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« on: March 07, 2011 01:11:50 PM »

Hopefully there are some horse people out there that will agree that these are brilliant! Rather than the confused non-horse folk that are still slightly confused on what half chaps are..
I need some enthusiasm because I am super excited about them.

I live in a vastly frigid place, and dear mother nature has decided that despite my desperate attempts, its going to be winter and not spring.
I ride all winter long regardless, but today, in a balmy 16*, the zipper of my half chaps broke.
I was sad, because the extra warmth and grip down there is something I really quite enjoy.

So, a thrift store run + dumpster diving = 1 wool sweater + 1 crappy suede jacket = half chaps!

Also, non horse folks -> heres what half chaps look like.

« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2011 01:38:23 PM »

Wow, I like - almost legwarmery but different, love

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« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2011 01:55:50 PM »

Yes, they do resemble leg warmers, and boy, they are toasty!
Half chaps help keep you on the horse (I ride bareback quite a bit) and protect your legs against thorns or branches, the leather patch is extra grippy too..  My former half chaps (RIP) gave me a little extra ankle support as well.
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« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2011 02:08:20 PM »

bikers and skiers call these gaiters - they keep your legs warm and dry...Geez, I better not show your craft to my boyfriend, or he will want a pair for cycling...They are pretty sweet - good job!
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« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2011 02:56:37 PM »

I miss riding, mostly because it offers me an excuse to get things like this.

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« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2011 03:37:49 PM »

Ack! I love this idea. I will have to remember it if anything ever happens to my own beloved halfchaps. They are handy for grip, but I don't use them for warmth - it was 80 degrees today down here in the South! Smiley Smiley

« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2011 07:17:34 PM »

Mine are old-school and velcro shut, but now the velcro is the color of neon orange, blue, and green fleece that I have for saddle pads.  So they're kind of unbreakable.  Except that the elastic loops at the bottom became so stretched out I cut them off.  They're kind of franken-chaps.

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« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2011 07:19:40 PM »

Oh, my actual point - get some winter breeches!  I have a pair of Tuff-Riders ($25 on sale!) and the inside is something like fleece sweatpants.  They are MON-EY.  I stay toasty warm.  Well, not my toes or fingers, but then I figure I just need to be working harder.

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« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2011 07:30:23 PM »

I have a pair of used swiss army (like switzerland, not the knife) hiking gators, that I got from the surplus store that I usually use in the winter. But I happened to have left them in a friends car so I HAD TO make myself a new pair..
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2011 08:14:06 AM »

These are AWESOME! I love my half-chaps when I ride. My leg muscles are not what they should be and that extra grip is important. I might have to try to make up my own custom pair. Wink
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