Look, I know Questo isn’t a word, but when I was typing the title I accidentally created that word because my fingers are so used to “est” being followed by “o”. And then I kinda liked the word questo (perhaps Presto will go on a questo?) so I decided to keep it. This is the quality journalism you get here, what can I say?
I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect riding tights/leggings for a couple years now. I’ve kind of been a slow convert, mostly wearing them during the summer when it’s so hot and I wanted something lighter. But if there’s one thing this quarantine did, it’s really drive home that no one needs real pants. Like… buttons and zippers? How very 1900’s. My fat rolls are like nah fam. Nah.
I still haven’t found my own personal Holy Grail of riding leggings though. Here are the ones I have now or have had so far and my general thoughts/feelings:
For Horses Julie tights – These are my pick for most comfortable definitely. I like the fabric, it’s really smooth and light and stretchy. I don’t like the faux pocket flap on the butt and I wish they had thigh pockets (which have become a necessity for me). They’re also too expensive.
Tuffrider Minerva – I don’t like the fabric of these, it’s too cottony and cheap. Like walmart leggings. They stretch and sag and aren’t flattering. They do have pockets though, and the wide waistband is comfortable. The pocket could be wider, my phone doesn’t fit quite as easily as I’d like.
Tuffrider Bootie – see above comments about fabric. These only have one pocket and it’s in kind of a weird place that makes it hard to access when you’re riding. They’re a little more flattering than the Minerva though. Like… a tiny bit.
Ovation Aerowick – I wish the fabric was a little more “techy”, if that makes any sense at all. It could be a little bit thinner too, for summer. But I do LOVE the pockets, and they’re comfortable. If they would change the waistband from elastic to the wide yoga-pant type waistband, I’d just buy a bunch of these and be done with it. The price is right.
Horseware – I had higher expectations for these considering the price point. Mine were on sale, so they were cheap, but the fabric is a little meh for me and I don’t love the pockets. Or the black color blocking. And the extended suede patches are a little TOO grippy for my preference. I like the waistband and the color (I got fig) though.
Aztec Diamond – I’m not sure if these really even count because the ADE leggings I have are from the very first run that they ever released. Like 5 years ago. They’re more of casual leggings than actual riding leggings (no knee patch) but I really like the fabric. Hate the elastic waistband though, and there are no pockets.
So based on all that… give me some more suggestions. I’m convinced that my perfect riding leggings exist and I just haven’t found them yet. Here is what I’m very specifically looking for:
I have to have a wide waistband (not elastic), knee patch or no patch, thinner (and not cottony) fabric, and good pockets preferably on both sides. And not stupid expensive. Like, I want under $80. If they’re so great that it’s like Jesus himself made these leggings with angel fabric and holy thread, then ok… maybe $100. And I would strongly prefer a company that has been pro-BLM (hey look, new shopping requirements!). A lot of people have mentioned Botori and Equestriess Etelier to be before – I’m waiting for a Botori sale on a color I like, and I’m not sold on the waistband of the EE (if you have them please tell me more about the waistband!).
Drop some suggestions please!