Guest Post by Nichole Binkoski
TuffRider Regal Field Boot
Size: 7 1/2, Regular Height, Slim Calf
Retail Price: $289
What I Paid: $289
Purchased: March 2014
TuffRider Regal Field Boot Review
After my previous pair of tall boots caused an injury to my Achilles tendon, I found myself needing a new pair of tall boots ASAP. I didn’t have a lot to spend, but I needed something durable that could handle long days at the barn, but would still clean up nicely for shows. I came across the TuffRider Regal Field Boot online and decided to take a chance. While TuffRider isn’t known as a high-quality brand (and I didn’t even know they made tall boots), the price was right and they looked just like Parlanti’s… without the hefty price tag (I call them my “Parwanti’s” haha).
They arrived absolutely beautiful right out of the box, with buttery soft leather that required no break-in time whatsoever. I found they fit true to size, both in the foot bed and through the calf. The height is just right for me and the Spanish-style cut elongates my leg (which I desperately need at only 5’2”). At first, I was worried about the durability; the leather was so soft and thin I thought there was no way they’d hold up. I ride anywhere from two to five horses per day and I never take my tall boots off – so they’ve got to stand up to traipsing through the ring to set fences, bathing and everything in between.
I’ve had my TuffRider Regal Field Boots for several months now, and they’re not showing any signs of wear. With a little bit of shoe black and polish, they shine right up for the show ring and you’d never know I wear them day in and day out.
The only complaint I have is with the zipper. It comes with a fabric pull tab, which you can easily cut off, but occasionally the zipper does slide down a bit during my rides. Part of this, I’m sure, is that I happen to be in between tall boot heights (the short is too short, but the regular is just a little bit too tall) so I can’t zip them up all the way. However, I think for most riders, this won’t be an issue.
As one of the cheapest tall boot options on the market, you certainly can’t beat the price. While I was skeptical of the brand at first, the TuffRider Regal Field Boot has changed my mind. The boots are well-made and are a quality product suitable for both schooling and showing. And best of all, they don’t aggravate my ankle injury! I would recommend the TuffRider Regal Field Boot to any equestrian looking for that tight, liquid leather look that doesn’t want to spend $1,000+.
This is a guest post by hunter/jumper rider Nichole Binkoski. From central Ohio, Nichole has shown on the A and B circuit throughout the Midwest in both hunter and jumper classes. She currently owns a 19-year-old OTTB named Romeo who has come back from two suspensory injuries to continue showing in 3’ jumpers.