Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Horze reflective tendon boots

I recently got a pair of Horze reflective boots -- one of many kinds of protection boots offered by Horze. I chose these (which Horze provided for free in exchange for this review) because I had such a good experience with the Horze reflective bell boots ($12).  The neoprene-type bell boots are soft for Ri's sensitive chestnut legs but they've held up really well, and they are easy to take on and off.

These galloping boots are the "match" to the bell boots. At $29 the price point is tough to beat. Like the bell boots, these tendon boots are soft, and softly bright as  opposed to neon which I think is pretty (see my photos below).  The slightly sherbet-colored orange has reflective tape and tough velcro closures with reflective Horze logos.

Based on 4-5 rides, I really like these boots. They are comparable to other manufacturer's galloping boots in overall design, but with these advantages...
  • They have a straight velcro closure, which is safer. The  hook and loop closures are easy to overtighten and in my opinion, a loser.
  • There are no sharp unfinished edges on this Horze boot, which looks more polished and finished.
  • It may sound silly, but we probably all have clothing we wear because the fabric just feels nice. The material these boots are made of feels more like a microfiber than neoprene, and just judging by the using them on Riley, they may not store heat the way neoprene boots do. They feel like a textile.
  • The reflectivity is a bonus for night riders, road riders,  or night turnout. 
As far as protection, I think they offer mid-range impact protection. They'll do better than the Equilibrium boots, which are more for "support" and retail for over $90.  Riley doesn't really do the kind of work requiring high-impact protection, and the Horze reflective boots are suitable for typical daily work and turnout.

 For super heavy work, for high-level eventing, these boots would not compare to stiffer, heavier boots made of materials that resist high-impact.  Horze makes the Memphis boot with pile lining (and others!) for greater protection, at $47.95.

Here are some pix of Riley in the boots. He has a large which fits great -- you can see I have the boots on a bit too high. My bad. 

1 comment:

  1. I rather like these (and they look awesome in the video) but the 'bash plates' as I call them, seem a little inadequate. I think my horse would hit the orange at the bottom more than the black part.


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