20 pairs of riding tights and leggings worth trying out this summer

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  • The best riding tights and leggings have proved to be very popular in recent years. An alternative to jodhpurs and breeches, riding tights are more similar in design to a pair of leggings you might wear at the gym or to a yoga class. They should be lightweight, very comfortable and offer great freedom of movement. Being pull-on in design and usually made of a four-way stretch material, they’re easy to get on, too.

    Most will feature some sort of grip to help you remain secure in the saddle and this could be in a full-seat or knee-patch style. Other features to look out for include flat seams (or seamless), reflective detailing and mesh panelling. Many come with pockets on the thigh to fit your phone in while riding, but some styles also offer zipped pockets on the leg or at the back of the waistband for added security.

    The selection of riding tights below are ideal for summer wear, but if you’re looking for something warmer check out this selection of the best winter riding tights.

    The summer riding tights below are currently being tested by Horse & Hound’s Martha Terry and Sophie Cheeseman – so we can give you a great insight as to what they’re really like.

    Best riding tights and leggings for the summer

    LeMieux riding tights

    LeMieux Summer Pull-on Breeches

    Colours: Bluebell, aubergine, grey, navy, ocean or white | Sizes: UK 4–18 | RRP: £69.95 | Review: 10/10 |

    These lightweight leggings have a seamless design for comfort and a wide elasticated waist band for a flattering fit. They feature a generous, elasticated phone pocket on each thigh and have a full silicone seat.

    We found the pocket on these riding tights to be really secure and the tights themselves to be supple, comfortable and supportive without feeling restrictive or tight.

    Read H&H’s review of the LeMieux riding tights.

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

    Toggi Sculptor riding tights

    Toggi Sculptor Full-Seat Riding Tights

    Colours: Azure | Sizes: 24–34in | RRP: £57.50 | Review: 10/10 |

    These full-seat riding tights are made from a technical and supportive fabric. They have two side leg pockets, mesh ankle panels and a high waist with a drawcord.

    Our tester, Martha, said these “felt like a second skin without feeling like you’d forgotten your trousers”.

    Read H&H’s review of the Toggi Sculptor riding tights.

    View now at amazon.co.uk, elandlodge.com or ebay.co.uk

    Aztec Diamond Riding Leggings

    Aztec Diamond Icon Riding Leggings

    Colours: Black, navy, grey, maroon, charcoal, taupe, khaki, burgundy, chocolate, metal or beige | Sizes: XS–XL | RRP: £50 | Review: 10/10 |

    These flattering leggings come in a wide range of colours and are made of recycled performance fabric that gives full coverage. They have a thick elasticated waist band, silicone knee grip and a side pocket.

    We loved these leggings from the moment we opened the bag – and found them to be really stylish and smart.

    Read H&H’s review of the Aztec Diamond riding leggings.

    Ariat Ascent Half Grip Tights

    Colours: Navy or black | Sizes: XS–XL | RRP: £110 | Review: 9/10 |

    These tights are designed with flattering compression panels to offer additional support to your muscles and joints. They have a deep rise design to promote core strength and provide ultimate comfort, a half-seat grip and an envelope closure pocket on each thigh.

    Read H&H’s review of the Ariat Ascent riding tights.

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

    Equetech Signature Luxe Riding Tights

    Equetech Signature Luxe Riding Tights

    Colours: Black or lavender | Sizes: XS–3XL | RRP: £59.95 | Review: 9/10 |

    These riding tights have vented panels on the lower leg and a ‘no-roll’ supportive waistband. They have flat-lock seams that are positioned for comfort in addition to a matt silicone grip seat and a deep pocket on the thigh.

    We thought these riding tights were stylish, flattering and comfortable. The snaffle bit silicone design is eye catching and provides ample grip in the saddle.

    Read H&H’s review of the Equetech riding tights.

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

    Mochara Technical Leggings

    Mochara Technical Riding Leggings

    Colours: Mauve, grape, charcoal grey, burgundy, jet black, navy, berry or slate grey | Sizes: XXS–XXL | RRP: £40 | Review: 9/10 |

    These riding leggings are designed to be suitable for other sporting activities, too. The fabric is breathable, moisture-wicking and treated to prevent UV penetration for sun protection and to reduce heat absorption. They also have two phone-sized pockets.

    These leggings come in a great range of gorgeous colours and we found them to be comfortable and flattering. They don’t have any grip, so are the closest to sports leggings of all the riding tights we’ve tested.

    Read H&H’s review of the Mochara riding leggings.

    Coldstream Kelso Riding Skins

    Coldstream Kelso Riding Skins

    Colours: Beige, black, white or Windsor wine | Sizes: 24–34in | RRP: £99.99 |

    These high-waisted leggings are designed to give the support of breeches combined with the movement of riding tights. They have a full silicone seat, no-bulk elastic stretch ankles and are made of an anti-VPL fabric.

    View now at amazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk, equus.co.uk, equus.co.uk or ebay.co.uk

    Derby House Elite Gel Seat II Riding Tights

    Derby House Elite Gel Seat II Riding Tights

    Colours: Navy or black | Sizes: 24–36in | RRP: £44.99 |

    These are an upgrade of the Elite Gel tights. They have the same style, shape and fit with a full silicone seat, but are made from a blend of recycled fabric. They have a deep, supportive waistband that is flattering and comfortable, a generous phone pocket on each side, and anti-rise silicone gel on the inside ankles to prevent rising or bulking.

    View now at rideawaystore.com

    Pikeur Gia Athleisure Riding Leggings

    Pikeur Gia Athleisure Riding Leggings

    Colours: White, taupe, brocade brown, dark green, light grey, dark shadow, black, nightblue or Bordeaux | Sizes: 18–32in, in regular or long | RRP: £124.95 |

    These super-stretchy leggings have a soft inner side and a wide, elastic waistband. The full seat has silicone and there is a large mobile phone pocket on the outer thigh.

    View now at amazon.co.uk, rideawaystore.com, elandlodge.com or sportsdirect.com

    Covalliero riding tights

    Covalliero Riding Tights

    Colours: Dark navy, light greige, sand or avocado | Sizes: EU 32/34–44/46 | RRP: £71.50 |

    These riding tights feature a full seat with silicone grip, an extra-wide waistband and a phone pocket. They are described as moisture wicking and fast drying.

    View now at amazon.co.uk or rideawaystore.com

    Whitaker Legend riding tights

    Whitaker Legend riding tights

    Colours: Navy or burgundy | Sizes: XS–XL | RRP: £60 |

    These stretchy riding tights have two pockets on the leg as well as two zipped side pockets for valuables. The full silicone printed monogram seat, wide supportive waistband and printing in champagne gold add to the elegant look.

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

    Hy Synergy Riding Tights

    Hy Equestrian Synergy Riding Tights

    Colours: Black or navy | Sizes: XS–XL | RRP: £44.99 | Review: 6/10 |

    These tights have a ¾ silicone grip seat. They feature a non-bulk mesh sock ankle for optimum comfort, and a mesh pocket.

    We found these were really good on the VPL front – you couldn’t see anything – although, they’d benefit from a more substantial pocket.

    Read H&H’s review of the Hy Synergy riding tights.

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

    Dublin Cool It Everyday Riding Tights

    Dublin Cool It Everyday Riding Tights

    Colours: Olive, true navy, beige, black or dark grey | Sizes: UK 8–18 | RRP: £53.99 |

    These mid-rise riding tights are made of a wicking fabric that helps to keep you cool, comfortable and dry. They also feature belt loops, thigh pockets with flap covers and a full silicone-print seat. Also available in children’s sizes.

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

    Mountain Horse Flora Tech Tights

    Mountain Horse Flora Tech Tights

    Colours: Black, grey melange, dark navy, antarctic grey or burgundy melange | Sizes: EU 34–46 | RRP: £69 |

    These riding tights have silicone grip at the seat and knee for extra stickability. They are quick-drying and have pockets on both legs.

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

    Equiline Christic Leggings

    Equiline Christic Leggings

    Colours: Black | Sizes: UK 4–20 | RRP: £92 |

    These leggings are made with Lycra, and are breathable and quick drying. They feature a phone pocket and full-seat grip.

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

    PS Of Sweden Jocelyn summer riding tights

    PS of Sweden Jocelyn

    2022 colours: Black, navy, khaki, coffee or moon rock | Sizes: S–XL | RRP: £70 |

    Created from recycled fabric, these smart tights offer full-seat and knee grip so they’ll suit all disciplines. They also have a flattering crossover waistband.

    View now at psofsweden.com or naylors.com

    Fouganza 100 Light Horse Riding Leggings

    Fouganza 100 Light Riding Leggings

    Colours: Navy, pink or blue print | Sizes: UK 2–14/16 | RRP: £19.99 | Review: 6/10 |

    These leggings have a wide waistband for comfort and mesh zones to promote ventilation.

    We think these leggings are a good budget buy – they don’t have many of these features other riding tights have, such as grip, and the pocket was a bit small, but the material didn’t show any VPL, which was a real positive.

    Read H&H’s review of the Fouganza riding leggings.

    View now at decathlon.co.uk

    Shires Aubrion Elstree Mesh Riding Tights

    Shires Aubrion Elstree Mesh Riding Tights

    Colours: Black or navy | Sizes: XXS–XXL | RRP: £44.99 |

    To help keep you cool, these riding tights feature ventilating mesh panels on the outer leg. The tights also have a full silicone grip seat and legs and a phone-sized pocket on the thigh. Also available in children’s sizes.

    View now at amazon.co.uk, rideawaystore.com or ebay.co.uk

    Premier Equine Rexa Ladies Gel Knee Pull-on Riding Tights

    Premier Equine Rexa Ladies Gel Knee Pull-on Riding Tights

    Colours: Black or anthracite | Sizes: 22–34in | RRP: £60 |

    These technical riding tights have a mid/heavyweight gel knee, a deep, supportive waistband and multi-panel detailing that provides a flattering look. They feature two zip pockets on the upper thigh and two deep phone pockets on the lower thigh.

    GS Equestrian Dexterity knee patch riding tights

    GS Equestrian Dexterity knee patch riding tights

    Colours: Petrol or navy | Sizes: UK 8–14 | RRP: £39.95 |

    Made from a combination of nylon and spandex, these tights have a thick, comfortable waistband and two phone pockets as well as a smaller rear zipper pocket. They have a silicone grip knee patch and mesh ankle cuff.

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