GhoDho Victoria Breeches Review

VictoriaReaders of this blog know I am a huge fan of GhoDho breeches, and reviewed my first pair last winter. The second round of GhoDho breeches is even better! A lot of new features have been added that are great improvements: new material, better length, bigger belt loops, deeper pockets (they’ll fit your phone), and this new color Victoria breeches called Rouge.

kneepatchesMy mom got me a pair for Christmas–thanks, Mom! First off, the material is a major improvement. While I liked the sporty fabric of my first pair of GhoDhos, the new material has a more technical feel and is softer. It is a bit thick, and I am interested to see how it will wear in a Texas summer, but for Texas winter the material is perfect! The knee patches are the grippy but not sticky faux croc, and black on the Victoria breeches.

stitchingdetailThe Victoria breeches in particular offer a twist on the chevron stitching unique to GhoDho breeches and as you can see here, it’s kind of a web pattern. I love the look of it, and of course it makes me think I might have extra Spidey-sense when I’m wearing these breeches.

lengthI have also noticed a slight alteration in length on these breeches. They are still long and still run slim (so size up!), but they seem about an inch or so shorter than my first pair, making them the absolute perfect length for me–I’m 5’6″. I think this means more people will be able to wear them comfortably under riding boots. Additionally, there is no extra bulk or anything like that under socks, so I have no problem zipping up my tall boots in these breeches. I can’t even feel the zipper under my boots, but that detail makes me feel like I could wear these out with heels, whereas with velcro closures on other breeches I wouldn’t do that.

anklezipOther than the material upgrade, my favorite feature is the wider belt loops. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that these belt loops perfectly accommodate the spur belts from Equestri Lifestyle.

beltloopsYeah. That’s not an accident. Nor is my offbeat choice of Nike magenta top, Rouge Victoria breeches, and baby blue patent spur belt. And did this look amazing with my brown tall boots? Yes. It totally did. Man, I love clothes!

I wholeheartedly recommend these Victoria breeches! While the prices have gone up slightly, they are still economically (for the horse world) priced from $135 to $150 a pair. GhoDho also now makes show breeches, a beige styled conservatively for the hunter and equitation rings and an edgier white for the jumper ring. I can’t wait to try a pair of those!

 

 

 

The Wait is Over! Ghodho Breeches Reviewed

brandnameCurious about the breeches that are bound to be on every equestrian’s holiday gift list this year? Me too! So I bought a pair …

Ghodho breeches, as you may gather from the website, are not your conventional, traditional breeches. The breeches are edgy and have unique style details I’ve rarely-to-never seen on other breeches, like the faux croc knee patches and chevron stitching on the legs. And the models look phenomenal in them. But we’re not models. So how do they look on a real rider?

bribeLike breeches! Ghodho breeches aren’t just for stepping out on the town, they are for stepping into the irons.

The Pamela breeches especially caught my eye. First of all, they are my favorite breech color of all time, called anything from Truffle to Mushroom, and Shroom is Ghodho’s version of the color–it’s the color of wet clay, and it never ever looks dirty because dirt just blends in. Ghodho didn’t design these breeches just for fashion–they have utilitarian qualities, too, like the color, and pockets. The second aspect of the Pamela breeches I liked was the front zippered pockets. The zippers aren’t for show, unlike some high end denim I love (*ahem* Paige Edgemonts). The zippers keep actual pockets closed, so your spare change or lip gloss won’t go missing while you ride. They have functional back pockets, too, although my phone is too big to fit in either.

One coupon code from Instagram later, I ordered a pair. They arrived quickly, so I rode in them as soon as I could. As of this review, I have worn them twice to ride in.

chevronstitchingThe chevron stitching is probably my favorite detail, and all the Ghodho breeches have it. The fabric itself is very silky feeling, and it wears like a second skin. I actually thought that when I first tried them on, and then I realized the website even says that! The fabric is also a good weight, not at all flimsy–it kind of reminds me of rash guard material for surfing, maybe even thicker. The fabric also has washed well after a few washes and the breeches still look brand new.

The fit is important here. You want to read Ghodho’s sizing guide, available on the website. The guide cautions the breeches run long, and to size up from whatever breech size you wear in, say, Tailored Sportsmans. I sized up and hoped the length was workable.

ghodholengthghodholength2They do indeed run long. Really long, as you can see from the pictures above. I am 5’6″ and the breeches cover my ankles. I got a little worried about whether they would fit in my tall boots. (I’ll update this post with my inseam and the inseam of the breeches once I get a chance to measure.) Turns out I had nothing to worry about, as even with the extra length, they fit in my tall boots, and the fabric guard behind the ankle zips protected me from feeling the zipper. My tall boots zipped right up. Unfortunately, though, if you are petite in stature, these breeches may simply be too long for you. Maybe if Ghodho gets enough interest, they will come out with petite lengths?

ghodhowithtallbootsBut what about the faux croc knee patches? At first it definitely seems like another fashion detail with no real usefulness. But they are so grippy! I was astounded by how grippy the knee patches are, because I didn’t think they would be. They are grippy without being sticky, and they somewhat remind me of the same grippiness the older style Tailored Sportsman goat skin knee patches have.

fauxcrockneepatchSo as far as the riding goes, these breeches are wonderful! Every aspect of them makes me want another pair. They hold their shape very well throughout the ride, too. So well, that I had to satisfy my curiosity about their wearability outside of riding. I threw on some street clothes when I got home right after I rode …

heelsandsequinsNYE outfit taken care of! I think they look great with heels and sequins, but then I’m a heels and sequins kind of chick when I go out.

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Eli couldn’t care less about how the belt and breeches go well together.

Incidentally, the belt loops are just the right size for many of the belts available at Mango Bay Design. Chevrons on chevrons, y’all!

Overall, I definitely recommend Ghodho breeches, with the one reservation about the length possibly being too long for some riders. I am already coveting another pair–Vela breeches, get in my virtual shopping cart!