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Good Open-Fronts that won't break the bank?

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  • Good Open-Fronts that won't break the bank?

    At the show last weekend, I realized that it really is time to replace my old Weatherbeeta open-front and hind boots... the elastic is just too far gone on them. They served me well (I've had them for seven years, I think), and had a nice, basic style, but I think I would like to step up appearance-wise with new ones, without breaking the bank. Ideally, I would love to get some T-Boots, but they're just not in the budget right now.

    What are some nice, durable open-fronts that won't bankrupt me? Availability of matching hinds/fetlock boots a plus. Black is good, unless leather (then I'll do brown).

    What do we think of the Moxie boots?

    Thanks!

    ETA - No sheepskin
    If we have to nail on talent, it's not talent.
    Founder, Higher Standards Leather Care Addicts Anonymous

  • #2
    What about the Thinline ones? They're a little cheaper than the T-boots, I think.
    http://tailsoftheottb.blogspot.com

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    • #3
      You have a pm.
      "To do something that you feel in your heart that's great, you need to make a lot of mistakes. Anything that is successful is a series of mistakes." -B.J. Armstrong

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      • #4
        There's always Eskadrons, they're popular. I've still got a pair in excellent condition--5 years old, although I did purchase T-boots this summer

        My friend swears the Dover generic looking open fronts are great, although I have no personal experience with them. The price sure looks good.
        http://www.doversaddlery.com/dover-p...-04232/cn/119/

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        • #5
          Classic Equine?

          Hi. I just got boots at State Line Tack that were on sale for $20 by Classic Equine. They're waxy leather (???). I've never used them before but thought I'd try them because they seem pretty cheap.

          http://www.statelinetack.com/item/cl...ots/SLT722836/

          They also have fetlock boots ($20) and brushing boots ($25) on sale as well.

          It's too bad that I won't be getting these for at least a week so I could tell you whether or not I like the quality.

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          • #6
            I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned the Roma Competitor Packs. It's a set of open fronts and a set of open front ankles for under $50.00. Love them!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by SkipChange View Post

              My friend swears the Dover generic looking open fronts are great, although I have no personal experience with them. The price sure looks good.
              http://www.doversaddlery.com/dover-p...-04232/cn/119/
              I have those, and they are quite good for the money, I agree! Nice and soft inside, and have molded nicely to his legs. I just want a set of T boots for the sake of having T boots! I like the idea of the molded foam.
              http://tailsoftheottb.blogspot.com

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Little Indian View Post
                I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned the Roma Competitor Packs. It's a set of open fronts and a set of open front ankles for under $50.00. Love them!
                Do you have a link? I have the open fronts, and I need the ankle boots. I was just going to go with the Dover ones linked above, since they look similar.



                I love my Roma open fronts. Great fit, secure velcro, hard plastic outside, easy to clean, just hose them off. And I think they were 20 bucks.

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                • #9
                  I have two sets of Romas one in purple and one black and I love them.
                  If you just need the fetlock boots you can get them pretty inexpensivly at a few places, but here is one link:

                  http://www.victorycanter.com/Roma-Ne...s-p-21857.html

                  They also have the open fronts:

                  http://www.victorycanter.com/Roma-Ne...s-p-21856.html

                  There is a gel and a fleece lined version as well as a ventilated version for a little more but still less than eskadrons. They also come in full sets from some places (fronts and ankles) for a dollar or two less than buying them seperate sometimes, but I didn't find it to be that different. I really like mine as they molded to my horse after a few rides and they clean off easily with just warm water and a little scrubbing. They were also the only open fronts I could find that came in purple other than the bar f (which are fleece lined and I wasn't totally crazy about that) which cost a bit more. ( having all my schooling things be purple is part of how people tell my things apart from everyone else's at my barn) I then use the black ones when I am feeling less obnoxious color-wise or for shows (some jumper shows I still use the purple ones....just depends).
                  Last edited by myvanya; Sep. 1, 2009, 10:31 AM. Reason: typo
                  My blog:

                  RAWR

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                  • #10
                    I have Moxie opent fronts and hind ankle boots. I like them, and they seem to be made well. I will say, though, I wasn't "wowed" by them for the price. They also seem to run on the large side.

                    Had I known about the Roma full set for $50, I'd probably have gone with them.


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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by myvanya View Post
                      I have two sets of Romas one in purple and one black and I love them.
                      If you just need the fetlock boots you can get them pretty inexpensivly at a few places, but here is one link:

                      http://www.victorycanter.com/Roma-Ne...s-p-21857.html

                      They also have the open fronts:

                      http://www.victorycanter.com/Roma-Ne...s-p-21856.html

                      There is a gel and a fleece lined version as well as a ventilated version for a little more but still less than eskadrons. They also come in full sets from some places (fronts and ankles) for a dollar or two less than buying them seperate sometimes, but I didn't find it to be that different. I really like mine as they molded to my horse after a few rides and they clean off easily with just warm water and a little scrubbing. They were also the only open fronts I could find that came in purple other than the bar f (which are fleece lined and I wasn't totally crazy about that) which cost a bit more. ( having all my schooling things be purple is part of how people tell my things apart from everyone else's at my barn) I then use the black ones when I am feeling less obnoxious color-wise or for shows (some jumper shows I still use the purple ones....just depends).

                      Woohoo! 15 bucks!! I'm doing the happy dance now.

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                      • #12
                        I have the generic dover open fronts and I like them a lot! I also have a pair of thinlines that I got at the 20% off VTO sale. I like them both a ton!

                        Although I polo wrap again now because my new guy has short fat cannon bones so all my open fronts are too tall for him! But he's about 17hh -- just a stocky-legged ISH.

                        I know that was off topic, but I now have about 4 pairs of nice open fronts that I can't use! Grrrrr...
                        Originally posted by tidy rabbit
                        Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Seven-up View Post
                          Woohoo! 15 bucks!! I'm doing the happy dance now.
                          I'm glad I could make someone do a happy dance just by posting a link. I was feeling pretty dumb lately so that made my day....its the little things that make me happy
                          My blog:

                          RAWR

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                          • #14
                            oddly enough i had a hard time finding them online, but here is the link,
                            http://www.greenwaysaddlery.com/prod...t_Boots&id=670
                            although at the store i work at, we get them in black and white

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Little Indian View Post
                              I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned the Roma Competitor Packs. It's a set of open fronts and a set of open front ankles for under $50.00. Love them!
                              Also love them!

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by myvanya View Post
                                I'm glad I could make someone do a happy dance just by posting a link. I was feeling pretty dumb lately so that made my day....its the little things that make me happy
                                Here ya go. This was me. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8MDNFaGfT4

                                Originally posted by Little Indian View Post
                                oddly enough i had a hard time finding them online, but here is the link,
                                http://www.greenwaysaddlery.com/prod...t_Boots&id=670
                                although at the store i work at, we get them in black and white
                                That's a good link too. Looks like those ankle boots are the higher cut model. Cool!

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                                • #17
                                  the roma ones are pretty cheap and do a good job. i think theyre like $20 or less for each pair.
                                  (|--Sarah--|)

                                  Blitz <3 & Leap of Faith <3

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                                    #18
                                    Thanks for the feedback so far. However, that the Roma boots everyone is suggesting are the same as my Weatherbeeta boots I'm looking to replace (I bought my WBs pre-No-More-Millers... the Romas are the post-No-More-Millers). However, the competitor pack that was linked to might be okay... I'm still concerned about elastic though. Do the ones in the competitor pack have it?

                                    Jen, I'm going to have to examine your Dover boots again, more closely.

                                    *Sigh* If only I would just win the lottery already! Then I could get the T boots!
                                    If we have to nail on talent, it's not talent.
                                    Founder, Higher Standards Leather Care Addicts Anonymous

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                                    • #19
                                      I'm a die hard Eskadron fan.

                                      Not a fan of the T boots.

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by pattnic View Post
                                        Thanks for the feedback so far. However, that the Roma boots everyone is suggesting are the same as my Weatherbeeta boots I'm looking to replace (I bought my WBs pre-No-More-Millers... the Romas are the post-No-More-Millers). However, the competitor pack that was linked to might be okay... I'm still concerned about elastic though. Do the ones in the competitor pack have it?

                                        Jen, I'm going to have to examine your Dover boots again, more closely.

                                        *Sigh* If only I would just win the lottery already! Then I could get the T boots!
                                        Do you want elastic or no? Mine, which appear to be the same ones in the link, do have elastic. It's nice strong elastic, not losing its stretch or fraying. I've been using them for a year and they actually sat around for a couple years before I even had a horse to put them on.


                                        And oh, you take me back with the Miller's reference. I found some polos in the bottom of my trunk that I bought in '96, from THEEEEEE catalog and they are a completely different animal than my newer polos. Soft, much better stretch, and total paradox. They are shorter, narrower and thinner than my new polos, yet the new ones are too small and the smaller ones fit perfect. How does that even happen?

                                        I'm going to dream of that glossy Miller's catalog tonight.

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