Hunter wellies are rubbish these days - what do you put on your feet to go in muddy fields?

(75 Posts)
Lovelybunchofcocopops Mon 13-Jan-14 19:41:47

I must admit I do love a pair of hunters, they are soooo comfy, but these days they last 6 months (if that) before they start splitting/cracking/leaking etc
Have tried Ariat mud busters, but they managed 8 months before splitting.
Knackered up my Toggi canyons by going in the field with them on - I know, I know, only myself to blame for that one!
Am thinking of Barbour, but don't know anyone who has had them.

What do you wise horse people recommend for wading thru muddy fields?

mrslaughan Mon 13-Jan-14 19:43:13

Aigle neoprene lined I am on my second winter and I wear them everyday (walking dog and horses), can't recommend them highly enough.

Foxred10 Mon 13-Jan-14 19:44:25

Dubarry Galway boots - worn daily for 3 years and still going strong grin

VivaLeBeaver Mon 13-Jan-14 19:47:22

Not horsey but a dog walker. Dunlops. Never leaked.

CMOTDibbler Mon 13-Jan-14 20:21:37

Muck boots. I have the riding ones, dh has grippier ones with reinforced sole. Warm as toast and very well made

Bowlersarm Mon 13-Jan-14 20:25:56

Muck boots here as well. Much more comfortable than hunters but very different, so take some getting used to.

Seconded Aigles... I covet dubarry's though

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Mon 13-Jan-14 20:37:12

I've got some Sherwood Forest leather wellies. A bit like Dubarry etc but half the price. Gorgeous boots. So comfy, I wear them all day when I'm shooting and it's like being out in your slippers! Warm and dry and lovely. grin

rocketeer Mon 13-Jan-14 20:41:01

I came on to say Dunlop too! Most comfortable wellies I have ever had. My friend swears by Joules ones too.

CMOTDibbler Mon 13-Jan-14 20:46:17

DH wishes me to point out that his are Dirtboots with arch protection. And that yesterday when I was out on my (fabulous long) hack he was traipsing through deep freezing mud, lunging dpony, and standing around gossiping on the concrete yard doing yard duties he still had comfy warm feet and at £54 you can't complain at all.

DS has had Joules wellies, and I was very disappointed with the quality

daisy5569 Mon 13-Jan-14 20:47:35

I like dunlop wellies (from B&Q) cheap and do the job, but I also love my muck boots. I have the riding ones with the heel, feel a bit heavy at first (like diving boots) but you soon get used to them and your feet are never cold. I am on my second pair, but not because the first ones wore out, replaced then because the dog chewed the top part and they looked scruffy smile

WynkenBlynkenandNod Mon 13-Jan-14 20:55:06

Dog walker here with mud featuring heavily on walks at the moment. Muckboots (Derwent) for me, really comfy and they don't kick off my Plantar Fascitis.

Lovelybunchofcocopops Mon 13-Jan-14 20:58:03

Thanks everyone for all your suggestions, I will be having a look at all your recommendations.

Mitchy1nge Mon 13-Jan-14 21:11:41

I've been wearing Toggi, K Dry and Dublin yard boots (whatever is at hand)- they've all coped really well and we have mud in parts of the field deep enough to go over the top of the boots sometimes

I'm too scared to wear wellies in case one of the horses stands on my foot while I'm leading them, feel a bit happier with the reinforced leather protecting my toes

fishybits Mon 13-Jan-14 21:12:49

Muck boots

HillyBillyBoBo Mon 13-Jan-14 21:15:11

Le Chameau make seriously good wellies. Mine have lasted nearly a decade, as have DH's, which is astonishing bearing in mind he wears them everyday at work. Agile are good too. Muck Boots are good until the seam between the rubber boot and the neoprene upper splits.

Mitchy1nge Mon 13-Jan-14 21:15:39

you lot in wellies and muck boots, do you ride in them or can you be bothered to change your boots each time?

CMOTDibbler Mon 13-Jan-14 21:21:01

I can ride in my muck boots. If I'm hacking I don't change, schooling I do

piratecat Mon 13-Jan-14 21:23:04

was also going to say Dunlop, but put a thick insole in them.

ancientbuchanan Mon 13-Jan-14 21:25:50

Dunlops with thick socks.

Mine are still going strong since I.got them last year prep school. Decades ago.

mycupoffucksrunnethempty Mon 13-Jan-14 21:44:12

Hunter balmoral

Neoprene lined and so, so comfortable

thenightsky Mon 13-Jan-14 21:45:11

Cheap wellies off the market. £8. They last one season.

5OBalesofHay Mon 13-Jan-14 21:46:55

I swear ny muck boots for mud and yard work but don't ride in them, they arent accurate enough so I do always change to riding boots

HarrietSchulenberg Mon 13-Jan-14 21:50:56

Dunlops. Had 'em years till some swine pinched 'em from my doorstep on NYE. Hope he/she enjoyed the dog shit that was caked on both soles grin .

mrslaughan Mon 13-Jan-14 22:37:51

Hillbilly - le chameaus are now made in China I believe and since this has started the quality is not what it was, hence why I bought aigles, which are still made in France.

I would not recommend dubarry's , loved mine , and wore them a lot, but not in the mud ( bought aigles for that as was warned that mud killed dubarry's.) Unfortunately mine are 2 years old and have sprung a leak....I think given the cost and care I have taken of them, they should have lasted longer.

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