No…obviously this is not me in this picture.
So last year I struggled to find white breeches that were not see through. It has not been an issue in years past, but for some reason it seemed like the companies were picking thinner, and cheaper, fabrics. Even some of my old favorites were just not up to snuff. I had set myself a price limit of $100 for a pair of show breeches. After several months and over a dozen pairs that were see through I finally listened to owner of Hill farm and splurged on a $120 pair of Irideon Cadence Stretch-Cord Full Seat Riding Breeches.
And I can honestly say that they were worth every penny. I have owned several pairs of white breeches over the years and these are hands down my favorite. In fact, they are so great that the Young Rider had to match me and went out and get a pair for herself for show breeches. The comfort level is what sets these apart. They are technically like a riding tight. There are no zippers, they are pull-on’s. But instead of the sloppy, unstructured look of a riding tight they look like a breech. They give you support in the tummy and thigh area, but they still allow you to move totally unencumbered.
The “Cord” part of the breech is not cordaroy at all, but instead it is a ribbing. This makes them a little bit on the warmer side, so I don’t think they would work for you in a Florida summer heat wave, but for someone who lives in a more of a seasonal environement (like myself) they are perfect because you can use them in the spring, summer and fall without worrying about temperature. It really has been a surprise to me to see how these breeches have been able to keep me comfortable even with the big temperature swings.
One of the other things I love about these breeches is the look. The leather, or fake leather more accurately, never got pilly (is that even a word) like other breeches have. And even though the black of the boots and saddle did stain it a little bit above the knee, it really has stayed very white and not gotten that dingy look. Which also says something about durability because I am hard on a pair of breeches. Ususally once I am done showing I don’t put sweats back on so I am in my white beeches taking care of the horse, unhooking my trailer, etc. After every show I come home and put them in the washer right away on the whitest whites cycle with bleach and dry them after. And these breeches bounce back every time. You would think they would start to fall apart from abuse. I will have to check, but something tells me they would not encourage me to put these in the dryer with full heat for an hour after every show. I have had them for all of my time with Phoenix and they still look brand new. They also just have a cool feel to them texture wise with the ribbing. They look like more expensive breeches.
I know $120 is expensive, but considering how much I love these, I totally think it is worth it for anyone planning on showing dressage. You can buy $75 breeches, but they often look like $75 breeches and are not always comfortable. They normally have the annoying tab things at the ankle which are super uncomfortable. These breeches do not, and even the elastic doesn’t pull your skin like some of the cheaper breeches do. They also don’t have that custom fit feel of a $300 breech, which is fine with me because I don’t want to spend $300 on a pair of breeches I will only wear at shows. And now that I have found these Irideon Cadence Breeches I know I don’t have to!
It is almost like thinking of your favorite pair of stretchy pants and giving them the look of your most professional looking work slacks. They shouldn’t go together, but they do. So if you are looking to buy a new pair of white breeches for showing I think that you need to give these a try.