Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! Years ago there use to be this little restaurant here in town called The Summit. They were very close to where Hwy 58 crossed the summit of Tehachapi Pass and thus the name. Could easily see it from the ranch. Their claim to fame was they had 58 different beers from around the world. They'd give you a little card and every time you tried a different beer they'd punch the number out on your card for that beer. After you had tried all 58 you had achieved "the summit". They put your name on a plaque on the wall, gave ya a t shirt and a coffee mug proclaiming the same. Well Recently I achieved a little different summit. I have finally made all the different types of chaps there are in common usage in the western world. From show chaps to chinks and everything in between. I've made probably over a 1,000 different pair of leggins over the years but I'd never made a pair of "batwings" for an adult. I'd made a couple of pairs for small kids but they were really long chinks with out fringe. As the kid grows I cut fringe on them and they become chinks. Anyhoo thought I'd do a pictorial on all the different type of chaps out there as this has come up several times in these pages. Definitely "and such" post. Shot Gun Chaps: These are called "shotguns" because of the two closed legs the entire length. Think of a double barrel shotgun and ya get the idea. Each leg closes with a zipper and to make them more durable I close the zipper at the top. Use to wear these myself many years ago. This was the first pair I'd ever made. Great protection from brush and weather and really keep ya warm when its cold. Made many other pairs for folks all over. Florida. Alaska. New Mexico. Wyoming. This pair is well traveled. Started here in Tehachapi California, went to Oregon, then to Canada and last I heard were in New Zealand. This is the pair that got me away from making shotguns. The problem with shotguns is, outside of the waist there is no adjustment. We'd had several folks provide us with bad measurements. This particular pair was the straw that broke the camels back. This guy gave me an upper thigh measurement of 24". Now this is a common leg measurement so I didn't see any red flags. Made up the chaps and sent them to him and he couldn't get them on. Why? His thigh was really 28"! How do you miss your leg circumference by 4"???? I can't fix that! Especially when you are shy by 4". If you are over by 4, that I could fix but shy by 4, nope. Now shotguns are spendy because there are two sides of leather involved in a pair. Ya always want to cut each leg out of the side right along the back bone. That way they stretch and break in the same and you are away from any belly leather. So he sent them back, I made a new pair. Got the customer happy but we're out a lot of time and money, even though he paid for the new leather cause it was his goof up. Took this pic of Nichole wearing the old pair and put em on the website. Sold them overnight to another lil gal in Florida. So today I only make them under a two conditions. 1) I measure you. or 2) You've got an old pair that fit you well and I can use that for a pattern and you send me your measurements as well. Following these rules I've made them for folks from England to California and lots of places in between. Interesting aside, the gal in Fl that bought that pair is next in line. I've got to build her a new pair as she has worn the first pair out. She sent me the old pair as a pattern and I have her measurements. Last pair I made for our friend Stan. Show Chaps: Are basically a variation of shotguns. This pair had black and white brindle hair on accent pieces on the sides. Rodeo chaps and some cutting chaps are variations of batwings. Stay tuned. I will add a different type of legging to this post each day. As always questions and comments are welcome. Gotta go feed horses and heifers.