8 pairs of waterproof trousers to keep you warm and dry in the saddle this winter

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  • The best waterproof riding trousers are nothing short of a winter lifesaver for many equestrians. Everyone considers a waterproof riding jacket, but if you’ve not tried waterproof riding trousers or waterproof breeches before, then this winter could be a new experience for you. Not only do they keep out the wind and rain while you’re in the saddle, but they’re handy on the yard, too, when you’re mucking out, carrying buckets, wet rugs, brushing past hedges or climbing through fencing.

    Some waterproof riding trousers also have a fleecy lining for extra warmth, which you’ll be thankful for in the depths of winter. They should be tailored to be comfortable in the saddle, and many have a full seat to give you extra security.

    A great pair of waterproof riding trousers should make your life easier. You can wear your everyday breeches or best riding tights underneath and they should be easy to put on and take off – and some have leg zips so that you can take them off without removing your boots. Overtrousers allow you to head to the yard on your way out with your casual clothes on underneath, then when you leave you can whip your waterproofs off and you’re ready to head to work or continue with your day.

    Many waterproof riding trousers are unisex, so it’s important to check the size guide before you purchase. Likewise, if you’re particularly long or short in the leg, it would be worth investigating a style that comes in a variety of lengths.

    Best waterproof riding trousers

    WeatherBeeta Rayne Waterproof Overtrousers

    WeatherBeeta Rayne Waterproof Overtrousers

    Fit: Ladies’
    Colours: Black
    Sizes: UK8–18
    RRP: £99.99

    These trousers have a waterproof rating of 5,000mm, and benefit from taped seams, zipped pockets and reinforced knees and inner legs. They are fully lined, have a gel print on the leg for added stability in the saddle, and a touch-tape cuff adjustment.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk or gsequestrian.co.uk

    Just Chaps Dri-Rider waterproof riding trousers

    Just Chaps Dri-Rider Waterproof Riding Trousers

    Fit: Unisex
    Colours: Navy |
    Sizes: XS–XXL, in three leg lengths
    RRP: £98
    H&H Rating: 8/10

    If you’re looking for a pair of waterproof riding trousers that are really going to fit you, these trousers from Just Chaps are definitely worth a look at. Breathable and lightweight, these can be worn as trousers or overtrousers. They feature a full non-slip seat, elastic panel at the waist, hi-viz piping, taped seams and adjustable elastic stirrups straps. They are slim enough in the leg for riding yet allow sufficient room for country boots. Also available in toddler and child sizes.

    These waterproof riding trousers were reviewed as part of H&H’s independent testing scheme and were awarded ‘Best in Test’ read the full review.

    In the UK? View now at ebay.co.uk

    LeMieux DryTex Stormwear waterproof trousers

    LeMieux DryTex Stormwear Waterproof Trousers

    Fit: Unisex
    Colours: Black
    Sizes: XS–XXL
    RRP: £89.95

    These LeMieux overtrousers are fully waterproof – the rain simply beads and runs off. They featurean elasticated waistband, zipped pockets, reflective strips around the pockets and lower leg and elasticated foot straps and Velcro fastenings to stop the bottoms rising up while riding. They also have a full silicone seat as well as reinforced knees and inner lower leg for added durability.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uknaylors.com or ebay.co.uk

    Shires Aubrion Waterproof Trousers

    Shires Aubrion Waterproof Trousers

    Fit: Ladies’
    Colours: Navy
    Sizes: XXS–XXL
    RRP: £84.99

    Designed with a contour fit and specifically for in-saddle comfort, these trousers have a silicone seat print to keep you secure in the saddle. They feature two pockets at the hip, an elasticated rear waist and foot stirrups. They are waterproof to 5,000mm and have a water-repelling coating that makes the water bead and run off.

    In the UK? View now at viovet.co.uk 

    Hy Equestrian Waterproof Pull-On overtrousers

    Hy Equestrian Waterproof Pull-On Overtrousers

    Fit: Unisex
    Colours: Navy
    Sizes: XS–XL
    RRP: £59.99

    These thin waterproof trousers from Hy have an elasticated waistband and touch-tape ankles to ensure a snug fit. They feature two deep pockets and reflective panels on the lower leg to optimise visibility in poor light levels. Child sizes also available.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk or gsequestrian.co.uk 

    Harry Hall all-weather waterproof riding trousers

    Harry Hall All-Weather Waterproof Riding Trousers

    Fit: Unisex
    Colours: Black
    Sizes: XS–XL
    RRP: £95

    These waterproof riding trousers from Harry Hall are designed with a suede fabric seat to add security in the saddle, while a bottom zip opening to the lower leg makes them easy to put on over boots. The elastic waistband is designed to be higher at the back to allow for a more comfortable fit and finishes include reflective detailing and a handy front pocket.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk

    Mark Todd Reinga waterproof trousers

    Mark Todd Reinga Waterproof Trousers

    Fit: Unisex
    Colours: Navy
    Sizes: XS–XL
    RRP: £94.99

    Made in a poly-stretch fabric for freedom of movement with a 20g polyfil for added warmth, these waterproof trousers feature durable panels, waterproof zips, full-length side zips with storm flaps and adjustable tabs at the waist and ankle. They also benefit from reflective piping and have a front zip and popper fastening.

    In the UK? View now at gsequestrian.co.uk

    Turfmasters waterproof trousers

    Turfmasters Waterproof Trousers

    Fit: Ladies’
    Colours: Navy
    Sizes: XS–L
    RRP: £67.26

    The waterproof trousers by Turfmasters offer protection against the cold, wind and rain. They have a zip and button fastening at the ankle as well as an adjustable waist for ultimate comfort in the saddle.

    In the UK? View now at equineproducts-ukltd.com

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