I am looking for new tall boots, I went and tried a few on today at Dover (sadly none were my size!). I am debating between the Tredstep or the Ariat Quantum Pro. Anyone have experience with these or have suggestions for any other boot?
I actually ended up with the Ariat Quantum Pro and REALLY like them. I think they are cut really nice and are super soft. I was able to ride and show in them immediately.
When I was shopping, I had also looked at the Sergios (they didn't make them in a size that fit me correctly---I have freakishly small ankles), the Monaco's and the Tredsteps. I was basically trying to find something I didn't have to get fully custom at the best price.
I couldn't justify spending the extra $$ on the Monacos because the Quantum Pros seriously felt great and are $300 cheaper. I did like the Tredsteps, but one of the two boots (in the same size) didn't fit one of my legs quite right so I felt a little strange about it. I can't say anything about Sergios because I couldn't find one that fit right, although I know people who really like those.
Last edited by jlphilli; Jul. 17, 2012 at 11:34 AM.
Originally Posted by rustbreeches
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I am told by a friend who works at Dover that the quality of the Tredstep boots is not good. She says the zippers are flimsy and the leather quality is sub-par. However, she also said that Ariat has vastly improved the quality of their zippers since they had all those issues a few years ago. I'd go with the Ariat boots if they both fit well.
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I am thinking about ordering the Ariats. I had major zipper problems with mine that I have now (which are dead), so I am glad to hear the zippers have been worked on! Thank goodness SmartPak is so awesome with exchanging things, will make the buying process easier. The Dover in Atlanta had a very limited amount of sizes in their boots, so the online ordering fiesta begins...
I haven't been all that impressed with the durability of Ariats for years now. I find they don't tend to last more than a year or so - the leather cracks and the lining starts to shred. But maybe I'm just hard on boots?