Friday, April 9, 2021

A Hunt For Show Breeches - Tredstep Nero II and Ovation Destiny Super-X

My show breeches are starting to look a bit dingy, so I thought I'd start the hunt for a new pair.  I have previously written about my favorite curvy fit breeches, but I decided to look for some with silicone seats.  And preferably closer to $100 than 200+.  

The first one I decided upon was the Tredstep Symphony Nero II.  My only previous experience with Tredstep was boots, which I didn't really love but I hadn't tried any of their clothing.  Neither Smartpak nor their own website a size chart, but a few comments mentioned curvy fit and Tredstep had a little booty diagram  that seemed promising, lol.  Since I wasn't familiar with the brand I decided to size up to a 26.  

These breeches have a light weight, stretchy fabric they describe as a "new fabric with the incorporation of Meryl Actisystem™ which is a new complete system of innovative fibers, that is lightweight and breathable."  They are not see through, though you can kind of see the outline of the pockets in the front. 

They are a mid-rise - I have a short torso and they come about 1.5" below my belly button, but are a bit higher in the back.  When I first put them on they looked like they were kind of gapping in the waist, but they quickly somehow molded to my body and then lay smooth.  I have a 29" inseam and they hit right at the top of my ankle bone.  They are a bit loose especially around my knee and lower leg, but I'm not sure the 24 would be comfortable.  They fit my basic criteria, and at $109 I think I like them well enough to keep and use for summer shows.

The second one I tried was the Ovation Destiny Super-X.  These normally retail for $150, but are currently on sale at Smartpak for $105 which I why I decided to try them.  I also got the size 26. 

The fabric feels pretty similiar in touch to the Tredstep, maybe just a small fraction more substantial.  They are described as "mid-weight, woven Super-X™ nylon spandex material that is super soft to the skin." You can't really see in the picture but the white silicon seat is a pretty paisley pattern, and there is some grey paisley detail along the back pockets (which admittedly I don't love for show breeches), and on the sock bottoms.

They are also mid-rise and hit about the same as the Tredstep in the front, but go up a bit higher in the back.  They are also a bit longer in the leg.

Even though they are stretchy, and actually seem to fit well, they somehow felt weirdly tight across my hips.  Even though I love the perceived value at 30% off, overall I just didn't love these and am sending them back. 


  1. I like the pocket details! Also have some breeches from Montar with a similar waist band that I like

  2. Finding breeches that fit well is really hard. I find that specific brands fit specific types so once you find what works it's easier to buy online. I find the Horze brand fits me well. But white breeches are a whole different kettle of fish because of the see-through issue.