Welcome to EN’s Product Review series! Who doesn’t love shopping, especially when the object of your search is new gear for yourself or your horse? As an enthusiast of all products equine, I LOVE trying out new gear. Please join me as I narrate my personal journey of trying out all of the products featured. While I will make no recommendations, I hope you have fun reading about my many adventures of trying new products, and that hearing about my personal experiences helps you on your own quest for new gear. Go Shopping.
I love all of the time that I’m able to spend riding, particularly in the summer season. Yet with as much time as I spend in the saddle, I feel like I take about twice as much time to get done all of my chores around the barn.
Unfortunately, that’s simply the nature of how things are when your horses call the barn out in back of your house their home. When I walk down to the barn, I can’t simply pull my already fed, watered and groomed horse out of his stall to tack up.
Sure, all of the barn chores take up a lot of time. A. LOT. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Spending time around my geldings helps me to tune in to their moods and personalities. So even when I’m shoveling their poo, I feel like I’m learning to be a better rider.
I’m a little bit fussy about my tack and gear … which means that I definitely do not muck stalls while wearing my tall boots. Trudging through horse poo and wet spots in a stall won’t just make my tall boots look gross. It could also cause them to wear down prematurely. Yuk.
My particular tendencies in regards to footwear means that I am always on the look out for more muck boot options. I feel like there can never really be too many options for barn boots, since I spend a couple of hours a day mucking and carrying out other barn chores.
One of the options that more recently found its way to my radar are the women’s Alpha Lite boots from Lacrosse. The Alpha Lites are a pull on work boot that have really shown their stuff during daily wear around the barn and farm.
The Alpha Lite boots provide me with a comfortable mucking option. They weigh in at 3lbs per pair, and are 14″ high. And they feature an Active Fit, which means they are designed to pull on and off easily, while keeping feet securely in place while on the move.
Looking at what the Alpha Lites, I was glad to see that the boots are crafted out of a hand laid premium, natural rubber. And under the natural rubber, is an insulating 5mm neoprene layer that helps provide flexibility, durability, and waterproof protection.
The outsole of the Alpha Lite boots also offer traction when and where I need it. The diamond outsole is constructed out of fully vulcanized rubber for extra durability. And, the rugged lug pattern is designed to help provide additional traction.
The Alpha Lite boots also feature an EVA footbed that is removable. They are rated for a ‘mild’ comfort zone, which means they are well suited for wear in -20 to 60 degrees. However, I’ve found myself wearing them in temperatures up into the 80s.
From the first time that I pulled on the Alpha Lite boots, I was happy with the ease in which they slide on my feet. And on the flip side, they are quite easy to remove as well. My feet felt comfortable and well supported right out of the gate (or box, as it were).
With as much walking as I do around the barn, paddock and fields, I find the Alpha Lite boots to do a nice job keeping my feet comfortable. No rubbing. No blisters. Period. My feet do feel secure when I’m walking, so I don’t experience any kind of slip slide feeling.
The Alpha Lite boots have been a very versatile footwear choice for me. I wear them to feed, muck, turn in/out, and even for lunging one of my horses. They are comfortable and have held up very well to the rigors of barn life.
Traction is also something that is very important to me. Which is why I’m happy to report that the rugged lug pattern of the Alpha Lite boots help provide me with good footing. On dry ground. And in wet and muddy conditions … when they also keep my feet dry!
The Lacrosse Womens Alpha Lite boots are available in full sizes from 5 to 10. They come in either solid black, or black with pink accenting (pictured), and retail for $100.00. You can find the Alpha Lite boots here.
Go Comfortable Barn Boots. Go Lacrosse. Go Eventing.