Goode Rider Legacy Knee Patch Breeches Review

Y’all are getting two reviews this week, and two reviews next week! I hadn’t planned on reviewing these breeches, but as it turns out I really like them, although they may not be everyone’s cup of tea. (I’ve discovered through blogging that people have widely-varying tastes in breeches!)

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The zip pull tabs on the front pockets match my brown tall boots.

The Goode Rider breeches, while on my radar, are not something I usually purchase–I had one pair of full seats and the fit was strange so I hadn’t wanted to pick up another pair from this brand anytime soon. However, I saw the Legacy breech on the Styled Equestrian’s Instagram, and thought they looked fantastic. The breeches had details I appreciated and they looked lightweight. I found them for a good price via Adams Horse & Pet Supplies and ordered a pair.

Although initially I thought these would just be for schooling, I was pleasantly surprised when I got my order because these breeches look sharp enough for showing, at least in the jumper ring. The zippers would definitely take them out of the running for equitation, but perhaps they would be passable in the hunter ring? The material is a lightweight nylon microfiber twill–definitely a summer-weight fabric that still feels very durable. For comparison, it is a lighter weight than the Tailored Sportsman Trophy Hunters, but not by a lot. The knee patches are a suede-like material but kind of stretchy, so they don’t bind up underneath tall boots.

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The breeches also feature a sock bottom with an extremely lightweight stretchy material on the inside of the calf for a close-contact feel. I did find that these breeches, like pretty much every pair of breeches I have ever tried on, are large in the calf for me, but then I have scrawny toothpick calves so most people won’t have this problem, I don’t think.

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These are other great details on these breeches, and I noticed right away they were well-made–the quality of the stitching is excellent. The Euro seat seams are flat so they don’t bother the backs of my legs at all. Obviously, I have not had them that long and have only ridden in them twice, but my guess is these will hold up to a lot of wear. They have functioning back flap pockets with snaps, but they are not quite deep enough to hold a smartphone.

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Another cute feature are the front zip pockets, but they aren’t very deep either. They’ll hold some lip gloss or a few horse cookies, but nothing more substantial. The zippers have nice leather pull tabs and the zippers themselves feel like they won’t break anytime soon. One last feature that I like are the wide belt loops. I have a mild obsession with the 2-inch-wide spur belts and they fit perfectly with these breeches.

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I like the quality, fit, and aesthetic of these breeches so much that I have decided to save this tan pair for shows only, and have ordered a pair in the graphite color for schooling. If these came in white, I would definitely get a pair (just in case any jumper classics pop up in my future). They are available in Long, too, for all of you tall people! These Legacy breeches have completely changed my opinion of Goode Rider breeches, and this pair definitely fits true to size.

I Wore White Breeches Voluntarily

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picture by Kylie

The dressage peeps were shocked when I showed up to ride in white breeches. White breeches??? Why??? Because I don’t want the first time I wear them to be at a show. I wouldn’t want any obnoxious surprises about fit, function, or durability. It’s the breaking-in ride, that’s all.

So here is the alternate title for this post: Review of Equine Couture Brittni Knee Patch Breeches.

I am a jumper rider. I’ve noticed lately, wearing your whites in the jumper ring is a thing even at the lower levels. So I decided to invest in a pair of white breeches. Being my first pair of white breeches in a good many years, I decided to go mid-market and ordered a pair of Equine Couture Brittni knee patch breeches for approximately $90. They looked cute enough, and I wouldn’t be out too much money if I wasn’t in love with them.

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barn bathroom mirror selfies. no shame.

First, I’ll go over the fit. In the mirror, they look pretty decent. But on? Hmmm. These do have some shortcomings. I do have scrawny chicken calves, so the extra material below the knee is to be expected in my case. However, these breeches gap at the back. On me.

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not too see-through?

You can’t really see it in the picture, and a belt certainly solves the issue, but I don’t have all that much junk in my trunk, so I really haven’t run into the gappy-in-the-back problem that plagues basically every woman who tries on jeans or breeches. So keep that in mind, if your waist is significantly slimmer than your hips, these breeches will probably gap in the back for you. Although the fit was not ideal, the breeches worked with a belt, so I decided to ride in them. They are pretty low-rise, too, so I can’t see them working well for everybody. But if you have a long waist, little to no curves, and are looking for a good value, these breeches could be the best fit.

The material is substantial without being too heavy, and the the knee patches are silicone. I get it now, that whole silicone knee patch thing. Beyond grippy. Straight up sticky.

kneepatchOn this pair of breeches, the knee patches also have cute little stars on the area that will be covered by your boots. I like that detail. The breeches have quite a few cute little details that I like, such as the logo at the hip pocket, the contrast piping on the pockets, the logo on the back belt loop, and the buttons over the hook fasteners at the waist are sparkly. They also have a functional back zip pocket. My phone even fits in it.

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diagram of an adult amateur jumper. let’s make “vintage Beval” a thing.

I like these breeches just enough to buy a second pair, especially for schooling. I would be comfortable showing in the white ones. The price is an unbeatable value, coming in at under $100 for a pair of breeches that have some thought put into them, and good construction, even if the fit is tricky. Depending on your body type, I would be willing to recommend these breeches as worthwhile to have around.

Now, on to the other fun stuff this week: Eli being awesome and another pair of breeches for showing.

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This is ALMOST EXACTLY like that scene in the Black Stallion movie, when they are still on the boat that hasn’t caught fire yet, and Alec places sugar cubes on the porthole of the Black’s shipping container. I mean, you see it, right???

My horse feels great. I had back-to-back excellent rides on Wednesday and Thursday evening. We worked on small circles around the jumps, hoping that translates into better turns on course. If I can remember to keep my outside leg on and my hands forward, we’re gold. Of course, now it’s raining, so I may not be able to test the usefulness of such exercises yet.

And my other pair of breeches for shows? Take a guess.

ghodhobreechesGhodho is coming out with a show line soon. I CANNOT WAIT!