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Do 'air vent" boots really work?

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  • Do 'air vent" boots really work?

    I have yet to buy a pair of boots that vent air. They seem to me like another "NEW AND IMPROVED" idea that is the current trend. My question is do they acctually cool there legs enough to prevent injury? Or are they just a good idea but maybe overkill?
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  • #2
    I don't have the study on me, but I was provided with one when I bought a pair of Dalmars.

    My anecdotal experience is that the boots are light-weight, don't retain water, don't allow dirt in, don't rub my sensitive TB's white legs, and don't cause scratches like other boots do.

    As far as the air venting, his legs are noticeably less sweaty with these boots than other boots. It could be the different material and the light-weight factors that are doing this, and not the air vents... or it could be the air vents.

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    • #3
      I've used them a few times. Their legs do seem cooler when you take the boots off.
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        What boots do you use then? Has anyone tried the N.E.W. Airflow boots?
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        • #5
          Originally posted by faluut42 View Post
          What boots do you use then? Has anyone tried the N.E.W. Airflow boots?
          Those are the ones I use. I like them because they're protective without over heating the leg. They stay in place well too.
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          • #6
            Ditto what Blugal said. I also use Dalmars, certainly notice non-sweaty legs when I take them off, but it's true, it *could* be that they are designed to be less tightly fitting than many other boots. Since I used to be cooler in cars with triangular front windows pointing at me, I don't see why my horses shouldn't be cooler with vented boots, though...



            • #7
              Originally posted by faluut42 View Post
              What boots do you use then? Has anyone tried the N.E.W. Airflow boots?
              I have these, my horse's legs are definitely cooler in these than in other boots. My only complaint is that when we ride through a field of tall grass, the boots get FULL of seeds. Other than that, I really like them.


              • #8
                I'm curious about this too as my Woof boots have caused my white legged gelding scratches this summer.

                Any suggestions if you are just doing dressage?


                • #9
                  Originally posted by Serigraph View Post
                  I'm curious about this too as my Woof boots have caused my white legged gelding scratches this summer.

                  Any suggestions if you are just doing dressage?
                  Your horse may have an allergy to neoprene or the boots may be holding the bacteria. Have you lysoled them?


                  • #10
                    I did trot sets in my new PE boots yesterday....took them off to totally dry legs that didnt feel any warmer than when I pulled him out of the field (it was pretty sunny and warm, he has black legs). Now it was a windy day so Im sure that helped, but I was really impressed. I have never taken off boots to dry legs in the summer, even after a light ride. They are usually somewhere between damp to sweaty and hot.

                    Probably a combination of the vents and the boots dont fit right up against the skin in most places. On the sides of the leg they gap a bit so air flows through.


                    • #11
                      Okay, so... those of you with the NEW you think they are good as far as protection!?

                      Fleck's eskadrons slipped down when he hit the bank the other day and he sliced the hell out of his cannon bone. I'm wanting to get a new pair (and was anyways) so I'm thinking I might try the NEWs' cause they seem like they have good cannon bone protection. I'm thinking he's going to need it after this!

                      Any thoughts? My earlier inclination was to go with the Premiere's but... now I don't know....

                      Unfortunately, I don't want to rush into this, but it would be nice if I could take advantage of VTO's sale which ends at midnight tonight


                      • #12
                        So what about sizing? I see them in medium and large...

                        Do they run big or small?
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                        • #13
                          My 16h TBx (pretty much a TB) wears the medium and the sizing seems right. Just the front ones might not be "for him" if I cant make them stay put.


                          • #14
                            I have the NEW Airoflows -- yes, they are significantly cooler than my Woofs, i.e. dry normal temp legs instead of wet hot legs. They are lighter than the NEW fleece lined XC boots. The foam seems to absorb a lot of shock and they have a hard protector around the tendon that is carbon fiber. They have fit true to size for me on my 16 hand horse, so far I love them.
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                            • #15
                              If my PE fronts wont stop spinning, I am getting the NEW airflow ones.


                              • #16
                                Thanks guys.. may just have to order the NEWs and see how it goes

                                I hope that Fleck isn't too much thicker than the typical TB's. He's almost half TB, so... hopefully he's not a fatty


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Serigraph View Post
                                  I'm curious about this too as my Woof boots have caused my white legged gelding scratches this summer.

                                  Any suggestions if you are just doing dressage?
                                  I wondered the same as you after reading this thread - it looks like there are Airflow brushing boots as well that look good for dressage - on this link they are the third boot in the list:


                                  • #18
                                    Ok, the PE's have had their last chance. Time to drop some more money into the NEWs.


                                    • #19
                                      That sucks Bob.....

                                      Do you still like the PE's for the hinds? I'm wondering if I should just get NEWS for fronts and hinds????

                                      I did find them at amira equi for a decent enough price...compared to the states.


                                      • #20
                                        I do like them for the hinds. And I like the fronts in theory, but they just dont fit my guy.

                                        I have heard the NEW hinds spin on a lot of horses. The PE ones stay put, have excellent fetlock protection, cannon guards, and are higher on the inside. I havent gone xc in them yet, but the few times Ive schooled in them they have stayed put. They were sweaty the other day, but we are in the midst of a heat wave here and its 95* before the humidex here, NO breeze, I wasnt surprised his legs were sweaty under them. They would have been sweaty with no boots at all. Stupid humidity.

                                        Amira Equi has the best prices, but then does it even out with shipping?