Living in Devon and having two dogs means that my fiancé and I do a lot of walking. One of the things that we love to do at weekends is to plan somewhere new to visit in the local area. There really are so many gorgeous places on most people’s door step and we can always find a local hidden gem and wondering why we’d never been there before?
Having just received our new boots from Ariat we were even more excited than usual to grab the dogs and go but we hadn’t even made it to the car before Cefyn received a compliment on the Torridon Gtx Insulated boots he was wearing from a couple of admiring ladies.
Less than half an hours drive from our cottage is the beautiful Start Point Lighthouse. Start Point is a spectacular promontory in South Hams, South Devon on the most southerly headland in the county. It marks the western side of Start Bay which extends eastwards to the River Dart estuary, situated on the 630-mile South West Coast Path, it is a popular destination for visitors and locals alike. If you are looking for an afternoon stroll or something more adventurous, there are a selection of circular walks around Start Point ranging from easy to moderate, suitable for most abilities.
The sky was a brilliant blue when we set off from Start Point car park and we slowly meandered our way towards the lighthouse detouring from the path up to some craggy rocks that look over this spectacular part of South Devon. It was really breezy at the higher altitude and rough underfoot but both my Stoneleigh H20 and Cefs Torridon GTX took the terrain in their strides.
The Torridon GTX Insulated boots that Cefyn wore for our trek are rugged and durable, these really are the ultimate in men’s outdoor boots! Cef explains, “I have been used to standard walking boots in the past and was a little unsure what to think when I heard that these were knee high boots for men!!, I needn’t have worried as I was absolutely blown away when they arrived. They are exceptional quality, have the height advantage in wet weather of my old faithful Batman wellies which I use a lot (especially during the winter months) but unlike flimsy wellington Boots these have the full support you would expect from hardcore walking boots making them in my opinion like Super wellies!!” The Torridon GTX are clearly built to perform and feature a whole host of technology, including a waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX® membrane and a waterproof full grain leather upper to ensure protection from all the elements. If that wasn’t enough these boots also incorporate a 200g Thinsulate™ Insulation to keep your feet warm in the coldest conditions. The shock absorbing EVA midsole provides cushioning for enhanced comfort along with Ariat’s ATS Pro® technology for long-lasting support and stability. These boots retail at £369.99.
While Cef paraded around his boots racking up the compliments from passers-by, I tested out the Stoneleigh H2O’s (RRP. £249.99) which are available in the colours Java or Sage. I went for the Sage coloured ones and they did not disappoint in terms of style, comfort and performance, very much in the countryside style that I love. It is a beautifully designed, elegant boot and like the Torridon boots, these also feature a waterproof, full-grain leather upper and a waterproof membrane construction to ensure you stay dry wherever you are heading. The moisture-wicking and gel-cushioned foot bed with heel stabiliser for shock absorption ensures the boot offers maximum comfort as well as maximum style. You won’t want to be seen without these boots this season.
After a good 2 hours of solid walking we made our way back to the car. This is the second pair of Ariat Boots I have had the pleasure of trying and the first for Cefyn. Ariat was founded on technology and engineering—with the goal to make the highest-quality footwear and Apparel and have succeeded again with boots and clothing that look amazing, feel incredible and really last!
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