I gotta be honest, I'm having a tough time writing this review, because everytime I look at these boots, my brain just goes "SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!"
I have publicly documented my winter boot struggles on this blog. I had a pair of TuffRiders that I paid $50 for that lasted two years, and I had a pair of fancier TuffRider's that basically lasted 3 weeks.
(Also, after I sent them a link to that post, TuffRider promised to send me a replacement pair, even asked for my address, and I haven't received them in five months so...yeah. Not getting the warm fuzzies there.)
After last year, I was done with buying cheap winter boots that don't last. I wanted to get a good pair that I loved and that would last many years, not a cheap pair that would get me by for one season before getting thrown away.
None of the surprisingly limited options really revved my engine until I was browsing foreign eBay and saw that Ariat made the Bromont Pro H2O in brown in the UK. Oh. My. God.
|GRABBY HANDS. (Also that is a nearly invisible reflective strip glowing at the bottom, illuminated by flash).|
I paid 149 GBP ($198) + 79 GBP shipping ($105) or $303 total, which is $46.95 LESS than I would have paid for the same thing in black from Smartpak. And I wouldn't be nearly as in love with them if they were black.
|Love love love love love.|
(Also, thanks Brexit, these would have cost $353 a few months ago.)
- I wear a 6 slim in Ariat field boots and bought a 7 full in these to account for fluffy socks and breeches, and that was the right call. I could even have done a 7.5, since with my absolute fluffiest deer hunting socks the foot is a bit tight. The calf is perfect with my winter standard of Underarmour 4.0, fluffiest deer hunting socks, and Irideon winter tights.
- They are waterproof:
- All that standard Ariat stuff: nice quality leather, spur rests, ATS footbed. I take good care of my Ariat paddock boots, and they reward me by lasting for years. Plus when every part but the leather wears out, they can be professionally redone by NuShoe using official Ariat parts, which I have had great experience with and highly recommend.
- Not sure if I'll like that suede inside panel, but that's a standard Bromont thing and people seem to rate them highly, so I guess it'll be okay.
- They are tall, and should drop and fit nicely eventually, but they're over half my kneecap out of the box.
Here is a link to the eBay seller I bought them from: Thomas Irving Equestrian Superstore: CLEARANCE Ariat Bromont Tall Insulated H2O Riding Boot - Waxed Chocolate. Note that if you are in the US, you have to commit to buy them, then message the seller to ask for an international shipping quote, then pay the invoice he sends you.
|From the seller's website|
I ordered mine on a Friday, and they arrived before I got home from Vegas the following Friday, so shipping and turnaround was super fast for an international order.
Okay, anyone else going to be buying a pair of these? Like I said - LOVE!!