Mountain Horse Rimfrost Rider Winter Boots
In the summer I ride in Ariats. In the winter, when it's freezing, I need more warmth for my feet. Years ago I bought these boots and they are great. Zipper up the back for easy on and off, waterproof (up to the zipper), and nice and warm. I only wear them in the winter, but they really seem to have held up after a few winters since they are synthetic and not leather. My only complaint is that they are a little short. Being a dressage snot I like my boots tall and right up to the back of my knee. These fall about 3 inches short, so it feels a little like I'm wearing flood pants. Oh, one other thing I've noticed is that, since they are thick boots, the sole is thicker. This makes me have to ride with my stirrups one hole longer than with my Ariats. Not a big deal, just an observation. Oh, and sometimes they squeak on my saddle. I have no idea why. They aren't making a rub mark or anything, just the squeak. It's worth putting up with to have warm feeties.
They run about $110 right now, but it looks like they have a new style that I'd like more. The Active Winter Rider boot is more expensive at $176, but they look more fitted and are almost two inches taller.
If I have to buy another pair of winter boots, I'll probably go for these babies. The only drawback I see is that the zipper on the Active boots comes down almost to the sole of the boot, where the Rimfrost zipper is above the heel. In the winter sometimes I'm stomping through water and slush and it's nice to have the zipper up higher so I don't get a soaker in my boot. (Equestrian Collections carries both kinds!)
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