I can't afford full chaps. Since I am fat, i cannot fit ready made ones and would have to have them custom made, like 300$. But, in any case, I ride in breeches with paddock boots and half chaps. Works very well. They also keep your calf from being pinched by the leathers of an English type saddle. I don't know how people can manage without something over the calf. Without it, every time you post the leather gives your calf a tiny pinch. I suppose if you have very thin calves it wouldn't happend, but if you are fluffy, or even the least bit rounded out in the calf, it will pinch. Love my Ariat half chaps.