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)