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.
Here’s a selection of some of the best riding tights and leggings on the market (listed alphabetically) this summer…
Ariat EOS full-seat tights
Colours: Relic emboss, blue opal, black, navy or team | Sizes: XS–XL | RRP: £85 |
These tights offer flattering support as well as full seat grip and conveniently placed pockets on both thighs. The material helps to keep you cool and provides compressions, which gives a sleek fit and helps the tights keep their shape. The tights feature a wide waistband with a further zipped pocket at the back, as well as perforated leg panels.
Coldstream Equestrian Kelso riding skins
Colours: Windsor wine, black, white or beige | Sizes: 24–34in | RRP: £99.99 |
These riding tights from Coldstream are made of a breathable and quick-drying fabric and feature a flattering high waist. The silicone full seat offers extra security, while the ankles are designed to add no bulk.
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Covalliero Air riding tights
Colours: Wood or navy | Sizes: 128/134, 140/146, 152/158 or 164/170 | RRP: £66 |
These tights have a comfort waistband and unrestricted fit. The special mesh fabric at the side of the tights provides optimum air circulation, while the fabric is also breathable and fast-drying, which is ideal for the warmer weather. They have a full seat with grip for added security in the saddle, and a phone-sized pocket on the hip.
Dublin Performance Cool-It tights
Colours: Beige, black, navy, white, charcoal or pink | Sizes: 8–18 | RRP: £55.99 |
Made of a stretchy performance fabric for comfort and freedom of movement, these Dublin tights have a full seat with PU silicone gel print for grip and stability in the saddle. Despite being pull-on tights they also have belt loops.
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Elico Madison riding tights
Colours: Black/aqua marine or black/pink/purple | Sizes: XS–XL | RRP: £54.95 |
These Elico tights have a flat, high and shaped waistband, which makes the leggings flattering and comfortable, with the adjustable draw cord. They have a full silicone seat that enables a better grip, with pockets in the waistband and on the thigh.
Equetech Revolution riding tights
Colours: Black or slate blue | Sizes: XS–XXL | RRP: £54.95 |
With a technical four-way stretch construction, vented side panels and full matt silicone seat, these Equetech tights have a wide comfort waistband and deep thigh phone-sized pockets.
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Foxy Equestrian riding tights
Colours: Navy or charcoal | Sizes: XXS–XL | RRP: £49.95 |
With phone pockets and a silicone seat, these Foxy Equestrian tights are practical as well as comfortable. They feature a high-rise waist band, and are super-stretchy while offering all-round support and shape retention.
Gray Equestrian leggings
Colours: Black, burgundy, navy, grey or purple | Sizes: XS–XL | RRP: £35 |
Designed to offer a flattering fit, these leggings from Gray Equestrian have a wide and high supportive waistband. They are made of a wicking and breathable fabric that helps to keep you cool, have a full silicone seat and feature a phone-sized side pocket on the thigh.
Hy Sport Active silicone riding skins
Colours: Navy/Aegean green, navy/rosette red or navy/pencil point grey | Sizes: XS–XL | RRP: £47.99 |
Designed with comfort, style and performance in mind, these Hy tights move with you while providing support. A wide stretchy waistband and technical materials allow for a comfortable fit, and the full silicone seat provides extra grip. The flash of colour helps to elongate your leg and the no bulk ankles mean they sit nicely under boots.
LeMieux Activewear pull-on summer breeches
Colours: White, grey, navy or ocean | Sizes: 6–16 | RRP: £69.95 |
These LeMieux pull-on breeches are made of lightweight, technical fabric that keeps you cool and wicks away sweat. The seamless design is comfortable comfort and the wide elasticated waist band gives a flattering fit. A generous, elasticated phone pocket on each thigh height allows you to keep your valuables secure and the silicone full seat will help to keep you secure. The tapered lower leg design and seamless anatomic Lycra sleeve provide extra comfort.
Mark Todd riding leggings
Colours: Navy or black | Sizes: XS–XL | RRP: £49.99 |
Manufactured in a breathable and stretchy sports fabric, these Mark Todd leggings offer a close fit while allowing freedom of movement. The side mesh panels provide added ventilation, while the extra-wide elasticated waistband offers additional support and gives a flattering outline. They also feature a substantial silicone grip knee patch for good stickability.
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Pikeur Gia Grip Athleisure breeches
Colours: White, dark shadow, black, nightblue, taupe, brocade brown, dark green, light grey, bordeaux | Sizes: 18–32in, in regular or long | RRP: £124.95 |
These riding tights are made from a super-elastic fabric with a soft inner side that offers good sweat wicking, optimal fit and comfort. The wide elasticated waistband with lurex strips offers support and the tights also have a full grip seat. They are finished with a large phone pocket on thigh. These Pikeur riding tights were reviewed as part of our independent testing scheme and scored 9/10 – read the full review.
Shires Aubrion Morden summer riding tights
Colours: Navy or black | Sizes: XXS–XL | RRP: £39.99 |
These Aubrion riding tights are described as having stretch in all the right places while offering maximum support and comfort.They have a deep waistband, silicone knee and seat patches, sleek dry cuffs and a phone-sized pocket on the thigh. Also available in children’s sizes.
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Stockinjur Tech leggings
Colours: Black, charcoal, dove, navy, olive or plum | Sizes: XS–XL | RRP: £37 |
Constructed from high-end recycled nylon, these Stockinjur leggings provide muscular compression, which decreases muscular vibrations and strain, and have good moisture-wicking properties. They feature a deep yet easy-to-reach zipped leg pocket, seamless inside leg and a wide figure-hugging waistband, and are finished with metallic and hi-vis branding.
SXC Candy leggings
Colours: Navy, black, slate, teal, blueberry, forest green or mulberry red | Sizes: 4–18 | RRP: From £38.99 |
If you’re looking for a bolder pair leggings, these SXC leggings could be a great option. Described as soft, stretchy and flattering, these leggings are available in knee grip or full seat styles. The seat print is described as extremely grippy and is different to most other pairs, running in stripes, rather than a printed design. The candy stripe detailing features on the waist and two large pockets.
Toggi Sculptor riding tights
Colours: Grey, pink, navy or black | Sizes: 24–34in | RRP: £52.50 |
Made from a technical and supportive fabric, these Toggi riding tights have a strategically placed silicone knee, thigh phone pocket and high waist with drawcord. They are finished with decorative reflective prints.
Vivendi Apparel compression leggings
Colours: 12 options | Sizes: XS–XXL | RRP: £48 |
These high-waisted leggings from Vivendi Apparel feature a striking design and have a zipped pocket on the reverse for keys and valuables. The material has compressing and sweat-wicking properties and is finished with a silicone knee print for grip and security.
Whitaker Legend riding tights
Colours: Navy or burgundy | Sizes: XS–XL | RRP: £60 |
These stretchy Whitaker 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.
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What’s the difference between breeches and riding tights?
Riding tights or leggings are an alternative to breeches. More like leggings you might wear to the gym, riding tights do not have any front or zip closure, but still usually feature either a grip full seat or knee patches to help you stay secure in the saddle. Riding tights are also often available in a wider range of colours and styles.
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