Best Riding Breeches For Summer (A Buyer's Guide)

Best Riding Breeches For Summer

The best riding breeches for Summer are the ones that allow you to look hot, without feeling too hot. And we have some stunning options that allow you to do just that. 

Unlike regular breeches, Summer riding breeches have some very specific requirements. They need to be lightweight enough for riding in the Summer heat, they should offer you protection against the sun’s harmful UV rays, and they also have to deal with sweaty riding conditions.

We found a few excellent options for men and women that deal with those hot weather conditions, so take a look at our review of the best horse riding breeches for Summer. There’s something here for everyone, no matter your size, shape, budget, or riding discipline.

We also included a Summer breeches buyer’s guide, to help you when purchasing your new breeches for Summer.

Best Riding Breeches For Summer (Our Review)

Ice Fil Full Seat Tech Tights (Best Tech)

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Stay cool in the heat with Ice Fil technology. The innovative synergy fabric of these riding tights converts sweat to cooling energy while offering you maximum stretch and breathability. Add to that UPF50+ protection and this is a real winner for Summer. 

No slipping around in the saddle when you’re wearing these full seat breeches as they have Kerrits Stick anti-slip properties to keep you securely seated. 

There’s also the convenience of side pockets. They are not the cheapest out there, but you’re getting good value for money. 

You’ll be super comfy in these tights by Kerrits. Full-figured ladies will be pleased to know that these tights are available in 7 sizes from x-small all the way through to 2X. So no one needs to feel left out. 

There are 11 fun colors to choose from, so there’s no excuse not to look fabulous while riding in the Summer heat.

Pros

  • Ice Fil cooling technology
  • UPF50+ protection
  • Kerrits Stick anti-slip full seat
  • 7 sizes and 11 colors
  • Lightweight and comfortable

Cons

  • Not suitable for trail riding amidst prickly bushes etc
  • Maybe a bit expensive for some 

TuffRider Men’s Cotton Full Seat Breech (Best Value For Money For Men) 

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These attractive lightweight Summer breeches are a really great deal. Thanks to the breathability of 92% cotton and the stretch of 8% lycra in the fabric, you’ll stay cool and comfortable while out on your ride.

Available in sizes 30-40 and 3 classic colors, you’re sure to find the right pair for you. Cotton breeches are often more expensive, but these cotton-rich breeches are available at a very affordable price.

This makes them the best breeches for men for Summer, but they’re also great in slightly cooler weather.

These full seat breeches feature contoured sock bottoms, a front fly zip, belt loops, and handy front zip pockets for keeping all of your essentials safe while you’re out riding. 

Pros

  • Cotton-rich fabric
  • Wide range of sizes
  • Synthetic suede Ultra Gripp full seat
  • Contoured sock bottoms
  • Front pockets with zips

Cons

  • No fancy tech here

Free Ride Equestrian Women’s Show Riding Breeches (Best For Events)

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These lightweight Summer riding tights come in beige or black, in 6 sizes.  

They offer enough stretch and compression to fit you perfectly, no matter your body shape or size.. A hip pocket keeps your phone safe and secure. 

These popular full-seat horse riding breeches with added ventilation are known for being comfortable, and they are also lightweight enough for wearing in the summer heat. 

They have a grippy full seat of silicone to keep you secure in the saddle.

Pros

  • Available in 6 sizes from XX-Small through to X-Large
  • Added ventilation
  • Lightweight fabric
  • Full seat
  • Hip pocket for mobile phone

Cons

  • Only 2 colors

Willit Women’s Riding Tights (Best For Women On A Budget)

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Available in 7 fun colors and 6 sizes, these stylish legging-style horse riding pants for Summer are lightweight, comfortable, and suitable for many sports.  Best of all, they cost about a third of the price of the Free Ride Equestrian Breeches, making these the best summer breeches for women on a budget. 

The quick-dry, moisture-wicking 4-way stretch fabric makes these tights perfect for those hot, sweaty summer rides. UPF50+ protection is also embedded in the fabric, to keep you safe in the sun. So you’ll stay cool in the heat, but you’ll also be comfy. There are even zip pockets for carrying all your essentials.

While there have been a few users who aren’t keen on the texture, the overwhelming majority of users love the fit and feel of this product. They fit well even on taller ladies, and the high waistband is comfortable and flattering. 

Add to that the non-slip knee patches, and silicone gripper design at the leg hems, and what we have here is a truly multi-functional item of activewear suitable for Summer riding, at a terrific price.  

Pros

  • Available in 7 colors, and 6 sizes from X-Small to XX-Large
  • Moisture-wicking fabric with UPF50+ protection
  • Non-slip knee patches
  • Grip hems to keep pants from riding up
  • Zip pockets

Cons

  • Some users felt the fabric had a slippery texture that they didn’t like

Tailored Sportsman Men’s Breeches (Best Quality Men’s Breeches)

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Gentleman, we have a classic pair of Summer riding breeches for you. Top-quality cotton-rich fabric for breathability with added microfiber and lycra for stretch, these are made in the USA and are perfect for Summer riding. 

These breeches feature a front fly zipper, knee patches, wide belt loops, velcro ankle closures, 2 slanted front pockets, and deep back pockets with buttons. Everything you need in one pair of comfortable yet stylish-looking breeches.

Available in 3 classic colors (white, black, and tan) in sizes 30-38, you will look your best while out on a ride. But be warned, they are rather expensive. That said, if your comfort is important to you, and you’re looking for good quality, these lightweight Summer breeches are worth the investment.

Pros

  • Cotton rich fabric with added stretch
  • Knee patches
  • Variety of sizes
  • Velcro ankle closures to keep your pants neatly tucked into your boots
  • Lots of pockets

Cons

  • Not budget-friendly

Horze Nordic Performance Riding Pants (Best Sporty Style For Women)

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In sizes 22-34 and a section of 7 stunning colors, these silicone-grip full-seat breeches have a sporty design complete with the Horze logo and distinctive piping. 

Made of a blend of nylon and spandex, they are comfortable, breathable, and lightweight enough for use in summer, but still offer great support and a very flattering fit. And the built-in UPF50+ protection will protect you from the blazing sun’s harmful UV rays.

The mid-rise, wide waistband offers added comfort in the mid-section while seated in the saddle. And you’ll feel secure in that saddle thanks to the silicone-grip full seat. You also won’t have to worry about these riding pants riding up; the elasticized leg bottoms ensure a neat fit under your boots.

Pros

  • Silicone grip full seat
  • An extensive range of sizes and colors is available
  • Trendy and sporty .design
  • UPF50+ and UV protection for your safety in the Summer sun
  • A wide waistband and elasticized leg bottoms

Cons

  • Not the best option if you are on a tight budget

Summer Riding Breeches Buyer’s Guide

Breathability Of The Fabric

For a fabric to be considered “breathable”, it should have the ability to allow moisture vapor to be transmitted through it. 

Cotton

This natural material is breathable, lightweight, absorbent, and extremely durable. 

It keeps you cool in Summer and warm in Winter, which makes it excellent for use in riding breeches. Materials such as Elastane or Lycra are usually added to give the fabric more stretch, such as in the [amazon link=”B002HUT6KQ” title=”TuffRider Men’s Cotton Full Seat Breech”] and the [amazon link=”B016NBHJ58″ title=”Tailored Sportsman Men’s Breeches”].

Nylon

Nylon is extensively used in activewear, like in the [amazon link=”B01GU8OZWO” title=”Horze Nordic Performance Riding Pants”] and the [amazon link=”B00S553F7M” title=”Ice Fil Full Seat Tech Tights”]. Even though it is a synthetic material, it offers a degree of breathability. It wicks moisture and dries more quickly than cotton. Nylon tends to retain odors, though.

Ventilation

Some styles of Summer riding tights like the [amazon link=”B08TRSWXW8″ title=”Free Ride Equestrian Women’s Show Riding Breeches”] have added ventilation to keep you cool in the Summer heat. 

This added ventilation in some breeches can take the form of needle-punch or laser-cut mesh panels. But if the breeches or tights you’re wearing are made of lightweight, breathable fabric with moisture-wicking properties, that should suffice.

Moisture-Wicking Properties

Moisture-wicking is an innovative technology common in Summer riding breeches like the [amazon link=”B09KCG4VS4″ title=”Willit Women’s Riding Tights”], that takes sweat and relocates it to the exterior of the fabric.

According to research, cotton can absorb 7% of its weight in water or sweat whereas polyester only absorbs 0.4% of its weight in water or sweat. While cotton is more effective at absorbing moisture, it lacks the quick-drying properties of synthetic fabrics.

UVF/UPF Protection Factor

This is a must-have feature for Summer breeches, as it offers you protection against the harmful UV rays you’ll be exposed to when riding in hot weather. UPF is a universal rating system that measures the effectiveness of fabric- at blocking harmful Ultraviolet rays.  

UPF protection in the fabric is specially designed to block both UVA and UVB rays. UPF50+ is the highest UPF rating clothing can have, so look out for this when selecting breeches for hot Summer riding.

Examples of these are the [amazon link=”B00S553F7M” title=”Ice Fil Full Seat Tech Tights”], as well as the [amazon link=”B09KCG4VS4″ title=”Willit Women’s Riding Tights”] and the [amazon link=”B01GU8OZWO” title=”Horze Nordic Performance Riding Pants”].

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