For me, winter boots are an absolute necessity. My summer half chaps fit so close, I can only fit a pair of tights and the panty hose-thin Ovation slimliner socks underneath them, so if it's 50 degrees or cooler, you'll find me in winter boots.
Previously, I had a pair of TuffRider's more workmanlike winter boot, and they were passable, if ugly. They held up for three years of doing 8 hours of stalls on Sundays and riding four days a week. I got rid of them because they were starting to wear out, and because I got a great deal on their more socially acceptable cousins, the TuffRider Tundra Fleece Lined Tall Boot.
Price from most manufacturers: $89.95
What I paid: $39.95
Guys, these are so much of a "do not buy" I almost don't even want to review them. Don't buy them, period. Even if you find them for $10, they are not worth it.
- Reasonably warm
- Classy enough that I wore them for the schooling show
- Nice wide footbed
- Great fit through the calf
- Actually are possible to get clean, unlike my other TuffRiders. Once those things turned brown, they stayed brown no matter what you cleaned them with.
- Broke down almost immediately
- Now my feet get wet
- Do not buy
If they could somehow make these things even the tiniest bit durable, they would be a slam dunk winner for the price point. But I had cracks form on the uppers behind the toes within about two weeks of wearing them. As I write this, having worn them for four months, there are giant gaping holes behind my toes where the material has completely broken down and is actually gone in one place. I'm nursing them through the last month in which I need them, but they'll definitely have to be replaced next season.
|Right foot. This is a hole the size of a quarter. There's no plastic left there, just cloth. That made tromping through 4" of snow two weeks ago a very wet and unpleasant experience.|
Mind you, I'm no longer doing stalls. I wear these things for four trips to the barn per week, in which I drive 45 minutes, groom/tack/ride/untack for an hour and a half, and drive 45 minutes home. My boots should last multiple seasons at that rate.
|The material pretty much disintegrates before your eyes.|
The workmanlike Tuffrider winter boots had a tab to keep the zipper in place, but these just rely on the zipper itself, so it slides down constantly.
So, there's not a whole lot more that needs to be said about them. I'm far from the only reviewer to have this problem, it seems to be a systemic issue with this boot. It's a waste of your money, look elsewhere!
And, I'm accepting suggestions for my next pair of winter boots. Must not be ridiculously expensive, must be designed for riding, and must be fairly slim through the calf and ankle. Go!