Sunday 19 January 2014

Rider Review: Ariat Windmere Boots

I had a quick search of the Ariat website but I'm not sure they sell these boots anymore which is a massive pity as I'd have bought another pair in a heartbeat.

Winter 2012

I picked up my pair on offer at the RDS Dublin Horse Show in Ireland in August 2012. Getting them back to Luxembourg travelling with a budget airline in the hottest month of the year was interesting and a fun start to my life with them as i wore them home ;-)
I got them at almost €100 off, to say I was delighted would be an understatement. I adore them and have gotten so much wear out of them. Heck I practically live in them during the Autumn/Winter and even some Spring months.

Pre-cleaning today
I wear them daily to go to the yard on my lunch break to turn out the little darlings and have ridden in them before but prefer my jodh boots & gaiters as my feet/ankles felt too loose in the Windmeres. However that is a personal preference and not a reflection on the boot itself which is made to be ridden in as well as worn for "country" wear.

Post-cleaning today
I will hold my hand up and admit that I have not always taken the best care of my boots, but as can be seen from the photos accompanying this blogpost they clean up alright when I bother. I have been known to wear them to my office job and in fact cleaned them up today to take me to the theater to see West Side Story :-D
Now I would never lay claim to being a fashionista in any way shape or form, but these are a fab multi-purpose boot that take me from everyday life to the yard and back.

My boots at the theater today
These boots have kept my feet dry & warm in rain and snow and have great grip when walking on icy routes.
Now that it would appear (from my brief google) that the production of these boots has been discontinued I shall be scouring the net for a back up pair for if/when mine give up the ghost.

Nancy sussing out the new arena surface
In actual pony news I got both girls ridden this morning for quick spins after their vaccines last week. Kika was an angel in a busy arena as we worked through our paces. W/T/C without asking for too much or breaking a sweat.
Nancy was a superstar in the largest arena just the two of us as we tested out the new surface. It is a bit deep at the moment but that probably worked in our favour as we struggle with my teething problems ;-)


  1. I have ariat Bromonts and love them. They are basically lined tall boots and I will totally buy another pair if they go in sale for fear they will be discontinued. Great review :)

    1. Thanks although ideally when reviewing a product people should be able to buy it :-/
      One can still find Windmere's on & apparently amazon - I must look into those now that Ariat appear to have discontinued them *sob*
      I'd love to find them in Chocolate or another pair in Sage (green) - I'm not so mad on the Tan colour sadly...

      I don't think you have anything to worry about with the Bromonts - they are a very popular boot & I think they will be around for quite a while. :-D

  2. I've not heard of that particular pair but I have heard good things about the Bromonts and I practically live in my Dubarry's

    1. The Windmere are a rival boot to the Dubarry's I think...same country boot idea I think.
      Might see if I can find Dubarry's on offer if they have discontinued the Windmeres...

  3. Boo, those are hard to find. I regret not getting a pair when they went on clearance, I was just afraid they made my feet look huge, but really all boots do ;)

    1. Hope you can find yourself a pair as I really can't fault mine - I live in them when not at work and even then...sometimes ;-)


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