Northernmama, if you are riding through mud, I do not suggest the easyboot trails or the gloves. Take it from someone who has done everything possible to keep the gloves on for over a year - I gave up. I am now the proud owner of I think 8 or 10 pairs of gloves I dont use! Also, this year I rode with a friend who loves the trail boots, got them last year and like them till now, we rode through some mud and once the mud got into the velcro it was all over. She got off and put the boot back on once but after that, the velcro wouldnt secure so she had to just carry her boot. I was an epic user for over 3 years, switched to the gloves for over a year and now Im back to the epics and happy with them. I hate putting them on, what a pain in the rear (tip - swish some water around in the boot a little before applying, helps slip on better) but once they are on, Im not off my horse on the trail putting them back on! Best wishes to you.