Monday, March 26, 2018

Buckwild Breeches Review


I've seen a lot of ads for Buckwild breeches and I even goaded Leah into trying them on at Rolex last year. I did not try any on--nothing murders the self esteem quite like trying and failing to squeeze into some horrific piece of spandex in public.

Then Roxie's mom was like "hey I have these kickass pants that I super hate because of their overly sticky silicone full seats do you want?"

yes. yes i do want.
They're a gorgeous shade of teal with plaid full seats that have super sticky silicone on them. They wear like yoga pants--soft, comfy, and simple. They're a higher rise, which I very much appreciate as a long-waisted person. I will say that they don't do a lot for smoothing over the lumps and holding things in place, but maybe the fun colors distract from that? I dunno. I love them. They make me smile when I put them on.

zoom zoom baby mare!
I've kind of gone back and forth on these, which is why I haven't done a write up until now. They're like $130 full price, which is in range for nice breeches, buuuuuut I'm pretty cheap about buying stretchy pants. Plus my first pair was free. Plus the lumpy issue. Plus since they aren't uncomfortable to wear, how well are they really going to hold up? (My brain goes strange places sometimes, but I bet you've thought that too.)

Then this happened:
rad. purple. pants.
Yeah purple with multi color horsey full seats plus a sale (and I was waiting for test results on teeny dog). #yolo
this seems almost indecent
I think I ordered Saturday morning and had them in my hands Tuesday or Wednesday.
love
I will say--I wear ~34 breech normally and I ordered the XL from Buckwild. They're a little bit big for me and quite stretchy. I almost could have sized down. Definitely don't size up.

one day i will get good pictures. one day.
I mean. They're a look, don't get me wrong. If you have very conservative sensibilities, these are probably not the stretchy pants for you. (But also if you have very conservative sensibilities, you started throwing up in your mouth when you saw this post title and maybe this isn't the post for you either.)

But also. They are so comfortable. They're super fun. They're a nice, lightweight fabric that will wear well in summer without being too hot. I really like the sock bottoms on these--comfortable without being uncomfortably tight.

look baby ZB!

They wear a bit like a dressed-up riding tight--there is a zipper and snap and belt loops, but the comfort level is pretty unbeatable.

Would I wear them in a clinic? Well. Yes. But also I have a rainbow bit and a steampunk browband and I believe in having fun and making my own traditions. YMMV on that particular issue.

Life's too short to be boring. Go buckwild!

Disclosures: my free pair had everything to do with having fantastic friends and nothing to do with the company. I paid the sale price for the purple ones and I don't regret a cent. I'd be surprised if I didn't end up with another pair of these.

UPDATE: If you're a budget-fun-colors-breeches type (like me), you're probably comparing them with Smartpak Piper breeches. In short, the Pipers have a more substantial fabric that smoothes over lumps much better. HOWEVER. The Pipers also have that killer crotch sag (wtf why can't they can't just fix that) and even the mid-rise pipers give me a MAD muffin top. Not attractive. The Buckwild breeches hit me in a much more flattering place and I'm happy wearing them around rather than constantly trying to bury myself in layers and creatively crop photos.

26 comments:

  1. I'm super glad none of these pictures was me trying them on at Rolex 😂 although I'm fairly entertained you ended up with the same pattern I tried on (because duh, teal). They really were fun, I'm glad you like them! If you end up at not-Rolex again, they had decent sales IIRC.

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    1. Pretty sure you did not come out of the dressing room.

      Or maybe I was distracted by tack. That's also likely.

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  2. Oh, man, I love these wayyyyy more than my purple plaid full-seat pipers!

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    1. I have resisted more colors of pipers. I clearly did not resist these, lol.

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  3. They're advertised VERY heavily in my plus sized rider group, which alone makes me kind of resentful to try them? But ugh, everyone who tries them raves about them. Curse my stubborn principle.

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    1. Eh yeah I get that. I think I actually owned a pair before I started seeing ads for them so I didn't have to be biased by that.

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    1. It is. It really is. I'll bring mine when I visit so you can try them on.

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    1. The pockets are not fantastic. I think there's a zip shut front pocket that's not big enough for my phone. :-/

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  6. Breeches are cool and all, but I was too distracted by ZB to pay attention .

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  7. I'm waiting for them to make some fun knee patch ones. They said they will someday... Glad to hear the wait will be worth it though! I think they're super fun.

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    1. Yeah knee patch would be fun to try. I'd buy those.

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  8. Ooh, nice! I've been waiting to see if a review would pop up somewhere because I've seen their ads everywhere. Sounds like a good breech to keep an eye on for sales!

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    1. Always sales. I can't comprehend paying full price for anything ever. Maybe toilet paper?

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  9. I'm glad you reviewed these! I was curious about the sizing and the comfort level; I love the fun patterns, but I'm not super into buying things I can't try on!

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    1. True fact: I am way too lazy to ship things back so yeah the struggle is real.

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  10. I am falling in love with silicone breeches. Those look cool.

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    1. To each their own! I'm on the fence about silicone in general but you can't argue with the colors haha.

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  11. Whyyyyyy can’t they fix the Pipers?!?!?! Makes me so mad. I love my ovation tights with the sticky full seat. Price is right at riding warehouse too!

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    1. I need to try ovations one of these days. My favorite actual "breech" right now is rompf Champions, but they only come in massively boring colors.

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  12. Great review, hitting all the points I care about. Thanks!

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  13. I have been wondering about these and specifically about how they are as an alternative to the Pipers. Thank you for answering all my questions in one place.

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