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Title: Tall boots vs. gaiters vs. half-chaps


Globe - March 25, 2009 02:07 PM (GMT)
Tall boots

Gaiters / leather half-chaps

Half-chaps



I've been riding in the same suede half-chaps for about 6 years now so it's time for something new before they fall to pieces completely. So, since it's my birthday in roughly a month, I thought I'd treat myself and I was thinking of buying myself gaiters/leather half-chaps.

However, I want to do some research before I go out and buy something I may regret. Therefore here's my question: what are your experiences with gaithers/leather half-chaps? Are they any good; are they any better/more comfortable than suede half-chaps? Do they really help your leg position as much as it's said they do?
Basically, should I get them? Or should I save up my money and buy a pair of tall boots instead? Or stick with my suede half-chaps?

Also; which type/brand/etc. would you recommend?

Any advice/experience is welcome!


EDIT because I was looking for the word 'brand', not 'label'.

Lone - March 25, 2009 04:10 PM (GMT)
Personally I really like tall boots....

But, if you don't want tall boots then the suede half chaps look comfy for schooling, but they probably wouldn't be as appropreate for a clinic or show. If you do lots of clinics and local shows then I'd suggest you go for the leather half chaps. I haven't bought any half chaps in a looong time, so I can't really suggest any brands, sorry!

BEESHIT - March 25, 2009 04:24 PM (GMT)
i have gaiters now, but only since september, before that i rode in half chaps every time. they were okay but i actually really like my gaiters, give my leg a little bit of support which i like, and they fit my legs, tall boots do not fit my legs and they're long and rly skinny. xD and with gaiters and boots, if you break the boots you can replace just them not the whole lot like with tall boots which will cost more generally.

Globe - March 25, 2009 04:32 PM (GMT)
Yeah Bridget, that's what I think the benefit of gaiters will be for me, too. I want that support! XP

As for showing, I had basic black rubber tall boots that I use(d) for my shows. But they don't really fit me very well and they look rather... cheap. I didn't want to buy expensive ones as I only show 8 times a year or so, and I had brown suede half-chaps for 'normal' riding.

I've seen a pair of tall boots that I LOVE... they have a zip at the back and no laces at the front (I'm not so keen on laces), but they're expensive... almost three times as expensive as the leather gaithers + boots I'd be getting... =/
I've also seen some leather gaiters that I really really like... both in actual leather and in semileather/imitation leather (whatever it's called)... Hmm...

Keep your ideas/suggestions/experiences coming!

ltd. - March 25, 2009 04:43 PM (GMT)
i own... field boots, leather half chaps + paddock boots, suede half chaps + paddock boots and a pair of winter paddock boots... and actually a pair of winter tall boots. welcome to the arctic.

i used to ride in paddock boots and suede half chaps... it was okay. it's ridiculously comfortable.

then i saved up for some field boots. which i love. also very comfortable. but then i started wearing my field boots ALL THE TIME. and needless to say, they got a little beat up. my field boots were basically bought to show and for special events at camp... so when they started looking overly used i was like oh CRAP!!!

so last spring, i bought leather half chaps. the brand is grand prix. i love them SO much! they are stiff enough to give good leg support... mine have the stretchy elastic part in them, so i can wear thicker breeches in the winter without losing circulation in my legs.

but yes. i LOVE my leather half chaps. and i only wear those now apart from at shows. my field boots are now semi-retired and sit in my basement very nicely oiled and polished (my dad is INSANE with polishing) and only come out for special occasions like shows :)

go with the leather half chaps!

edit:
here's a pic of mine.
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj92/fu...08/DSC00203.jpg

Just Leah - March 25, 2009 04:51 PM (GMT)
What are you planning to do in the future? If you want to show, the best thing is to get tall boots.

I would say use the half chaps for now, and save up for a pair of tall boots that fit you.

I never had gaiters, per say, but I actually prefer riding in my close contact suede half chaps rather than my boots. I don't really notice a big difference in how I ride with them, the half chaps are just more comfy.

Globe - March 25, 2009 05:11 PM (GMT)
I want to get "footwear" (so to speak :P) that I can wear both when riding and when showing. Here in Holland you can wear gaithers + boots when showing, so it's (hopefully) easy to combine the two. Plus, I'd still keep my old brown suede half-chaps for when I'm just messing about and stuff. I won't be showing much more than 8 times a year (local barn shows) since I don't actually have a horse (or loan one).

These are the tall boots I basically fell in love with:
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Zip in the back, and no laces.
But they're expensive, oh so expensive! And much too fancy for the level/amount of riding I do. Much too fancy. I'd feel like a poser wearing them... but they're so pretty...

And these are the gaiters I saw...
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Less expensive than the tall boots...

And then I saw these as the really cheap-but-still-fancy-enough option...
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Sorry for all the pictures, I'm just trying to decide what to decide concerning this HUGE decision... :P

ltd. - March 25, 2009 05:17 PM (GMT)
globe, wait till you're showing more to get the tall boots.

i like the middle gaiters. they'll do you good for now. and then you can save up for the tall boots when you're getting more serious.




kristin - March 25, 2009 05:17 PM (GMT)
for schooling, i LOVE leather half chaps. i had a pair of gaiters, and ugg it didn't work out for me. & imo my field boots aren't the most comfortable thing for showing, but i bet if you invested in a good pair, that would be best.
good luck!

Globe - March 25, 2009 05:24 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (ltd. @ Mar 25 2009, 06:17 PM)
globe, wait till you're showing more to get the tall boots.

Yeah, that's what I was thinking. I mean, I don't show an awful lot and I don't really NEED tall boots. And they're WAY expensive and unnecessary right now. They'd only sort of be an option if everyone was like "nooo! don't get gaiters! they suckkk!". :P
But one can dream... XP

ltd. - March 25, 2009 05:43 PM (GMT)
lol.

i think gaiters are very versatile. and like someone said, if boots wear out, replace boots. if gaiters wear out, replace gaiters.

i don't know if we can show in gaiters around here. but i'm happy that i have my leather half chaps and paddock boots. i wear them all the time. and they are so so so comfy. and they look like tall boots pretty much. though... not as nice as the ones you posted cause of the elastic inserts.

BEESHIT - March 25, 2009 06:12 PM (GMT)
my gaiters and boots are both dublin and pretty decently priced, gaiters were 40, forgot how much the boots were cause they're rather old. but i'm pretty sure they're both proper leather. gaiters might be synthetic but a very good type. the look just like tall boots when they're all clean for shows etc.

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that's what mine are, except mine fit much better. xD

Globe - March 25, 2009 07:05 PM (GMT)
Those look nice, Bridget!

And yes, I like the fact that you can replace 'parts' when needed, rather than having to replace the whole thing.

I also saw these...

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So yes, I'm going to go with the leather gaiters, now I just have to figure out which ones. I'm going to the store soon (some time before April 30th since I hace some discount vouchers that last until then :P) and I think I'm just going to try a whole bunch on. Well, the three I posted, anyway. Although I think I'm going more towards the middle gaiters in my previous post, and the ones in this post...

Uhg, decisions, decisions, decisions. :P

ltd. - March 25, 2009 07:31 PM (GMT)
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globe, those are the 2 that i like too.

ariat has a really good reputation too. i doubt you'd go wrong.

but see what fits you best.

Lone - March 25, 2009 07:36 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (ltd. @ Mar 25 2009, 12:17 PM)
globe, wait till you're showing more to get the tall boots.

i like the middle gaiters. they'll do you good for now. and then you can save up for the tall boots when you're getting more serious.

I agree, if you're only doing low key shows then you'll be happier in the gaiters. I like the Ariats you posted, my trainer uses those all the time and she loooves them. I've worn them a couple times they're super comfy and they hold up really well. Plus, you can polish them up for shows and they still look very smart.

Zafyness - March 26, 2009 03:06 AM (GMT)
Half Chaps. I LOVE mine,.

delysid - March 26, 2009 04:52 AM (GMT)
I have a really nice pair (well, what used to be a really nice pair before I started wearing them for 6 hours a day at work) of full-leather half-chaps, not gaiters. They look the same as suede half-chaps, with the elastic inserts and the zips, but they're made entirely out of really soft leather. They're not as classy as tall boots or gaiters and boots, but they're the comfiest things in the world and they polish up really nicely, good enough for schooling shows and eventing. They've lasted me for about 4 years now, and they're still going strong - they're just unrecognisable muddy, haha. And they only cost me $80 NZ, woop.

BEESHIT - March 26, 2009 12:58 PM (GMT)
ariat claim they have a good reputation but idk why, i've known numerous people at college who've bought expensive ariat boots or gaiters and they've broken really quickly. =/

novelty! - March 26, 2009 03:40 PM (GMT)
for a start i wouldnt say tall boots.
between half chaps & gaiters, i would choose gaiters (even though i rarely use mine)
im naughty & ride in wellies at the minute, but i prefer gaiters because in the summer they'll do for both normal riding & showing (with a bit of cleaning) & i personally can't stand tall boots. at first i found my gaiters a bit stiff & difficult to get used to, changing from half chaps to them but im glad i made the switch. but depending how much showing you're doing i'd pick between either half chaps or gaiters.

Globe - April 1, 2009 04:20 PM (GMT)
Thanks once again for the input guys! I'm going to the horsestuff store next week, and I'm going to try a few of the gaiters / leather half-chaps on, and see which ones I like best. :)

ltd. - April 1, 2009 05:00 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (BEESHIT @ Mar 26 2009, 07:58 AM)
ariat claim they have a good reputation but idk why, i've known numerous people at college who've bought expensive ariat boots or gaiters and they've broken really quickly. =/

i think the same can go for... i know a lot of people who have had HUGE problems with their ipods... but i still recommend ipods.

my friend has problems with her ariats, and she got in touch with the company and they are fixing the zippers for her. they have pretty good customer service from what i understand.

QUOTE
They're not as classy as tall boots or gaiters and boots, but they're the comfiest things in the world and they polish up really nicely, good enough for schooling shows and eventing.


well that sucks... we aren't allowed wearing half chaps to event around here! even at the 'fun day' schooling shows.

Lone - April 1, 2009 06:01 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (ltd. @ Apr 1 2009, 12:00 PM)
my friend has problems with her ariats, and she got in touch with the company and they are fixing the zippers for her. they have pretty good customer service from what i understand.

Totally agree, they have great customer service. On my first pair of Ariat tall boot the zipper broke about a year after I'd owned them. I called the company, they appoligized profusly and immediatly sent me a brand new pair of boots.

delysid - April 1, 2009 11:08 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (ltd. @ Apr 2 2009, 06:00 AM)
QUOTE
They're not as classy as tall boots or gaiters and boots, but they're the comfiest things in the world and they polish up really nicely, good enough for schooling shows and eventing.


well that sucks... we aren't allowed wearing half chaps to event around here! even at the 'fun day' schooling shows.

Our rules state that you can wear gaiters or half-chaps only if they're made of full leather, not suede/cloth/synthetic material/anything else. :P Loophole! Muahah!

Ryan - April 3, 2009 02:54 PM (GMT)
I use half chaps and riding sneakers. ariat= :heart: :wub: lol
but i do have boots for when i used to show/ride in clinics.

Globe - April 12, 2009 01:34 PM (GMT)
So I went shopping on Friday... and I got these ones!

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They are SO comfy! They're still a bit stiff while riding (especially the shoe) but that'll get better soon enough (hopefully!). I love them! :D

Thanks again for the help/advice. ^^

ltd. - April 12, 2009 03:43 PM (GMT)
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