I waffled between posting this in H/J or Eventing or Dressage but in the end I decided to put it over here in an attempt to garner opinions and input from everyone, rather than a micro-portion of the community.
So, basically, I have a problem with breeches durability. I’m by no means skinny but I’m not obese, either. I fit comfortably into anything from a 32 to a 36 depending on the brand. And my breeches hold up great almost everywhere - except the inner thigh/crotch. And there, I’ve run into my problem…no matter what breeches I try, they seem to wear out within a year. First they get nasty and “pill” in the thigh and crotch, then I start to see more wear and some stitches come undone, and eventually either a hole wears through the fabric or a hole appears where the stitched along thigh or crotch has come undone.
A short synopsis of brands I can remember I’ve tried:
Grand Prix (I think the Vegas’ but I’m not 100% I threw them out for holes forever ago)
Smartpak Pipers (have had these for less than six months and see significant wear and "pill"ing)
RJ Classics Sterling (so far minimal wear - but it’s there)
Tailored Sportsman (no wear: but I ONLY wear these for competition, not schooling)
Irideon & Kerrits riding tights (consignment so I don’t know what type or from when but lots of thigh wear to the point of almost holes and LOTS of pill-ing)
FITS front zip/knee patch breech (LOVE LOVE LOVE these, so comfy, but getting so worn less than a year later!!)
SO as you can see, I’ve tried breeches from all price/“quality” ranges and had the exact same problem.
Does anyone else have this problem? Found a brand/style that doesn’t do this? Found some other solution? Brands to absolutely stay away from? I can’t afford to keep buying new breeches all the time, so…