SmartPak Piper Breeches
Retail Price: $79.95
What I Paid: $54.68 – $68.36
Purchased: April 2014
SmartPak Piper Breeches Review
I’m always on the hunt for schooling breeches and they can be surprisingly difficult to find, probably because I’m looking for the perfect combination of style, function and price. I want my breeches to come in different colors, be made of great material for both summer and winter, be durable enough to take some abuse and not break the bank. It’s really a tall order, but the SmartPak Piper Breeches have all of these qualities in spades.
First, let’s talk features. Pipers come in knee patch, full seat or side-zip and each style offers wide belt loops, four deep pockets and a sock bottom. With sizes from 24-46 and come in no less than 13 color options, SmartPak Pipers have all the bells and whistles you could want from a pair breeches. The fabric is sufficiently stretchy (not too much, but not too little) and the weight works well for any climate in my opinion. I have noticed some pilling on the very upper, inside thigh of all my pairs of Pipers. While at first I was really concerned about what this meant in terms of durability, I’ve had several pairs for a year now with no issues. For me, I don’t mind one bit, since it hasn’t compromised the breeches and you can’t see it anyways.
Well they sound great, Tracy. But what about fit? The earlier pairs of Pipers I bought had a slightly higher rise, in my opinion. However, I purchased a pair a few weeks ago and the rise is definitely shorter and hits me slightly above low-rise, which I like. I always tuck in my shirt when I ride, so a slightly higher rise is good for me. A common complaint I’ve heard about this brand has been that they tend to sag during wear. Again, earlier pairs were much worse than my most recent pair; however, I always wear a belt so it never bothered me.
You can’t beat the price for this type of quality, with this many options and features. You just can’t. And SmartPak is always running promotions, so it’s easy to get anywhere between 5-25% off the retail price. If you’re on the fence about ordering a pair, I strongly encourage you to at least try them. SmartPak offers free returns (with shipping!) and have excellent customer service. SmartPak Piper Breeches are hands-down my favorite brand of schooling breeches; I’ll never buy anything else!