I usually only wear my leggings when it is really cold outside but I know people that wear their chinks (shorter leggings) year around. I have noticed that I am not quite as flexible when I have them on but mine are really heavy thick leather. However, they keep me warmer than anything. I always wished I had some when I was hauling hay all the time. My thighs stayed scratched up all the time.
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