Ok, question regarding chinks:
What is their purpose? Do they give you added "stickum" to the saddle? Do you feel the buckles under your thigh? and i think that question should be answered by a woman, perhaps, becuase we have more "presense" to our thighs then men.
Should the leather wrap all th way around your thigh? Do you like them better than full chaps?
I haven't noticed them to help stick in my saddle. I wear them for a few different reasons.
Going through tall brush they are a life saver, I have sacars on my legs from in the summer when its hot not wearing them then have to chase a steer through thick brush and have a stob get me in the thigh.
Handy for roping, when you have something necked and dragging it helps keep the rope from digging in my thigh and tearing up my jeans. Also when you pack a rope on your saddle it always rubs on your thigh, which doesn't bother me but it wears big holes in my pants.
In the winter, they do help a little to keep you warm, shotguns are warmer though. And when riding through brush after it snows it keeps your legs dry. Same with the fringe, when it rains, the rain runs down the fringe and drips off. Hail storms suck if your not wearing them either..lol!
Branding calves I like to wear them for notching ears to keep my pants from getting bloody.
The uses are endless!
If you get them custom made, I prefer the buckles to be on the topside, if that makes sense. That way they don't rub on you or your saddle. On my work chinks hubby built them that way and I prefer it. That and I only have two buckles on each leg for being easier/faster to undo them.
My new pair that my husband had a friend custom build for an anniversary present. Unfortunately the friend had my measurements from 3 three years ago, since then I have gained weight, all in my butt and thighs...lol... so they are a little small and the part that comes around the thigh doesn't come around as far as I prefer...and I had to punch a couple more holes in them. But the buckles are on the bottomside compared to my work chinks and because I gained weight I sit on them now.