Interesting to hear what everyone is saying about different sorts of boots. I bought my Muck boots in 2009, and they only developed a crack on the top of the foot last year, but lasted pretty solidly for 9-10 years. I wear them every day for 3-6 months out of the year (I actually use them to cycle to work in the wet winters), with occasional use in the spring and summer. I keep them by the back door and slip them on when I need to do quick checks of things in the garden. It's squatting on my toes while weeding that's got them. That and the harsh, high-UV sun of the southern hemisphere. Maybe they don't make them like they used to? That's certainly true of just about every other consumer good.
As my boots are some of the most comfy I've ever had (and don't give me foot/knee/hip pain like regular gumboots), I plan to put a motorcycle tyre patch on the bend of the foot and replace the neoprene top at some stage. Hopefully that will revitalise them for pottering around in the garden and cycling to work again!
I'm interested in the blundstone gumboot 028 boots
for those that have had them before how are they holding up for you? are they rummy enough for a liner in winter?
the ones i buy from Tractor supply wear out in a season. Mucks have never lasted more than a year and they are a slip hazard on any wet smooth surface. My last pair was bought prior to a deployment (on sale at local co-op) and leaked the first day i used them out of the box 9 months later after I returned.
I need a serious pair of Wellingtons at $165 USD that's pricey for rubber boots however i'm willing to get a set and send home to my dad who will farm the life out of them and see if they last more than a year. Blundestone Gumboots 028
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As far as slip on muck boots, I have had the same trouble with them not lasting. So far I am quite impressed with the polish military boots that I bought from Sportsman's Guide last October. No holes or cracks and they look just like rubber boots and didn't cost much. The key to slipping them on and off easily is buying them a size larger than you need. Big enough to slip on and off easily, but not so big you will lose them in the mud. Surprisingly, they are also not icicle cold in the winter.