Richmond Field Boots
Manufacturer: Mountain Horse
Model: Richmond Field Boots
Category: English Chaps/Boots/Helmets
Purchase: Ordered them from Dover Saddlery, $299.
Likes: The footbed of these boots makes you feel like you are wearing your favorite pair of sneakers. I use them almost everyday for riding, feeding, and other barnwork and they feel great and still look great!
The elastic gussets allow the boots to fit like custom boots whether I'm in my show breeches, lightweight schooling tights, or heavier winter breeches. I was concerned about the zippers after reading some reviews, but it seems that Mountain Horse has rectified that with using YKK zippers on the newer boots. I'm looking at trying the new MH Supreme field boots when these wear out (if they ever do).
Dislikes: A little stiff at the back of the knee at first, but they broke in nicely and fairly quickly. Nothing like my pull-on Ariat Heritage boots that are several years old and still wound me after a day of wear.
Quality: Construction in great! Zippers have not given me any trouble and I'm careful not to over strain them, and make sure to keep them clean. They have broken in very nicely and shine up great with some polish and some hard-core buffing.
Summary: I would recommend these boots to everyone, especially harder to fit riders. The elastic gussets allow the boot to conform to nearly any shape of calf, and are hardly noticeable in the show ring. The SCS3 system is easy on the feet and gives a bit of extra traction and cushioning. They wear like iron and if you are diligent about the zippers, these boots will last a long time.
Usefulness Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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