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Your Guide to Riding Short Boots + Mini Chaps Combinations

In this blog post, we intend to give you a side-by-side comparison guide for the boots+mini chaps combination boot systems. We begin with the first such boot on the market, progressing through to the last few years. Today, there are a number of choices when it comes to boots+mini chaps combination boot systems. We will compare the different options available so you can select the right one for you.

History (2012)

It all started in 2012 when Freejump launched their original Fly One Boots and Mini Chaps. A concept that was seen as being too “radical” and “futuristic” by many. For those that do not know about the Freejump concept, see pictures below:

Free Jump Fly One Boots in Black
Free Jump Fly One Boots in Black

The idea was to introduce an ultra comfortable riding boot system that can be used for show and everyday use. We introduced this concept to USA 7 years ago. While it enjoyed limited success in terms of adoption, the concept itself proved to be wildly popular. The original Fly One Boots and Chaps system has since been retired by Freejump.

In late 2014, Freejump followed up their initial design with the now ubiquitous Freejump Liberty Boots and Mini Chaps system. Compared to their original system, this boot system offered a much easier way of attaching the boots and chaps. The boots looked a bit more conservative and offered an even higher level of comfort.

Freejump Liberty EVO Chaps and Boots
Freejump Liberty EVO Chaps and Boots
Freejump Liberty XC Chaps shown with Freejump Liberty XC Boots
Freejump Liberty XC Chaps shown with Freejump Liberty XC Boots

2019 Choices for Boots and Chaps Combo Systems

Fast forward to 2019, many other brands have tried and failed to replicate this concept. A few standouts are still in the market and the competition is intense among them. The concept has been refined multiple times, with the end result of benefiting the riders. Below, we list them with details:

Freejump Liberty Evo Boots and Mini Chaps

This option still remains one of the most popular. These boots and chaps are meant exclusively for show and competition use. The construction of the boots and chaps can not undertake the rigors of everyday riding. The boot sole is glued to the upper part of the boot, lending the boot a very sleek and non-bulky look. The mini-chaps have 2 zippers: the front full length for fastening, the back zipper for ventilation.

Freejump Liberty Boots and Mini Chaps System
Freejump Liberty Boots and Mini Chaps System

Freejump Liberty Evo Boots and XC Mini Chaps

This is the most popular combination of Freejump boots and chaps. You get the best of both worlds: the sleek look of the Liberty Evo Boots and the durability of the Liberty XC Mini Chaps. The Liberty XC Mini Chaps are made tougher from thicker leather. They are designed for everyday riding.

Freejump Liberty EVO Chaps and Boots
Freejump Liberty EVO Chaps and Boots

Freejump Liberty XC Boots and XC Chaps Combination

This is the sturdiest option for those that are looking for a pair of comfortable boots that they can ride in all-day. These boots and chaps are built for all day use. Added bonus: you can use them as your competition boots as well. If you ride 6 to 8 horses a day (or more), these boots are a must-have. No more soreness, no stiffness. Just plain comfortable boots that let you focus on the important elements of your riding.

Freejump Liberty XC Chaps shown with Freejump Liberty XC Boots
Freejump Liberty XC Chaps shown with Freejump Liberty XC Boots

Secchiari Short Boots “Hera” + Mini Chaps “Olanda” Combination

Introduced just under 3 years back, in late 2016, these combination boots have quickly become the most popular. What everyone loves about it is the design and aesthetics. While most other combination boots look like a short boots + chaps combo, these are hard to tell apart from tall boots. The fastening system is through the front tab. When using the short boots without the chaps, the attachment button can be hid by folding the snap piece. The boots themselves are gorgeous. It strikes the perfect balance of modern design with traditional styling.

Another salient feature about these is the “break-in” time. The boots and chaps are constructed from soft yet sturdy Italian leather. The chaps are re-inforced on the inside to allow for better wearability.

Secchiari Paddock Boots in Black shown with Olanda Mini Chaps
Secchiari Paddock Boots in Black shown with Olanda Mini Chaps
Secchiari Paddock Boots in Brown shown with Olanda Mini Chaps
Secchiari Paddock Boots in Brown shown with Olanda Mini Chaps

Tucci Harl Short Boots and Harley Mini Chaps Combination Boots

Tucci’s Harl Short Boots are extremely popular. Similar to the Secchiari short boots, these connect to the Harley Mini Chaps to make a combination system.

The chaps and boots are exclusively compatible, i.e. you can not mix and match with boots from other brands.

Tucci Paddock Boots and Mini Chaps
Tucci Harley Paddock Boots shown with the Tucci Harley Mini Chaps via the Snap Attach system

Conclusion

We hope this article has been useful in informing you of all the current choices in the “short-boots+mini-chaps” combination systems. We have provided a table that compares the different models side-by-side. We hope this will assist you in deciding what is the best combination for you.

What is your favorite boots and chaps combination? If you have any of these models, what do you like and dislike about your boots? Let us know in the comments below

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