Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southwestern Ontario, Canada
• Horses: 0
The half chaps that I have are leather on the outside (of the leg) and suede on the inside. The whole things wipes off easily, and are super easy to keep clean. I like the suede on the inside, as I feel a bit more secure then having slippy leather on slippy leather. The suede, to me, seems to give a bit more grip.
The benefit of a half chap is being able to drive to and from the barn easily.
I've had mine for just over a year, and still look fairly new. They are the first pair I have had, and they are Ariats.
They should a fair amount of time as long as you take care of them. That means cleaning and oiling them on a regular basis. My coaches have pairs that they have had for at least 5+ years, and although are well broken in, are still good, pliable leather as they lightly condition them every day.
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