What is it?
Kerrits is a company that produces beautiful riding wear for equestrians. Founded in 1986 they began developing athletic wear for women that is super stretchy and comfortable. Starting with swimsuits they moved onto producing equine wear in 1991. They are constantly testing their fabrics to make sure they are the best for all weather conditions.
I am going to be looking at their Kerrits Ice Fil Tech Tights, from The Comfy Horse Company, as we are now moving into summer!
How does it work?
The Kerrits Ice Fil Tech Tights are leggings specifically made for riding in hotter weather. They work by recycling your sweat to keep you cool. The special refrigerant application absorbs sweat and converts it into cooling energy. They can reduce your skin temperature by up to 5 degrees! They also provide great protection from the harmful UV sun rays, with a UPF of 50+. The inner legs are lined with a silicone grip known as Kerrit Sticks, for an anti-slip effect. This gives you stability in the saddle whilst not causing you to overheat like a pair of traditional full seat breeches would. They even have a deep pocket either side, so you always have somewhere to carry your phone during summer rides. They have a large size range of xs (0-2) to 2xl (20-22).
One of the biggest issues I have when riding in the summer is the heat. As I’m in a lot of pain, I overheat very easily. Then when I wear normal leggings to ride in they either tear or my legs rub against the saddle, due to them being so thin. These Kerrits are the first special riding leggings I’ve tried before, so I was pretty excited to try them out.
When I first tried them on, I found them extremely comfortable. I like my riding clothes to fit like a glove and these did exactly that with its fantastic four-way stretch material. I was worried that they looked small at first (I’m wearing a size xs), but they stretched so much that they fit perfectly! They are definitely thicker than normal leggings you’d buy for everyday wear, which makes them feel a lot hardier too. The ankle parts also have a ring of silicone grip on the end to stop them from riding up when you’re moving about. This is a great idea, as I know I’m not the only one that can’t stand the feeling of their jodhpurs rising up your leg and having to constantly pull them back down! I would have loved these as a kid, as I used to have to wear jodhpur clips to prevent this from happening, which aren’t the most attractive bits of gear around.
One thing that really stood out was the incredibly deep pockets! They are placed across the thigh, rather than by the waistband, which means you can ride with your phone in your pocket without it digging in. I always find hacking in the summer difficult, as I have no where to put my phone, so the addition of these pockets is amazing. Once I dismounted from riding, I actually spent a while looking for my phone before realising it was in my pocket the whole time. It just shows how comfy they are!
To ride in these are just perfect. You can barely even feel that you are wearing tight fitting leggings, which my sensitive legs greatly appreciated! I rode on a very hot afternoon, well for the UK anyway (about 25 degrees), to give these the best test possible. This time, I decided to ride in the field rather than our indoor menage, which can be like a sauna in the summer, so I will have to update my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/braceyourselfeb) when I test them out in there.
The Kerrits stretchiness helped out again, as mounting was made very easy with no restrictions like traditional breeches. Then the silicone patches on the inner leg provided a good grip to the saddle without feeling stuck down. I did find the silicone peeling away from my leather saddle during rising trot made a velcro-type noise, which Dave was a bit confused about at first. Then again I own the most dramatic horse ever! He soon settled down and ignored the noise. I loved the feel of the high waist band that doesn’t have any zips/buttons on it, so there was nothing to dig in whilst you’re riding. They really are the most comfortable riding wear I’ve ever worn!
Now to the bit that they’re made for, did they really keep me cool? They work by reusing your sweat to lower the temperature of your legs. I definitely felt a difference in the sense that I didn’t have to peel myself out of the saddle from being so sweaty (sorry for the horrible image!), but they didn’t necessarily make me feel any cooler. I just didn’t get as hot as normal in the first place, which is great. They do the job they’re made to do! I was very impressed with them and hope to check out their other lines of quality equestrian clothing.
1) Very comfortable.
2) Great grip without feeling “stuck”.
3) You won’t get as hot whilst riding in them.
1) A little bit pricey for leggings.
2) They did get stuck in my boot zips, as they are so stretchy!
3) Can’t think of any others!
Are they worth it?
Yes! There are lots of different riding leggings on the market, but these stand a level above the rest. They have an actual purpose to them as well as being comfortable gear to wear. As they help to keep you cooler, anyone who works on a yard would benefit from these. When it’s so hot you have to wear shorts, which can be potentially dangerous around horses, you now have the choice to wear these leggings. They will protect you from the harmful sun rays and your legs from any potential cuts etc! You can even get them in competition colours, so summer shows will be much comfier now.
Price – £69
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