I'm done with ariat!!

Discussion in 'Tack & Equipment' started by Owned_by_Ivan, Sep 8, 2011.

  1. Owned_by_Ivan

    Owned_by_Ivan Senior Member+

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    Ive always had ariats for boots. And i havent even had my challenge zips for two years and the zippers broke months ago. Got them fixed. Well.........Tonight after my lesson........it busts again. Im not even going to get them fixed again. So that brings me to getting new boots.
    My number one contender is the treadstep donatellos. What does everyone think of them?
    Number two is the mountain horse venice boots.
    Number three is middleburgs
    Any other boots worth thinking about for around the same price ($250)
     






  2. jmjarabians

    jmjarabians Senior Member+

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    Ariat has really cheaped out. I haven't bought a pair in a long time and I used to swear by them. Their fatbaby's have NO cushion at all, their mules are have really sharp edges that gouge your foot, and even their ropers have gone downhill. IMO. I much prefer Dublin boots now when I can afford them. :) Even my old go to Doc Martens are **** these days. :( MADE IN CHINA junk.
     
  3. Owned_by_Ivan

    Owned_by_Ivan Senior Member+

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    So ive been researching a bit. I think the middleburgs are out? Not any better quality than MH or TS. So.....those with MS Venice's, do you like/dislike the small gusset down the back. Is it a good thing or bad?

    And i just read a whole thread on treadsteps vs mountain horse.............still cant decide which is better
     
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  4. PrettyOvrFences

    PrettyOvrFences Senior Member+

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    Ariat zippers are complete CRUD! What I've done with my Ariat boots is have my 'boot guy' replace the full zippers with YKK's and I haven't had a problem since!
     
  5. hamerface

    hamerface Senior Member+

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    blundstones and you won't need to worry about zippers ;)
     
  6. thefigureouter

    thefigureouter Full Member

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    I did similarly - rather than having Ariat replace the zippers (assuming you're still happy with the rest of the boot), go to a local cobbler to have them replace it instead. Mine are old enough to be well-made (at least 6 years, I think more) but have been so lightly used that they're still in good shape; the cobbler-replaced zipper looks excellent, and the one I didn't have replaced on the first go-round when one broke gave out on me the last time I tried to put them on. Time to find the cobbler again...
     
  7. meljean

    meljean Senior Member+

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    I agree with Ariat being cheaply made now.

    Not to mention they don't offer 10 1/2 sizes for womens, so you have to buy a mens 8 1/2 and pay 10 dollars more, or buy an 11 which is huge.
     
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  8. Owned_by_Ivan

    Owned_by_Ivan Senior Member+

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    No one around my area will replace zippers mostly because they don't know how to.....
     
  9. capricornmoon

    capricornmoon Senior Member

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    I only have the treadstep paddocks, the leather is lasting and they are comfortable overall, I use them as my barn/riding boot and therefore have beat them up, got them wet, etc and clean them off maybe once a week- However I prefer the Ariat sole insert (has more arch, which I need)- so I pulled the ariat sole insert from a pair Im not wearing regularly and replaced the treadstep one and now they are great! Unfortunately Ariats fit me like a glove so I have been wearing them forever, but yes they have gone downhill, I do try to take care of them very well and so far no issues (knock on wood)! I have not been able to find a pair that fits 100% like them, but so far the treadsteps the closest I have found
     
  10. Baylily

    Baylily Senior Member+

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    I LIVE in my Ariat Bromonts. And have never had any issues with the zipper, and they are used and abused daily and still in incredible condition. I wear them year round (even though they have some insulation). I can't say enough about them! My Heritage paddock boots, on the other hand, well...they've never broke but I feel like I have to treat them like fine china. The Bromonts are around $250 if you find them on sale or on eBay (Dover sells them around $300).
    I don't think i'd ever buy another pair of the paddock boots by Ariat, and after reading horrible reviews of other Ariat tall boots i'd be skeptical, but these Bromonts are simply the best boots ever (I've converted others as well, and no one has replaced a zipper).

    http://compare.ebay.com/like/190573411535?var=lv&ltyp=AllFixedPriceItemTypes&var=sbar&_lwgsi=y
     






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