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Womble

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Stirlingshire, Central Scotland
Re: Wellies
« Reply #30 on: January 16, 2016, 05:41:54 pm »
I asked this question a while back, and as a result, bought some Purofort wellies, which I've been very pleased with.


Don't get the fleece lined ones though, as the lining wears through quite quickly and then becomes uncomfortable. Also be careful around barbed wire etc, as they are quite thin. You can probably guess how I found that out  :-\ .
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Sbom

  • Joined Jul 2012
  • Staffordshire
Re: Wellies
« Reply #31 on: January 17, 2016, 10:16:14 am »
Not a fan of Aigle but it's a personal choice.

As for "can't afford Le Chameau":
1) work it out as a "capital purchase" - they are cheap when you consider the wear they get and the time they last;
2) if you're not proud, keep an eye on eBay... I've picked up the odd pair at half price (some new, some lightly used).

I meant I can't afford to buy them when I don't know for sure they'd do the job!
When your in a milking parlour a lot any loss of grip on your wellies is deadly, so if anyone who milks often and wears them can recommend then I'd consider them next time,  as comfort is vital when wearing nearly all day every day.

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: Wellies
« Reply #32 on: January 17, 2016, 11:03:57 am »
I can vouch for the grip on Le Chameau - best of any I've had, I think.  I did a lot of walking on Exmoor in my Le Chameaux.  Oh, and horse-riding too.

I cannot vouch for how the rubber stands up to cattle urine and dung, though, as my Le Chameaux had been ruined by someone wearing them for rowing (stretching them, and leaving them damp in a bag  :rant:) before I got to the point of having any cattle.

I'd got mine about half price at a summer fair, or would probably never have tried them.  I wanted wellies with a good enough heel for riding, so I could have waterproof feet and ankles if needing to dismount in muddy conditions. 

Having now had them, I would buy them again if I was sure the cattle urine wouldn't rot the rubber.  So am interested to see the responses to your query.
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Scarlet.Dragon

  • Joined May 2015
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Wellies
« Reply #33 on: January 17, 2016, 10:16:57 pm »
I used to work at a dairy farm although not in the parlour itself. 

I have never found better wellies for grip, not only in the dairy but also on ice and on the slipway at the jetty (where most boots would have you heels over head)!  Also during lambing (north facing hill during snow blizzards) they were a godsend when the rest of me was soaked to the skin and frozen.

They certainly stand up to horse urine and dung, cattle muck and pig muck in my experience.  I ran a livery on a mixed unit and frequently 'helped out' where needed.  They also cope with power washing and steam jet wash daily. They don't even seem to object to being routinely dunked in boot wash for biosecurity.

Bought new they come with a 'polish' which is effectively a rubber nourisher that you rub in periodically to maintain them.  I think you can probably buy it separately too although I never have.

As I said, check out eBay...there was one pair I saw a few days ago with an hour to go at just over 25 quid and they looked very lightly used!

I absolutely would not go back to using anything else now.

Oh, and if you're lucky enough not to have fat calves, you won't need the chasseurnord (zips); the standard Le Chameau are just as good in that case (my mother wears them) and significantly cheaper!
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SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: Wellies
« Reply #34 on: January 17, 2016, 10:19:25 pm »
The ones I had were wide-calved and no zips.  I don't like zips and I do have fat calves!  Whether I was just lucky to find them I don't know.
Don't listen to the money men - they know the price of everything and the value of nothing

Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cow, beef cattle, pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing

Buttermilk

  • Joined Jul 2014
Re: Wellies
« Reply #35 on: January 18, 2016, 08:06:39 am »
For using in a parlour le chameaux cannot be beaten, it is just a pity my feet are too broad for them.

Sbom

  • Joined Jul 2012
  • Staffordshire
Re: Wellies
« Reply #36 on: January 18, 2016, 08:40:58 am »
Brill, thanks....will keep a look out on ebay

Scarlet.Dragon

  • Joined May 2015
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Wellies
« Reply #37 on: January 18, 2016, 08:43:58 am »
For using in a parlour le chameaux cannot be beaten, it is just a pity my feet are too broad for them.

Surprised by this Buttermilk!  I thought I had odd shaped feet (they are short and wide), which makes it incredibly hard to get any shoes to fit as, if they're wide enough they're too long and I end up like a clown, and if they're the right length they're too narrow.  I found Le Chameau to have a better range of widths available than most boots and, particularly the neoprene has enough 'give' to work for me.  Sorry to hear that you aren't so lucky.

Maybe we should start a protest group for people with weird shaped feet to be properly represented in the boot market!!!???
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Hellybee

  • Joined Feb 2010
    • www.blaengwawrponies.co.uk
Re: Wellies
« Reply #38 on: January 18, 2016, 02:52:08 pm »
I know slightly off topic, I'm taking normal boots here, but if anyone is looking for comfy but good looking footwear look no further than the Rieker range. I bought a pair just before Xmas and wore them all around London for days and they were like wearing slippers, I've got funny feet, and never before have I found boots like them.


I m to tight to get the lovely boots you talk about, maybe I ll look for second hand ones too lol.

Buttermilk

  • Joined Jul 2014
Re: Wellies
« Reply #39 on: January 18, 2016, 03:31:17 pm »
For using in a parlour le chameaux cannot be beaten, it is just a pity my feet are too broad for them.

Surprised by this Buttermilk!  I thought I had odd shaped feet (they are short and wide), which makes it incredibly hard to get any shoes to fit as, if they're wide enough they're too long and I end up like a clown, and if they're the right length they're too narrow.  I found Le Chameau to have a better range of widths available than most boots and, particularly the neoprene has enough 'give' to work for me.  Sorry to hear that you aren't so lucky.

Maybe we should start a protest group for people with weird shaped feet to be properly represented in the boot market!!!???

Their long leather boots are the only ones that fit me so I was surprised the wellies did not. I ended up milking in leather work boots.

Scarlet.Dragon

  • Joined May 2015
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Wellies
« Reply #40 on: January 18, 2016, 08:52:23 pm »
Their long leather boots are the only ones that fit me so I was surprised the wellies did not. I ended up milking in leather work boots.

Now that's what I call a class act!
Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical and expecting more than others think is possible.

Buttermilk

  • Joined Jul 2014
Re: Wellies
« Reply #41 on: January 18, 2016, 09:58:38 pm »
Their long leather boots are the only ones that fit me so I was surprised the wellies did not. I ended up milking in leather work boots.

Now that's what I call a class act!

Not quite it was Dickies work boots.

pharnorth

  • Joined Nov 2013
  • Cambridgeshire
Re: Wellies
« Reply #42 on: January 23, 2016, 05:29:32 pm »
Somebody should send this thread to Hunter then perhaps they will go back to making decent boots that last instead of these flimsy girlie boots that let the water in after a few weeks wear


Foel Isaf

  • Joined Apr 2014
  • Gwynedd
Re: Wellies
« Reply #43 on: January 25, 2016, 11:22:33 am »
Dunlop Purofort thermo are brilliant. They are very warm to wear, have steel toe caps and a very good tread - my husband describes them as having four wheel drive for feet, even in slippy mud

Pagan

  • Joined Mar 2015
Re: Wellies
« Reply #44 on: January 26, 2016, 03:18:25 pm »
I live in my wellies all year round and haven't found a pair that will last over a year!! Hunters were the favourites but recently bought a pair of neoprene lined Goodyear...super warm (my 58 year old feet like warm!) tough, dark blue with pink trim(!) all for 40 quid (Amazon). Highly recommended , husband has a pair too...only without the pink trim! :love:

 

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