byNina Fedrizzi| Dec 8, 2017
It seems like every day lately, there’s more evidence that a kind of technical fabric revolution is underway in riding apparel. Breeches, shirts, and jackets are reaching higher levels of comfort, fit, and performance, and brands new and familiar are embracing these technologies and thinking outside the box. The upside? This competition and innovation is great news for us as consumers.
One of the latest companies to push the boundary on riding wear is Sakkara, a line of Italian-made performance show shirts and breeches that debuted this fall. Created by lifelong rider and polo player Zeina Hosni, Sakkara is named after a province on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt where Hosni grew up riding as a child. The pieces in her stylish, minimalist collection are designed to move and breathe freely in the saddle, and I have to say, the line’s Javi breech for women is one of the most comfortable pairs of riding pants I’ve put on.
The microfiber-blended fabric (currently available in white or navy, which I tried) feels less substantial than you might be used to, but once on, provides full support and a figure-flattering fit on the body. What stood out to me, however, is the total range of motion allowed by these pants in and out of the saddle—the “second skin” analogy provided in the online description isn’t far off. As I’ve said before, I prefer a thinner breech (or even leggings!), and the Javi definitely allows you to feel what you’re doing in the tack, even if, in my case, thinner fabrics aren’t exactly ideal for Upstate New York in December (Florida can you hear me?).
Aside from technical material, the Javi’s bells and whistles are subtle but functional. The breeches are half-seat with a front zipper, two front pockets, and a mid-rise fit which I would expect flatters a range of body types. Since I tend to ride in the morning and hang out in my pants while I work during the day, the waistband and calf closures are often where a pair of breeches succeeds or fails for me, and in these areas, the Javi definitely earns bonus points for comfort. The waistband is soft and forgiving, and the lycra calf ‘sock’ leaves minimal lines behind when you take them off.
Like most technical fabrics on the market today, these pants are machine-washable (washing with like colors in cold water is recommended, and they should be laid flat to dry), and have so far held up well to multiple rides and washes a week. But here’s the really good news: the Javi breech currently retails for $200 which, when compared to other Italian-made breeches of a similar caliber, is a pretty great price point.
The takeaway here? Great performance design is becoming more affordable, and there’s certainly no downside to that.
-Photos courtesy of Sakkara Equestrian.
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