A Review by Mel Donald
This is one woman's journey to finding her perfect pair of riding pants and regardless of whether you're interested in the Trainers Horse Riding Pants, or not, Mel’s review is worth a read. She is witty, funny and writes beautifully. I reckon, if Mel was to turn her mind to it she could well be the next J.K. Rowling.
Enjoy the read!
“What has it got in it’s pocketsess .. ?”. The iconic line from J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, where Gollum tries to guess what Bilbo Baggins has in his pocket (hint: it wasn’t sugar!). I love pockets. Pockets are life. If you turned out the pockets of my Trainers pants, you would find the following: phone, iPod, coffee money, and probably a few dead tissues (sorry honey). If travelling, you could also find a Leatherman knife (essential travelling kit), baling twine, lesson money, shopping lists. And sugar. A big old pocket of sugar (hint: do NOT put your iPhone in the pocket with the sugar, your phone will not thank you for it).
When Colleen asked me to ride-test some of her new riding pants for feedback, I was pretty excited (and very humbled - thank you!). I think we can both agree that the moment I spotted the Trainer pants, it was love at first sight. They were the first style I tried, and after going through all the styles, they were the ones I returned to, and rode in the most. The bit which I was instantly attracted to, if you hadn’t guessed by now, were those two big beautiful thigh pockets. OMG. Heaven.
Now, like most female riders (and some male ones too!), I am pretty sensitive to what bits of my body are on display when sitting on a horse. I have some important criteria for riding pants to meet, so just how do the Trainer pants stack up?
A lot of care and thought had been given to the packaging and preparation of this pair of riding pants, which really inspired me to put them on and saddle up straight away (hashtag pant-speration!). When I tried them out for the first time, I found they “settled” (broke in) within the first ride. No “bubble butt” (when the full-seat doesn’t want to give and you end up riding an inch above the saddle, just grand for that first dressage test). No having to hold your breath for the first three hours whilst the fabric deigns to soften. It was “pants on, ride away”. I was even able to bounce on up (ok, less bounce, more grunt) on my big girl from the ground. Now that’s a flexible pair of pants! The full-seat didn’t require copious amounts of glue - or a rasp! - to provide good traction control, an aspect often missing in the freshly-new suede seats of many a jod. Which leads me to…
It’s classic in its looks, versatile in its use, functional AND flattering. Plus, it has big deep pockets that can hold an enviable supply of sugar cubes, a rhythm box (iPod in the thigh pocket is at just the right height), a phone (for when I get bucked off again), and assorted other bits and pieces whether I am planning for a ride down the road, or a schooling session with my coach. I feel confident that, no matter what the trail throws at me, my Trainer riding pants won’t let me down.
I’m pretty bloody proud to wear my Trainer pants.
~ Mel Donald
Wow, what a fantastic review from Mel of her Trainers Horse Riding Pants.
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