The best riding tights and leggings have proved to be very popular in recent years. An alternative to jodhpurs and breeches, riding tights are more similar in design to a pair of leggings you might wear at the gym or to a yoga class. They should be lightweight, very comfortable and offer great freedom of movement. Being pull-on in design and usually made of a four-way stretch material, they’re easy to get on, too.
Most will feature some sort of grip to help you remain secure in the saddle and this could be in a full-seat or knee-patch style. Other features to look out for include flat seams (or seamless), reflective detailing and mesh panelling. Many come with pockets on the thigh to fit your phone in while riding, but some styles also offer zipped pockets on the leg or at the back of the waistband for added security.
Best riding tights and leggings for the summer
Coldstream Kelso Riding Skins
Colours: Beige, black, white or Windsor wine | Sizes: 24–34in | RRP: £99.99 |
These high-waisted leggings are designed to give the support of breeches combined with the movement of riding tights. They have a full silicone seat, no-bulk elastic stretch ankles and are made of an anti-VPL fabric.
Derby House Elite Gel Seat II Riding Tights
Colours: Navy or black | Sizes: 24–36in | RRP: £44.99 |
These are an upgrade of the Elite Gel tights. They have the same style, shape and fit with a full silicone seat, but are made from a blend of recycled fabric. They have a deep, supportive waistband that is flattering and comfortable, a generous phone pocket on each side, and anti-rise silicone gel on the inside ankles to prevent rising or bulking.
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Covalliero Riding Tights
Colours: Dark navy, light greige, sand or avocado | Sizes: EU 32/34–44/46 | RRP: £71.50 |
These riding tights feature a full seat with silicone grip, an extra-wide waistband and a phone pocket. They are described as moisture wicking and fast drying.
Equetech Signature Luxe Riding Tights
Colours: Black or lavender | Sizes: XS–3XL | RRP: £59.95 |
These riding tights have vented panels on the lower leg and a ‘no-roll’ supportive waistband. They have flat-lock seams that are positioned for comfort in addition to a matt silicone grip seat and a deep pocket on the thigh.
Whitaker Legend riding tights
Colours: Navy or burgundy | Sizes: XS–XL | RRP: £60 |
These stretchy riding tights have two pockets on the leg as well as two zipped side pockets for valuables. The full silicone printed monogram seat, wide supportive waistband and printing in champagne gold add to the elegant look.
Hy Equestrian Synergy Riding Tights
Colours: Black or navy | Sizes: XS–XL | RRP: £44.99 |
These tights have a ¾ silicone grip seat. They feature a non-bulk mesh sock ankle for optimum comfort, and a mesh pocket.
LeMieux Summer Pull-on Breeches
Colours: Bluebell, aubergine, grey, navy, ocean or white | Sizes: UK 4–18 | RRP: £69.95 |
These lightweight leggings have a seamless design for comfort and a wide elasticated waist band for a flattering fit. They feature a generous, elasticated phone pocket on each thigh and have a full silicone seat.
Dublin Cool It Everyday Riding Tights
Colours: Olive, true navy, beige, black or dark grey | Sizes: UK 8–18 | RRP: £53.99 |
These mid-rise riding tights are made of a wicking fabric that helps to keep you cool, comfortable and dry. They also feature belt loops, thigh pockets with flap covers and a full silicone-print seat. Also available in children’s sizes.
Mountain Horse Flora Tech Tights
Colours: Black, grey melange, dark navy, antarctic grey or burgundy melange | Sizes: EU 34–46 | RRP: £69 |
These riding tights have silicone grip at the seat and knee for extra stickability. They are quick-drying and have pockets on both legs.
Equiline Christic Leggings
Colours: Black | Sizes: UK 4–20 | RRP: £92 |
These leggings are made with Lycra, and are breathable and quick drying. They feature a phone pocket and full-seat grip.
PS of Sweden Jocelyn
Colours: Berry pink or grape | Sizes: S–XL | RRP: £70 |
Created from recycled fabric, these bright tights offer full-seat and knee grip so they’ll suit all disciplines. They also have a flattering crossover waistband.
Ariat Ascent Half Grip Tights
Colours: Navy or black | Sizes: XS–XL | RRP: £110 |
These tights are designed with flattering compression panels to offer additional support to your muscles and joints. They have a deep rise design to promote core strength and provide ultimate comfort, a half-seat grip and an envelope closure pocket on each thigh.
Fouganza 100 Light Riding Leggings
Colours: Navy, pink or blue print | Sizes: UK 2–14/16 | RRP: £19.99 |
These leggings have a wide wasit band for comfort and mesh zones to promote ventilation.
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Toggi Sculptor Full-Seat Riding Tights
Colours: Azure | Sizes: 24–34in | RRP: £57.50 |
These full-seat riding tights are made from a technical and supportive fabric. They have two side leg pockets, mesh ankle panels and a high waist with a drawcord.
Shires Aubrion Elstree Mesh Riding Tights
Colours: Black or navy | Sizes: XXS–XXL | RRP: £44.99 |
To help keep you cool, these riding tights feature ventilating mesh panels on the outer leg. The tights also have a full silicone grip seat and legs and a phone-sized pocket on the thigh. Also available in children’s sizes.
Pikeur Gia Athleisure Riding Leggings
Colours: White, taupe, brocade brown, dark green, light grey, dark shadow, black, nightblue or Bordeaux | Sizes: 18–32in, in regular or long | RRP: £124.95 |
These super-stretchy leggings have a soft inner side and a wide, elastic waistband. The full seat has
silicone and there is a large mobile phone pocket on the outer thigh.
Premier Equine Rexa Ladies Gel Knee Pull-on Riding Tights
Colours: Black or anthracite | Sizes: 22–34in | RRP: £60 |
These technical riding tights have a mid/heavyweight gel knee, a deep, supportive waistband and multi-panel detailing that provides a flattering look. They feature two zip pockets on the upper thigh and two deep phone pockets on the lower thigh.
GS Equestrian Dexterity knee patch riding tights
Colours: Petrol or navy | Sizes: UK 8–14 | RRP: £39.95 |
Made from a combination of nylon and spandex, these tights have a thick, comfortable waistband and two phone pockets as well as a smaller rear zipper pocket. They have a silicone grip knee patch and mesh ankle cuff.
Aztec Diamond Icon Riding Leggings
Colours: Black, navy, grey, maroon, charcoal, taupe, khaki, burgundy, chocolate, metal or beige | Sizes: XS–XL | RRP: £50 |
These flattering leggings come in a wide range of colours and are made of recycled performance fabric that gives full coverage. They have a thick elasticated waist band, silicone knee grip and a side pocket.
Mochara Technical Riding Leggings
Colours: Mauve, grape, charcoal grey, burgundy, jet black, navy, berry or slate grey | Sizes: XXS–XXL | RRP: £40 |
These riding leggings are designed to be suitable for other sporting activities, too. The fabric is breathable, moisture-wicking and treated to prevent UV penetration for sun protection and to reduce heat absorption. They also have two phone-sized pockets.
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What’s the difference between breeches and riding tights?
Riding tights or leggings are an alternative to breeches. More like leggings you might wear to the gym, riding tights do not have any front or zip closure, but still usually feature either a grip full seat or knee patches to help you stay secure in the saddle. Riding tights are also often available in a wider range of colours and styles.
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