My old Petrie boots never really "broke in" - maybe they were too small in the foot -- but they tear up my ankles every ride. It pained me to spend $28 (at the time) for these gelsocks, but they are a Godsend and by the way, they are now slightly reduced in price at $26.
Bakersfield Dressage reviewed these too but the reviewer lamented they may not last.
I've had two pair for about a year -- One pair sat in a drawer for months, but I pulled out this pair when I lost the old ones recently. The old ones, which I'm sure will turn up, were working fine after many months. They were a bit pocked up, due to extreme pressure points, but the gel seems to just remold and I can use them just fine. They have eradicated the blisters from riding, which is wonderful.
If I have gripes, they are a few minor ones.
- They are worn under socks, and when I put my sock on I have to be careful that the gel sits smoothly and doesn't wrinke. Ditto with putting boots on. This is not hard to do.
- It is one more pre-ride prep, and while it does not take long, really, it is another thing to do.
- I like to take them off right after I ride. My feet don't feel hot but you do sweat in them (my whole leg sweats whether I wear them or not!). They'll need to be rinsed.
Overall, big thumbs up. They do what they say they do, and they are lasting well.
|Image from Bakersfield Dressage -- they a review too.|