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Ariat® Classic III Half Chap

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Ariat upgraded the Classic III Half Chaps with some desirable improvements. The leather has been changed to a softer, full-grain leather and the interior of the boot boasts a more breathable moisture-wicking lining. Also improved, is the inner panel design. The panel works alongside the stretch system which lays over the instep. When together, the two result in creating an elegantly refined half chap.


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Top quality, soft full-grain leather with breathable moisture wicking  lining; fits shorter in height; Accommodating, straighter fit through ankle
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    Ariat® Classic III Half Chap is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 41.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Comfortable I bought these chaps a month ago after using the Ariat chaps that zip from the bottom up for many years. I think I still like the bottom zip ones better and maybe that is because I am used to them but these are still great. These half chaps are not as form fitting as my old Ariat half chaps and I am not even sure what model they are and that would be my only complaint however, they are super comfortable.
    Date published: 2016-08-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looks professional, works well I bought these as my first pair of leather half-chaps two months ago. I had gone through several pairs of the cheaper, washable half-chaps. The Classic III is a nice compromise between the more expensive leather styles and the cheap fabric chaps. The quality here is certainly well worth the price. I had my chaps fitted by a professional, who recommended this style because she said they tend to run a little shorter. (I'm 5'1 and would normally wear an SS in other Ariat half-chaps. I bought the Classic IIIs in an S.) At the initial fitting, they rested slightly over my knee and felt very tight. I could not get them on without her help. However, just like with tall boots, as leather half-chaps break in, they stretch out and "fall" down. After a couple of rides, these chaps fit perfectly! I school in these chaps about 3x/week, and they are holding up very nicely. They look professional enough that I feel comfortable wearing them on our local show circuit. In fact, the interior leg panel (which is made of suede, I think) provides a better grip than my tall boots, so I prefer to ride in these. My only complaint is that the material on the interior leg panel has been dirtied up from the saddle and is difficult to get clean. I would love for Ariat to provide some cleaning tips! Of course, since the panel is not visible while riding, the chaps still look brand new while I'm in the saddle and still work perfectly, so the Classic III gets a five star in my book!
    Date published: 2016-07-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I like Ariat Chaps! I've worn Ariat Chaps for years and when my last pair finally bit the dust after years of service, I bought the Ariat Classic III. I wear a taller boot than most women and Ariat Classic III in tall fits me well. It is lighter weight chap, than my last pair of Ariat's, and I hope that won't effect how long the chaps hold up to regular use. I would also prefer for the zipper to zip to the top rather than to the bottom.
    Date published: 2016-01-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love! I love these half chaps! My old Ariat half chaps wore out, and I really wanted a tall pair, and since I have larger calves, these were the best fo both worlds, as they stretch to fit closer to an XL, but are the Large Tall size. They look like leather and are soft and broke in nicely!
    Date published: 2015-11-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Chaps! I love these chaps, they do run big so get a smaller size.
    Date published: 2015-11-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great fit. Love the padding and grip of the suede inside. Easy to zip and velcro cover over zipper provides a nice look. Could fit better over front of boot for the price.
    Date published: 2015-11-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from They’re Pretty They are excellent I must say, very firm fitting. I love the hold it has on my calf down to the bottom of my laces on my Performer Pro VX shoe’s. The only issue I would have with this product is the calf fit. It’s quite tight and slightly uncomfortable to ride it. Maybe due to the calf measurement and maybe could make it bigger but then again I have no clue. I tried leather stretch on this product, didn’t ruin it but didn’t do what I wanted. This is my reasoning on the four star rating. Other then that it would be a five star rating cause they are gorgeous and very formal to wear even when I train in them. This product has most aquentences, friends, and family commenting them which makes me feel even better to wear this product. I say try them, don’t like them how I do return them (which I highly doubt you will) Happy Shopping Everyone(:
    Date published: 2015-11-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from fit best I bought this product for the working student at my barn ... honestly after ordering and returning a few items, this was the one that fit her the best. Personally I am not a fan of the more "sueded" inner calf product (because it can cause a little extra wear/tear on a saddle), but the product is well made and does it's function quite well.
    Date published: 2015-04-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything I Expected This is my first pair of half chaps. Very happy with the purchase. High quality materials, very solid zipper, intelligent design. Ridden winter riding only thus far indoors, but so far so good.
    Date published: 2015-02-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love them! I bought these used over a year ago and they were really well used when I bought them. They are in great shape and I have not had any issues at all. The fit is great, comfy no matter what the season. I don't see these falling apart any time soon even after years of use.
    Date published: 2014-11-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Too big, but quality product I ordered an XS as my calf is 13.5 and the height is 15.5, but these chaps were too tall. Very disapointing, as Ariat does not make them shorter. (children's sizes were too small) Very nice quality!
    Date published: 2014-10-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best chaps ever! I just had to replace my first pair that I have been wearing for many years! Perfect
    Date published: 2014-10-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really like the fit, the lining and the fact that the zipper starts at the top and is easy to maneuver. I think they are attractive and have been comfortable. I just got them within the last month so can't really speak to durability yet. Ariat seems to have declined in quality in the last few years. So far though I really like these. I ordered a small/medium height and the fit is really good. (I am 5'7' and 130)
    Date published: 2014-08-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for long skinny legs I bought these half chaps around a month ago in an XST size and I am very pleased with my purchase. I really like the look of the smooth leather and that there were no snaps that would just break on me! When you first get them the leather feels a little bit stiff so I was apprehensive to ride in them, but they were so comfortable. One thing about them is I find that they run a teensy bit large, so I would size down if possible (I couldn't because I needed the tall height, which the XXS didn't give) but if you can't size down it really isn't that big of an issue, especially since these are just schooling chaps. Another feature I really like about these was that the back of the half chaps has an almost cut-out like feature which makes getting spurs on so much easier, as I have to do this a lot since I ride multiple horses with different needs. I also really like the high Spanish top line as it helps add height to the half chaps for my long legs. The zip was a little stiff and hard when I first tried them on but as soon as I zipped them up and down a couple times it was fine (the zips on my old Ariats lasted forever so I have high expectations). Also I loved the super heavy duty strap that goes under your boots as it seemed like it was of a very high quality. I bought these half chaps to replace my old Ariat Oxford chaps which became too short and one of the snaps broke on me, plus they were a pain to button and unbutton. The only think that I'm not a huge fan of on these half chaps is the inside suede panel seems a little larger than the one on my old half chaps, which isn't a problem when riding but it doesn't look as put together when you are off of the horse. Overall I think that these are a great pair of half chaps and they seem to fit my long skinny legs quite well!
    Date published: 2014-08-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Chaps I haven't owned these long at all, but I love the fit! I don't love the flap that covers the zipper on the outside and I really wish it had a more streamlined look, but it doesn't affect their function at all. The biggest issue I've had with them is that I was riding a very sweaty muddy horse, and the suede got filthy. I've tried everything including suede cleaner, and nothing has gotten it off. They are still usable, but the suede it stiff and not as grippy now.
    Date published: 2013-08-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Half Chaps I boiught these half chaps for my 14 year old daughter using her Ariat tall boot measurements. They fit very, very tightly when she first tried them on, to the point that we considered sending them back. I am glad we didn't, because just as the tags promised they relaxed when she began to ride in them and now they fit perfectly.
    Date published: 2013-07-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Last forever! I got my first pair of these half chaps over 10 (yes 10) years ago! The only reason I bought new ones is because I just got black paddock boots, and I felt weird riding in brown half chaps and black boots! These wear fantastically. They are super durable, and I have no complaints whatsoever. They really do last a long time even if you ride everyday. My new ones fit just right, and they were easier to get on the first time than the older version were. I am still waiting for the back part to drop under the knee (I have only ridden a handful of times since I got my new pair), but my riding schedule has picked up so I am sure they will drop soon. I love these half chaps and wouldn't buy any other brand. They are true to size, durable, and a great value.
    Date published: 2013-06-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Still A Favorite After The Update I have used the Ariat Classic Half Chap since 1997. This is my third pair. I have always been pleased with the updates to the item. This time the chap is thinner but in a good way. They are more streamlined and less bulky on the leg. This item still protects my leg with the nice suede panel against the stirrup leather and the smooth leather panel on facing outside.
    Date published: 2013-05-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from So far so good I've only had these 1/2 chaps for a little over a month and so far they are great! The leather is soft and they look really nice... the only thing I'm a little worried about is that instead of buttons these chaps have velcro... I'm a little worried that the velcro isn't going to hold up at long as snaps would... but other than that, these are great!
    Date published: 2012-12-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great looking chaps These chaps are beautiful, they have a great grip and they're super comfortable! I love the suede that's on the inside of the calf, it sticks right to my saddle and there is a nice stitching detail on it. Only reason for 4 stars is the elastic in the back stretched way out. They were snug (as they should be) when I first got them, and I expexted the elastic to stretch when they were on but retain its shape when I took them off. After wearing them for a week, the elastic was permanetly stretched and now they're a bit more roomy than I'd like. Other than the elastic, the zipper is really durable, it seems like it will never break and they look great!
    Date published: 2012-11-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Chaps I like that they are the nearest chaps I could find to wear with Ariat paddock boots to simulate hunting dress boots. I have short thin legs but wide (bunionoid) feet so no long boots fit. They are of substantial shiny leather but the suede inside is hard to keep clean - if you gallop through a lot of mud! Can't speak for durability yet. So many fit options are great.
    Date published: 2012-10-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good product for the money First time I have purchased this product, but like the fit. I have only worn 3 times so do not know durability at this time. I like the lighter weight in hot weather and they are not bulky.
    Date published: 2012-10-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Happy so far Good fit for me. I bought them to resemble a dress boot with Ariat paddock boots - not bad. they do have a nice shiny finish. Have not had them long enough to test durability. Very quick purchase service. Smartpak must have an extensive inventory.
    Date published: 2012-10-05
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Very dissapointing :( I had first bought these half chaps, a couple years ago when I first started riding. I thought the chaps were ok. When it was time to get a new pair of chaps, I ordered the same type. I didn't want to go on a quest for a new pair of chaps. So I bought these because I was familular with them. When I started riding in them, I never realized how slippery they were. My leg, which usually didn't move much was all over the place. They were also really hard to zip. Which I just blew off at first, assuming it was because they were not broken in yet. They continued to be that way, along with the velcro coming undone, and the chap itself unziping! I finally was upset and frustrated, and just resorted to wearing my tall boots. I do not recomend these.
    Date published: 2012-09-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good product I loved my Ariat half chaps I ordered about four years ago. They were high quality and lasted forever (I still have them). I ordered the new ones and am breaking them in but they are awesome too. The only thing I don't like about them is the suede patch on the insides of the legs. The suede allows a better grip but the leather looked nicer and took the beatings a lot better.
    Date published: 2012-08-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have had these before. They fit well and really last - no broken zippers etc!
    Date published: 2012-02-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice quality These are my first pair of half-chaps- I bought these to go with my Ariat Heritage III paddock boots, and they are a good match. They look nice on, and are made of really nice quality leather and suede. The sizing chart worked well for me, and they fit securely. Also, the suede inner panel is nice and provides a good grip. The only thing I've noticed is that the ankle area seems to be a bit looser and less fitted than other chaps I've seen on other riders. I couldn't go down a size (from SS to XS) to fit my ankle, however, or they wouldn't fit my leg. Overall, a high quality chap.
    Date published: 2011-10-27
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