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    10-04-2012, 04:23 AM
Top boots - Koenig Favorit's

Has anyone tried/owned a pair of these boots before? I am looking for a new top boot, and like a boot that is reasonably soft, but not 'sloppy' either. I hate the feel of 'tubes' around my legs that come from the really stiff toppies, and have heard that the Favorit's are a good 'medium' leather boot.

Any opinions?
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    10-04-2012, 12:51 PM
FWIW, I really loved my Cavallos, and I've had Dehners and Vogels, too. (OOPS - those are American custom boot companies and you're in AUS. Not much help...)

I've heard that Favorits are nice but not for everyday- again, fwiw.
    10-04-2012, 09:08 PM
Thanks Weezilla, I was thinking about Cavallo's as well, I've tried a pair on and didn't mind them.
I generally ride in short boots and gaiters for every day riding use, just because they are much more convenient for me - I have to walk 400 meters up a very steep hill to reach the arena - last time I tried it in top boots I had cramps in my calves for a week!
    10-04-2012, 11:01 PM
Originally Posted by Kayty    
Thanks Weezilla, I was thinking about Cavallo's as well, I've tried a pair on and didn't mind them.
I generally ride in short boots and gaiters for every day riding use, just because they are much more convenient for me - I have to walk 400 meters up a very steep hill to reach the arena - last time I tried it in top boots I had cramps in my calves for a week!
You must have legs (and buns) of steel! What a workout!
    10-04-2012, 11:23 PM
I wish I did! Nderneath the layer of mush there are some sizeable muscles,it's just a matter of removing that layer!
I put on weight at a whiff of food unfortunately, I'm certainly not overweight, but I've got more body fat than I would like to have for my height.
That hill is great for warming horses' backs up though! They have to stretch their back and really motor off with the hind legs on the walk up - the unfit ones are very unimpressed!
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    10-04-2012, 11:45 PM
Built in warmup for two...gotta love it. Though I'm sure my inner sloth would have me find the nearest mounting block at the bottom of that hill at least a few times a week....
    10-04-2012, 11:52 PM
If my devil child wasnt such a spooky little princess I would probably be jumping on at the stables too!! But I value my life a little too much, we still haven't graduated to walking down the very quiet, dirt road off the property under saddle yet :/ Such a sensitive, precious little soul!
    10-05-2012, 01:01 AM
I have a pair of Koenigs, not sure of which model they are though, and I adore them. I got them with the stiff outside but a soft inside with zippers in the front as well as elastic(? Not sure what exactly it is called) in a piece back behind my knee to make them a little less tough on the back of my knee (mainly because I'm 6' tall and rode a pony). I don't have any problems with feel on the inside of my leg either because they are soft. My coach and her husband also have Koenigs and love them too. Certainly not made for walking in, but now that mine are broken in I can wear them for a lengthy amount of time and not be in pain).
    10-05-2012, 01:03 AM
Thank you for the feedback Tigo, I'm quite tempted to order a pair through Calevo as they are so much cheaper on there rather than buying from a company in Australia - double, and often more than double the price to buy in Aus!
    10-05-2012, 04:14 PM
Look at Rectilignes and see if you will fit on their size chart first. They are far less expensive than the Koenigs, and they have a slim ankle, which I personally really like. I've had mine for 18mos now and they are no worse for wear, except for some deterioration in the footbed which I need to get fixed. But yes, I like them far more than my Petries which if I didn't have a use for (yay unbroke horses that don't steer) I would burn in a fire.
I am a big fan of them, and they aren't super stiff, very well finished and comfortable. But they don't do custom, just ordering from their size charts, which is why they are so inexpensive.

After that I would go for Cavallo before Koenig, personally. And if you really want to splurge there is a custom boot company in Germany which I can't for the life of me remember the name of, but are the boots I would like to buy next. They are around $4000 for a custom pair, but fit like gloves and are far better finished than the Koenigs.

Good luck!

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