Monday, April 13, 2015

Stickyseat Eventer Tights

I love innovative touches in riding gear.  As time marches forward we're watching more technical fabrics being incorporated into our classic look and some great construction techniques that are keeping us comfortable on our rides.  Silicone is one of the materials being incorporated into breeches that is making a big difference in our ability to stick to the saddle which is why I had to get my hands on a pair of Stickyseat breeches when they hit the market.

Eventer Tight from Dover Saddlery

The Stickyseat Eventer Tights feature a pattern of small silicone dots that run from the knee patch area to the back of the thigh. This segmented placement of sticky dots allows the fabric to move and flex with you. Some of the major complaints you'll hear about traditional full seat breeches is that the leather or suede seat is too restrictive and can make you uncomfortably hot and sweaty. Those types of problems just don't happen with a pair of Stickyseats by Equestrienne. Those little dots do a great job of keeping you in place when you're on a spooky horse or just need a little extra something to hold on while going cross country or riding through the rain.

The pair I have is a 67% cotton, 28% nylon, and 5% spandex fabric blend in a pull on style with the "Eventer Tight" silicone dot pattern.  This combination makes for a comfortable, lightweight schooling breech that's great for spring and summer. I wouldn't consider this fabric blend quite show ring ready but it's totally acceptable for schooling, clinics and lessons. My main reasoning for that is the high amount of cotton pulls the lederbalsam right out of your saddle and leaves an interesting print on your bum. That said, Stickyseat has a wide variety of fabrics to choose from so I would suggest picking up their latest PerformSport fabric with a high rayon content or their soft and fluffy Powerstretch Fleece winter tights.

Powerstretch Fleece Eventer
Boot Cut with Bling
Stickyseat also offers bootcut tights for saddle seat, endurance, or riders that prefer to ride in short boots. They offer the traditional black and brown hues but they also have a style with a touch of sparkle. They even offer a knee patch euroseat breech with a little extra grip on the seat.

Knee patch Euroseat
I find that these run true to size in the waist and thigh and may even be a smidge generous so double check the size chart before ordering. The length on these is quite long so, to quote the manufacturer," All of our tights run long - these are 4 way stretch and can stretch down to a 36" inseam easily if needed." These tights are also quite easy to care for, machine wash cold, and dry on a cool setting. Mine wash up like new with a scoop of OxiClean and even though they can stand a trip through the dryer I still hang mine overnight. You can buy direct from Stickyseat or from Dover,  Riding Warehouse, and Schneiders and most styles are under $100.00.  Kids and plus sizes are also available so there's something suitable for everyone.

Next week I'll be reviewing the Ariat Challenge Contour field boot. I've had mine for just over a year so I'll let you know how much they've dropped, where they've stretched, and how they've held up. Until next week, happy riding!


  1. Are they see-through??? Alot of riding tights are see through. Im looking at buying the white or sand colours for eventing and I dont want them to be aee through!

  2. Are they see-through??? Alot of riding tights are see through. Im looking at buying the white or sand colours for eventing and I dont want them to be aee through!