After many years of leak free service with Hunter Neoprene wellingtons, they finally succumbed to age and split.
As Hunter is no longer on trend and is now worn by festival goers I was looking around at the broader market.
My wellingtons need to be able to be seen in in all situations (I know you are thinking poser!), comfortable to drive in,walk distances in and be warm. Oh and be Green.
I took delivery of a pair of Seeland but was very unhappy with the top to sole finishing and so they went back. I researched reviews for Aigle and Le Chameau and both seemed to have mixed reviews, especially around quality of product in recent years. But I have decided that this criticism can be levelled at most things we buy these days and none appeared to be catastrophic.
My partner has a pair of Aigle Parcours and is very happy with them, however having had the thicker neoprene in the Hunters I knew they would be too warm for me when walking.
The top of the range Le Chameau were a bit too expensive for me right now, and so I did some research and came back to a recent addition to the Le Chameau range. I settled on a pair Traqueur as they represented a fair price and I liked the sound of the Kevlar reinforcement. They are natural rubber and reinforced on the front to protect against undergrowth, which whilst I am currently not on shoots it will be useful and sometimes on dog walks you come across paths that are overgrown.
The lining is “OnSteam” microfibre of a decent thickness and density, which so far hasn’t proved to be too hot. And when matched to a pair of Dubarry Technical Socks from Robinsons of Stamford offers a good level of comfort. The sole has all terrain grip and appears to keep me fairly stable under foot.Initially I felt they were awkward to get on and off as they have a good grip around the ankle, but I have mastered the knack of removing them now without too much drama.
I have now used them in a variety of situations and weather, including the current “Beast from the East” and find the fit okay and comfortable to wear for a long time without my feet getting too hot. I’m not sure what the zip up the back does for me as its short and at the top, but its obviously been developed for some reason.
These boots have an RRP of £150 but I managed to secure a pair from Uttings currently with £31 off. This was my first purchase from Uttings and I can say I was impressed with the price and speed of delivery inc the quality of the packaging.