Does anyone remember the SmartPak Bradley Breeches? I ordered a pair the first week they came out and was horribly disappointed by the fit. It was awful… nothing about those breeches worked on me. So I completely understand why many equestrian’s were hesitant about trying SmartPak’s second attempt with the Piper Breech. I know plenty of equestrians who did try again, and just didn’t love the Pipers: they sagged in the crotch and the material pilled at the inner thighs. But I’m here to tell you that third times the charm. Here’s 5 reasons you really do need to give SmartPak Pipers just one more chance:
1. Dramatically improved fit
I have five pairs of SmartPak Piper breeches now, purchased throughout the last two years. The fit has changed dramatically since I purchased my first pair. The rise is lower, by several inches, and they don’t sag nearly as much on me (although, it’s important to note that every brand of breeches including Tailored Sportsman, sags on me a little bit without a belt). The fabric still stretches, but not as much anymore and I can wear them all day long without an issue.
2. Better material quality
My first pair of Pipers pilled on the upper inside of the thigh within the first few rides. I was really disappointed, but other than the cosmetic ugliness of the fabric there, the durability of the fabric has help up just fine. But for all of us hunter princesses out there, I’m happy to report that my last three pairs of Pipers haven’t pilled at all. In fact, the fabric still looks brand new, with no signs of wear at all.
3. Options galore
Just about every season, SmartPak rolls out new options for the Piper Breech. Choose between front zip, side zip, knee patch, full seat, long lengths and plus sizes. Do you want one of the 10 colorful trim options? Or would you prefer one of the 5 classic colors? Or you could just go balls to the wall with the awesome full seat plaid colors. The only other company that has more options than that is Tailored Sportsman, and their breeches are $190. Which brings me to my next point…
4. You still can’t beat the price
The full retail for SmartPak Piper breeches are $80. If you have SmartPak supplements on autoship you get an automatic 10% off. If you’re a member of USEF or AQHA you also get 5% off. Plus, every few months SmartPak sends out a promo code for 20% off Piper breeches and you can combine all of these discounts, making the final price of your breeches $59. So you can buy 3 pairs of Pipers for every one pair of Tailored Sportsman. Not too shabby, eh?
5. Free shipping, no-hassle returns
Still not convinced? Try ’em. You get free shipping on orders over $75, and free, truly no hassle returns. It’s better than going to the tack store to try stuff on, because you never have to leave your house.