Let’s Talk Half Chaps

I’m a true supporter of half chaps. I leave my tall boots for shows and clinics and love the ease of paddock boots with half chaps for everyday use.

The problem I’m having, is that while my Ariat paddock boots last forever, I cannot find a pair of mid price range half chaps that last as long as I’d like.

Most recently I purchased the Kerrits Griptek Half Chaps from Smart Pak. I love Kerrits products in general. They are my go to brand for just about all apparel, especially everyday barn stuff I want to last. Their breeches have been with me forever.

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The Kerrits half chaps. 

So, I expected the same of the half chaps. But alas, the snap at the back broke off within weeks of purchasing. But, because Smart Pak is such a great company, they offered me an exchange for a new pair at no cost.

I figured the snap was a fluke issue and I was right. The snaps on my current pair have been absolutely fine.

However the fabric at the knee patch has completely worn and its now just hanging off the side. It’s a classy look.

I purchased these half chaps for 80 bucks in July. Am I silly to think I would get a year, or more than 6 months out of them? I haven’t been happy with other half chap purchases either, but those were less expensive and I didn’t expect as much from them.

So, dear readers.. help! Give me your thoughts on all things half chaps and help me either come to grips on the longevity of these suckers or point me in the right direction!

Thanks in advance 🙂

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24 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Half Chaps

  1. Dee Edge-Cam says:

    Have you ever tried the Ariat half chaps? They make several styles. I have one called “Breeze” that not only looks like leather, but are *washable*! I’ve had them since 2010, and though I haven’t used them continuously, they’re only starting to have any issues (seam separating) in the past few months. I’m sure I could take them to a leather repair shop to have it fixed pretty inexpensively if I was willing to ride in my tall boots instead for a week or so.

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  2. emma says:

    i used to be an “all half chaps, all the time” rider too – esp in college when i rode (and did barn chores) almost exclusively in jeans. those were the days lol…. i always just bought cheapie half chaps tho and wore them into the ground, flappy calf patches and all. tho my last pair (which i still have) i picked up used from consignment – a pair of ariats – that are still going strong. maybe that’s the ticket?


  3. You might need to spend some more money on an item that you use every time you ride! Look at Prochaps. Their schooling chaps are $160 from their website. I’m on my 4th year (at least) with them.


    • nadsnovik says:

      It seems there is a price point where quality improves. My hope it was $80 as my $50 half chaps lasted as long as the $80 ones. If doubling the price means lasting 4x as long, I’m definitely game. I’ll check out Prochaps, thanks!


  4. Funny because my Ariat paddock boots (or honestly any other brand I’ve tried) never last anymore but my half chaps have been going strong for years. I have Tredstep half chaps, I think the deluxe model.

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  5. L. Williams says:

    The half chaps I had as a kid that were made from suede leather always lasted a long time, though they were kinda unsightly lol


  6. Liz says:

    I just get the cheapy Dublin suede easy care mesh half chaps and wear the snot out of them. They handle my endurance abuse pretty well, but definitely not the classiest looking option!


  7. Holly says:

    Lund is clearing out a bunch of half-chaps and they look super nice! If I wore them ever, I’d totally buy a pair.

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  8. I have Ariat Terrain half chaps. I wear them pretty much every ride that isn’t a clinic or show. The snap usually fails pretty quickly so I’ve taken to just leaving them attached to my boots, but the chaps themselves and the zippers last for years. My current pair is probably 2 years old, I had one pair last about 5 years, but that was with less use.


  9. Alanna McPartlin says:

    I have the smartpak brand – https://www.smartpakequine.com/pt/harwich-soft-leather-half-chap-11535 half chaps and have had them for three years. It looks like they might be clearancing them out so I’m not sure if they will still be available. The snaps and zippers have been great. Last summer I had to get some restitching done for the knee patch but they have otherwise been wearing super well.

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  10. Do they need to be leather? My Just Chaps mesh ones have held up to 2 years of solid riding and endurance competition and still look brand new. My only complaint is that the Velcro on the top strap that is sued to tighten the calf if needed is starting to weaken. But after many many hours and probably 300 miles of riding you can’t really beat it. They aren’t leather tho.


  11. eventerinprogress says:

    I used the Ariat gaitors instead of my tall boots before they got stolen 😦 Now I just ride in the tall boots all the time.


  12. I just can’t get on the half-chap train. I did it for a while when I was a kid, but it always threw me off to wear tall boots at shows… it felt so different!


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