After reading the tights/schooling breeches threads (and hearing a lot of positive reviews), I got the Free Ride tights - and though I do like them (they fit well, are flattering, have a good design in terms of the placement of the silicone, the pockets, etc.) - they are still a little too compressive for my taste.
I’m on the fence about the high waist; sometimes I like it and sometimes I don’t! At 65, I’m about 5’2’ 1/2 (damn thinning disks ), so when I pull them all the way up, they rest a bit high on my ribcage.
I have a fair variety of schooling tights, but a pair I got from Dover (I think it’s their house brand) is pretty much my favorite and I’m wearing them out. The material is a little heavy for summer - and only one thigh pocket - but the stretchy factor is nice in that I can actually take my fingers, pull on the material, let go, and they don’t snap back immediately. This provides me with a little “give” in the saddle. I bought them several years ago and now can’t find the same tights at my local Dover. sigh
I used to buy the Kerrits Ice Fils, but the f/s grip just didn’t last.
I’m a pretty stringy old broad (around #117), so my thighs aren’t as “robust” as they used to be - but I like to feel like I can “sit around” my horse, separate my seat bones (and buttocks), and move in the saddle! I hate the feeling of being shrink-wrapped, and I don’t need (or want) the compression - but it seems like that’s the standard in f/s tights these days! I still want stretchiness though, more than the average breeches provide - and the more stick the better (within reason.)
I haven’t been competing much this year since we got a late start, but when I rode in my FITS fullseats for an event last month I was pleasantly surprised - I was able to move SO much better in the saddle, but still had tons of grip! I have a pair of FITS schooling breeches I got on sale a couple of years ago but the grip is MEH (they weren’t the deerskin/lambskin patches; just a fairly stingy amount of silicone.)
So, based on the above, Espirits are probably out - along with the MD performance.
How are the Tuffriders?
Lightweight, stretchy, sticky, and NOT sausage casings?
TIA for any input!!