Spring has sprung, and in addition to warmer temperatures and blooming flowers, equestrian brands are releasing their 2016 spring collections. I like peruse some of the bigger brands (Ariat, RJ Classics, etc.) just to see what’s new and fashionable, but I usually don’t buy anything I don’t need. This year, SmartPak substantially expanded their Piper Breech collection, and in addition to new fit and new colors, I got a 5% discount code (PIPERC16), plus a $15 gift card for my anniversary of putting Miles on autoship SmartPaks. So I bought a few new pairs, and thought I’d share some of the new SmartPak Piper Breeches options with everyone.
SmartPak released 6 new color combinations of their Piper Breech this season. My personal favorite is grey + turquoise, but navy + dove isn’t far behind. In case you’re keeping track, SmartPak Piper Breeches now come in 12 different color combinations… and that’s JUST knee patch breeches! Full seats come in two additional plaid options, PLUS white with grey accents.
In addition to the new tried-and-true fun color combinations, SmartPak also debuted the brand new SmartPak Piper Classic breech, which is a traditional twist on their bestselling line of breeches. Available in both knee patch (front or side zip) and full seat, the Piper Classics come in four colors, without any accent piping and they’ve ditched the big rear pockets with SmartPak logo.
New Fabric and New Design
Silicone grip is all the rage, and several high-end breech brands are known for their super-grippy knee patch and full seats. SmartPak jumped on the trend this spring by introducing Pipers with Silicone Grip in both knee patch and full seat. The best part? The silicone grips are in contrasting colors — talk about wow factor! So far, the knee patch and full seats come in 5 color combinations, and I fully admit to already purchasing a pair.
Aside from the Silicone Grip, Pipers now come in a new knit fabric. It’s constructed with a 4-way stretch cotton blend knit fabric that allows for excellent stretch, recovery, and compression. And (bonus) the knee patch and full seat Knit Pipers all have Silicone Grip (albeit in a more conservative same-color)… but a different design. Also of note, the Knit Pipers don’t have contrast colors or rear pockets… but they do come in 5 colors.
New Fit Options
Aside from front zip and side options, SmartPak Pipers also have Plus-Size options and they just released a new Piper Modified Rise Breech that promises a higher (to your belly button) rise, instead of the low-rise that tend to be more popular among the younger generation. They offer 6 of the 12 color combos (the best 6, in my opinion), and promise to offer “a little more coverage.” SmartPak also created Junior Pipers, with all the same fun of Piper Breech color combinations, in girls sizes 8-14. Finally, if your willing to try out the new knit fabric, SmartPak Piper Breeches also come in boot cut.