Full seat & half seat breeches
When buying new breeches, you are faced with a couple of different choices. Not only do you have to choose a color and a model, you also have to think about the material, the grip and the function. Moreover, equestrian fashion is in a development phase, which means that ever more models and alternatives are flooding the market. Today, there is a huge abundance of different designs to choose from. It’s great to have a wide range of products to choose from – but sometimes it can also make it challenging to find the right breeches that suit you and your riding style. We at May Delorez got you! In this article, we will explore which different types of grip you can choose from and what actually sets them apart, so that you can feel well prepared the next time you choose a pair of breeches.
Full seat breeches
Full seat means that the grip covers the whole inside of your legs up to your seat. Full seat breeches give a firmer grip in the saddle and can help you as a rider to have a more stable seat. That’s one of the reasons why full seat breeches are particularly popular among dressage riders. We also usually recommend riders who are at the beginning of their riding careers to buy a pair of full seat breeches because the breeches offer this extra stability and a better grip in the saddle.
Half seat breeches
Unlike full seat breeches, half seat breeches only have grip on the inside of the legs, usually around the knees. This is why they are sometimes also known as knee patch breeches. The grip doesn’t cover your whole legs, which makes your seat in the saddle a little bit more flexible. However, the grip on the inside of the legs still offers stability to the knees and thighs. This type of breeches is therefore often used by show jumpers, or other riders who want a more flexible seat in the saddle.