About

'THE EVOLUTION

The Ethos:
 
Early in 2007, I decided to create a chap like no other chap on the market which was in fact 'the solution’ to all the problems I had with every existing chap on the market, none of which had changed for almost a century. 
It seemed acceptable if you work in the farriery industry for 20 years plus that you can no longer walk correctly and you have a bad back - it goes hand in hand with the job, I used to hear.
I was frustrated with the materials used in the existing chaps, soaking up the water in Winter, being wet and heavy. One slip with the hammer and my knee was put out for the day. It was time to bring the chap into the 21st century, no longer should it be acceptable to have all these issues on a daily basis. I want to retire from shoeing horses on my own terms not wait until I am no longer physically capable!
 
The 1st evolution was simple, almost obvious. I want something ultra light, yet spark proof and water resistant and to find and develop the best material for this (Now our very own specialist designed rip stop canvas). They needed to be more comfortable than anything I’d worn before, but have more protection and support where it mattered. With over 20 years of weight lifting experience and coaching, I decided to incorporate the idea of a dorsal support system into the chap to ease pressures on the lower back the same as you would when weight lifting. 
I designed and incorporated a unique dorsal support and bi-lateral fastening system with an innovative abdominal sling. These now patented design aspects allow a perfect fit every time, avoiding undue stress and injury. 
The next evolution was to solve the pain of a slipping hammer to the knee!! Many friends of mine enjoy riding motorcycles and I was fascinated with the technology of the impact wear on knee and elbow pads. If I could use this material and incorporate it within the knee pads of the chap this would take the chaps to a whole new level. Now added the DNA 5.75 mm impact foam underneath our heavy duty 3.2 mm chrome leather… This now offers more protection than any other chap on the market. With all of these innovations combined, I knew I had created the ultimate chap, I had solved all of the problems I had with the existing chaps and brought the chap into the 21st century - We have finally evolved - The Silverback Chap was born!!!
 
The Silverback chap is now the evolutionary outcome of over a decade of development, enhanced and continually evolved thanks to years of feedback from many of the worlds best and most respected farriers.
 
This apron is designed by farriers for farriers….We have your back!
 
Silverback Originals (The Original Pro) have established themselves as the most desirable and trusted apron within the farriery industry - The ultimate chap at the top of its game. Known for its unique, ergonomic and comfortable fit, durability, super lightweight, providing unrivalled lumbar support, maximum protection, and a stylish design. 
 
The Silverback Pro is the evolutionary leap taken from our original designs; incorporating a honeycomb dorsal support with an abdominal sling offering the best core support system on the market.
Designed to be used across the Globe in every climate and temperature, keeping you safe and comfortable whatever the weather throws at you.
 
Silverback chaps are the pinnacle of chaps and our focus is to continue evolving to provide farriers with the ultimate workwear.
 
FEATURES
Back and IAP(CORE) Support System15% lighter
Protective (DNA 5.75 mm impact foam)Bi-lateral fastening system
Double Knife pocketsBreathableWater repellant finish
 FABRICS90% Cotton10% Nylon 
LEATHER 2.2-2.6mm heavy-duty chrome
All our materials are sourced from the UK and most importantly all our chaps are made in the UK.
 
 
The main advantage of these chaps is the core stability system, which reduces the stress on the lower back by the compression of the abdominal cavity. This is achieved with the use of the unique patented abdominal sling, dorsal support and the bi-lateral fastening system ensuring a perfect fit.
This combination increases the IAP (intra-abdominal pressure), providing more support to the front of the lower spine, which in turn allows the erector muscle of the spine to function under less force, thus creating a dynamitic spinal support system whilst shoeing or trimming horses.
 
Often Farriers suffer from a chronic sprain, herniating discs, sciatica and general aches & pains from repetitive work and postural stress. These conditions can lead to a weakening to the Pelvic girdle musculature, weakening pelvic stability. this is where Silverback Chaps come into their own, by enhancing the Transverse Abdominous.
All achieved with the aid of the patented abdominal sling, dorsal support and bi–lateral fastening system. Wearing these Chaps whilst shoeing/trimming makes the wearer more aware of their position whilst under the horse. 
The unique fit and sensation of the Chaps against one’s self whilst shoeing/trimming should prompt the wearer to maintain good posture, therefore activating other muscle groups to work instead of predominately one’s lower back. In this case the chaps do not need to be worn too tightly for the desired effect.
If you do have problems with your lower back or the bottom of the spine, these chaps also provide excellent support with a fully adjustable system giving maximum support to the pelvis and lower lumber, while at the same time stabilising the sacrum when you need it. All this is achieved while allowing the joints to move naturally. 

 

They can be worn for longer periods of time (than that of a weight lifting belt or single dorsal supports for example), supporting normal muscles and joint function, reducing the likelihood of muscular atrophy.

 

This system is not intended to be a cure for any condition, but we believe that PREVENTION is better than a cure and these may help towards a treatment program with Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and Chiropractors.

 

They can be worn for longer periods of time (than that of a weight lifting belt or single dorsal supports for example), supporting normal muscles and joint function, reducing the likelihood of muscular atrophy.

 

This system is not intended to be a cure for any condition, but we believe that PREVENTION is better than a cure and these may help towards a treatment program with Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and Chiropractors.