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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Terrific Score Tuesday #4: Piper Full Seat Breeches (product review)



The price alone catches a person's attention. It also makes you wonder about the quality, fit, and comfort of them.

Let me tell you, these breeches are worth way more than what you pay for them. They are stretchy and comfortable. On top of that, they look like a higher end breech. They have cute details and I love the contrasting colors.

Pros:

1. The fabric is the perfect weight. It is thin enough to and not restrictive at all, but has enough substance that no lumps and bumps are going to show through. No jiggly legs during sitting trot in these! It also gives the impression that it is going to last.

2. The full seat isn't binding at all. It gives you just enough grip in the saddle, but you never get a stuck/glued in the saddle feeling in the Pipers. Also, the seat doesn't get hot and is breathable. No one wants a sweaty ass while they're riding.

3. The elastic in the calves is wonderful. I hate Velcro on breeches, it adds bulk (however slight) and just isn't comfortable. It also has a tendency to come undone in the wash and sticking to things you really would rather it not, like the fabric on your breeches. That won't be a problem with the Pipers.

4. The fit is slimming. 

5. The details are really nice. I like the piping/lining on the front and rear pockets. Some of the colors come with contrast colored seats and the ones that don't have contrast stitching.

6. The length is good. I'm 5'11" with some annoyingly long legs and the length is perfect.

7. They are a good rise; not too high, not too low.

8. You can buy three or four pairs of these for the price you would pay for a higher end breech of a quality and fit that is comparable to a lot of the expensive full seats out there. With so many cute color combos available, you're going to want more than one pair. It's nice to be able to afford more.

Cons:
1. If you read the reviews, the main complaint will be that these run a little big. Mine are a little looser than I wanted, but not enough to bother me much. I'm normally a pretty solid 28L in breeches, but I will go with the 26L next time. Oh, and they don't shrink. Obviously, this is a good thing. You just don't want to buy a pair with that possibility in mind.

2. If you're really curvy, the Pipers are probably going to gap in the waste band. I'm built fairly straight and don't have a whole lot for hips or butt, but have decent sized thighs and calves for my build. Because of this, I went with my normal size, not wanting them to be too tight in the legs, even though almost everyone recommended to go a size down. They fit well in the thighs and calves, but are a tiny bit loose in the hips and gap a bit in the waist. However, they have enough stretch that I wouldn't worry about the the size down being too tight in the legs. I wish they would add an elastic v-shaped insert on the waistband, I think it would really help this problem.

3. Smartpak wasn't shy about putting their logo on. Then again, most companies aren't these days. The logo on the front pocket is okay, but they also put it on a back pocket. One or the other would probably be enough. They have a Piper by (logo) Smartpack tab on the back that I could probably live without. It would be easy to remove if it really bothers you though. Smartpak getting rid of one of these logos wouldn't hurt. It's a bit overkill. That's just my opinion though.

I give these 4.5 stars out of five compared to the high end breeches out there. If they made some adjustments to the waistband, I would give them a five. For the price, they get a 5 star rating.

Usually, I try to find products on sale for Terrific Score Tuesday. The Pipers don't need to be on sale to make the list. They are a great deal at their normal price. I have heard rumors that they do occasionally go in sale though, and am definitely looking forward to that time.




18 comments:

  1. Great review, I love the look of the one with teal & have seen the Merlot (I think) pair on other bloggers & adore that colour!
    Sadly Smartpak don't deliver to Europe - sad times as they do offer some super products!!

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    1. I can't believe they won't deliver to Europe. That's ridiculous. If you ever decide you want a pair, let me know and I can mail them to you :)

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    2. Oh wow thanks for the super kind offer J!
      You may live to regret it though ;-P

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  2. I have had them in my "cart" forever, but I already have like 20 pair of breeches so I am waiting for at least one pair to fall apart before I order new ones. :0) A friend wears a pair and loves them. SmartPak frequently offers a 20% discount on Facebook and via email which is when I usually go visit my cart. :0)

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    1. I hope they have another 20% off soon, I want to order more :)

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  3. I have a pair of these but the fit is hard for me. I'm curvy and not small, so they fit slightly tight but also like to fall down... which is awkward.

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    1. That's really aggravating. I wish they would fix the problem in the waistband. I would think there are a lot more curvy women than straight out there, Smartpack needs to accommodate them too.

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  4. I wish I liked the Pipers. I love the price and I love the colors, but the waist was gappy on me while the thigh was really tight (yeah I'm super hourglass shaped so what you're saying makes total sense). That and I just didn't like the fabric. I tried, I really did. If the fit was better I could have probably lived with the fabric. I'm jealous that they worked for you!

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    1. I didn't love the fabric when I first took them out of the package, but was fine once I had them on. It almost has that slight denim look to it, which I like. I'm sorry they didn't work for you. If it helps, I've come across some breeches that I would love, but they just don't work for boyish figures.

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    2. It's the story of my life with fitting the right breeches to one's figure. ;) I'll admit, I'm super picky about breeches anyway.

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  5. I'm waiting on my second pair of Pipers to arrive hoping for a better fit but I'm afraid I'm going to experience what others who are curvy like me have. It's a bummer too, I love the colors and the way they feel but they just doing seem to be cut right for me :(

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    1. I hope that the next pair works, but you may be right. They need to start making different fits, like some jean companies do.

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  6. I'm on the fence about these. I ordered a couple last year and I just didn't love them. The waist is gappy, the crotch is saggy, and the fabric pilled up. Plus, a year later, both my pairs are pretty well dead.

    That said, they have really pretty colors and the price is right. We'll see.

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    1. I was actually wondering about how well they last. They seem like they would, but a person never knows.

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  7. Good review. Something to consider next time I need new breeches.

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  8. Did you have any trouble with pilling on the inner thigh? I love mine, but they pilled almost instantly, and have continued to get marginally worse. I'm kind of worried that they won't really last that long...

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    1. Not yet, but I haven't had them all that long.

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