The best half chaps and gaiters will protect your leg from pinches and bruising when in the saddle. They are worn with short riding boots and give the appearance of long leather boots. The combination of half chaps or gaiters with short boots typically provides more flexibility to the rider in the ankle area and negates the need to ‘break in’ long riding boots. Many brands produce matching sets of half chaps or gaiters and short boots, although some riders prefer to mix and match brands to suit their requirements and find the perfect fit.
Here are some examples of the best half chaps and gaiters on the market…
Ariat Ascent half chaps
Colours: Black | Sizes: XXS–XL calf, with four height options | RRP: £100 |
These half chaps are described as fitting like a sock. They have a sleek and contoured silhouette, and are breathable, supportive and offer good compression and grip. Matching boots available.
Brogini Vicenza leather gaiters
Colours: Black or brown | Sizes: XS–XL | RRP: £55 |
Crafted from a buttery soft grained leather, these gaiters are described as supple and comfortable. There is an elasticated panel down the zip and the suedette lining provides good grip.
Dublin Fusion Grip half chaps
Colours: Black or brown | Sizes: XS–XL | RRP: £43.99 |
The chaps are a combination of grain and synthetic leather, with a natural lining for close contact. They have a stretch calf to ensure a good fit and are fastened with a strong and reliable YKK zip.
Fouganza 500 synthetic half chaps
Colours: Black or brown | Sizes: XS–XL calf, in short or long | RRP: £44.99 |
View at decathlon.co.uk
Hy Equestrian synthetic combi leather half chaps
Colours: Black or brown | Sizes: XS–XL | RRP: £23.50 |
These synthetic, leather effect chaps have an elasticated panel for a snug fit, and an additional panel at the front that allows them to easily slide over your boots. They also have a soft, fleece-style lining for extra protection, and a strong elasticated press stud fastening around the ankle. Also available in child sizes.
Just Chaps Saltos Premium half chaps
Colours: Black or brown | Sizes: XS–XL, with 15 height/width combinations | RRP: £55 |
These half chaps are designed to offer the look and feel of gaiters but with the easier fit of side-zipping half chaps. Made of quality leather and cut with a Spanish top line, these half chaps have a stretch leather back panel to offer a snug fit.
View at justchaps.com
Mackey Equisential suede half chaps
Colours: Black | Sizes: S–XL | RRP: £32.50 |
Made from quality suede, with an inner leg patch for durability, these half chaps have a ruched elastic calf to ensure a secure and comfortable fit with a bottom closure. Also available in child sizes.
View at viovet.co.uk
Rhinegold Elite curved zip gaiters
Colours: Black or brown | Sizes: S–XL | RRP: £39.50 |
These soft gaiters have a defined leather grain, an elastic panel at the calf for ease of movement and a European-style curved zip feature for a good fit and flattering shape. They are traditionally styled with curved topline and elasticated strap with a press stud at the top.
Toggi Carlisle gaiters
Colours: Black | Sizes: XS–XL, in regular or wide | RRP: £75.50 |
These traditional close-contact leather gaiters have an elasticated panel that provides you with a custom fit.
View at toggi.com
Tredstep Medici Air half chaps
Colours: Black or brown | Sizes: Five heights and six calf widths, creating 27 different combinations | RRP: £119 |
These chaps combine leather with lightweight and flexible perforated neoprene. They have a curved design and mesh lining, and feature a side-zip placement with extra-strong YKK zip. Matching boots available. These Tredstep chaps scored 9/10 as part of our independent testing scheme – read the full review.
Tucci Time Marilyn half chaps
Colours: Black, brown, grey, blue or red | Sizes: XXS–XXL, with four width fittings | RRP: From £225 |
With four different versions available – leather, punched, patent or punched patent – and optional crystal personalisation, these half chaps are great if you’re looking for something a little different. They are described as having a made-to-measure fit, with an elastic panel and double-stitched seams, finished with a zipper keeper.
View at tuccitime.com
Tuffa Cleveland neoprene chaps
Colours: Black or brown | Sizes: XS–L, in regular or short | RRP: £29 |
The durable, yet supple neoprene of these chaps is water-repellent property so they can be wiped or washed easily. Warm and lightweight, these chaps are ideal for the colder seasons. They have an elasticated side panel for maximum stretch, which gives a close fit. They also feature a reinforced elastic stirrup and inner calf patch. Also available in child sizes.
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What’s the difference between half chaps and gaiters?
Half chaps are zipped at the side, fastening downwards from the knee, which makes them easy to put on and take off. Gaiters, however, tend to have a hidden zip at the back and zip upwards – this gives a smarter look, more like a traditional long boot.
What’s the difference between half chaps and full chaps?
Half chaps are more common – they are worn with short boots, covering the lower half of your leg, protecting it and giving the illusion that you’re wearing long boots. Full chaps cover the whole leg, similar to riding trousers, and have zips down the outside of each leg so you can get them on and off easily. Unlike riding trousers, however, they stop at the top of your leg at the back, leaving your seat uncovered for a better contact with the saddle.
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