“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things”
Brown paper packages are especially one of my favorite things when they contain breeches!
I decided I would do a review on one of my favorite brands of breeches: Tropical Rider. TR is a company down in Florida that makes breeches for all seasons and they use deerskin or lambskin for their full seats/extended patch/knee patch breeches. They are particularly known for their ultra light, wicking, Endurocool breech which people rave about for summer riding. The great thing about having real leather is that even though it does need more care, it wears like iron and stays soft and supple. Deerskin is thicker, lasts longer, and makes for a more structured breech, while lambskin is thinner and molds a bit closer to your body. TR also uses top notch fabrics like the Schoeller Prestige line which has great 4 way stretch and very durable.
I’m picky about having long lasting, comfortable breeches and Tropical Rider definitely fits that bill. I would like to try the new TS fabric as well as Animo and Aztec Diamond, so those are next on my list. But, back to Tropical Rider!
I took advantage of one of their 40% off sales and picked up a pair of the Freestyle breeches in Navy Paisley with a custom sized, lambskin patch. the paisley pattern is done tastefully and adds texture and fun to your normal breech.
The Freestyle breech is their “low rise” style and comes in either a full seat, extended patch, or knee patch style with Schoeller microfiber fabric. Now, their version of low rise isn’t low rise per say, but they are comfortable and even on someone that’s short like me (5’2) they aren’t too high waist-ed. On a taller person I would say they are mid-rise breeches. The great thing about TR is that they can customize their breeches for you with no extra charge as they are made to order. For example, the breeches I got has a different sized waist on a different sized breech body, because my bod is funky like that, with a custom extra long knee patch because I don’t like full seats.
When I’m in the saddle, the lambskin really gives a great grip without feeling like you’re glued to the saddle. Also, when your body heat warms up the leather, it molds and flexes better than any other patch material I’ve tried. The fabric that TR uses has pretty good moisture control so it breathes instead of causing a case of swamp ass; plus the 4 way stretch makes for a comfy breech without any rubbing or chafing.
If I had to be super picky about Tropical Rider, I would say that I wish their “low rise” model was more low and they had more color choices. When it comes to how durable they are, I’ve had one pair of TR breeches for 4 years and they still look new. I’m not too good about washing them correctly or putting conditioner on the leather, but they look amazing. One of my pairs got ripped when I was climbing over a fence (escaping a goat) but since the leather was still perfect I sent the leather back to TR to be recycled onto a new pair of breeches. TR will give you a credit towards your purchase if you have them use your old leather which is awesome because most of the time the fabric will wear out before the leather does.
Their customer service is top of the line and will work with you to make sure you’re happy and your order is perfect. The ladies in the office are super sweet and they always remember my name. Orders are turned around quick for custom breeches, as mine only took about 1.5 weeks to be made and shipped.
Price wise, they are more expensive because of the leather, but for as long as they last I think it’s worth the price. They have Clarino as a less expensive option to leather as well. A hint however, If you join their email list they send out amazing sale deals where you can grab a great bargain. They just had a 24hr 50% off sale! I may have bought a pair of whites for a maybe dressage show coming up. 😛
So, if you’re in the market for some new breeches I would check them out! They have some clearance breeches so if you can find some in your size you can score a great deal. If you give them a call, tell them Peony sent ya. 🙂 Here’s a link to their website: