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Tips on Choosing Your Next Horse Riding Boots

Updated on May 14, 2015

If you’re an avid horse rider then you know the importance of having a really good pair of boots. It’s actually a great investment if you think about it, because it will serve you for years as you enjoy your favorite outdoor activities.

But what should you be looking for when buying horse riding boots? It’s not just the price tag, although just like with almost everything else, quality comes at a price. It will be worth it, believe me.

So here are some of the things you should keep in mind when you decide to go shopping for a new pair of boots.

1. Type of material

There are different types of materials used on horse riding boots but the more popular ones are leather, canvas, suede, and synthetic. The latter is usually made of rubber and the main thing to worry about this material is it can heat up much quicker than the others. So always remember that should you prefer it and you go out riding on a hot day. Leather is often the better choice because not only does it feel good on you, it also lasts longer.

2. Style: Pull-on vs Zip-up

Pull-on boots usually look nicer, yes, but zip-up boots (especially on tall boots) win in one department: easy dressing. Thanks to rear zip fastening, they're a lot easier to put on and take off. They're a bit on the expensive side, too, but the ease and convenience offered are inimitable.

3. RCS technology

RCS or Rider Comfort System is a technology used on Dublin boots that are designed for three things: durability, comfort, and safety. Boots with this system are better at keeping moisture away, enhanced cushioning, more impact absorption zones, and stronger construction and design to last longer. So the next time you are looking to buy horse riding boots, these are some of the features you should be looking for.

4. Tall boots

Tall boots are usually the best option because it gives you more protection. For these boots to do the job, they should cover the whole length of your calf. Leather tall boots are at a premium because they look a lot better but will require more regular maintenance as compared to synthetic materials. Tall boots are also best if you’re riding for a show.

5. Boot accessories

You will also need a number of accessories to help maintain and improve your boots. There are boot jacks to help you easily remove your boots after a long day of riding. You will also need spread on or spray protectants that will keep your footwear water and stain resistant. Lastly, you’ll need a polishing kit to help maintain the look and quality of your boots

Your Top Priorities

While riding in style is important, comfort and safety should always come first when purchasing horse riding boots. And you know it's the perfect pair when it helps make riding a pleasant experience. They're sometimes hard to find, sure, but they're well worth the search and money.


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