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12 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 breeches 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.

    Here’s a selection of some of the best waterproof riding trousers available right now…

    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: £79 |

    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.

    View now at ebay.co.uk

    LeMieux DryTex Stormwear waterproof trousers

    LeMieux DryTex Stormwear waterproof trousers

    Fit: Unisex | Colours: Black | Sizes: XS–XXL | RRP: £79.95 |

    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.

    View now at amazon.co.uk, elandlodge.com, equus.co.uk or naylors.com

    Derby House Pro Microfibre lined waterproof trousers

    Derby House Pro Microfibre lined waterproof trousers

    Fit: Ladies’ | Colours: Black | Sizes: 22–36in | RRP: £36.95 |

    These waterproof trousers from Derby House have an updated fit to allow comfortable wear over your usual breeches. The 210D outer material is fully waterproof and all zips, including the front pockets, are sealed to keep water out, while the microfibre lining adds an extra layer of warmth. They feature a synthetic leather seat, lower leg zips and a high waist.

    View now at rideawaystore.com

    Shires Aubrion waterproof trousers

    Shires Aubrion waterproof trousers

    Fit: Unisex | Colours: Navy | Sizes: 3XS–XL | RRP: £27.99 | 

    These lightweight, waterproof and breathable trousers from Shires are pull-on in design, with an elasticated waistband. They have reinforced hems to withstand wear and tear, taped seams for maximum weather protection and two pockets. The waterproof finish causes moisture to bead up and roll off.

    View now at equus.co.uk or viovet.co.uk

    Equetech waterproof riding chaps

    Equetech waterproof riding chaps

    Fit: Unisex | Colours: Navy | Sizes: S–XL | RRP: £59.95 |

    These waterproof and fleece-lined chaps from Equetech are cropped with shaped knee panels that fit around the tops of your boots, which means they can be removed without taking your boots off. They feature an adjustable waistband and clip, elastic panel at the back and zip fastenings on the outer leg panels.

    View now at amazon.co.uk or equus.co.uk

    Hy Equestrian Waterproof Pull-On overtrousers

    Hy Equestrian Waterproof Pull-On overtrousers

    Fit: Unisex | Colours: Navy | Sizes: XS–XL | RRP: £34.99 |

    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

    View now at amazon.co.uk, equus.co.ukviovet.co.uk or rideawaystore.com

    Toggi Torrent waterproof overtrousers

    Toggi Torrent waterproof overtrousers

    Fit: Unisex | Colours: Black or navy | Sizes: XXS–XXL | RRP: £75 |

    These Toggi waterproof overtrousers are designed with a stretch mesh panel at the ankle to fit neatly inside long boots. They are made of a super-stretchy, rustle-free fabric, and have a partially elasticated waist and higher back for added comfort. 

    View now at elandlodge.com

    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.

    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.

    Schöffel Saxby overtrousers 

    Schöffel Saxby overtrousers 

    Fit: Unisex | Colours: Navy | Sizes: XS–3XL | RRP: £129.95 | 

    Although not designed specifically for wearing in the saddle, these overtrousers from Schöffel are windproof, waterproof and breathable, so great for wearing on the yard. They have an elasticated waist with adjustable drawcord, full-length side zips for easy removal and for sliding over boots. They pack away into a pocket at the back.

    View now at philipmorrisdirect.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.

    Twin Oaks winter thermal breeches

    Twin Oaks winter thermal breeches

    Fit: Ladies’ | Colours: Black | Sizes: S–XXL | RRP: £64.90 |

    Despite bring called breeches, these trousers from Twin Oaks are really waterproof riding trousers. They are insulated, have a grippy seat and an adjustable waistband. They also feature a zip at the leg cuffs and a zipped outside pocket.

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