I had a pair of Ariat Challenge Boots and yep, zipper busted. The tack shop I purchased them at was great--gave me a new pair free.
I chose to get a pair a half size larger and that helped a LOT--don't go for the ultra tight feeling--snug, yes, but I find the zippered boots don't break in as much as the pull on boots, thus the snug fit never really goes away and viola, your zipper busts.
ps--I LOVE my ariats! After 3 lessons and lots of bleeding, they are awesome.
Last edited by LE123; 11-28-2008 at 01:11 AM.