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post #31 of 35 Old 11-08-2013, 08:12 AM
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Has anyone else noticed a decline in the quality of Ariats? My original pair lasted like 10 years. I wore them to go swimming and in all sorts of conditions. Held up great, but then the zipper broke. I decided to get a new pair. I got a new pair maybe a year and a half ago, and the sole is already splitting off :(

I think I'm going to have to check out Mountain Horse. I'm a little irritated at them though because I purchased a Mountain Horse jacket and a year later the zipper is so broken. I can zip it up, but then it just splits open.

I just don't seem to have luck with zippers I guess.

As for breeches, I like the Smartpak brand breechs. I have the bradley's now and like them, they just fit a little funky around the waist. I want to get the piper's and try them.
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post #32 of 35 Old 11-08-2013, 09:09 AM
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Another vote for Ariat! I wear Heritage IIIs for paddock work - zip up, synthetic upper, easiest things in the world to maintain and keep clean. Purchased at a holiday sale last year for $89, so guessing that this time of year you can find a similar deal.

Also sport a pair of Ariat Workforce boots for western riding and heavy barn/property work that I have had for 7 years, paid $110 for at that time, and have taken me through some nasty conditions.

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post #33 of 35 Old 11-08-2013, 09:51 AM
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I am apparently hard on boots. I love Ariats for their comfort, but the leather does not hold up well for me. I MAY get a year out of them. I have a pair of the barn boots that I had patched, looks horrible, but works. I got them on clearance from somewhere, and ordered ALL they had(I think 4 pair), and this is the last pair.

Now I wear Muck boots all the time. They aren't cheap either!

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post #34 of 35 Old 11-09-2013, 07:28 AM
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Ariat is hard to beat. Comfortable, almost no break in and durable. Great boot.
I bought the Cobalt Quantum Performers on clearance from Dover for almost half- price at $99.

Good luck!
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post #35 of 35 Old 11-12-2013, 09:49 AM
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i would go with ariats deff, my sister has those and im insanely jealous. i have equistars & then split on toe seams w/in 4 months. & for boots that are easily 100 bucks its not a fun feeling. so i would shy away from those lol

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