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ONE THING TO WATCH OUT FOR BUT ON THE WHOLE A GREAT BOOT
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 November 2017
This is my third pair of Muck Boots. The First pair were the Derwent model and lasted a few years then got a leak through the sole. The second pair was also a Derwent Model and the sole on one of the boots totally came away. I'm a casual user, not a farmer or tradesperson. I don/t wear them every day but I'd say worked them hard 10 days in a month for 6 months of the year working the land and walking the dog. So here's my review broken down into sections of Comfort, Grip, Warmth, Waterproofing and Longevity
So, I've just received this pair of Edgewater II's. First impressions are very good. The first thing I noticed is that where both of my Derwent boots had a steel reinforced ankle area (or something like steel) which used to hurt until it was worn in (it was too high and rubbed) the material around the heel and Achilles tendon is flexible ... time will tell if this is good or bad.
Overall the insole comfort is exceptional, soles are flexible and I wasn't feeling the prods of rocks or stones through the sole. They are also light, very light in fact, and I felt Iike I could power walk in them. The upper part of the boot is not too loose and not too tight so shouldn't have any problem getting trousers in there. Size wise they fit better than expected with my previous experience with MBCo
I took them for a walk over the following surfaces and found the grip to be:
Wet Cobbles on the flat - quite slippy laterally (side to side)
Wet Cobbles covered in leaves on severe incline and Decline - to be honest they held up ok
Wet tarmac - quite slippy laterally
Wet Moss over Tarmac - OK
Grass - Excellent
Flat Mud - OK
Mud on a severe camber - OK, some slipping laterally but actually better than expected
One thing I have noticed is the grip is ok in the direction of travel but its the side to side grip that feels loose.
Also the sole cleans itself well! really well, got them muddy and a few minutes walking on grass and they were all cleaned up. Mud didnt seem to clog up which is a total bonus!
All that said these are a pair of wellies, not hiking boots or running shoes. You want a sole that performs on the surface it will be used for the purpose most people will need it these will most likely do. These are marketed by MBCo as "Edgewater II are the multi-purpose boots that will look after your feet in the garden, on your muddy dog walk or as you head into town on a rainy day". I'd say they are better on soft terrain than hard.
Ok, 5mm Neoprene, insulated sole = a warm boot. Exceptional for Use around
I'm going to guess with what these are made of eg rubber and neoprene. These are insulated waterproof boots. Not a pair of crocs. They're not for a summers day and I don't care for it when manufacturers use the word breathable on boots, that lets face it, really wont end up being. I'll be working them hard over the next two late autumn days and I can guarantee I'll have sweaty feet by the end of it.
But when you need a warm boot to stop freezing toes - these tick the box
Excellent. I jumped in a stream 1" from the top of the boot with no leakage, right foot only though I wouldnt have been able to get out if I'd stuck the other one in!
Well this is the big question isnt it. I'd say I got 2 years each out of my last two pairs. According to my estimate earlier on I used my Derwent boots approx 120 times each. TBH that sounds pretty bad and if I got this out of these £75 boots that would be 62p per wear. Hmmm. So, you pay more for a boot that is comfy and warm and performs well but how long will it last for before something goes wrong. One of the reasons I chose this pair is because the sole design is TOTALLY different to the Derwent boot, I'm hoping that that wrap around lip of the sole clings on tight with lots of walking and work in the garden.
A great boot with thermal retention and waterproofing but sadly that little bit of slip in the grip drops it from 5 stars 4 but then pops it back up to 5 stars because of how well the sole cleaned itself meaning - I love it.