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Shropshirerosie 11-18-2013 05:20 PM

Cold Climate riders opinions please
 
I've never done a poll before, so what better purpose than shopping :)

I am off to buy some winter riding boots tomorrow. Our winter here will last till. March or April and will see averages of -10 C down to -40 C. Today I rode out in -15 C which is 5 F, and my poor toes were very painful when I got back inside and they thawed out. So invest I must!

Your votes please on what to buy.

Please be influenced by what will keep my feet warm, rather than price. I will wear these for 5 to 6 months and am prepared to invest for comfort.

Bagheera 11-18-2013 08:04 PM

I'm also considering getting winter riding boots now that I'm no longer at a heated barn. Multiple socks are just not cutting it anymore. Lol

smrobs 11-18-2013 08:52 PM

I honestly know nothing about winter boots, I've always just suffered with frozen toes, but our winters are much shorter and milder here.

I have always wondered about those battery powered socks. I bet those would keep your feet warm even without boots LOL.

Northernstar 11-18-2013 09:00 PM

I voted 'other', and live in a very cold climate! The Eddie Bauer Sorel is a boot for warmth that I would highly recommend!! Warm and waterproof without the bulk! The pair I own are now 17 yrs old, and will enjoy this winter as well....best of luck with your shopping tomorrow :)

Hope7985 11-18-2013 09:24 PM

One word, UnderArmour, lol. Our winters aren't that cold but they have different levels for different temps. I have bottoms, top, and gloves, and light jacket. Will be investing in socks this year. It's worth every penny and then some.

NorthernMama 11-18-2013 09:28 PM

I didn't actually vote because I don't have experience with specific brands of boots. My advice is to buy a boot that is designed for cold weather PERIOD never mind for riding specifically. Go to outdoors stores, not just tack/riding stores.

I ride in whatever boots I have. I have never, ever bought a pair of actual riding boots. They are overpriced IMO. I look for water resistance because I dismount frequently in the bush. If you ride in dry areas only, then that doesn't matter to you. I also make sure that the boots have good liners that I can take out, dry and exchange. Not those cheap felt liners either. I make sure there is air space between my foot and the boot. I layer my clothes, including socks. Wear wool or polyester socks, not cotton. Cotton retains the moisture and will make your feet colder.

Good luck. Don't be pressured to make the purchase in one day.

egrogan 11-18-2013 09:34 PM

I have the Ariats and love them. I live in NH, where we certainly get very cold temps and deep snow drifts-and my feet stay dry and toasty when hiking in and out from the pasture.

I think you can do better on the price though. I'm on my phone so can't quickly find te link, but look for these at "the Cheshire Horse," which is a local company in my town that does a big internet business. They also have good and frequently sales on boots/apparel. I don't think I paid as much last year as you quoted.

ETA: I just reread your post and realized you might not be in the US, so you can disregard my shopping advice if it doesn't apply ;)
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Northernstar 11-18-2013 10:14 PM

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Originally Posted by NorthernMama (Post 4133098)
I didn't actually vote because I don't have experience with specific brands of boots. My advice is to buy a boot that is designed for cold weather PERIOD never mind for riding specifically. Go to outdoors stores, not just tack/riding stores.

I ride in whatever boots I have. I have never, ever bought a pair of actual riding boots. They are overpriced IMO. I look for water resistance because I dismount frequently in the bush. If you ride in dry areas only, then that doesn't matter to you. I also make sure that the boots have good liners that I can take out, dry and exchange. Not those cheap felt liners either. I make sure there is air space between my foot and the boot. I layer my clothes, including socks. Wear wool or polyester socks, not cotton. Cotton retains the moisture and will make your feet colder.

Good luck. Don't be pressured to make the purchase in one day.

This was an afterthought I had to my reply, actually! The aforementioned, Eddie Bauer Sorel is not a riding boot, but is a tried-and-true no nonsense cold weather boot that is not bulky... I love mine! :)

Linny Blue 11-19-2013 08:23 AM

Hi Shropshire Rosie, can't give advice re boots I'm afraid because as you know, back here in Blighty we all come to a complete standstill as soon as a flake of snow hits the met office roof, and it never lasts anyway.
But, and this is competely OT, just wanted to say that I googled some images of Alberta because I have family living (somewhere!) in Canada and OH LORDY! It's so beautiful, and I'm so envious....will be out on the next flight.....get me some hot chocolate ready...;-)

Shropshirerosie 11-19-2013 09:09 AM

Hi Linny Blue :-). I will be posting some pictures today if I can - we have had the biggest few days of snow dump here. Everything's just white and fluffy and beautiful. But you know, (sshhh, don't tell anyone) I do miss the rolling green hills for a nice English gallop.


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