Friday, July 27, 2012


Chaps (pronounced shaps) is a shortened form of the word cha·pa·ra·jos (pronounced shap-uh-rey-ohs) which in turn is a combination of the Spanish word chaparral (pronounced shap-uh-ral): a type of scrub brush that grows in California and aparejos (ah-pa-rey-ohs): the Spanish word for Aparrel.  Mexicans who worked cattle on the California landscape needed protection from the tough and often thorny brush they would encounter.  Chaps consist of a belt and leggings made of leather, but have no seat and are not joined at the crotch.  There are two designs: Shotgun and Batwing.  Shotgun Chaps enclose the entire leg, while Batwing Chaps only attach at the thigh providing easier leg movement for active riding.

Shotgun Chaps