Verdict from 3 experts and 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • A good number of purchasers applauded the product for its zero break-in time. They loved the comfort right out of the box.
  • Many users liked the comfort provided by the Ariat Terrain. They said that they could cover miles wearing it without having hot spots or blisters.
  • The budget-friendly price of this boot was appreciated by a lot of wearers.
  • The Terrain has a roomy toe box, according to quite a few users.
  • The non-aggressive outsole impressed several wearers. They claimed that it was able to give them the traction needed on slippery surfaces.
  • A high percentage of Ariat Terrain wearers enjoyed the arch support provided by the ATS technology. They said that it was superb.

1 reason not to buy

  • The Terrain did not have the quality it had before, according to a significant number of wearers. The stitching in the toe area fell apart and the sole separated from the shoe—these issues happened after wearing it for only a couple of months.

Bottom line

The Terrain by Ariat surely made consumers appreciate its budget-friendly price. It offered has excellence in providing comfort and support. The toe-box was roomy enough to accommodate their feet. Despite the non-aggressive outsole design, it still gave ample traction on wet surfaces. What left other users disappointed was the stitching and sole issue. In conclusion, this boot delivers all the basics.

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Good to know

  • The Terrain uses Ariat’s exclusive Duratread outsole which is known for its durability and slip resistance. Its toughness does not interfere with the comfort and flexibility the boot provides.
  • It also features the ATS (Advanced Torque Stability) technology, which is mainly responsible for the steadiness of the boot. It promotes proper gait and aims to reduce fatigue. The shank enhances stability and works with a variety outsoles.
  • Ariat’s Terrain combines a full-grain leather and Cordura upper for optimal durability. Both materials are robust and resistant to various ground elements.

This boot is offered in men's and women's sizes. The lace-up closure system includes notches for ankle flex. It promotes support and comfort, especially when bending. It also avoids pressure points on the instep. The padded collar adds comfort.

The Duratread rubber outsole of the Terrain is designed to be highly resistant to slips and oils. The tread pattern is non-marking and grips on different grounds. The flexibility of this material renders a more optimal performance.

The midsole of the Terrain uses Ariat’s exclusive technology, the Advanced Torque Stability (ATS). It is responsible for maintaining the stability and comfort of the boot by promoting proper posture and fatigue reduction. The moisture-wicking top layer of the footbed keeps a cool and dry feeling. It also adds to the upper’s ability to resist moisture. Underneath, the footbed is gel-cushioned on the heel and forefoot to facilitate shock absorption and to provide comfort. It utilizes a composite forked shank which enhances stability and adds support. These features work with different types of use-specific outsoles.

The ATS technology works with the EVA orthotic footbed of the boot. This lightweight foam provides cushioning, acts as a spring and does not absorb water. 

The upper is made of leather and Cordura. Full-grain leather (the type used in this product) is known to be the toughest and most resistant to the elements. Its durability is tested and proven over time. Cordura fabrics are also long-lasting, adding to the Terrain’s toughness. Likewise, it is abrasion-resistant. The upper also has a pull loop attached to the heel. It allows easy on and off.

  • Aside from hiking, the Terrain line is designed for the endurance training needs of consumers. This boot can be worn in barns, ranches and during any equestrian-related activity.
  • It can also be worn as a work boot. One of its key features is a 90-degree heel that improves grip on ladder rungs.


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