SmartPak recently released a new version of its popular, stylish breech with some updates:
- A silicone knee patch grip (also available in full seat)
- Mid-waist rise
Everything else remains the same; same durability, same belt loops, same fabric, same colors. I decided to try a pair. I purchased the mint and taupe because I love blue.
I tried them today for the first time, and I have to say I didn’t notice much of a difference. The breeches had the same fit, comfort level, and softness. Again, they were a bit big on me in the knee area, and I would be interested in trying the size 22 to see if that improved fit a little. Other than that, they seemed to be the same.
I do have to say that my horse was feeling fresh and decided to throw a buck at the canter today, I stuck like glue. I can’t say whether that was due to my improved seat and leg strength or the silicone grips. However, I will say today was my first time seriously riding in three weeks due to health issues, so I think the silicone may have helped. I don’t know if my position would’ve been loose had I been wearing breeches with the fabric regularly used to design knee patches.
Overall, I would recommend these breeches. They retail for $76.91 and are even less expensive if you get SmartPaks monthly for your horse(s). The classic knee patch breeches retail for $68.36 (with the SmartPaks discount added in). They come in a wide variety of adorable, stylish colors to match any wardrobe and shirt, and they are perfect for someone on a budget. There are also a variety of Piper breeches available including a modified rise version, a full seat version, a boot-cut version, and a natural rise version (not all available with silicone grip). You can check out all the available Pipers here.