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Why We Love This

The Harwich Half Chap delivers unbelievable quality at an unbeatable price! You can feel the quality from the first touch with it's ultra-soft, yet durable full grain leather. The Harwich Half Chap will quickly your favorite staple of everyday barn life.

Favorite Features

  • Soft full-grain leather with a reinforced calf panel stands up to the demands of daily use
  • Elastic panel allows for close contact and an easy, custom-like fit
  • Durable YKK zipper is built to withstand life at the barn
  • Double snaps keep the zipper in place to ensure a secure fit

Sizing It Up

This is very fitted so sizing up is a good choice if you’re in between sizes.


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Harwich Soft Leather Half Chap is rated 4.0592 out of 5 by 169.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super Soft, Sizing Runs Small I replaced my Ariat All-Around Small/Tall half chaps with these... I ended up having to order a size L Tall to get a proper fit. Cons: The elastic boot strap is tight and therefor takes more effort to get on. Zipper is plastic but seems to be of good quality. Pros: Super, super soft leather. Very secure feeling in the saddle. Beautiful lines. Cleans easily. Very classic looking especially with a black paddock boot.
Date published: 2016-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, but run small! These chaps are very soft and feel great on. However, they run very small. I ended up with size large, which is not my typical size. But, I am happy with them and recommend them for the quality and price.
Date published: 2016-08-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty to look at but doesnt last long Bought black one size larger than I normally get because read run small. Perfect fit but hard to get on, easier if sitting down. They lasted three weeks when zipper broke on one of them. Now black was sold out.... So got brown... they lasted 2 months but zippers fall down when riding, not durable at all.... Disappointing... the bling was a good idea but need to look at these, not ride in them very hard..
Date published: 2016-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What's the catch? I'm wondering if somehow agreed to sell my firstborn for these half chaps. I was in a pinch as the zipper on my Tredstep half chaps broke (after 4 months) and a friend at the barn recommended these. Not only are these less expensive than most Tredsteps but are much nicer in my opinion. I was nervous when I first tried them on because they were VERY tight, but after 2 rides they stretched and fit great. I wear a 13 or 14/16 in Tredstep and got a medium in the Harwich. The icing on the cake was that I bought these during a "all Smartpak brands 20% off" sale. Can't attest to their durability because I've only had them for a month but I can tell you they are the best looking and fitting chap for the price.
Date published: 2016-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazingly comfortable I had another pair of half chaps that were washable and they never stayed in place - they always slid down - so glad I got these chaps they are comfortable and they stay in place - easy to clean and look great
Date published: 2016-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Second skin! Super soft. I've had these for almost a month and I LOVE them! They are super soft and very comfortable. They do run a little small, which I saw in a lot of reviews but I have smaller calf so I figured I'd order my size, which was a little mistake, they were pretty hard to get on at first but after quite a few rides they are just the right fit! I love the cut at the bottom because I do ride a pony that needs spurs every ride it's nice to not have to fit spurs over bulky half-chaps! I looked at a bunch of half-chaps and asked a lot of friends, and I just spent the money because I knew smartpak has free returns! Very excited to continue to ride in them!
Date published: 2016-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice soft leather I was searching for chaps for some time. I had bought these chaps in February and used them for every ride. after few months, I noticed a small hole in a seam at the zipper part, which concerned me because it was getting bigger. I contacted SmartPak with my concern and I could return these chaps, again no hassle 100% return policy. I was amazed! I wanted to try different brand of chaps but at the end I ordered the same ones and I am really satisfied. Thumbs up to SmartPak!
Date published: 2016-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super handsome! Started out tight, usually wear a tall, measured regular, too short. Easy return and the tall was just right. Could barely zip them at first, but by the third wear they had gotten easier to zip. Nice streamlined look, super supple and handsome. For the price, these are great!
Date published: 2016-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Soft, Look Nice! I bought these half chaps last week, and like other people, I was VERY nervous about the fit. I used the exact measurements from the size chart, 15" calf and 16" height (large). When I first got them, it was VERY hard to zip them up. I wore them around with just thin socks for two days, and then with boots and breeches another couple days, and they already fit much better. They're definitely fitted, but I like that look and I love how they feel now! The leather is VERY soft, so the only problem I could see is them getting scratched easily. So glad I decided to purchase these.
Date published: 2016-07-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Runs small I have bought multiple pairs of other half chaps in 15/17. Ordered the large in these and there was no way they were even close to zipping up so am sending them back. The leather was very supple and soft and they look beautiful but sizing definitely runs small.
Date published: 2016-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love How These Stretch for a Custom Fit! ***TIP ON HOW TO GET THESE TO ZIP AT THE END OF REVIEW!!***Just like everyone else, I bought these wary of the fact that they run small. I erred on the side of bigger rather than smaller (I was between a medium and a large) and I was quite happy that I bought the large! Although they are a little long for me, they do not interfere with my riding. Besides, they are for schooling purposes. I would not recommend these if you are short, have wide calves and would mind these being long.I'm 5' 2" and purchased the large size. When I first tried them on, I was frustrated because they showed no signs that they would zip. However, I came up with a solution; run zip ties through the holes in the zipper to create a loop (about the size of a key ring or a little bigger if you'd like). This makes the zipper easier to pull up and down (because the zip tie is a little extension) and you can exert more force to get them to zip. I can easily button these half chaps but when I first put them on, I was nearly hopeless about getting them to zip. The zip tie trick worked wonders for me! Once these finally stretch to fit my calf, I'll simply cut off the plastic zip ties. As I continue to wear these, they stretch out and seem to be creating a custom fit to my calf. I want my half chaps to be tight and secure so I have the best contact to the saddle and my horse. If you find that you CAN zip them but they make your leg numb, I would strongly recommend going up one size. You want them snug but not *too* snug.All in all, these are great, soft half chaps that I hope to use for years to come. They were a great price, too! Just got to know how to get 'em to zip.
Date published: 2016-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great quality for the price Bought these because I occasionally show English at local open shows and didn't want to invest a lot of money. They are comfy right out of the bag!
Date published: 2016-07-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Soft leather I bought these a few weeks ago. They are beautiful and buttery soft. I have 17.5 calfs so I bought the 18. So that also means they are a little loose on me. I would return them but there is not a size 17 calf offered so I just stuck with the 18. The calf sizes skip from 16 to 18. Im also concerned that because they are so soft they might not last long. Time will tell!!
Date published: 2016-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from RUNS SMALL! I have bought this product and usually go in a small so without thinking bought a small pair just to find out they don't fit at all luckily I returned them with no problems and got a medium but they are still a bit tight. Other than the sizing these are a great product for the price:)
Date published: 2016-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally a Half Chap that fits my big chalves I have large muscular calves that are about 17-17.5", and they are short, only 16.5" tall. It is really hard for me to find half chaps and tall boots that fit. I bought the wide regular size and they are perfect! They were a little bit tight at first, but after a couple of wears they started to just mold right to my calves. I do wish that they came in a 17" width instead of just going from 16" to 18". They are very stretchy and give a lot of room for different types of breeches. Overall fantastic half chaps!
Date published: 2016-07-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from So soft, but too small Had to return because they were too small, but they were so soft, I loved the leather. So if you have thin calves, these are perfect for you!
Date published: 2016-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fits a larger sized calf I've had trouble finding half chaps to fit my 19" calves. These fit nicely and the quality is excellent especially for the price. Recommend highly.
Date published: 2016-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from glovelike fit I opted for these as I live in Florida and due to the heat I wanted a thin, light half-chap. These fit the bill, and the size I got (Med/tall) was a very snug glovelike fit, which I like. I like the zipper placement and it's an easy on easy off. If they just last through the long wet summer here, I'd be happy at that bargain price.
Date published: 2016-06-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Soft leather Bought these and unfortunately have to return them. They are much to small. I measured my calf the way that they said and they just do not work.
Date published: 2016-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely half chap I've been riding in these for over a month (5-6) times a week. They were overly snug at first but now fit very nicely. I love that there is plenty of room in the heel for spurs, and the leather is very soft. Only complaint is that they gape a bit on top.
Date published: 2016-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It actual fits nicely! I really like these half chaps. I read the reviews before I purchased them so I was very concerned that they'd be too small if I bought my actual size (calf 15", height 16"= regular large) but it's worked out just fine. Yes, they appeared like they'd never work when they first arrived. There was not a hope of zipping them on over breeches. So I followed the advice of a couple reviewers and with great effort, I managed to zip them on over my bare legs and wore them that way for several hours over two days while I did some work at a computer. I probably would have given up and exchanged them for a bigger size if there were any other size that could have conceivably worked but nothing close was offered. So I kept at it and am glad I did since they're now a wonderful fit. I've now been riding with them (over breeches of course!) for about 2 weeks and they're snug but zip easily enough. They appear well made and the leather is nice. Not too thin. Snapping the bottom snap is a little difficult but maybe if I weren't so stiff myself, maybe that'd be easier to reach. You do have to actively push your foot through the elastic that goes under your foot but I hope that will stretch out somewhat over time. I don't really know how durable these will be since I've only used them for a short time but they are good at this point. Overall, it's a great product and is very reasonably priced.
Date published: 2016-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT for big calves!! I bought these about a month ago and have been breaking them in, they are absolutely WONDERFUL!Just for comparison, I have large 18 3/4" calves and while these are a squeeze to get on, they DO work! I advise you while you are putting them on to take your fingers and hook onto the elastic panel in the back to stretch the elastic panel rather than trying to pull the leather together. Then use one finger to help push the zipper down. They are getting easier and easier to get on, and they fit my leg so snugly and streamline, they just really look fantastic.I also have short legs so I ordered the short size, but since they are cut higher at the end, the spanish top comes up to the knee and they are a bit tall, but you can't feel it b/c they are so buttery soft!!!! They look JUST like tall boots when they are on!! Oh, and I hate chaps that have those really weak elastics at the bottom, these have a really thick elastic that I'm sure will last for a LONG time, and the zipper is super strong. I just cannot say enough great things about these!I Strongly suggest these for any bigger riders, just dont get discouraged that they have such a large gap when you put them on, do what I suggested and pull the elastic (I hook my fingers on the leather edge of the elastic and give it a big pull.)BUY THESE CHAPS!
Date published: 2016-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for the price These run slight snug but are super soft leather. Would recommend for sure!
Date published: 2016-05-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from beautiful , great quality but small I went thru it with these chaps. Ordered two different sizes and nothing fit. My regular size was WAY too small and so I ordered the next up and it was WAY too big. You need a 17/17 or 17/18. There is not an option for a 17, there was 16 and 18 Widths. Oh well, LOVELY quality but did not fit. Thankful for free shipping both ways.
Date published: 2016-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superior to all I love these half chaps. Super soft. Fit is perfect. (Ordered a size up as most reviews suggested-good advice). Quality like no other. I would love if Smartpak would ship to Canada though! I had a friend in the states accept my order and made arrangements to get them here by another friend. Totally worth it but I would order more things if shipping to Canada was offered.
Date published: 2016-05-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not for me I got different sizes but they just don't fit. Either they were too small or when I went one size up, they were to wide on the top. I think they are just to narrow on the lower calf for me. Maybe a great product for sleek calves but not for mine.
Date published: 2016-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super comfortable half chap! These fit like a glove right out of the box, and are incredibly comfortable. They run slightly small in the calf, and slightly tall in the height, for the listed measurements. The zipper is large and heavy-duty, so I hope it will last well. I used them at a show because I had just blown out the zipper on my old tall boots, and even though these aren't designed to look like a shiny boot, it was still a nice look. I plan to buy these again!
Date published: 2016-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SUPER SUPPLE - No Break In Necessary I LOVE these half chaps. They fit like a glove and are super supple right from the get go!. I have short legs. Typically any half chap is too tall and hits me behind the knee until they crumble down at the ankle. Then they end up too short. These are tall for me at 16 inch regular height but because of their softness, they are perfect and look fabulous even on my short legs. After only 2 uses, the zipper is now easier to do. AWESOME!! I hope the durability of these half chaps proves themselves over time, but I already purchased another pair just because I love them so much.
Date published: 2016-05-05
Date published: 2016-04-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice soft leather, fits well I've ridden in them a couple of times. I'm very happy with the fit. They fit at the ankles vs bunching up. Really nice leather. Looking forward to using them at a schooling show.
Date published: 2016-04-19
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