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Zippee

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10,073 posts

118 months

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A bit of an odd and rather trivial subjct I know but with the amount of potential mud and sludge theres likely to be at Goodwood this weekend I've decided I need some wellies. Hunter are the only make I know that are decent but I hate those floppy wellies that cramp your feet and blister your calves. This in mind what Hunter wellies do I need as theres a multitude of types/styles for a bit of comfort (walking around all day) along with grip.

Burrow01

1,160 posts

76 months

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Found Hunters to be fairly poor quality and uncomfortable to be honest

I have some Seeland wellies, neoprene lined warm and comfortable and cheaper than Hunters

www.wellieboots.com is a good place to get them

The Don of Croy

2,101 posts

43 months

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Check out the French manufacturers - le chameau etc etc

Good wellies, can be walked in, worth paying for IMHO. Any decent outfitter should help (google is your friend).

Paddy_N_Murphy

16,163 posts

68 months

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Hunters (Originals) have become a st shadow of their previous incarnation (all changed when they went bust IIRC) the Balmoral's however are better quality.
Also try Aigle ( I like) or Chameux (spl?)

Budget? and intentions to use again will probably dictate what to buy.

At the cheaper end try an equestrian shop for Toggi's etc

13th

3,165 posts

97 months

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Burrow01 said:
Found Hunters to be fairly poor quality and uncomfortable to be honest
I agree, I now never wear mine after weeks of trying to break them in.

In desperation I bought a cheapy pair from the local garden center and they are great.
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superlightr

6,921 posts

147 months

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Strange
my first set of Hunters wellys were in about 1982 - very comfy, worked in them on a farm for long hours. Have a new pair from about 5 years ago but just wear them occasionaly now so cant comment on comfort for any length of time.

Shame to hear if they have gone down hill.

Saddle bum

3,815 posts

103 months

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I once bought a pair of Barbour green studded Hunters.

They lasted 30 outings before they failed.

Barbour treated me with contempt when I complained.

I now use Aigle ISOs. Brill.

OldJohnnyYen

1,446 posts

33 months

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Fashion victim!

jogon

1,325 posts

42 months

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Paddy_N_Murphy said:
Hunters (Originals) have become a st shadow of their previous incarnation (all changed when they went bust IIRC)
Same goes for Oliver Sweeney shoes after they were 'rescued' by a private equity group.

LotusMartin

478 posts

36 months

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jogon said:
Same goes for Oliver Sweeney shoes after they were 'rescued' by a private equity group.
Don't talk to me about Oliver Sweeney - used to love their boots, now there customer service is 'second to everyone'. Their range now also looks like everyone else's - whats the point in that? What a waste! aarrgghhhh

I'll never go back

jogon

1,325 posts

42 months

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LotusMartin said:
Don't talk to me about Oliver Sweeney - used to love their boots, now there customer service is 'second to everyone'. Their range now also looks like everyone else's - whats the point in that? What a waste! aarrgghhhh

I'll never go back
Yep. They also fall apart alot quicker than they used too - Quality has gone way down hill.

Paddy_N_Murphy

16,163 posts

68 months

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Interesting on the Sweeneys - never owned a pair, but some mates have bought at the eye watering prices and raved about them.

I was considering too ........

Dusty964

6,095 posts

74 months

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Aigle is the answer to the question.

Far better quality than Hunters.


Mobile Chicane

17,770 posts

96 months

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Dusty964 said:
Aigle is the answer to the question.

Far better quality than Hunters.
These are what my gardener wears. Since he's on his feet all day in all weathers, he ought to know.

Hollywood Wheels

3,689 posts

114 months

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I purchased my (expensive) Hunters 6 years ago. I still can't wear them for long periods now without rubbing and blisters. I'll never buy Hunters again, utter c**p.

madbadger

10,080 posts

128 months

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Have a look at Muck boots too.

Far better than Hunters.

Harry Flashman

9,779 posts

126 months

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We had a thread about this, and the consensus was that Wellie snobbery is a bit pointless. If you shoot every day, or are in the field every day, a £300 pair of Le Chameaus is fine. Otherwise, total overkill.

I still shoot in my 15 year old Hunters, of the most basic spec. They are absolutely fine, comfy as anything, and still going strong. The Balmorals (at £80 or so) are a bit more comfy, probably better for something like Goodwood, where you'll do more walking around - but to be honest, a size overlarge (my Hunters are an 11 to my size 10) and cheap memory foam insoles £2 off ebay) have kept me very happy.

Fit is more important than brand. I have found with wellies that going oversize, and sticking in an insole works to the best comfort if wearing thinck socks and tucking your trousers in.

Edited by Harry Flashman on Wednesday 27th June 12:33

Harry Flashman

9,779 posts

126 months

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PS - I believe, if buying the basic Hunters, you should only buy the green, dark brown or black - the other "fashion" colours are I believe made overseas in an inferior factory, hence the complaints about quality. Might want to check on this though...

Paddy_N_Murphy

16,163 posts

68 months

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Harry F, pick up a pair of Hunter Originals in the shops - you will see straight away the current / modern ones are horrid, and plasticky - not of the Vulcanised Rubber types your 15yr old ones are.
Seriously, the current Hunter Originals are crap and horrid with a cold thin liner, trading on the image 1000%

Agrispeed

895 posts

43 months

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Mobile Chicane said:
Dusty964 said:
Aigle is the answer to the question.

Far better quality than Hunters.
These are what my gardener wears. Since he's on his feet all day in all weathers, he ought to know.
These, all the farmers I know have either these, or dunlop puroforts, which are insulated, and spung(ish)

very light, warm and well shaped. and I spend all day in one of the two (Aigle don't do steels, so I have dunlops for livestock).

They might be a tad expensive, but don't skimp on them, cause you'll hate walking anywhere in a cheap pair.
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