious Summer Performance Breeches review“These breeches were very stretchy and comfortable when riding and walking. They are ideal for summer as the material is quite thin, although the silicon grip isn’t as effective as I would have hoped. The design of the fabric with the gold dots was not something I would normally choose, but they did do the job.”

7/10

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