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Does anyone regret their Dubarry (or DB knock-off) purchase? (update post 184)

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  • Originally posted by Phaxxton View Post
    Am I the only one who was completely underwhelmed by the Dubarry boots? Mine didn't even last a year without starting to crack and separate at the sole -- and yes, I did care for them as recommended. After less than a year, they weren't even remotely waterproof anymore.

    They certainly didn't hold up to doing basic farm chores for a full winter, and I'm really not all that hard on boots.

    Maybe they would last years if I just wore them around casually. I just wouldn't buy them if you are planning to actually do any real daily work in them.

    They are incredibly comfortable, and if I had a lot of disposable income, I'd have a pair for casual wear around the farm or at shows. Heck, they are comfortable enough that if I had the disposable income, I'd just replace them every year if necessary.
    I'm amazed at this post! I think you got defunct Dubarries or something! I and everyone I know who owns a pair have never had a problem...I take mine through creeks, mud, snow, work 7 or 8 hours in them at the barn (I manage a farm) and I think I've cleaned mine...well, cringe to say it...twice in the entire time I've owned my pair. You'd never know it. They've held up as well as my Original Muck Boot pair to the nastiest jobs and they look oh so much prettier while doing it.
    True Bearing Equestrian
    St. Helena Island, SC

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    • Earlier, I mentioned that I LOVE my Dublin's! And I still do....however, there is now a small hole in the back seam. I contacted Dublin last week, where it states on their website how quickly they respond...and sadly, I still have not heard from them. I am really upset, as they are only a year old and I really, really like them.
      Lori T
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      • Hate them..zero sole support..under my bed in the box..wouldn't buy another pair...not made for all day comfort to stand around in..foot bed absolutely flat and yup I can buy insoles..but why?? after $$$ spent..live in love Ariat paddock boots....PS the Dubarries you buy now are not the same quality as the one's when 1st introduced....defie Dubarry to tell you they are not mass produced somewhere far far away from Ireland where no one except tourist wear them...which is why they don't hold up as well as when 1st intrudced

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        • I bought a pair on sale (several years ago), did not love them (only because they did not fit my foot well) and ended up selling them to my former trainer (at the knock-off price). She completely loves them and wears them all the time. Because I could not resist, I just ordered a pair of the breast cancer ones, which I am hoping are made on the alternate last (that some of the newer ones are made on) as that does fit my foot better than the traditional version. I did like them for course walking and chores in cooler weather. I did not ever ride in them, and found them too hot at temperatures that I still saw many people wearing them. I do far prefer my Ariats in general and if you want the most comfortable things ever, try the volant paddock boots, which are more comfortable than tennis shoes
          OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!

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          • Originally posted by shrpshooter View Post
            Laurierace,

            I have these and they are pretty tall http://www.treadstone-inc.com/index....y=36&Itemid=11
            A friend of mine gave me a pair of the Treadstone Milanos for Christmas. I haven't had the chance to test them out yet, but they are beautiful!
            "A horse gallops with his lungs, perseveres with his heart, and wins with his character." - Tesio

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            • Originally posted by Big_Grey_hunter View Post
              Get the Dublin Pinnacles. The sides are adjustable. I have 12 in calves, so these are the only boots that don't feel like sticking my legs in a bucket. I bought them for $150, so you can definitely find them cheaper than $200
              http://www.SmartPakEquine.com/dublin...x?cm_vc=Search
              This. Mine are on their 3rd season? I wear them around the barn but I also ride in them. Feet and calves stay warm but not sweaty and comfortable. Now if you are a heavy duty rider (multiple horse, 6 days a week) then probably not the boot for you. But I ride 3-4 days a week, just one horse (my guy). They are holding up just fine. I love the draw strings on the side so you can adjust them how you want. I had the Ariat Brossard boot for a season. Hated them as the calves weren't adjustable and they were very bulky. They were under $200 easily.

              Like others have said, I can't justify buying a $500 boot. Especially if I can't ride in it either.

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              • I just have to decide if I want to keep the Pinnacles even though I can not ride in them. They are at least three inches too short to keep from catching on the flap and so big in the calf even when snugged down as tight as they can go that my leg moved around and got chafed. So I like them except for the main thing I wanted them for.
                McDowell Racing Stables

                Home Away From Home

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                • Originally posted by Laurierace View Post
                  I just have to decide if I want to keep the Pinnacles even though I can not ride in them. They are at least three inches too short to keep from catching on the flap and so big in the calf even when snugged down as tight as they can go that my leg moved around and got chafed. So I like them except for the main thing I wanted them for.
                  Sorry to hear this. Though mine are a little shorter than I would like, the tops still hit right above the bottom of my saddle flap so hasn't been an issue. Very occasionally, I'll feel them "catch". But it's very momentarily.

                  Here is a pic (I don't normally share FB pics and have made this one photo public)... just wanted you to see where it hits for me.

                  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater

                  I do wish they had calf and height options instead of going by foot bed alone.

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                    Originally posted by LSM1212 View Post
                    I do wish they had calf and height options instead of going by foot bed alone.
                    Amen!
                    Flip a coin. It's not what side lands that matters, but what side you were hoping for when the coin was still in the air.

                    You call it boxed wine. I call it carboardeaux.

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                    • Originally posted by LSM1212 View Post
                      Sorry to hear this. Though mine are a little shorter than I would like, the tops still hit right above the bottom of my saddle flap so hasn't been an issue. Very occasionally, I'll feel them "catch". But it's very momentarily.

                      Here is a pic (I don't normally share FB pics and have made this one photo public)... just wanted you to see where it hits for me.

                      https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater

                      I do wish they had calf and height options instead of going by foot bed alone.
                      Yeah, I could live with that. Mine are at least two if not three inches below the flap. So low in fact that I didn't think they could catch on the flap but they did.
                      McDowell Racing Stables

                      Home Away From Home

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                      • I heard back from Smartpak so offered to take them back if I wanted to send them back and suggested paddock boots and half chaps as an alternative or $800 tall boots. I really don't know what to do. I already ride in paddock boots and half chaps and sure as heck aren't buying $800 tall boots but don't know if I want $200 boots I can't ride in.
                        McDowell Racing Stables

                        Home Away From Home

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                        • I have a fractured sesamoid in one foot and a removed shattered sesamoid in the other. My feet are cranky :P
                          That said, Dubarry's are lifesavers to me. I can be in them ALL DAY comfortably, and that is saying something. BUT! I put the little squishy gel pads in them which made all the difference in the world. (You know the ones they sell at Rolex and "massage" and do laundry and fix your back and your knees and everything else?). So, that said I would agree that the sole support isn't the BEST, but I find them far nicer to walk around in compared to paddock boots like Ariats, and hey! I didn't buy them for the sole support, I bought them because they are waterproof, warm when they need to be, cool when they dont, don't slouch down, I can ride in them, and at the time I bought them they were bad-ass and not the "in" thing. I still love them, though they are much less waterproof

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                            Does anyone have the Ovation Rhona or the Ovation Duncan by chance? Can't find a calf-size chart online...
                            Flip a coin. It's not what side lands that matters, but what side you were hoping for when the coin was still in the air.

                            You call it boxed wine. I call it carboardeaux.

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                            • Resurrecting because I'm considering purchasing a pair... I love my Danskos for just about everything around the barn, but my gumboots bit the dust (leaking), and I need something warmer and waterproof.

                              I see that Ovation also has a knock-off they've thrown into the ring. My research says that the Dublins have issues with the liners ripping. Sounds like the Dubarrys are a little hard on the feet (I need a little extra padding, probably). Any feedback on the Ovation?

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                              • My friend has the Dublins and she loves them. She rides in them all the time and they still look good. I have large calfs and had to get a knockoff brand/Shires. I have worn mine to ride in and they are comfy to walk around in. I find them a little to warm in hot weather though.

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                                  Originally posted by sweetas View Post
                                  Sounds like the Dubarrys are a little hard on the feet (I need a little extra padding, probably). Any feedback on the Ovation?
                                  For awesome padding with minimal bulk, I love, love, LOVE my ThinLine inner soles. I have 3 pair circulating between different shoes. They do NOT look like the picture. Plain black, flat foot shaped inner soles. Very thin, but very effective. The women's medium is probably a size 10 but is easily cut down.
                                  http://www.thinlineglobal.com/shop/#...38&id=23481489
                                  Flip a coin. It's not what side lands that matters, but what side you were hoping for when the coin was still in the air.

                                  You call it boxed wine. I call it carboardeaux.

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                                  • I have Dublin Pinnacles and love them. I love Dublin boots in general. I wear them both at the barn and in real life in the colder months. I love them. I generally get 2-3 years out of my Dublin boots before I wreck them. However, I am hard on boots and don't take care of them. They'd probably last longer if I conditioned them or cleaned them more than like once a year.

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                                    • Oh, I love those Pinnacles. I think those were my favorite in my cyber shopping last night. Happy Birthday me!

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                                      • I bought a pair of fleece lined tall waterproof timberlands for $150 this fall. Excellent value and i have gotten lots
                                        If good use of them
                                        Shoulders back, hands down, leg ON!

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                                        • I purchased Dubarry boots this past fall and really like them. I wear them to the barn, to work, and wherever. It's not unusual to get a compliment on them though the random guy at Costco that stopped me to say "nice boots" was a little Anyhow, I am quite happy with the purchase.

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