Jodhpurs are one of the most important utensils when riding. They should be comfortable because they can be worn for a long time, have good grip in the saddle and look chic too. In addition to these basic requirements, various other properties such as large pockets, good breathability, long durability, etc. are often required. Sometimes, it isn't that easy to meet these demands. There are now jodhpurs in a wide variety of designs so that you can find the right model for every preference. But with this diversity, it's easy to lose track of things.
We have examined and tested the “Eleonore” breeches from Schockemöhle Sports for you. The premium ladies breeches are made of elastic 4-way stretch material, which is equipped with UV 50+ protection.
What immediately catches the eye with these jodhpurs are the orange-coloured details, especially the elastic insert on the ankles. The bright colour provides that certain something without being obtrusive. The material keeps the promised elasticity, which makes them particularly comfortable and easy to put on. A big plus point in terms of comfort are the missing seams in the knee area. This means there is no annoying rubbing or pressing. What is particularly important to me personally, and I think to many others too, are pockets in which you can stow your mobile phone. In the large side pockets of the Eleonore, every phone, no matter how large, can easily be stored.
The pockets are softly lined on the inside, which makes reaching into them very comfortable. Unfortunately, the pockets do not have a zip, but there is also a small zipped coin pocket on the right side.
I can also confirm the dirt-repellent properties. I wore the jodhpurs for a couple of days in a row and they still looked good afterwards. Dust hardly sticks at all, and if it does it can be easily removed by wiping it with a dry hand. I also find the decorative seat flaps very chic, although of course that's a matter of taste.
The knee grip of the breeches struck me less positively. Personally, I prefer a full grip because it simply offers better hold in the saddle. But of course, this is also a question of taste.
Since I like to wear thin riding socks, especially in spring and summer, I unfortunately found out that the orange of the elastic insert shines through the socks quite strongly. What is relatively neutral for me is the silicone print on the inside of the waistband. I think it's a nice idea, but I didn't see any great advantage in testing.
The highlight of these jodhpurs is definitely the high level of comfort. The large side pockets are also a plus point, which I would like to highlight again. In combination with the UV 50+ protection, "Eleonore" is the perfect summer and riding jodhs for me. Although I was by and large positively surprised by the knee grip, I still prefer to use the safer full grip for more intensive dressage or jumping training.