8 stylish pairs of men’s competition breeches to suit all budgets

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  • Unfortunately for the male rider, the reality is that there’s less choice when it comes to picking out the best men’s competition breeches than for their female counterparts. However, with a smaller target audience, you can be sure that if a brand or style is continuing to sell, they must be getting something right about the design.

    Just like the best ladies’ competition breeches, the best men’s breeches for competition should be lightweight and breathable, enabling you to stay cool while working hard. Competition breeches are typically light in colour to fit with the rules of the major disciplines – so finding a pair that uses stain-repelling technology is a real bonus. 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.

    Choosing between full-seat and knee-grip styles is down to personal preference, but 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.

    Best men’s competition breeches

    Ariat Tri Factor Grip Knee Patch Breeches

    Ariat Tri Factor Grip Knee Patch Breeches

    Colours: White, tan, navy or black | Sizes: 28–40in, in regular or long | RRP: £125 |

    These breeches benefit from cooling technology, compression and silicone grip. The waistband has a V-shaped panel that is designed to aid fit, while the calf is designed to provide custom support at the calf and ankle, alleviating pressure points and friction.

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

    Mark Todd Auckland breeches

    Mark Todd Auckland breeches

    Colours: White, beige, charcoal, coffee, navy or olive | Sizes: 28–38in | RRP: £79.98

    These breeches are made from a lightweight material with four-way stretch. They have a Euroseat design, slimline sock ankle, grip knee patches and pockets on the front and rear.

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

    Equetech Kingham breeches

    Equetech Kingham breeches

    Colours: White, beige, black, grey, navy or walnut | Sizes: 28–36in | RRP: £68.95 | Review: 8/10 |

    These hard-wearing breeches are a great option for everyday wear as well as competition. They have a fabric seat and silicone knee grip, as well as press button pockets, belt loops and a Lycra panel at the cuff.

    Read H&H’s independent Equetech Kingham breeches review

    View now at naylors.com or equus.co.uk

    Pikeur Rodrigo breeches

    Pikeur Rodrigo breeches

    Colours: White, beige and more working colours  | Sizes: 24–42in, in regular or long | RRP: From £169.95

    These plain-fronted breeches have wide belt loops, two slanting front pockets, two rear pockets with flaps and a stretch ankle finish. Choose between mock suede or silicone grip on the knee patches. 

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

    Whitaker Miami breeches

    Whitaker Miami full-seat men’s breeches

    Colours: White, navy or black | Sizes: 28–38in | RRP: £82.50 |

    These breeches are described as having a firm yet comfortable fit and are made of a highly breathable four-way stretch performance fabric. They feature stretchy Lycra ankles, two rear pockets and a full silicone-printed seat.

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

    LeMieux Monsieur Breeches

    LeMieux Monsieur Breeches

    Colours: White, navy or black | Sizes: 28–36in | RRP: £109.95 |

    These breeches are made with a four-way stretch material and seamless design. They have four pockets, a silicone knee grip and a tapered lower leg design with seamless Lycra sleeve.

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

    Hy Equestrian Harrogate men’s breeches

    Hy Equestrian Harrogate men’s breeches

    Colours: White, beige, black or grey | Sizes: 28–38in | RRP: £69.99 |

    These traditional gents’ breeches feature pleated sides to reduce restriction, side and back pockets both with stud closures, a sturdy zip, belt loops and bulk-free stretch hem ankles. The silicone knee patches add extra grip.

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

    Shires Aubrion Walton breeches

    Shires Aubrion Walton breeches

    Colours: White, beige, navy, grey or olive | Sizes: 28–42in | RRP: £59.99 |

    These smart, performance breeches are designed with a contour seat and silicone knee patches.

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

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