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 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.

mooomeee Mon 13-Jan-14 22:42:21

you will never look back these are the best god damn wellies ever!

I have had my pair for 4 years, i wear them every single day, usually all day. They keep my feet lovely and warm, never smell, never leaked. I honestly would never have any other wellies. Can not recommend enough!

annieapple7 Mon 13-Jan-14 22:53:05

Another vote for Muckboots - neoprene makes them super warm, very comfy for walking, and neoprene on calves means they are comfy and snug even on my enormo-calves.

Craggyhollow Tue 14-Jan-14 07:18:39

Aigle parcours

Had for 4 years they are brilliant these are my second pair in 13 years

Are muck boots waterproof? Dd3 has the short ones and her feet always seem to get wet

Comfy and warm though

Craggyhollow Tue 14-Jan-14 07:21:51

Dunlops are so huge round the top, the rain gets in

Dubarrys silly money and nouveau grin
Le chameau poor quality now, ditto hunters
Joules non supportive and bad quality
Ariat don't last

Rooners Tue 14-Jan-14 07:25:24

Derri boots. Except if you leave them out in the rain (like ds does when he borrows mine) they get saturated round the top.

Come to think of it where are his ones? hmm

Craggyhollow Tue 14-Jan-14 07:26:10

Have googled muck boots and realised that I bought dd3 woof wear instead confused muck boots are what I wanted blush

MissMilbanke Tue 14-Jan-14 07:28:48

I have a pair of Barbour and they are great - much better than the Hunters I also have.

I bought mine for £10 from their outlet and they are the mid calf size ones. Got a really padded insole inside, so keep warm all the time.

Dunlops would be my next recommendation.

have you got a farm supplies shop nearby ? They have all sorts of brands worn by farmers and the like.

Muck boots lover here as well.
Especially as I do not have the slimmest of calves (all muscle...probably) and the stretch bit is brilliant.

hunter boots are not proper boots any more, they are a fashion item. What is the world coming to? Mutter mutter mutter

mateysmum Tue 14-Jan-14 07:31:21

Another one for Aigle. Definitely the brand of choice out here in the Somerset mud.

Hunters are rubbish now, I moved to muck boots last year and whilst they are warm and dry I have two problems with them - the grip has completely worn off and I now slither about which isn't great, and a split has developed where the neoprene meets the rubber at the back above my heel. As no water is coming in I'm not replacing them yet, but if it snows or is icy I will no doubt be on my backside!

They are not pretty and are a bit short in the calf but have lasted longer than the Hunters and are warmer. I have just bought some Toggi Quebecs for smarter out door occasions (birthday money, there's no way I could afford them normally!) and so far they are great.

Craggyhollow Tue 14-Jan-14 10:24:10

I'd like a pair of the insulated aigles and a pair of Spanish riding boots for vaguely smart muddy pony things when I am a spectator ie shows, hunt meets

Rooners Tue 14-Jan-14 10:37:10

I wouldn't want to wear Spanish boots in the mud! They are far too nice smile

Craggyhollow Tue 14-Jan-14 13:29:34

No me neither shock

But I need a 'smart yet practical' boot that aren't wellies

Butkin Tue 14-Jan-14 15:44:28

def not Hunters - useless.

I'm sticking with Le Chameaus - maybe we've been lucky but they have been smart, long wearing, comfortable and with their neoprene lining very warm. The way they fit the upper leg is great - too many willies are baggy there.

Butkin Tue 14-Jan-14 15:44:50

Damn automatic spelling corrector!!

Pixel Tue 14-Jan-14 15:46:04

I did look at the Croc wellies when I went past the Croc shop during Christmas shopping, although from inside the shop I probably looked like this hmm as they are pretty horrible looking! But I would be tempted if it meant I finally had a welly that lasted me more than two months (have just been mending latest pair with a bicycle tyre repair kit blush). The question is, are they comfy for very wide feet with high arches? I have such trouble finding wellies to fit me. Also, do they have the same sort of sole as the normal sort of Croc clogs? Cos I find them incredibly slippy in the wet and not very hard-wearing.

Molecule Tue 14-Jan-14 15:51:19

Le Chameau are made in Morocco and France. Apparently they've had a Moroccan factory since inception in the 1950s, hence the name. I only know this as I took part in some consumer research on wellies last year. Have to say mine are lovely and warm, but I'm not a hard-core welly wearer.

Craggyhollow Tue 14-Jan-14 16:18:19

One of the dds had the Croc wellies and they were pants

Positively dangerous in the wet

Wearegoingtobedlehem Tue 14-Jan-14 22:48:57

Another for aigle parcours (sp?) here - into second winter of hard farm/horse/dog walking wear and still as good as new/super comfy/ warm. Got mine for a good price on amazon.

Pixel Tue 14-Jan-14 23:28:49

My mum just bought some Aigles today. I'm going to try them on tomorrow then I'll know what size to order smile.

DameDeepRedBetty Tue 14-Jan-14 23:32:42

I took advice from you lovely people after my Cabotswood boots (like Dubarrys but much cheaper) sprang a leak. They'd done four years of constant dogwalking in mud so they didn't owe me anything.

Got Muck Boots, and so far am absolutely delighted with them.

Tried on Aigles as well, but Muck Boots more comfy (and cheaper too).

Pixel Wed 15-Jan-14 17:14:55

Well I just bought some Aigles for £26 in a sale so fingers crossed! smile

I have Aigles that are about 6 months old and still ok and a pair of le Chamaeau neoprene lined that I only wear in winter as they are so warm which are 8 years old. Not sure any of them are that great anymore tbh. Wellies don't seem to have the grip they once had. Or maybe I'm just getting old. grin

Pixel Wed 15-Jan-14 21:17:35

I did look at dunlops but why do they have to have DUNLOP written across the side in big white letters? <shallow>

PeanutPatty Wed 15-Jan-14 21:32:21

Steer well clear of JustTogs Mudruckers. Absolute rubbish. Two pairs cracked in six months and I contacted them to complain/ get replacements and I was blatantly ignored and stonewalled. I will never touch another JT product ever again. They don't care about their customers or product suitability/performance.

Now I spend my money on Dublin Deluxe Neoprenes. Wonderful product and awesome customer service. Nothing is too much.

VivaLeBeaver Wed 15-Jan-14 21:32:34

Mine don't.

Manchesterhistorygirl Wed 15-Jan-14 21:36:19

If aigle wellies are as good as their jumpers I'll get them next.

My aigle jumper is 12.5 years old and still as good as the day I bought it.

binger Wed 15-Jan-14 21:50:59

I wear muck boots for dog walking, every day. I've had this pair 2 years. I was fed up with cracking/splitting but these are tough. They have a neoprene cuff round top which keeps you dry.

Pixel Thu 16-Jan-14 17:31:14

Wore my new Aigles today. They seem fine but time will tell!

elastamum Thu 16-Jan-14 20:55:32

Muck boots for yard in winter. Ride in toggi long leather boots, a lot cheaper than Dubarry and tougher. Have mountain horse short boots and chaps in summer, which have lasted years. Hunters are crap now and have stopped buying them.

ExitPursuedByTheRoyalPrude Thu 16-Jan-14 22:31:29

Aigle here

smaths Fri 17-Jan-14 11:24:37

Those with aigles with neoprene, what is the fit like? Are they true to size or do you need to size up? Hubby is looking to get a pair as his thermal dunlops are done, hes a farmer so they need to be comfy and hard wearing (and warm!) Any recommendations for where to buy online apart from amazon for the parcours iso 2?Can't find any stockists handy here in NI.

CountryCob Fri 17-Jan-14 23:25:03

Muck boots, nothing is better, husband wears them shooting now, used to work all day on freezing Peak District yard with warm feet, make sure you get ones with thred though there are some smooth soled ones I have never seen the point of

Pixel Sat 18-Jan-14 00:06:28

smaths My Aigles are definitely snug. I usually have size six wellies, they are a little long but I get them big for the width and also so I can wear thick socks. I ended up with size seven Aigles and they are only just ok. If they'd had 7.1/2 I'd have wanted to try them on just so they felt a bit looser across the top of my foot. But then I have wide feet and high arches. My mum has 'normal' feet and got her usual size. She is happy with them but says they are a slimmer fit in the foot than she is used to.
Don't forget these are ladies boots though, maybe they are trying to make them look more 'ladylike'? The men's boots might be different again so don't rely on what I say! confused

mrslaughan Sat 18-Jan-14 08:12:14

I got mine true to size, and same with DH....never thought I would be passionate about gumboots - but I love mine.

Totesamazeballs Sat 18-Jan-14 08:15:08

Le chameau are doing well for me at the moment. My muck boots split after one winter season!

somewhatavoidant Sat 18-Jan-14 08:17:07

Muck boots. Ugly but unbeatable for comfort & warmth. Can't ride in them as neoprene tears but brilliant otherwise!

Lovelybunchofcocopops Mon 20-Jan-14 18:07:49

After much research and looking at your suggestions, I am getting.....
Drum roll.........

Thanks for all your suggestions.


tiredoutgran Thu 23-Jan-14 06:02:40

Hunter do the Argyle, which they claim is the true farmers boot, guaranteed for a year, neoprene lined and is supposed to be leak proof. Hubbies lasted a month before he said they were leaking but that is a long time for him, I am not sure what he does with boots and shoes. In a normal person I could see them lasting well, just not quite so tall as the usual!

ClaireAnneJames Thu 23-Jan-14 13:13:38

I have had wellies from Joules and the insole cames out almost straight away and then they cracked and split, within a few months of getting them. I know they now have a year's welly guarantee but I wouldn't get them again. Best wellies have proved to be the emergency super cheap pair I got from Brantanos, 3 years in the mud and still going strong. They look like Dunlops, green and plain, rather boring but miles better than expensive ones. I think expensive ones are just rotted away by the mud.

ClaireAnneJames Thu 23-Jan-14 13:17:55

also I wouldn't ride in muck boots or wellies, basically anything with a ridged sole rather than a smooth sole with a slight heel like a riding boot - as with wellies or chunky grip soles there is a risk of getting foot stuck in stirrup and being dragged, maybe I'm ultra cautious but it's what I was always told and it seems like not worth the risk.

fourlegstwolegs Thu 23-Jan-14 14:19:51

10 year old Le Chameau's with neoprene lining. DP has the Neoprene lined Aigle ones, they are 2 yrs old now.

Landy77 Thu 23-Jan-14 20:26:45

Le chameau have 2 quality levels I understand - but the originals are the best boot ever

Battytwollocks Thu 23-Jan-14 22:17:32

I have le chameau vierzonord and they are fab, very comfy and warm, I have problems in wellies as I have had for surgery so do need to wear good 'uns bloody expensive ones I also have dubarrys, and they are so not worth the money split as soon as you look at 'em . Unfortunately I wouldn't risk riding in my le chameau wellies as the sole is very cleated and I am paranoid about things like that so have a pair of jod boots which I keep in the car to change into, but am seriously considering the muck boot tyne riding wellies as the ariat wellies (which would be my first choice) look very slim in the leg and I have fairly big and fat muscular legs!

PoshPenny Thu 23-Jan-14 22:49:32

Aigle parcours are well worth the money, Muck boots are pretty good, but I've had three pairs split on the top now. my aigles were replaced because the soles had worn a bit too smooth to do mud well, but once the weather improves, I can go back to the old pair...

Karen1226 Fri 07-Feb-14 18:59:21

Aigle neoprene lined, they are warm and so comfy. They usually last me between 2-4 years but I do live in them.

Pixel Fri 07-Feb-14 21:06:49

All good with the Aigles so far - touch wood!
I'll say one thing, they are really getting a good test at the moment.

spritzer1 Fri 21-Feb-14 20:23:47

£15 wellies from Homebase and thermal socks. They last ages and my daughter rides in hers too! Did get one pair stuck in mud and had to dig them out with a straw fork - slightly annoying that I put a prong of the fork through the side of one of them but the mud was right up to the top of the wellies and my daughter had to walk out of them leaving them in the field as she was completely stuck! Brought the horse in wearing just her socks - good thing horse is barefoot!

craggyhollow Mon 24-Feb-14 11:00:15

my aigles are LEAKING

shock after 10 years suppose I can't complain

came in yesterday after faddling around in the field and my socks were wet around the toes


Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now