Welcome to EN’s Product Review series! Who doesn’t love shopping, especially when the object of your search is new gear for yourself or your horse? As an enthusiast of all products equine, I LOVE trying out new gear. Please join me as I narrate my personal journey of trying out all of the products featured. While I will make no recommendations, I hope you have fun reading about my many adventures of trying new products, and that hearing about my personal experiences helps you on your own quest for new gear. Go Shopping.
I don’t think that I could ever possibly have too many pairs of jeans. You could say that they are the foundation that much of my wardrobe is built upon. Because I like keeping things comfortable, I just gravitate towards denim.
When I just want to keep my jeans casual, I throw on a tee or sweater. But I can just as easily turn around and add a glam pair of shoes or something a little sparkly to dress my denim up a bit. I feel like I’m only limited by my imagination and creative fashion sense when I’m crafting up new ways to rock my jeans.
To keep my denim collection versatile, I try to it well rounded by adding different jeans that I can wear based on the occasion I’m pulling them out for. These days, there are just SO many styles to pick from. Which makes it a little challenging to narrow down my search when I’m out shopping.
Different pairs of jeans work for different occasions. A nice, classic boot cut that looks great with anything. A pair of skinnys that look great under a pair of country boots. Some jeggings that are totally fab with sparkly flats. You get the idea. But I draw the line at low rise jeans. I just can’t even.
I treat my collection of riding breeches and tights much the same way that I do my wardrobe of jeans. When I’m not wearing jeans, you’ll most likely find me wearing a pair of breeches. Or tights. Either or, really.
I favor comfortable breeches to ride in, but also to get my barn work done in. Why not jeans? I find that ‘modern’ riding pants are even more comfortable than jeans to work in. And somehow it just seems fitting when I’m spending time around the barn as well.
One of the breeches that I’ve been wearing recently have been a pair of Balance Riding Tights, which are NEW from Noble Outfitters. When I first picked up the pair of Tights, I couldn’t help but notice how super smooth the fabric was to the touch.
The smooth fabric of the Balance Riding Tights is made out of a combination of 76% Supplex Nylon, and 24% Spandex – which makes them nice and stretchy as well. The first time that I tried on the Tights, I was very pleased with how they stretched nicely to fit me.
The Balance Tights feature a Euro Seat design, and Toray ultrasuede knee patches. I also am a definite fan of the way that the seams have been constructed in a flat manner. The combination of the stretchy fabric and flat seams allow the Balance Tights to fit as though they are more of a second skin. Which makes them comfortable, as well as flattering looking.
I also do like the stretch integrated sock area at the bottom of the legs – they are thin, which keeps bulk under my boots to a minimum. And, I also find that the cut of the integrated sock area works really well, in that it curves upwards rather than having a flat horizontal seam around the ankle.
My boots pull on nicely over the Balance Tights–with minimal bulk. And, even though they are pull-on, the tights do feature belt loops, which gives them the nice and traditional appearance of breeches when you just add a belt.
The stretch in the waistband allows the waistline of the Balance Tights to hug nicely to me the whole way around. Plus, the reflective logo detailing that is located on the front of the left hip of the Tights also looks great.
I’ve found that I also really like the amount of storage space that the Balance Tights have–yes, you read that right. Even though the Balance Tights have the fit of a second skin, they still allow for storage. There is a hidden pocket inside the back waist, and also a large stash pocket on the left thigh.
When riding, the Balance Tights are absolutely terrific for me personally, in term of comfort. But, I also really like the stash pocket–which is large enough to comfortably fit my large smartphone in its Otterbox case. The Tights certainly do their job acting like a second skin, because the pocket keeps my phone snug up against my leg during my ride.
I also find that the same Opti-Dry technology that I’ve enjoyed so much in other Noble items also makes an appearance in the Balance Tights. Opti-Dry is very helpful, because it allows the fabric to wick away moisture during my riding exploits.
Go Comfortable, Fit-You-Like-A-Second-Skin Tight (with a Fab Stash Pocket). Go Noble Outfitters. Go Eventing.