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    View Poll Results: Which Boots shall I buy?
    Ariat Bromont Tall Boot $329 3 16.67%
    Mountain Horse Rimfrost Rider II Winter boots $139 7 38.89%
    Ariat Brossard Tall Winter Boot $200 3 16.67%
    Other - but only vote for this if you REALLY know a better option! I want to make a purchase decision... 5 27.78%
    Voters: 18. You may not vote on this poll

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        11-19-2013, 11:55 PM
      #21
    Green Broke
    That's a price difference lol. If I were spending that sort of money I'd want something that lasted longer.
    I wanted to comment because a lady at my barn actually has the Ariat Brossard boots and I was asking her about them the other day. She said she really likes them and they are more casual (aka you can wear them around the barn or out to errands or w/e whereas a lot of tall boots are "riding" boots). They are nice looking and LOOK warm too, you can see the different layers. Of course it doesn't usually get quite that cold here, but still. I would seriously consider getting my own pair if my budget were higher.

    Looking at the others I probably would still pick it from what I see. Assuming for this that they are all the "same" price since you said to disregard that.

    So a positive review on one, but I don't know anything about the others to compare.
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        11-20-2013, 08:13 AM
      #22
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    A leftover from WW2 was the Swiss felt boot made from felted wool. They had a leather sole and heel and laced up. A war surplus store sold these in Wpg. And were the best boots for riding in because the wool was warm yet allowed perspiration to escape. The had to be worn with rubber overshoes when cleaning stalls. Try as I may I cannot find anything like this now, just boot liners. BTW, I've often worn just my boot liners if the yard is icey as they provide superior traction. Or pull old wool socks over your shoes, even halfway makes a big diff.
         
        11-20-2013, 08:17 AM
      #23
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    Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
    A leftover from WW2 was the Swiss felt boot made from felted wool. They had a leather sole and heel and laced up. A war surplus store sold these in Wpg. And were the best boots for riding in because the wool was warm yet allowed perspiration to escape. The had to be worn with rubber overshoes when cleaning stalls. Try as I may I cannot find anything like this now, just boot liners. BTW, I've often worn just my boot liners if the yard is icey as they provide superior traction. Or pull old wool socks over your shoes, even halfway makes a big diff.
    Saddlebag, I think Mukluks is what you are wanting. Good thinking! They would work here for the soundly below freezing times, but as you say they are no good for when it thaws.
         
        11-20-2013, 01:38 PM
      #24
    Trained
    OP, you could buy wide width and wide calf and give yourself MORE room for your socks. Once you get that pocket of air around your foot warm, you can stay out for HOURS.
    And, I don't think that $140 is cheap for boots.
         
        11-20-2013, 11:52 PM
      #25
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    Okay cold-climate dwellers of the Horse Forum, I have been shopping.

    Long boots, as you will know, must fit on foot and calf. Over the years I have frequently been frustrated by the tendency of boot manufacturers to make boots for thin-calves only. Indeed, my smart long boots were custom made because I couldn't fit my chunky calves into ANY of the smart boots in the shop.

    However, I was optimistic about my winter boot purchase because.... I am an eternal optimist when it comes to shopping

    May I say at this point that I am 131 lbs (just did a quick calculation from British 9stone 5 lbs there) and therefore most definitely a regular shaped person.

    Anyway.

    First the mountain Horse ones. Looked the ticket, could I get that back zip done up? Of course not, not a snowballs chance in Texas.

    So nice shopping assistance pointed me to the more expensive version that (among other things) had a side, curved zip - specially for those of us with calves on our legs. Still couldn't do them up

    So I tried on the sexy looking Bromant's which actually looked slimmer in the calf, but hey! You never know. Of course I couldn't put them on, I'm 43 not 13 and therefore I have calves. Grrr

    Soooooo over to the jodhpurs boots I went.

    I now have some Ariat Brossard Jodphur boots which are going to keep my tootsies toasty warm. I bought them a size too big for me as I wish for plenty of airspace around my feet. I also bought some lurvely black half-chaps, which actually look very nice with the boots.

    I would have liked some long boots! But beggars with cold feet and thick calves can't be choosers.

    Tomorrow (unless the wind chill takes us below riding temperature. Today it was -25C with windchill down to -31) I will be riding, trying them out.

    For the sake of all those interested in keeping their toes warm; I will report back.
         
        11-21-2013, 01:26 AM
      #26
    Trained
    Seriously? That is really dumb :(
    I have Dublin River boots that I just wear with thick socks and they seem to do the trick. I teach in only 1 unheated arena this year (yay!) But last year they were good everywhere I went. The little toe warmer guys are definitely a lifesaver too.
    If you are still wanting tall boots, might look into Dublin (they are also waterproof!) and I think they have ones which lace up on the side, but the river boots are quite wide in the calf anyways.

    Good luck and stay toasty!
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        11-21-2013, 01:37 AM
      #27
    Trained
    It's not so dumb when it's -25C outside and you want to ride but not freeze your extremities off. I hate winter but I will continue riding and without the stirrups.
         
        11-21-2013, 03:30 PM
      #28
    Trained
    Dumb that no boots fit her! Sorry should have been more clear!
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        11-21-2013, 05:38 PM
      #29
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    Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
    Dumb that no boots fit her! Sorry should have been more clear!
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    I understood :)
         
        11-21-2013, 10:03 PM
      #30
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    The Ariat Brossard's served me well.

    One size up from normal was the correct decision; fitted in soft wool sock with lots of room for warm air, but not so loose that they 'feel' loose.

    Boots fine for walking around in deep snow to get big furry boy. I was worried that the snow would work it's way in where they lace up but I think the chaps helped stop that happening. If I were spending hours walking in deep snow I'd be wearing other boots anyway.

    Boots felt a little 'clunkier' than usual long boots but I got used to that pretty quickly, and they are by no means clunky. Just well built, with a thick sole.

    Toes WARM

    Feet COMFORTABLE

    Phew! My shopping was a success!
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