One big problem, tho: the MEs only go down to size M, and were still not the right fit for Isabel. No matter what I did, they would turn during a ride. When I found myself opting to use different boots for schooling I knew it was time. We needed new boots that fit.
I figured this problem was more or less solved by the used Woofs I picked up on eBay - except those kinda turned too... Ugh. Petite little mare and her toothpick legs!
But, then - angels sang. I wasn't even looking for cross country boots at Rolex, when I spotted these LeMieux boots out of the corner of my eye. AND. They had fronts and hinds in size S. The full set of four for $135.
|porous exterior doesn't hold water. branding is relatively understated.|
The design is super simple: the flexible cage mesh exterior dissipates water, heat, and debris; and the polycarbonate strike guards are lightweight yet SOLID. No hard edges tho - the design feels very smooth and fitted. Oh, and there's no neoprene on these boots.
|finally. boots that fit.|
The hind boots do have individual velcro tracks for each strap - but again, the fit and adjustment seems just right.
|ruthlessly efficient. that's something i can get behind|
After being paranoid for so long about my boots slipping, turning, or falling down - it's really refreshing to not actually have to worry any more. Or have to pester my riding buddies, asking "are my boots ok?" (does anybody else remember the multiple xc lessons that had to be paused for Dan to fix a fallen boot?? ugh - never again!)
|a photograph of photographs. #meta|
Ruthlessly efficient might as well be a metaphor for my life philosophy. lol
|all cleaned up and ready for the next ride!|
left: front boots with the strike guard along the tendon
right: hind boots with the strike guard across the cannon inside and front
The LeMieux boots look and feel great after a month of use - and are fully assimilated into my assortment of somewhat neglected and abused equipment. And I expect to hang on to them.
Oh. And for those of you into that kind of thing, a little googling proved that they also come in brown or metallic... ;)