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post Dec 15 2011, 03:01 AM
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Hey, y'all...

I was on my way home from a VA appointment in Omaha yesterday and stopped at a truck stop for fuel. Inside they had some leather jackets and chaps, so I took a look. The chaps were only $34.95, but I doubt they were as thick as my wranglers, so I passed on them.

I looked at Jafrum.com today for some chaps. They have a pretty good selection and great prices, but I wonder about the thickness of the leather.

Anybody know?
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post Dec 15 2011, 07:07 AM
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For abrasion, thickness and grade count.
For cool temps, I don't think it matters much because the leather blocks the cold air from entering the cloth of your pants. (you do wear pants with your chaps don't you?!)

Jafrum - you never know what you get through mail order until it arrives, but Jafrum is a reputable company.
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post Dec 15 2011, 07:52 AM
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chaps??? that is a screwball question...he is the expert....or Marky (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/hdmark.gif)
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post Dec 15 2011, 08:47 AM
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you might want to check out Fox Creek Leathers, American Made in Virginia I think, thicker than most everything else and come with a lifetime warranty.

www.foxcreekleather.com
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post Dec 15 2011, 03:07 PM
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Took another look at Jafrum; their chaps run 1.1-1.3mm thick. FoxCreek's are 1.4-1.6. By the way, are insulated chaps worth it, or should I just stick with my carhart bibs?
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So the question is assless chaps or bib?
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post Dec 15 2011, 03:25 PM
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QUOTE(Croaker @ Dec 15 2011, 02:07 PM) *
Took another look at Jafrum; their chaps run 1.1-1.3mm thick. FoxCreek's are 1.4-1.6. By the way, are insulated chaps worth it, or should I just stick with my carhart bibs?



you wouldn't need insulated for most of the year, and when you did, you could just wear long johns.....
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post Dec 15 2011, 04:33 PM
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QUOTE(Croaker @ Dec 15 2011, 02:07 PM) *
Took another look at Jafrum; their chaps run 1.1-1.3mm thick. FoxCreek's are 1.4-1.6. By the way, are insulated chaps worth it, or should I just stick with my carhart bibs?



Cheap chaps from Farm & Fleet

AND

Real Carhart insulated coveralls.
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post Dec 15 2011, 05:06 PM
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You're kidding right?? Cowboys on horses wore chaps to keep from getting scraped by the brush chasing cows. Chaps at a truck stop??? Was the building painted pink and all the attendants were named Bruce or Lance (sorry Fugoui, I was making a point)

Chaps can save your legs if you go down and don't slide too far. Otherwise the crotchless design lets lots of cold air freeze your ass off. Wife and I have Carharrts for winter riding, they do keep you warm....warmer than chaps.
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QUOTE(screwball @ Dec 15 2011, 04:06 PM) *
You're kidding right?? Cowboys on horses wore chaps to keep from getting scraped by the brush chasing cows. Chaps at a truck stop??? Was the building painted pink and all the attendants were named Bruce or Lance (sorry Fugoui, I was making a point)

Chaps can save your legs if you go down and don't slide too far. Otherwise the crotchless design lets lots of cold air freeze your ass off. Wife and I have Carharrts for winter riding, they do keep you warm....warmer than chaps.


I saw this coming!!
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post Dec 15 2011, 08:05 PM
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I've never had on a pair of chaps in my life. Damn.
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post Dec 15 2011, 08:29 PM
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I can't do the chaps thing myself, Growing up in the wake of the village Peaple I just automatically think of them when I see chaps.

I know a lot of you ware them which is fine no judgements but there just not for me.

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post Dec 15 2011, 11:27 PM
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With no lowers I can't stand my jeans beating against my legs, so I wear chaps. Don't like bibs and chaps are a lot easier to get off and on than coveralls.

But hey - I'm secure enough in my womanhood to wear chaps! (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/hysterical.gif)
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post Dec 15 2011, 11:41 PM
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QUOTE(T14B @ Dec 15 2011, 08:27 PM) *
With no lowers I can't stand my jeans beating against my legs, so I wear chaps. Don't like bibs and chaps are a lot easier to get off and on than coveralls.

But hey - I'm secure enough in my womanhood to wear chaps! (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/hysterical.gif)



Whole different ball game!! Perfectly OK for WOMEN to wear chaps, leather pants, hell, leather anything! I know what you mean about jeans beating your legs. Just last year in Las Vegas we saw a couple of dozen women on motorcycles wearing chaps..... and no jeans. Guess the flapping bothered them too (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/whistling.gif)
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I would think that more important then the thickness would be the color.

I think that Pink is usually the way to go.

Although white is a classic color and makes a statement of wisdom as well.

But shaggy chaps let the sheep know that you are a player (right Fred?)

Yellow chaps usually mean that the BMW bike is yours and that money is not a problem.

Or the multi-color one piece leather jump suit let's eeveryone know that ... I am not sure what that means ...

Black chaps ... that's a tough one ... they might just communicate that you legs don't want to get wet or cold ... or that you do like to have out at the YMCA ...

So, I guess you will simply have to decide for yourself and be happy with your choice.
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post Dec 16 2011, 08:19 AM
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QUOTE(screwball @ Dec 15 2011, 11:41 PM) *
Perfectly OK for WOMEN to wear chaps, leather pants, hell, leather anything!

we saw a couple of dozen women on motorcycles wearing chaps..... and no jeans. Guess the flapping bothered them too (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/whistling.gif)

used to share an office with a good looker that rode to work in black leather pants....back in those days it was OK to walk over and take a wiff of the leathers...... (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif) she loved it
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post Dec 16 2011, 12:02 PM
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QUOTE(screwball @ Dec 15 2011, 10:41 PM) *
..... we saw a couple of dozen women on motorcycles wearing chaps..... and no jeans. Guess the flapping bothered them too (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/whistling.gif)


Depends on the women, but I've seen some that would have more issues with something flapping with chaps and no jeans. (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/ohmy.gif)
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Depends on the women, but I've seen some that would have more issues with something flapping with chaps and no jeans.


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I have a custom pair made from a real mans bull! and there brown! I got a matching vest made from Buffalo and cow hide. Indian nickles are the snaps! Oh and G who made them for me? Same Gal who does the HA sawing etc etc. She is retired now and closed shop moved away and Im glad I got them when I did! Sonny B and the gang were personal friend of hers from back in the day! You could sit in her shop all day and listen to stories and watch the people who came in! Talk about tweeker's!

Here is what I have found to be true
1.Chaps take up to much room
2.My balls and ass get really cold and wet(if raining)
3. They work great for high 30's to low 40's DAY ride!
4. Should only be warn while riding
5. 4 applies only if your not to lazy to take them off and or have no where to store them!

Believe it or not GAYDORS are the most practical and useful pieces of riding equipment!
Keep rocks from hurting to bad, keep the cold off your shins!

I still got my chaps from when I was kid Cowboy's run deap in the Morse/Seahorn family!
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QUOTE(Croaker @ Dec 16 2011, 11:02 AM) *
Depends on the women, but I've seen some that would have more issues with something flapping with chaps and no jeans. (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/ohmy.gif)


Meat curtains. (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/hysterical.gif)
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I'm guessin that thick pants or maybe leather pants might be the key. Of course we hardly ever need such down here.
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I bought my leather over-pants from Jafrum a few years ago. I was very surprised with the thickness and quality of the leather when I got them. They were much heavier than I expected and had a nice nylon lining down the legs to make slipping them on and off easier. They were very stiff to move around in until I'd ridden in a rain storm or three with them and now they are fully broken in and comfortable for all day wear. If you're going to wear anything like this anyway, buy the pants and keep the cold/rain off your crotch. They will eventually soak through in a steady rain but can keep you warmer and dryer longer than chaps ever will. If you're not familiar with over-pants they have zippers down the legs just like chaps for fast removal. The one area where I am slightly disatisfied is the quality of the metal snaps at the waist and at the lower leg. They were not the most secure snaps and have rusted and need replacing...[Note to self to take them in for new snaps this winter] Pretty minor complaint considering the price paid for something I expect to have for several years.

Having said that I found a good deal on these: http://www.jafrum.com/Motorcycle-Pants/Mens-Pants/LP1000 I think if I had to do it over again, I would probably do one of those synthetic ballistic nylon overpants instead of leather.

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Thank y'all for your input. Before I decide anything, I found out there's a pawn shop about 3 hrs from here that sells used chaps. Maybe I can find something that fits cheap.
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QUOTE(screwball @ Dec 15 2011, 05:06 PM) *
attendants were named Bruce or Lance



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I trail ride still (horses of course) and did some rodeo when I was a kid and never used chaps, won't do it on a bike (personal choice). When it rains I wear a rain suit, when it is cold I wear Carhartts. Chaps were origonaly invented to prevent the top of your thigh from getting rope burned during roping and branding, they were short and only went to the knee. later Cowboys in the South desert areas extended them to cover their lower legs from the harsh desert brush. Those chaps only covered the fronts and sides of the legs, were very loose, wide (batwing), and were held in place by three or four ties in the back of the legs. They also were made of very thick, stiff saddle leather and took a long time to break in.

In the late 60-70's fashion chaps started gaining prominence that were fashioned like pants (with out the ass), were tighter, made from lighter leather and mainly prominently worn by bikers, dominatrixs, and flambouant gays. Although the current type of chaps offer some protection in the event of a slide, they are not as good as some of the ballistic nylon gear and the don't protect your ass (which most likely will take some contact). and as Tye pointed out, your crotch still gets cold & wet. Just was bored and felt like giving a history lesson (for anyone is also bored and gives a shit) (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/hysterical.gif)
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always interested in history, trivia, etc.... what most folks call useless knowledge, I find interesting.
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seriously though, you should look into the Gators that Ty was talking about they are the shizzizle...
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You forgot the shoeing part! you know when you rest the horsy's leg on your thigh better to do it on a piece of leather!

Funny you mention all that cuz 1 of my chaps from when i was a boy idolizing the cowboys in my family are just like that "BAT Wing" ....I got to pull them out my trunk and take a pic .............

Hell aren't the real ones still shaped like that!

FUNNIEST thing was just how Bruce walked up wearing them and every one lost it (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/hysterical.gif) (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/hysterical.gif)

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I told ya' you'd a bought 'em too! Damn she was hot. But damn those things had some bling didn't they?! (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/banghead.gif)
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QUOTE(Big_Ty @ Dec 23 2011, 06:08 PM) *
You forgot the shoeing part! you know when you rest the horsy's leg on your thigh better to do it on a piece of leather!


Farriers chaps are unique as the also usualy are attached to an apron front and have pockets for hoof picks and hoof nippers, they also usually have a magnet in a pocket to hold the shoe nail while shoeing. They are kind of a combination of chaps and a blacksmith apron.
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