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Cowboy Chinks

Below are cowboy chinks, also called Western chinks, for sale. You will sometimes also find a few chaps. Please scroll down to read a short article on the difference between chinks and chaps.

Chinks come in a wide variety of styles. They can be solid leather, hair-on-hide, or a combination. They might be distinctly rounded at the bottom, somewhat rounded, or close to a right angle. Their overall length can vary, as can the length of their fringe. Chinks are as individual as the cowboys and cowgirls who wear them.

Below: A pair of cowboy chinks.

Chinks being worn by a working cowboy

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Cowboy Chinks and Chaps - What's The Difference?

Chaps and chinks are leather leg coverings worn by horseback riders – typically cowboys and cowgirls – as protection against weather, timber, brush, rope burns, and other hazards. They are buckled around the waist, and are open in the back so a rider’s seat is not covered.

Chaps run the full length of the rider's legs. They are often closed around the leg by a zipper, but other fasteners might be used. The two most common styles of chaps are shotgun and batwing.

Chinks are similar to chaps, but are shorter, typically hitting the rider below the knee but above the ankle. They are fastened behind the rider’s legs by snaps, buckles, zippers, or other fasteners, but the fasteners stop above the back of the knee, allowing the chinks to move more freely from that point downward. The fringe on chinks is also usually longer and more prominent than fringe found on chaps.

Examples Of Chinks

Chinks with tooling, and hair on the hide on the top half.

Chinks with hair on the hide


Chinks with initials, a ring for a tie strings, and contrasting fringe.

Chinks with hair on the hide


These chinks a covered pocket and shorter fringe.

Shorter chinks with a covered pocket


Medium chinks with contrasting fringe and a slit pocket.

Chinks with a slit pocket


How Cowboys Pronounce Chinks

"Chinks" are pronounced with a hard "ch" sound as in "cherry" or "chipmunk."

This might be worth mentioning because chaps, another type of cowboy legging, are pronounced with a soft "ch" and therefore are pronounced "shaps."

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