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post #1 of 28 Old 09-16-2011, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
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Are Ariats worth it?

So I just bought a pair of Ariat Heritage Paddock boots and am having second thoughts. I'm really broke right now, but my old boots got ruined and I need to break in a new pair by the end of the month. I saw them at our local tack store and they were so cute and comfortable I had to buy them. Only problem is I'm super tight on money and now I need to buy some half chaps to go with them or the buckles on my stirrups dig into my leg. I'm considering bringing them back and buying a cheaper western boot I found online that are tall enough that the strap wont dig in.

How well do they hold up? I'm worried that if I buy the cheaper boots I'll be back in a year having to buy a new pair. Are the Ariats really worth the money, I mean I can tighten my belt this month if I have to but...
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Just as a thought on buying half chaps...check out eBay. I got a nice pair of mesh half chaps on eBay a while back for right around $20. My friend got a pair of suede half chaps for about the same price. And that included shipping.

As far as Ariats, I've found that you get what you pay for. Think about it this way...if you do go back and get the cheaper boots instead and you do have to replace them in a year, do you think you'll have the money to replace them then?

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I love Ariat stuff, and it's all held up well

I'm having trouble though working out how half chaps will stop your stirrup buckles digging in?? What sort of tack are you using?
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Short answer?

YES!

OTOH - if you can't afford them right now....no point in over-extending yourself. There are other boots that will be perfectly fine to use. I had a pair of "non-Ariats" last for several years...and while not as luxurious as Ariats, they were comfortable and fine for riding.

Buy what you can afford. You can always upgrade later...

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Exactly what DraftyAriesMom said. You get what you pay for.

I, also bought a pair of Ariats Heritage Boots for the same reasons. They were cute, good looking, and comfortable. I got the zip-ups. I immediately started using them, and for a little while they were ok; but about three months into them, the toe started seperating from the platform. I duct-taped it, not having enough money to buy more- but within two more months, they were unusable not only because of the toe, but because the seam on top came undone, getting my socks wet whenever I encountered water. Same thing happened to a friend of mine, who only had hers for a month before they started to break.

They're flexible and comfty, but their quality is horrid. I won't ever buy another pair.

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I hope you sent them back Endiku, I would not expect that to happen with Ariats
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I read 5 reviews online that sais the same thing and the toe seperating which is what make me nervous I'm really really rough on my boots.


I ride Aussie (sorry for not know correct terms on saddle parts) the part where you can legthen the stirrups is right by my ankle/calf, the part that covers the buckles is sorta thin, so after riding for a bit the buckles start to dig into my calf. Also if I wear short boots the top of the boot catches on the bottom of the side flaps on the saddle.
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I have Ariat Heritage boots (the western ones). I love them. I've had them for over two years and they're the only boot that fit my feet well. So incredibly comfortable. I abuse mine so much, I'm surprised they still look brand new after being cleaned and oiled (need to do that soon, actually). The only thing I've done to mine is rip one in half. I was trotting pretty quickly next to a fence, where a bolt was sticking out. It caught the loop at the top and ripped the boot's entire side off. It got it sewn back on at the local leather shop and it's good as new.

However, I wouldn't blame the boot for that because I'm pretty sure any boot would have ripped. I'm actually glad it did or I could have basically been clotheslined by the foot.
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I have the same type of leathers on my aussie saddle and my buckle is on the inside, not the outside, so it doesn't touch my leg. I still ride in half chaps, though, because I find them more comfortable and give me better grip, regardless of which type of saddle I'm riding in (western or aussie).

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I have the same type of leathers on my aussie saddle and my buckle is on the inside, not the outside, so it doesn't touch my leg. I still ride in half chaps, though, because I find them more comfortable and give me better grip, regardless of which type of saddle I'm riding in (western or aussie).

Thanks lol, I didnt know if I was making sense about the buckle
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