The following are descriptions of types of leathers suitable for chaps.
If you are trying to match fabric, I will have the leather company I use send
you swatches of current hides. Time is of the essence since dye lots change.
Choosing your chap leather first is the easiest, since there are more fabric
colors available for show clothes. If you do purchase your pants & top first,
I recommend a good color match before comfort.
Nothing negatively catches the eye more than off color matches.
Top Grain Cow
Available in 43 colors, 3 - 3.5 oz weight &
can be used either suede or slick side out.
The most durable of all the leathers.
Available in 26 colors, 1.5 - 2 oz weight & can be used either suede or
slick side out. Women love this leather as it has a lot of give & is lighter
weight than the top grain.
Available in 39 colors, 2.5 - 3 oz weight with both sides suede.
Somewhat stiffer than top grain,
but has a beautiful clean nap.
Available in 44 colors, 1 - 1.5 oz weight with only the
suede side available. Smaller adults or children can
usually get by with this ultra light weight leather and the
hides have a beautiful nap as well. I cannot guarantee them
from tearing as they are quite delicate.
Available in 39 colors, 1 - 1.5 oz weight with only the slick side
available. This leather is only suitable for smaller adults or children. I
cannot guarantee them from tearing as they are
Over 250 colors to choose from in weights of 6.43 oz per
square yard to 11.1 oz per square yard. Ideally we would like to use
the heaviest weight, but because the match to your outfit should be as
close as possible, I may have to use the lighter weight but only when
Ultrasuede is durable, drapes like leather, is fade resistant, but best of
all its machine washable! If your purchasing a light color or a color to
match an outfit, I strongly suggest using ultrasuede.
Heavy weight ultrasuede
Available in 145 colors, in weights of 10.47 to 11.0 oz per square yard.
Lighter weight ultrasuede
Available in 127 colors, in weights of 6.43 to 7.8 oz per square yard.