Hi tech riding boots for top riders
By Justine Thompson
23 February 2009 16:45
Traditionally riding boots are made out of rubber or leather – but now an innovative new pair has come along to blow tradition out of the water.
The Tretorn Advanced Performance Boot is coming to Britain from Sweden, courtesy of Charles Owen & Company. The boot is crafted from micro-fibre and has been designed to bring an edge to top riders.
Swedish company Tretorn is the modern outdoor performance arm of global sportswear giant Puma AG, which is at the forefront of sports performance technology. This particular boot is a collaborative project between Tretorn and top Swedish show jumper Malin Baryard.
Roy Burek, MD of Charles Owen & Company, said: Tretorn has witnessed a gap in the market for performance riding boots and, working with the designers at Puma, they have created an innovative new boot aimed at the equestrian athlete.
“It’s extremely exciting that such a large sportswear company is interested in equestrianism, especially with the 2012 Olympics on the horizon. It can only be seen as a positive step that such a prestigious company is researching and experimenting with new materials and designs. This presents riders with the option of using new performance technology similar to that of footballers and other Olympic athletes.”
Crafted to be lighter and more comfortable than anything else on the market, with fit and functionality taking equal precedence, the new boot combines the superior the technology of the modern trainer with the styling and performance needed by riders.
Features include: side laces that can be adjusted to ensure a secure fit, soft calfskin lining, non slip comfort sole for cushioning, heel and ankle support, spur cover, rear zip, reinforced foot and a water resistant upper.
The Tretorn boots in colours black and brown are approved for use under BSJA and FEI rules and will be available from March 2009. They are also available in navy, red and baby blue, and will retail at £350.
Watch out for more on these boots in issue 321 of Your Horse - out April 23.
www.charlesown.co.uk or www.tretorn.com