Similar in style to the Grasmere, the Ariat Glacier boots have the same shape, construction and side lace system as the Grasmere but instead have a full leather finish rather than as leather/suede combination. As many of you will know, the side lace draw system uses draw string laces which can be adjusted to different widths going up the leg meaning a really close fit for a variety of leg shapes and sizes. The Glaciers also feature a stitched toe cap detail which isn’t on the Grasmere which is purely cosmetic but is a nice little touch. They feature a riding outsole which means they fall into the country/equestrian category of Ariat boots. They are great for riding but also really comfy for walking and general use around the yard. We’ve found them to really stand up to lots of abuse, more so than any other boots we’ve tried, and if they’re looked after, these will out-last most other boots out there.
They use Sympatex technology which allows for smart climate control through dynamic heat insulation, the 3D foam dots on the membrane act as spacers to the skin and during low activity there is an increase in heat insulation through the air chambers between the 3D foam dots. During high activity there is reduced heat insulation and an increase in perspiration removal and breathability. This high-tech design ensures comfort, is 100% waterproof and windproof and its functional to the individual as it makes fashionable design super practical.
The Ariat Glaciers also feature a Duratread outsole which ensures a lasting performance, protection and flexibility. By using this exclusive rubber compound it combines maximum wear-resistance with comfort and flexibility, outlasting traditional rubber but it not stiff and uncomfortable. This sole features a compound of materials which takes much longer to wear away than most boots on the market so it takes a long time notice any wear on one side (depending on how you walk) that is all too familiar with other footwear.
The Thinsulate Insulation which is incorporated into the boot is designed to be a tough synthetic insulator. It is made from a tightly woven microfiber structure which traps air to retain warmth. There is also a removable gel cushioned ATS footbed with a contoured heel cradle for all-day comfort.
Ariat boots tend to come up around half a size bigger than your standard shoe size so if you are a size 6 we would recommend you get a 5.5, but we can always change them if they aren’t the right fit. In terms of looking after them, we advise cleaning the boots after every use although we know realistically this isn’t going to happen for most people. The main things to remember are not to leave them caked in mud, give them a rinse and brush off when they’re covered in mud as it will eventually penetrate the leather. It’s also a good idea to condition, polish and re-waterproof them as well every so often, this will not only keep them looking smart but also keep the leather healthy and prolong the life of the boots. They come supplied with boot trees and a long shoe horn, again you should use these as the trees help keep them from sagging and the shoe horn means you can slide your foot past the heel area which sometimes can bunch up.
With all that technical stuff in mind, you can see why the Ariat Glacier boots command a higher price tag than many others on the market both from Ariat and from other brands. We see them as a riding boot with benefits, especially useful in winter with the waterproof membrane and the insulated lining. Comfier and warmer than the Windermere with the added benefit of the lacing system to make sure they fit really snug.