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ISO: Breeches that fit correctly!

I’m calling it. I’m finally giving up on Smartpak’s Pipers.

I wanted so badly to like them. I really did. And they are fine in the saddle! But I can’t walk 10 feet without them sagging so badly I have to hold them up. Wearing a bet helps. Wearing the long version helps. But nothing fixes it. I walk around the barn with one hand on the waistband and even then have to yank up awkwardly on a regular basis.
I think at least part of it is my build. I am not skinny, and I am built to hold my weight in my hips and ass. I have a very long torso. So though I could take a smaller size based on waist, I am often more comfortable in a 30 or 32. But even the older 26 pairs I pull out occasionally don’t sag as badly as the Pipers.
So, Internet, I turn to you.
I did buy a pair of the cheap Horze “Active” breeches through Riding Warehouse a few weeks ago, and they fit like a dream – but have other very undesirable qualities. Namely, Velcro at the ankle and no actual knee patches, just a double layer of fabric.
So I ask you, Internet: please help!
Must have: good fit through the ass, priced $50-$75, sock ankles
Nice to have: euro cut, good colors, sits just below belly button (old surgery scar on my belly button itself hurts if rubbed)
Please help?

6 thoughts on “ISO: Breeches that fit correctly!

  1. I would go see if you can ebay a pair of Tailored Sportsman, though my shape is different than yours and I really like the way they fit, but I know other people at my barn who are more the same shape as you also have them fit nicely.

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  2. Yup, Tailored Sportsman would be a good one to try, as well as Dover's new-ish Riding Sport “Empire” line, which retail I think for $80. I have the same build as you, and the Pipers did NOT work for me at all, either. My favorites are the Ariat Olympia, which I stalk EBay and clearance sales for because they are over $200, but I have several pairs and they fit beautifully and wear like iron.

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  3. I'll throw in an odd option. Buy something that fits your hard to fit areas (hips and butt if I read this right), and then have them tailored to fit the other areas (waist). You can often get pants tailored for <20$ if it's just an easy waist fix. Obvious buy pants that have the sock lining and knee patches to start, but the waist thing can be fixed pretty easily.

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  4. Try the Horze Grand Prixs – the fabric is nice and they have real knee patches and sock bottoms. They fit me well (I'm built similarly to you). They're a little more than you want to spend, but Horze usually has a coupon or sale going (I can keep an eye out for you!). I have an older style pair with the Velcro bottoms that have worn really well.

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