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.
One of things that I strive for when I’m picking out an outfit for the day is to find that elusive, yet perfect blend of something that looks fabulous and makes me feel confident while still being reasonably comfortable. It seems like a rather small kind of accomplishment, to be sure, yet it is a harder feat to accomplish then one would imagine.
When one of my outfits is lacking in one of the key areas of my personal style rules for a perfect outfit, it is out of the running for being a go-to outfit. That doesn’t mean it still doesn’t look fabulous. And not every outfit has to be that elusive holy grail of an outfit.
I’ve ridden in a number of different breeches over the years. Ok, that’s maybe an understatement, because I’ve ridden in many different types of breeches at this point. And my list of criteria for a good pair of breeches is pretty similar to my everyday wardrobe rules. They should, 1) fit well, 2) look great while worn, 3) be comfortable, and 4) function well and hold up to wear in the saddle. Sound familiar?
Recently, I’ve been spending time riding in the Heritage Full Seat Breech from Asmar Equestrian. With as many (emphasis on the many) pairs of breeches that I’ve ridden in, I’ve never ridden in Asmar breeches prior to this experience (though I do really enjoy Asmar’s outerwear, including their All Weather Rider and Hunter Jacket). So this was definitely a new experience for me!
The Heritage Full Seat breeches feature a modified rise, which means that it hits at just below the waistline. Included in the design are many features that you would expect in a breech, but with a fun and stylish twist. You’ve got your belt loops, with fun pink stitching along the bottom edges to contrast with the midnight navy shade of the breeches.
The full zip front also includes a button closure, which has the Asmar Equestrian logo printed around the side and is stitched on with pink thread. And then, there are the slant pockets that also zip close for a crisp, clean appearance (and have that awesome pink stitching accenting either end). Moving downwards, there are also three small X’s stitched in pink that add a stylish little flair.
The breeches also feature a smooth stocking at the bottom, is finished off with a classic bottom hem…which also happens to be the same fun accent shade of pink. To add an extra little pop of style, the smooth stocking of the left leg also includes a printed ‘Asmar Equestrian’ logo in white. So style? We’re covered.
But what about function? Well, the Heritage breech features a full seat finish that is lined on the inside with a soft yet durable faux suede in order to help provide a secure seat and still hold up to repeated use and washings. One of my favorite features is hidden from the eye though. For the inside of the waistband is lined with grippy lines and Asmar Equestrian logos to keep them from slipping out of sorts.
I’m a bit of a tough critic on breech fit, which is mainly due to my body type. I am not a size 0 model; I have curves (it’s just how I’m put together). So for me, I find that I need a fit that is not super straight through the hips. And what I found is that the modified rise of the Heritage breech works for me. I personally like that they sit just below my natural waistline. Plus, their cut, coupled with the stretchy fabric was able to nicely accommodate my curves…win!
I really do like the feel of the fabric; again, it is nice and stretchy, and seems to help the breeches retain their shape nicely. I feel like the fabric is of moderate weight. I’ve personally been wearing them during temperatures that are pretty warm, and have still been comfortable, thanks to the breathability of the fabric. Though I won’t be afraid to wear them when temperatures start to drop either.
I find that the smooth sock is nice and thin enough to allow my tall boots zip up nicely over them, without creating extra bulk underneath. And as I mentioned earlier on, one of my very favorite features is the non-slip grippy logos and bands that line the inside of the waistband. For when I’m in the saddle, I don’t feel like my breeches slip down.
While I’m generally partial towards full seat breeches in order to get a better grip in the saddle, the biggest challenge that I usually face is the comfort factor. For me personally, the Heritage breeches not only gave me a nice amount of grip and traction in the saddle; I was also quite pleased with the amount of comfort that they provided me with while riding.
The Heritage Full Seat Breech is available in either Midnight Blue or White, and either pair has a retail price of $258.00. You can find them here.
Go Style, Fit and Function (with a fun flair!). Go Asmar Equestrian. Go Eventing.