Discussion in 'Tack & Equipment' started by HUS_WP_lovr, Apr 13, 2008.
What parts of your legs do you measure?
For half chaps you should measure around the widest part of your calf (over breeches or jeans) for the width and from the ankle bone up to the bend in your knee for the height. Be aware that some brands run true to size and some do not. One company's small might be another's medium and so on.
You should measure from the FLOOR to the back of your knee (barefoot), not the ankle bone, if you're buying NEW chaps. If you're buying used, ask the seller to measure the longest length on the inside (opposite the zipper) and then you should measure from the instep of your boot to the back of your knee. The bottom of the chap should be at the instep of your boot or just slightly higher for the best look and fit.
No; sorry that is not correct information.
Half chaps height is not determined and measured the same way tall boots are.
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Bend knee slightly. Using a tape measure, measure from the crook of the knee to the anklebone.
Using a tape measure, measure the widest part of the calf over clothing. "
***NOTE: If you prefer your half chaps with a slightly taller (more like a tall boot) look fit then you can add one inch or so to the ankle to the knee bend measurement.
Note: Height measurement is barefoot from the floor up the back of leg to under the knee while in a sitting position. Calf measurement is widest part of the calf measured over the breeches.
For height, measure from the instep of your foot to the underside of your knee while seated, with your normal riding boots on, or barefoot from the ground to the back of your knee.
Measure height barefoot from the floor up the back of the leg to under the knee, while in a sitting position.
Height: in your stocking feet, measure from the floor to where the knee breaks in back.
So, perhaps some manufacturers want you to measure from your ankle bone to your knee, but most (the ones I have considered buying anyway) want you to measure from the floor to your knee (barefooted).
I guess it depends then.
I realize this is an old thread, but for future reference:
When buying a pair of new half chaps, it's best to go to the company's own website where you will find a detailed set of instructions on how to properly measure for said pair of half chaps. That eliminates any descepancy in differences from brand to brand. I just purchased a set of Treadstep Half Chaps from SmartPak, but found out that SmartPak didn't have a sizing/measurement chart, so I googled Treadstep Ireland, and found the instructions right away (which was good thing to, because had I used the ankle to knee method, I would have been off 3 inches!)
Hope this eliminates any future frustration when searching for half chaps!
Is Grand Prix Suede half chaps a good brand to get? Dover Saddlery says they have it on sale for $69.99 and full retail price would be $145.00.... If anyone knows can the let me know?
My Grand Prix half chaps have held up very well, and are still going strong at 6 years. They did run a little wider than my previous half chaps, which were Tredsteps. So just make note of that.
Which ones did you prefer? And everyone please feel free to throw name brands out there. I want to get a really good pair that's going to last more than 8 months
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