|Since I didn't take pictures of them clean and new and never worn.|
Penn has been wearing his Majyk Equipe boots (purchased from Riding Warehouse, who had the best price) for about a week and a half, and I think I have enough information to do a review.
|All white and new.|
Purpose of purchase: Turnout boots for Penn. I didn't get them to ride in, so mine are seeing extra wear and tear. I do trail ride in them though.
Construction/Durability: The boots just feel tough, right out of the box. They have an awesome flexible/hard shell with a ton of holes. There is a strike plate along the inside that feels tough. The elastic feels resilient, the velcro has awesome easy pull tabs at the very end, the edges of the boots are smooth, and the foam lining is soft and has a ton of pin holes. Between the holes in the shell and foam, you can see daylight through the boot. Totally on the right path for breathability. So far the boots have held up well, even after a couple washes (more on that later). They're being worn about 14 hours per day, every day, in the rain/shine/heat/mud and everything is still in excellent structural shape. I would expect them to last at least 10-12 months, being used for daily turnout.
|I'm terrible at this. I took pictures after the boots had been worn, and not even after they were washed!|
Fit: I bought him Mediums for the front, Larges for the hind. They fit well with excellent coverage and stay in place, even after many hours worth of use.
|You can kind of see daylight. I was using an already set sun to try to get a good pic. Fail again!|
Making good on product promises: Excellent. The company promises protection and cool legs. Penn's legs have been cool to slightly warm after wearing them for overnight turnout. No puffiness in any leg when they've come off has made me REALLY happy. This was my biggest concern when I got them. You know the leg sweat marks that show up under boots on the fetlock joint after a hard work? He doesn't have those after wearing these boots all night. We've had some pretty hot and humid nights too (keep in mind that he doesn't wear them until it's time to turnout and they won't turnout if it's blazing hot out still). They absolutely do not hold any water.
|9 nights of wear, so around 126 hours of wear.|
Cleaning: OK, this is my one beef with the boots. The inside cleans up really well and doesn't hold dirt. This makes me happy because that's the part that matters since it sits directly on my horse. The outsides leave something to be desired since the DSB only comes in white (the XC boot comes in black or white). I can't get the elastic or the edges stain-free. I scrubbed them with a stiff brush and microtek shampoo, put them in the washing machine on gentle, and scrubbed them again with a furniture detergent (not all on the same day!), yet they will not come clean.
|Sunday morning, pre-washing machine. Post washing machine didn't look much better.|
The washing machine is the worst way to clean them. It barely did anything. I scrubbed them by hand after they got out of the washing machine and got them mostly clean. Maybe I shouldn't gripe about it since they do have a lot of hours of wear (esp since it's dirty hours in turnout), except the only option is white unless you want to get XC boots for a bit more money.
|After scrubbing by hand on Sunday|
I may try to dye the edges and elastic navy or black. I hate the stains, so I just want to cover them. We'll see, I don't want to damage the boots though, or cause the shell to discolor.
Verdict: I really like these boots and I wish I would have followed my original thoughts earlier in the year and gone with something more expensive like these instead of trying the Davis Splint Boots. I give them 4/5 stars, because of the price (I spent $164 on all 4), these ones only being available in white, and the difficulty in cleaning them. That said, they look sharp on Penn from a distance while he's outside, and he doesn't get a reaction from wearing them so much. Sensitive horse approved! I'm not sure I'd be happy with them if I intended to use them for riding. The dirty elastic and edges would bother me too much.
As a side note, I wash them at least once a week, and that never go on wet legs. I always towel dry Penn's legs in front of a fan before putting him out for the night. His legs also get cleaned 5 days a week, which cuts down on any sweat or dirt that might accumulate between turnout sessions.
If you're looking for a turnout boot in hot climates, this is definitely something to try!