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        06-19-2013, 10:27 PM
      #21
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Trinity3205    
    This is why I prefer renegades. They go on easy and fasten easy.
    Have you been happy with the quality/durability of the Renegades lately? (It seems I remember you had a little trouble with the cables a while back?)

    I am about ready to try the Renegades! I keep buying Easyboot Epics because I've had good luck with them in the past (and they are significantly cheaper) but lately I just don't know!

    The brand new style with the little round nubbies, well, one of the nubbies broke off on their very first ride. And the other brand new boot on my horse had a bent buckle on the same ride. First time with the new pair and both buckles broke.

    EasyCare has been really nice and is going to replace the buckles on my boots, but geesh, one ride and toast? On boots I paid $126 for (on sale)?

    Then, the cable on the same newer version Easyboot Epic, which is a different set of boots for my other horse, one of the cables is frayed about 50% of the way through and will have to be replaced. I know cables fray and I usually don't mind replacing them......after months and months of use. Not boots that are basically brand new (about a month's worth of use on that pair).

    So are the Renegades still doing well? I think I am ready to invest in some. You shouldn't have to do boot repairs constantly on brand new boots. Normally I expect things to break after I've been using them for many months.

    Now, all that said, I will never go back to shoes. I do my own trimming and I like the idea that they only wear boots when they need them, not 24/7 like with metal shoes. All winter long they basically go bootless and ride bootless. But I need some rugged boots for summer in the mountains. We have lots of rocks and the boots really take a beating.

    I like the idea of gloves but am a little unsure because I know they need a perfect fit. And I don't want anything that even remotely works like an Old Mac because I didn't have good luck with those.

    I like the Epics if they don't break. They have served me well. But they are hard to get on sometimes. I usually use a mallet (if I'm at home) or a rock if I am on the trail to seat the boots. The Renegades are also tempting because they promise to be easy-on. Easy-to-apply boots that ALSO are durable, well, that would be a dream!
         
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        06-19-2013, 10:38 PM
      #22
    Weanling
    I'm also interested in hearing about the renegades. My easyboots gloves for my QH have really significant wear now, and the renegades look more durable. Maybe that's wishful thinking.
         
        06-21-2013, 06:50 PM
      #23
    Yearling
    If you wait just a bit longer, Renegade is coming out with the new Viper model soon. It is in testing now ;) I am happy with them but they have room for improvement in the tread department. The Viper looks very very promising.
         
        06-22-2013, 12:01 PM
      #24
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Trinity3205    
    If you wait just a bit longer, Renegade is coming out with the new Viper model soon. It is in testing now ;) I am happy with them but they have room for improvement in the tread department. The Viper looks very very promising.
    Awesome! The Epics will last me for a few more months at least. Actually, hopefully, they will get me through this summer's riding season and into fall when I don't need boots at all. But I think next time I will try something new.

    Every time EasyCare makes a change I think it will be an improvement..........and instead it seems to be just something else to break easy. For a while there even the buckles themselves were breaking....you know when they had that ridge on the buckle? I don't know how many of those I broke. I kept taking the old, old buckles off my old boots to replace the new ones every time they broke. The old buckles kept going strong. Then, thank god, they changed back to the old design.

    Actually, the only reason I went back to the Epics at all is that I hoped they changed the design for the better. The little nubbies looked like a good idea. And they went back to the old buckle design which was a good one.

    I feel like a faithful customer of EasyCare. But gosh, I want boots that improve their design over time, not change it for the worse. I feel like all these kinks should have been worked out in the product testing phase. Maybe they should ask ME to be a boot tester. If there is something to break, my horses seem to find it. I think it is all the rocks and downed trees we ride through. We aren't flatland bunnies!
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        06-22-2013, 08:47 PM
      #25
    Foal
    Well I just got some easy boot gloves, but I'm not sure about them. Luka is in a O, but he was trimmed up well. I'd almost rather him be in boots with 2-3 weeks of growth. I actually liked the O Wides better because then he'd have a couple weeks growth...maybe I'm not realizing though that these things are supposed to fit tight...I had a hard time getting them on by myself. I never intended to have him trimmed up before a ride anyways. I didn't want to risk any soreness (currently barefoot and doing great on terrains around here). I always planned to have him trimmed after a race since I only expect to do them about once or twice a month tops.
         

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