Sometimes no matter how hard you try you can’t make yourself like something. Apparently that is how it is supposed to be for me and certain breeches. I purchased one of the original pairs of SmartPak Piper Breeches a few years ago. I didn’t love the fit but was willing to sacrifice some of that due to the price. In the end I returned them after I wore them one time due to the knee patches coming unstitched before I even got on a horse.
I had read that the Piper’s had been revamped and at the price of $48 a pop (during a sale) it seemed safe enough to try them once more. Unfortunately the key issues with the fit of the Piper’s were not resolved – IMO. I ordered 2 sizes (my standard 26 and a size up 28) so I do not feel that this has to do with improper sizes being ordered. Full disclosure this is not a full review as I cannot attest to any durability as I did not keep these breeches after trying them on.
I will say that the fabric did improve so props to you SmartPak but I would rather have 1 pair of Tailored Sportsman at $190 than the almost 4 pairs of Pipers that you could buy for the same amount. That said I understand that many people can’t or don’t want to spend that kind of money on breeches. I find that quality over quantity lasts though.
Below are a 2 of the main issues that I personally experienced:
1 – There is a lot of extra fabric at the back of the knee – I found this to be a problem in both sizes of the breeches
At the end of the day I couldn’t bring myself to ride in these breeches and am very happy that I opted to return them. Maybe it is just that my body type isn’t made for the Piper’s or maybe my thighs like to be cased in the classy Tailored Sportsman – we will never know. Do any Tailored Sportsman lovers have any other brands that you think I might like? I would love to find another brand that is flattering and comfortable!