I'm looking into a good pair of winter boots, and I've come across the Galway as a good option. I like that they could transition from season to season, and I'd just need to add socks. But I had a bad situation with my unlined Hunter boots last year, and I'm worried that even with the Gore-Tex I'll still get cold feet from walking around in the snow for hours on end (in addition to riding I also help with maple sugaring, which often involves a lot of spring snow). Would these be suitable for winter work? Are they worth the nearly $500 to buy them? Would I be able to fit a pair of heavy socks and a fleece liner if I get my normal size (8.5 or so)?
I love mine and they keep my feet dry and warm for our very wet winters here. now I am not sure how warm they would be in the very cold snow winters for days on end. I did ware them in Alberta last winter when I was home but it was not really cold that week but they keep me warm. I wear a warm sock in them when it is really cold and they keep me warm. I hate cold feet and mine get cold easy.
I did have to get a size bigger as they fit to tight in my reg size. Also I have a bigger calf and needed the bigger size just to get them on. They did stretch a bit to fit my calf better. The only thing I didn't like is they scuff easy. I love them and have had them two years now and wear at the barn and in town. I just make sure I clean them off after being in the barn. Rinse them as I leave the barn so that I don't forget.
If you can afford the cost I say go for it.
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I love mine. I've had them for about a year and I wore them almost every day last fall/winter. In fact, I was thrilled when it was finally cold enough recently to pull them out again.
I have Hunters also, and the Dubarrys are MUCH warmer. Even with the liner my feet get cold in the Hunters, but with the Dubarrys my feet are toasty. On the coldest of days I wear an extra thick pair of socks, but honestly I can't remember ever feeling very cold in them.
I wear my Dubarry Galways 365 days out of the year. Seriously, in summer they keep the chiggers off my legs, the Gortex is comfortable in the heat. In winter, an extra pair of socks and even with my poor circulation, no numb toes. I don't ride in them, but I wear them at home, in the yard, at HTs, in mud, snow, etc. After three years of daily use, they have paid for themselves, and with minimal care (just brush off dust, apply cream every once in a while) they still look fantastic. I'll never buy anything else. (And, no, I don't work for Dubarry, nor do I hold stock in the company!)
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I agree with the above posters, I'm going on my 3rd winter here and they are fantastic for keeping warm. I wear them everywhere (except the barn) all winter. That said, if I was outside in very cold weather I would wear my Muck boots.
I wear my Dubarry's with wool socks in the winter and that's usually enough. If I want to be really toasty I put a foot warmer in there too.
Mine look fantastic for having been worn so much. These boots are really a case of paying more being cheaper in the end.
I don't live in a snowy region, but it does get down into the 20's at night (cold for us, lol!) and my Dubarry's are super comfortable. Everyone at the horse shows seems to wear them year round, but I personally feel a little too sweaty in them when it's above 80. Definitely invest if you can afford them!
Would I be able to fit a pair of heavy socks and a fleece liner if I get my normal size (8.5 or so)?
The footbed is generous, for me the arch falls in the wrong place whether I size up or down - I was disaapointed not to be able to find a comfortable pair.
If you've not tried them on, you might want to order a couple of sizes so you can choose the best fit.
I love mine, they keep my feet very dry. I don't find them especially warm though. They're not really "winter" boots, more like all-season boots. I don't know that I would select them as winter boots for daily use trudging through snow in a very cold climate-- but to/from the barn and in/around pastures a bit, sure!
I ordered my normal size and there was still plenty of room for a thick layer of socks, but my feet didn't move around too much without them - they were just loose around the calf. If you have skinny calves they will be really loose without layers.
I wore them for the coldest & snowiest winter Edinburgh has had in YEARS, and they kept me warm walking from home to uni (~2miles) yet weren't hot when I was in the library/lecture theatres/etc. for hours at a time. Highly recommended.
FWIW, I used to help a friend do the horses in them too - she always wore muck boots or wellies & I wore my dubarrys. She'd wear like 3 layers of socks and I'd only wear one. We both stayed dry though!
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I have them and I love them for spring and fall. We get serious winters where I live though and even with warm socks I don't think they would be enough for winter around the farm. I have some Sorrells for that.
Those look interesting though I think Dubarry makes the boots that those are based off, too--the Kilternan boot. I think the Kilternans are fairly new so I don't know how reviews are. They're specifically for winter but I can't really decide whether I want to limit myself to a winter boot or go for the all-purpose boot that I can augment with socks. Hmmm...