Innovative breeches—what’s not to love?

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At SmartPak, we get you because we are you, so we know that you probably spend just as much time in your breeches every week as you do in your jeans. Finding the perfect pair is important because nothing makes you feel better than slipping into a pair of breeches that makes you feel (and look) your best.

We’re excited about two great new lines of breeches that are now available at SmartPak: the alexus breeches by SmartPak and the Tredstep Symphony breeches. Not only do comfort, performance, style, and innovation come standard in these breeches, but they’re getting rave reviews from the riders everywhere, including some SmartPakers. And with expert advice, free shipping, and free returns, there’s no reason not to try a pair today!

We sat down with our Director of Merchandising, Renee Portnoy, to get her take on these hot new breeches.

SmartPak: When you set out to design the alexus line by SmartPak, what were you hoping to achieve?

Renee Portnoy: This is a line that was designed to really address the needs of equestrians as athletes. This means designing products that are made with high quality, high performance fabrics that perform at a high level and look great in the saddle. The styling is sophisticated, performance driven but yet still conscious of the traditional riding look.

SP: So far, the breeches have gotten great rider reviews. What does this mean to you?

RP: At the end of the day, I’m really striving to design products that make our riders happy! I think it is great that SmartPak has become a resource for tack, apparel and rider gear over the years. Riders trusted us with the health of their horses and they’ve come to see us as their top choice for riding apparel too!

SP: As the Director of Merchandising, you see a lot of products. What makes you so excited about the new Tredstep Symphony breeches?

RP: Tredstep has done a fabulous job bringing innovation to their new line of breeches. They are so thoughtfully designed with the rider in mind.

SP: What do you think riders will love most about these new Tredstep breeches?

RP: I think the integrated sock design is genius. It is flattering to look at but also designed around the shape of the calf to provide a superior fit and reduce bunching at the back of the knee. The design accommodates a variety of calf sizes and provides a great freedom of movement.

After chatting with Renee, we chatted with a few SmartPakers who’ve been riding in the new alexus and Tredstep breeches, to get their feedback.

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Alexus Knee Patch Breeches by SmartPak

 $179.95
(37 reviews)
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Alexus Full Seat Breeches by SmartPak

 $199.95
(39 reviews)
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Tredstep Symphony No. 2 Azzura Knee Patch Breeches

 $159.95
(11 reviews)
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Tredstep Symphony No. 3 Rosa Full Seat Breeches

 $139.95
(25 reviews)


Meet the Riders:

Colby B.
Department: Marketing
Discipline: Eventing
Breeches: alexus Full Seat Breeches by SmartPak

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How often do you wear your alexus Full Seat Breeches?
“I’d never take them off if I didn’t have to wash them!”

What really sold you on these breeches?
“I’ve been a Pikeur loyalist for years, but the detail on these made me stop and pay attention. The fabric is substantial but still very breathable. Everything about these breeches just screams quality.”

Did they meet your expectations in the saddle?
“They exceeded my expectations. Nailing the fit and styling means less time fidgeting/adjusting and more focus on my riding.”

How’s the fit?
“I love the fit. Snug but stretchy fabric means no gapping. And the rise is just right—not too high or too low.”

What is the one word you’d use to describe your breeches?
“Smokin’.”

Would you buy the alexus Full Seat Breeches again?
“I already have!”

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Alexus Full Seat Breeches by SmartPak

 $199.95
(39 reviews)


Mollie B.
Department: Creative
Discipline: Hunter/Jumper
Breeches: Tredstep Rosa Knee Patch Breeches

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What was your first reaction when you received your Tredstep Rosa Knee Patch Breeches?
“The knee patch is different from any other breech I’ve seen. Since it’s padded and has a funky shape, it gives you more comfort and ‘stickiness’ in when riding.”

How is the fit?
“The cut of the waistband is awesome. Since it’s curved, it stays flat to your back when you’re riding.”

Now that you’ve had a chance to ride in them a few times, what has become your favorite thing about these breeches?
“They don’t pinch. Anywhere. The next day when I was riding in my other brand of breeches, I noticed myself pulling on them and constantly adjusting them when I was riding. I don’t have to do that with my Tredstep breeches. They stay put, and you don’t have to compromise style for comfort.”

Is there any fun detail that you really love?
“That’s the thing about the Tredstep breeches—there are so many fun details! The buttons, the lining, the little logo on the belt loop, the cool, curvy sock, and the pink contrast stitching.”

What is the one word you’d use to describe your breeches?
“Innovative.”

Are the Tredstep Rosa Knee Patch Breeches your favorite breeches?
“You know it!”



Jessica R.
Department: IT
Discipline: Jumper/Equitation
Breeches: alexus Knee Patch Breeches by SmartPak

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What really sold you on the alexus Knee Patch Breeches?
“They were sooo comfortable the first time I put them on, and the fit was great!”

What’s the best compliment you’ve gotten on these breeches?
“How good I looked! (I know I haven’t lost any weight, so it had to be the breeches!)”

What makes these stand out from other breeches?
“I like the no VELCRO at the bottom (less bulk in my boots), and I like that the pockets are real!”

What do you love most about these breeches?
“Definitely the comfort.”

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Alexus Knee Patch Breeches by SmartPak

 $179.95
(37 reviews)


Sara F.
Department: Creative
Discipline: Eventing
Breeches: Tredstep Azzura Knee Patch Breeches

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What makes the Tredstep Azzura Knee Patch Breeches stand out from other breeches?
“The awesome calf panel, the fun details, and the silicone knee patch.”

How do you feel when you wear these breeches?
“I feel like a million bucks because the fabric is very flattering.”

Where’s the coolest place you’ve worn these breeches that wasn’t the barn?
“To a meeting at SmartPak.”

Is there any fun detail that you really love?
“All of the details about these breeches are fun! The knee patch is really unique—never seen that in a breech for under $200.”

What do you love most about these breeches?
“How good they make me look in and out of the saddle.”

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Tredstep Symphony No. 2 Azzura Knee Patch Breeches

 $159.95
(11 reviews)


Martha B.
Department: Customer Care
Discipline: Dressage
Breeches: alexus Full Seat Breeches by SmartPak

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What was the feature that really sold you on these breeches?
“The fabric is so nice and provides amazing coverage.”

What did you think you tried the Full Seat Breeches on for the first time?
“I couldn’t get over how nice they made me look!”

Where’s the coolest place you’ve worn these breeches that wasn’t the barn?
“To the movies! I spend a lot of time at the barn, and when my fiancé wants to try and squeeze in a date, he has to contend with my riding schedule. One night he decided he wanted to take me out, but the movie started in 30 minutes and I had just finished untacking my horse. I did get a few looks, but I was comfortable and happy!”

If you could dedicate a song to these breeches, what would it be?
“’Girl on Fire’ by Alicia Keys because when I ride in them I feel like I can do anything!”

Would you recommend the alexus Full Seat Breeches to a friend?
“I already have!”

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Alexus Full Seat Breeches by SmartPak

 $199.95
(39 reviews)


Melissa H.
Department: Merchandising
Discipline: Hunter/Jumper
Breeches: alexus Knee Patch Breeches by SmartPak

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What was your first reaction when you received you alexus Knee Patch Breeches?
“I was really impressed with the details and the embroidery. I don’t usually get excited about that stuff, but the alexus branding is really well done and very attractive.”

How’s the fit?
“They fit great! The fabric hid a lot of imperfections that other fabrics don’t.”

If your horse could talk, what would he say about these breeches?
“I think Gateway would probably say, ‘Finally, you’ve dressed appropriately for the party.’”

Now that you’ve had a chance to ride in these breeches several times, what has become your favorite thing about them?
“The fabric is really like a dirt repellent. I’m TERRIBLE about getting dirty in the barn, but these breeches are like Teflon.”

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Alexus Knee Patch Breeches by SmartPak

 $179.95
(37 reviews)


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