half chaps, suede or leather ?!

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  1. biancaduplain

    biancaduplain Senior Member

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    It'S Not really tack, but I guess it's humain tack. LOL

    So after being a western ridder for about 20 years ... I will start english ridding lessons next week. I've been looking for half chaps and they are made in leather or suede. I was wondering what you prefer. What are the goods / bads of each . thanks to help me make my choice.
     






  2. Surfinggetsmeup

    Surfinggetsmeup Senior Member+

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    Ok so I used to swear by leather chaps. I would never use suede. They wiped down clean and they look more professional imo. They matched my boots and looked sleek. I had the ariat close contacts. Now that I switched to suede I have trouble going back to leather. I got a pair of ariat suede half chaps for $35 brand new and thought I would try them. Though they are hard to clean, they wear so well. They are grippy, easier to get on, and really look good. I also don't worry about cracking or the leather streaching so bad. Really impressed.
     
  3. biancaduplain

    biancaduplain Senior Member

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    I have a pair of Ariat Terrain, are they ok for english ridding or should I invest in a new pair of boots ?
     
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    Surfinggetsmeup Senior Member+

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    You can ride in those but there might be a hard time haveing half chaps fit over them. Get suede with those boots for more give.
     
  5. Javanewt

    Javanewt Senior Member+

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    Leather. Suede is usually too thin and doesn't look as good. Plus, some shows let you wear boots / half chaps (they call them leggings, I think) if they look like tall boots.
     
  6. Chevmama

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    In Canada you can wear half chaps as long as the colour matches your boots, black or brown. If you plan on showing I would suggest leather ones. But for anything else go with what you like the feel of. I have a pair of cheap suede and elastic ones. They've done the job really well for the last 6 years, the last 2 having been consistent riding of at least once a week or more.

    The fit is pretty important though. Make sure they come up to your knee, like a tall boot would. They should also be quite tight to prevent them from falling down. That was the one thing I made the mistake on when I bought mine was they were too big. They slide down even with jeans on. Not to the point where they would slide off or anything but enough to be annoying.
     
  7. biancaduplain

    biancaduplain Senior Member

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    I'm only planining on doing lessons. Not showing. I think I'll go to the tack store insthead of shopping online.... Don't want to buy and the fit is not good...
     
  8. Owned_by_Ivan

    Owned_by_Ivan Senior Member+

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    I have those too and i can wear half chaps over them. I stopped wearing regular paddock boots after every pair fell apart after a few months. I've had my terrains for like three years now
     
  9. Chevmama

    Chevmama Senior Member+

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    Even if you find a pair you like you can then shop online and see if you can get a deal. Often though the shipping counteracts the saving though. Lol.
     
  10. AppyArt

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    Suede! :) I just got an Easy_Care Dublin(somethign or another, lol) pair. I love them. They are grippy, look nice, and when they get dirty I just through 'em in the wash :D
     






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