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post #31 of 41 Old 08-30-2010, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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Folks, aren't they too slippery and loose? I have pair from TSC (although not nearly that elegant :) ), but they feel really loose on leg (on calf).



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Unless they have changed tons since I had my rubber tall boots (which I admit was 20 something years ago) they are horribly uncomfortable and crack after too sort of time.

And yes, I always felt like if I was not careful they would fall off when I worked with out stirrups. Though I guess it does get you to push your toes way up just to keep those suckers on.
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Really? Mine are extremely snug on my calf and I have pretty small legs. I've never had any issues like that at all.
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I never had issues with them not fitting my calves at all....and that was getting them when I was 14ish...quit riding for a while...gained and lost weight...and got back into riding at 22 and they still fit. Sometimes had to drag the boot jack out if my legs were really sweaty to help get them off!
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I use half chaps all the time. Ariats are wonderful and very durable.
Two things; If you wear spurs, get the kind that do NOT come down low over the back of your heel (will cover up your spurs).
If you are not longer growing, get them a tiny bit tight, as they will stretch out.
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I use half chaps all the time. Ariats are wonderful and very durable.
Two things; If you wear spurs, get the kind that do NOT come down low over the back of your heel (will cover up your spurs).
If you are not longer growing, get them a tiny bit tight, as they will stretch out.
Thanks, tiny! I never wear spurs (and I'm too old to grow more except above the bum ).

I gonna stop by a different place this week to see what they have. I probably give up on rubber boots though, as I rather use different exercise to keep my toes up. Lol!



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Tinyliny--Do you run your spur straps under the half chaps to do them up?
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I have two pairs of half chaps. One of them is by Grand PRix (made in Italy and fabulous leather) but they are of the style that comes way down over the whole ankle, front and back. They have a kind of gusset in the front that allows you the freedom to flex your ankle in the stirrup. I wear those most of the time. I cannot wear spurs with them either under or over due to the thickness of the gusset.
The other pair is by Ariat. They are cut up above the heel and above the front of the akle (where the paddock boot laces are). I wear my spurs UNDER the chaps. These chaps are heavier and they zip from button upward. I have always found that it is better if they zip from top downwards. IMHO.

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I didn't read the entire thread, but I have these: Ariat International - Ariat® Classic Chap Iii

They are pricey, but they are absolutely unbelievable. When I first bought them, they were so tight I almost couldn't get them done up. Now? They are an absolute perfect fit. They are suede on the inside and leather on the outside. They definitely stand up to wear/tear. Highly recommended.

On a side note, I couldn't school in boots. They drive me absolutely mad. Which is horrible because technically the more I ride in them the better they should get - but I still can't stand them!

Good luck with your choice!
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I think those are the ones I have that I CAN use with spurs. They are dynamite.! I try not to wear them day in and day out because I want them to stay looking nice so I have something to show in. I don't own a pair of tall boots. Well, I do but I got fat and middle aged and now my calf wont go into them. Too bad, 'cause they are Petries and are like 400$ new. Men's size 10 (I wear ladies size 9.5)

I also have another pair of half chaps by Ariat that I got for summertime. They are nubuck sued on the inside and a kind of mesh on the outside which makes them cooler. They are designed to go over the Ariat trail boot that they put out for endurance riders. I can't remember the names of these products right now but I bet you know what I am talking about.
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