07-02-2009, 05:27 PM
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I have the Heritages without the zip and they're nice. I think Ariat's quality has gone down significantly in the past few years (when they moved their factories to china) and I'm pretty unhappy with several of their products but I'm pretty please with my boots. I think they're the best in the price range. I would advise against the zippers. Almost all the kids at our barn have Ariat zip up tall boots (challenges, crowns, heritage, etc) and there are busted zippers left and right. A few kids had their zippers break within the first 2 months of owning the boots! My friend who works at a tack store said that's very common and they have a LOT of ariats returned because of it.