This summer is already gearing up to be a hot one! Staying cool while riding is a MUST. Thankfully, these days there are many clothing options available with the newest cooling and moisture-wicking technology. Thank you, Science! I’ve tested out three of the most popular tights out on the market right now, that have this cooling technology, and reviewed them below.
First, we have the Ovation Aerowick Ladies’ Knee Patch Tight. Some of it’s features include:
I really enjoyed wearing these tights. They have a very sleek feel and appearance to them. They are a “bare all” tight ladies, so keep that in mind. I wore them when it was high 80’s outside and they were fabulous. My legs weren’t sticky, itchy, or sweaty while wearing them for a couple hours. In my opinion, these tights have the right amount of silicone; just enough to keep my legs in perfect position without feeling “stuck” to my saddle.
My absolute favorite feature about the Ovation Aerowick Ladies’ Knee Patch Tights is the side pocket. I carried my iPhone with me without worrying it was going to fall out, even while posting I had no issues. Major plus!
The Ovation Aerowick Ladies’ Knee Patch Tight comes in sizes XS-XL and several colors including: Black, Olive(pictured), Wine, Mocha, Grey, and Navy. Originally $44.95, on sale for $40.46. Purchase them here.
Next up, the Dublin Performance Cool-It Mesh Tights. Part of Dublin’s performance line of apparel, these tights are made to perform while allowing for all-day comfort.
The first thing I want to point out about these tights are the super soft mesh panels. I immediately noticed/felt these when I put them on for the first time. My legs were thanking me later in the day! If you like a tight with more structure to them, almost like a breech, then the Dublin Performance Cool-It Mesh Tights are for you. They offer structure BUT with the perfect amount of stretch to them, allowing me to bend down, mount my horse, and move freely with ease.
The gel seat design is a huge bonus for athletes or people who will be in the saddle for extended periods of time. The silicone full seat design kept me secure in my saddle throughout my hour ride. Out of curiosity, I wanted to test them out riding bareback, and just as I expected my butt wasn’t going anywhere. Hello new bareback riding tights! Can’t wait to use these to work on perfecting my seat and leg position. The Dublin Performance Cool-It Mesh Tights come in Black/Charcoal(Pictured), Blue/Black, and Navy/Pink. The size range is 24-36 and originally priced at $89.99, on sale $79.95. Purchase them here.
And finally, the Goode Rider Seamless Designer Knee Patch Tights. Goode Rider boasts that this is the most versatile tight that can be worn from a run to your yoga class and then to the saddle (if you do that much exercising, more power to you). Seriously, they aren’t lying!!! I actually did wear these to one of my cardio workout classes and they worked out phenomenally. At least my legs stayed cool and didn’t get sweaty, my upper half not so much. I’ll tell you more, but first the features:
If you couldn’t tell from above, my favorite thing about these tights is their versatility. I LOVE the fact that I can lounge, exercise, and ride in these. I’ve even worn them out and about downtown Chicago, paired with a cute, longer top and booties; they function just like leggings! Riding in these tights was a breeze. I had no rubbing going on due to their seamless design and everything was held in place thanks to the compression fabric. You can wear them two different ways in the waist, either high waisted for tummy control or folded over like a yoga pant for a low waisted look; I keep them high. The Goode Rider Seamless Designer Knee Patch Tights are currently available in Black and Pewter (pictured), offered in sizes XS-XL and priced at $119.00. Purchase them here.
No matter what you’re looking for, there is definitely a tight in this group for everyone. All three have different features, but similar cooling and moisture wicking technology making them essential pieces for your summer riding wardrobe.
Author: Michelle P.