No, it's not a dumb question.
I still wear them...or will, once I lose enough baby weight to fit back into mine. I also love them for the grippy-ness. They are not so much "in style" right now, but wear what works for you.
SmartPak has some nice semi-custom options by Barnstable. Dover carries plain Barnstables for right around $100. (Actually, SmartPak looks like they may even have the better prices for semi-customs!) I got a pair ages ago from State Line Tack.
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Thanks Gypsy! I will check out the SmartPak ones. I've got the baby weight thing going on too, hoping to lose another 15-20 and then I'd like to get some new ones. I used to ride in them all the time until the half chaps came in to style... but I think a pair of full chaps would be good right about now!!
We couldn't all be cowboys, so some of us are clowns.
Yes, I do- shotgun style as opposed to batwing. But can't be of much help since I got mine in 1969 (cost $60 or so). I did have another pair that I got in 1967 (cost $35) but gave them to a kid at the barn.
I know they are pretty generally available. But probably not for what I paid.
I still see a lot of people in dressage and eventing as well as hunters wearing full chaps. I've got a pr hanging in the tack room just gathering dust. Guess I ought to add them to my 'for sale' list in our Saddle Club newsletter.
Back in my day, we didn't have as many warning labels because people weren't so dang stupid!
My daughter still wears her's occasionally, especially in the winter to keep that extra bit warmer.
I make hers, using a Suitability pattern, and usually wait until our local fabric discounter puts either leather or suede on sale. They are really not that difficult to sew-just be certain to use a proper leather needle-and can also be made from ultrasuede if you want something washable.
I do!!! And so do several other people that ride at the swanky hunter barn I've been riding at for the last couple years. I guess we're all old school! I finally broke down and bought myself a custom pair from Journeymens last year... I love 'em. I reserve my half chaps for hot summer days.
I'll send you a PM on TOC-- I have an old pair I'm not using that you're welcome to if they'd fit and if you want to pay for shipping. They're not the prettiest but they're suede!
I remember when I went to camp at a hunter-jumper barn in Pennsylvania in the 80s all the local kids had full chaps. Most wore them right over their "Bermuda" shorts and thus could quite quickly get comfortable when a lesson was over.
I do and use year round-over pants in winter/ shorts in summer.
I try to frequent my local tack stores.
Although both Western show chaps [1 beige- 1 black] came off Ebay. for under $50 shipping included.