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19 of the best competition breeches to get you back out this season


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  • The best competition breeches are lightweight and breathable, enabling you to stay cool while working hard in warm temperatures. Competition breeches are typically either white, cream or fawn in colour to fit with the rules of the major disciplines – so finding a pair that uses stain-repelling technology is a real bonus. If you’re looking for something a bit more casual, check out our pick of the best summer breeches, riding tights and leggings. And if you’re after the best men’s breeches, we’ve got that covered, too.

    Technical fabrics also offer wicking properties as well as compression and the best competition breeches will have sufficient stretch to allow you freedom of movement in the saddle, combined with good support and grip.

    Some riders – usually dressage riders – prefer a full seat, while others – particularly showjumpers – favour the knee grip design as they spend more time out of the saddle. Really it’s down to personal preference but luckily there are plenty of design options to suit. Obviously you want look and feel your best when out competing, so style and fit are also key to finding the best pair of competition breeches for you.

    Here are some of the best competition breeches on sale this season…

    Ariat Tri Factor X breeches 

    Ariat Tri Factor X breeches

    Colours: White or black | Sizes: 22–36in, in regular or long | RRP: £135

    Adaptable to all environments, these breeches feature FreezePoint smart-cooling technology to help regulate your body temperature. The compressive performance fabric also delivers a slimmer appearance, while silver trims on the pockets and jewelled buttons bring a touch of glamour.

    View at ariat.com

    Aztec Diamond competition breeches

    Aztec Diamond competition breeches

    Colours: White, navy, grey, burgundy or khaki | Sizes: 12–16 | RRP: £90

    Developed with performance and style in mind, these double-lined breeches feature a “second-skin fit”, discreet grip locking system and Lycra sock around the lower calf. Made with a quick-dry and anti-stain fabric.

    View at aztecdiamondequestrian.com

    Cavalliera Toscana full-grip dressage breeches

    Cavalliera Toscana full-grip dressage breeches

    Colours: White, beige, grey or navy | Sizes: EU 36–46 | RRP: £275

    Made from a four-way stretch jersey that offers breathability and freedom of movement, with UV-resistant and antibacterial properties. The transparent seat grip provides stability, while the stretch-knit socks improve the fit. 

    More info at cavalleriatoscana.com
    View at equiport.co.uk

    Cavallo Caja competition breeches

    Cavallo Caja competition breeches

    Colours: White, navy, espresso, oak, twilight or black | Sizes: EU 32–48 regular or 68–96 long | RRP: £188

    These breeches have a silicone full seat, a straight cut waist and are finished with two zipped front pockets.

    More info at cavallo.info
    View at harryhall.com

    Dublin Edge gel full-seat breeches

    Dublin Edge gel full-seat breeches

    Colours: White and sand | Sizes: 8–18 | RRP: £121.99

    These breeches feature an Ezi-Grip gel full seat, dust-resistant fabric coating and an air-panel cuff for a close fit without adding bulk.

    More info at dublinclothing.co.uk
    View at viovet.co.uk

    DVR Equestrian Penny soft breeches

    DVR Equestrian Penny soft breeches

    Colours: Milton white | Sizes: XS–XL | RRP: £145

    These super-lightweight mid-high waist breeches are made of a breathable and stretchy high-performance fabric – and they’re environmentally friendly, too. They have two zipped pockets, contrasting lower leg panels and silicone grip on the inside of the leg.

    View at dvrequestrian.com

    Ego7 EJ jumping breeches

    Ego7 EJ jumping breeches

    Colours: White, beige, black, navy, Bordeaux, green grey or hunter green | Sizes: EU 32–46 | RRP: £168

    These jersey breeches feature knee grip patches, flattering front pockets and zip detail on the back. The fabric has a four-way stretch that provides unrestricted movement, support and shape retention.

    More info at ego7.it
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    Equetech Regency breeches

    Equetech Regency breeches

    Colours: Honey | Sizes: 24–34in | RRP: £83.50

    The showing breeches come in a timeless rich honey colour. They are made from technical woven stretch twill with silicone grip knees for complete security.

    More info at equetech.com
    View at equus.co.uk

    GhoDho Tinley Pro Meryl knee patch breeches

    GhoDho Tinley Pro Meryl knee patch breeches

    Colours: White or beige | Sizes: 22–32in | RRP: £160.38 

    Made of technical Meryl fabric, these breeches are moisture wicking and have water- and stain-resisting properties. They also have piping details, silicone knee patches and a soft flexible ankle.

    View at ghodho.com

    Harry Hall Equipel competition breeches

    Harry Hall Equipel competition breeches

    Colours: White | Sizes: 24–34in | RRP: £89.95

    These stain-repellent breeches have a high-rise fit and feature silicone grip on the knee and seat. Designed to flatter, these breeches should fit like a second skin.

    View at harryhall.com

    Holland Cooper Hickstead breeches

    Colours: White, black or ink navy | Sizes: 6–16 | RRP: £125 

    These breeches are designed to follow your figure and help you feel stylish in the saddle. They have a full grip seat and are cut in a flexible fabric to allow you freedom of movement.

    View at hollandcooper.com

    Hy Equestrian Roka Rose breeches

    Hy Equestrian Roka Rose breeches

    Colours: White | Sizes: 24–34in | RRP: £89.99

    These exquisite breeches feature rose gold and navy diamantes to the front and rear pockets. They also have a full silicone seat and bulk-free stretch hem ankles for the perfect fit.

    View at viovet.co.uk

    Mochara Equestrian full-seat breeches

    Mochara Equestrian full-seat breeches

    Colours: White, stone, black or navy | Sizes: 6–16 | RRP: £95

    These stretchy breeches have a full silicone seat and elasticated sock, with subtle silver detailing that adds an extra special touch. The white pairs are fully lined to ensure they’re not see through.

    View at mochara.co.uk

    Mountain Horse Diana breeches

    Mountain Horse Diana breeches

    Colours: Navy or white | Sizes: EU 34–46 | RRP: £89

    The high waist and wide waistband of these breeches offers extra support, while the seams are positioned carefully and the motion fit back yoke follows your movement. They also have a double folded flexible cuff at the leg.

    View at mountainhorse.co.uk

    Pikeur Candela grip breeches

    Pikeur Candela grip breeches

    Colours: White, beige, black, dark shadow, navy, slate, or midnight sky | Sizes: 20–30in, in regular or long | RRP: £178.95

    These high-waisted breeches feature a mock suede or silicone grip full seat – the choice is yours – as well as two slanting pockets (not in white) and elasticated ankle finish.  RRP: £178.95

    View at pikeur.mybreeches.com

    PS Of Sweden Louisa breeches

    PS Of Sweden Louisa breeches

    Colours: White | Sizes: 6–18 | RRP: £132

    These stretchy competition breeches are made of an opaque material with four-way stretch and wicking properties. They feature a regular high waist with belt loops, knee grip, elastic ankles and navy detailing.

    More info at psofsweden.com
    View at discount-equestrian.co.uk

    Shires Aubrion Thompson breeches 

    Shires Aubrion Thompson breeches

    Colours: White, beige, black, navy, olive or grey | Sizes: 24–34in | RRP: £57.99

    These lightweight breeches are made from performance fabric and feature matte silicone knee grips and a contour seat. As the cheapest pair of breeches in this guide, they show you can still feel the part on a budget.

    More info at shiresequestrian.com
    View at naylors.com

    Stierna Sally knee grip breeches

    Stierna Sally knee grip breeches

    Colours: Sand, white, black or navy | Sizes: EU 32–42 | RRP: £155

    These breeches are described as combining high performance fabric with minimalist design and great fit to give maximum comfort in the saddle. They have chafe-free seams, a zipped leg pocket and shaped waistband with belt loops.

    View at stierna.com

    Tredstep Rosa II breeches

    Tredstep Rosa II breeches

    Colours: Tan, nebula blue or warm grey | Sizes: 24–34in, in regular or long | RRP: £99.99

    These traditional-looking mid-rise breeches are an updated version of the Rosa, with a new patterning, cuff fabric and stitch detailing. They are stain resistant and feature a definition waistband that eliminates gaping and the gathering caused by a belt. 

    More info at tredstep.com
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    What’s the difference between full-seat and knee-patch breeches?

    Full-seat breeches tend to be favoured by riders who hack or do dressage as they are great for helping you stay secure in the saddle by promoting stillness from your seat down. For this reason, they can be a little more restrictive and can make it harder to adjust your position. Knee-patch breeches only have grip at the knee – this offers less security, but makes it easier to come out of the saddle and adopt the two-point position if you’re jumping. Traditionally the seat or patches were suede, but more recently variations of silicone grip have become most popular.


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