Manufacturer: Equilibrium (View all products by Equilibrium)
Model: Sun Protect Equi-Chaps (View all Sun Protect Equi-Chaps reviews)
Category: Fly Control
Purchase: Purchased online from Saddlery.biz for around $50 per pair, + paid extra for shipping. So, in total, a little over $100 (for both pairs + extra for shipping). I wanted excellent all-around fly wraps for my horse, and after some investigation, I was seduced by the quality features of these fly boots.
Likes: I like pretty much everything about these boots. They are made of semi-flexible mesh with a Coolmax lining (which is awesome!). They are designed to keep 70% of UV rays out and to keep the horse's legs cool & clean. And they did keep my mare's legs clean & cool. Of course, being the main purpose as FLY boots, these Equi-Chaps do a perfect job of keeping biting insects at bay. I don't think there is anyway that flies can bite through the materials. I also dig the colors, which are grey with navy blue trim. They look pretty pro! You can leave these fly boots on all day & night without worry, BUT...
Dislikes: Unfortunately, the durability of these boots are a little below par. I can't exactly pinpoint when & where, but one pair of the boots started getting little snags and holes, exposing the beneath Coolmax lining. And the OTHER pair started ripping completely at the seams, also exposing the lining. The tears were so bad that it completely misshapes the form of the boot, causing the entire boot to slip and sag around the fetlocks, making it unsafe, uncomfortable, and generally ineffective. My mare does not rip and roar around in the turnout area. These boots were only about 6-7 months old before holes and tears were evident, and that is with normal/gentle use. Who knows when those other little holes will start to turn into huge rips! I am not sure, but I don't think there is anyway to repair the torn mesh. Also, these boots are pretty expensive for ending up with tattered materials.
Quality: Hopefully my case is just a fluke (hopefully!!) because I really do love these boots. The construction of these boots look great and well designed and put together. However, ripping and tearing beyond repair within only half a year isn't very acceptable. The Coolmax lining is my favorite feature, and I wish more manufacturers would add this to their own fly boots. The velcro closures stay put very well and withstand normal wear/tear. I'm unsure if the seams are poorly constructed to blame for the rips.
Summary: I would recommend these boots, along with another manufacturer's fly socks (to be explained in another review). But still be aware that they might rip! I've seen other fly boots of cheap materials that rip and shred equally as much if not more, so I'm unsure if this could just be normal. But if your horse ordinarily does significant damage to his clothing, I would reconsider paying a lot of dough for these boots. Considering I love them so much, I'm going to buy another pair to replace the shredded ones and have another go; see how long they last. Thankfully I'm a pro bargain hunter, LOL!
Author: Tara Patten
Usefulness Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
4 reader(s) voted.
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