Last fall when I made the decision to officially switch Henry to eventing, I figured it was time to retire my 15 year old Pelham-Ascot brushing boots and buy some real cross country boots. When I set out on my search I had 3 main criteria:
- shin/tendon guards
Oh, and budget friendly. Everything always has to be as budget friendly as possible because my life is expensive enough as it is.
After looking through all the popular boots on the market like Premier Equine, Dalmar, Kentucky, NEW, etc, I settled on the Majyk Equipe XC boots. Several friends had them and loved them, and the boots were very reasonably priced at Riding Warehouse (especially with the USDF 15% off code!) plus they offer free shipping. This was actually my first ever purchase from RW, so thanks Majyk Equipe for starting what is now a pretty intense obsession. The total for the boots after the discount was $131 shipped – a pretty fantastic deal for XC boots. And I got a free RW hat out of the deal too. Bonus.
Now that I’ve had the boots for 8 months and have been using them on a regular basis both at home and at shows, I feel like I can offer a pretty thorough opinion. The short version: I love them.
I got medium fronts and hinds for Henry, because he is a bit on the fine boned side. The boots are designed to be able to overlap on the sides, so it gives them a more flexible fit for different size horses. When I first got them it took me a few minutes to figure out how to put them on right. The trick is to find the guard inside the boot, line that up with where it’s supposed to lie (for the front boots the guard runs down the back over the tendons, for the hind boots the guard is in the front along the cannon bone) and then velcro them shut. Once I figured that out it made total sense.
The boots are super lightweight and very breathable, and they hold absolutely no water. In the past I’ve always taped my boots for additional security but these don’t require it at all – the only times I’ve taped my boots has been purely for decoration (because sometimes you just need mac and cheese duct tape). They’ve never budged an inch. The lining is soft but not so squishy as to hold heat or water, and the perforated materials allow for maximum air flow.
IMO they offer the perfect amount of coverage. They aren’t so big and bulky as to be cumbersome or restrictive while galloping, but they fully cover the cannon and the tendons, plus I absolutely love the construction of their shin/tendon guards. They will not shatter, and they’re strong and rigid yet not restrictive to the movement of the horse.
As far as durability, the Majyk Equipe’s are holding up very well. I hose them off when they’re dirty and let them air dry – that’s it. There are no frayed spots or worn spots or loose threads… pretty sure if I took the effort to throw them in the washing machine they would come out looking brand new. I’m feeling pretty positive that these will last me quite a long time. Originally I didn’t really love all the tags on the straps and had every intention of taking a seam ripper to them, but honestly I love the boots so much that I’ve left the branding on. If me using them helps them sell more boots, great! They’re fantastic, and I want people to easily be able to see what they are.
For the science geeks among us, you will probably really appreciate the research that has gone into the Majyk Equipe boots. There’s a whole page about it on their website, with a link to the full Biokenetics test results at the bottom. This is the kind of stuff I LOVE to see. They’ve made a really great product, and they can prove it. I’ve used them in the mud (quite a lot by now) and the scorching heat, and they’ve performed admirably in all conditions. In addition to all that fancy smancy impact testing they had done, I can attest firsthand to the fact that they really are non-slip, and they really are quite breathable.
All in all, these boots are one of my favorite eventing specific items I own. The value is fantastic, the performance is great, and believe it or not – I really have no complaints! And we all know how rare that is…