When I started eventing last year, I bought some 40$ no-name white full-seat breeches off of Tack of the Day last year for dressage.
These breeches did okay for the money, but they felt mostly like a diaper in the saddle, never stayed clean, didn’t wash well, and were really unflattering figure-wise.
So needless to say, one of the things on my list for the year was a nice pair of white full-seat breeches. Of course I’d love to be able to afford a pair of FITS, but I knew I needed to keep the cost as much under 200$ as I could!
I saw the Kerrits Crossover Full Seat Breeches advertised in Practical Horseman and started searching for them online. I found them for $101.95 at Adams Horse & Pet Supplies with free shipping, and they’re offered at $110.95 on SmartPak, also with free shipping. (However, with Adams, you have to cover your cost of shipping in the case of a return or exchange. They will ship the item back to you at no cost for an exchange, but only if the item is over $100. With SmartPak, there is free shipping both ways, even for exchanges and returns).
I decided to order from Adams, measuring my waist and ordering a Medium per the measurement guide and because some of the reviews said they ran small. I found this NOT to be the case. I definitely had to return the mediums for a small, which over-all fit MUCH better. Of course they may be a little snug when you first put them on, but in my opinion, that’s how breeches are suppose to fit. After a few minutes they relax into the perfect fit.
So while Adams offers the breech a little cheaper, they do not have free return shipping, so I did have to pay about 10$ to ship them back and hence I didn’t really end up saving any money.
I got to ride in them for the first time at River Glen and I really like them. Here’s the run down:
- The price! I thought the price was unbelievable for the quality of these breeches.
- The look- I got a look very similar to the FITS breeches for a third of the cost. In my opinion, they look very professional and expensive for a very reasonable cost. I’ve had a ton of compliments on them and a lot of people have asked what brand they are- no one can believe they are Kerrits!
- Seven great colors to choose from. If the budget ever allows, I’d love to have another color or two for schooling breeches.
- Very figure-flattering. The wide waist-band and cut of the breech really shapes you well and flatters your body. I know I am pretty slim to begin with, but I feel like the cut and style would be flattering to a wide range of body types.
- For me, the length was perfect. I liked that there was no velcro or anything at the bottom, and that the length wasn’t so long as to have bunching at the bottom. I’m relatively short, 5’4″ to be exact, so I find that a lot of breeches are too long for me. These hit me right below the ankle bone, so I feel you could still be a few inches taller than me and have a comfortable length in the Small. However, anyone over 5’8″ or so might want to try some different breeches- or go through SmartPak so you have free return shipping if they don’t fit.
- I love that the “pony suede” seat has a break between your behind and thighs- this gets rid of a lot of the diaper feel that is prominent with other full-seats.
- Also, they call it “suede” but it does not look or feel like suede to me. Its almost more faux-leather like to me. I thought the grip was just right- not too sticky, but enough to keep you in the tack.
- And last thing about the seat- I’m glad it’s not white!! The darker contrasting color keeps the white fabric on your seat from staining- when you sit down, or from leather, etc.
- The fabric is stain resistant. I found it took a lot longer for these guys to get dirty than my last pair of breeches. Also, even when my horse slammed me into the dirt at my Richard Lamb clinic, after soaking in warm water they washed completely white again!
- Honestly the only con I can think of is the fact that the white color is thin. I did have to wear white undies underneath these breeches- anything with color shows right through. On the upside, the fabric isn’t very hot.
- Ok, well this isn’t really a con, but just a warning- in the pictures, the seat is a gray color, but both pairs I received had BLACK on the pockets and on the seat.
ALSO, hunter people- if white full-seat breeches isn’t your thing, they do have a tan knee-patch version for $84.95. I know Tailored Sportsman breeches are still the “it” breech, but if I was doing hunters, I’d honestly rather wear the tan version of these as far as figure-flattering goes! (And much easier on the wallet…)