Who should buy the Ariat Terrain

The Ariat Terrain is a perfect choice for people who:

  • need a boot for barns, ranches, and any equestrian-related activity
  • want a sturdy pair of all-leather boots for outdoor activities
  • look for a budget-friendly all-weather boot 

Ariat Terrain sturdy

Slip-resistant outsole

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

The sole is also reported to be self-cleaning, based on the wearers' feedback.

Ariat Terrain outsole

Ariat’s exclusive ATS technology

The midsole of the Terrain uses Ariat’s exclusive technology, Advanced Torque Stability (ATS). It is responsible for maintaining the stability and comfort of the boot by promoting proper posture and fatigue reduction.

Those who have worn the boot on their hiking adventures for multiple days in a row reported staying comfortable in the Ariat Terrain. "Very comfortable to walk in all day," says one of them. For this reason, the wearers ended up buying multiple pairs of boots.

Ariat Terrain midsole

More than a few people also say that the boot helped to relieve their foot, knee, and even back pain.

Comfortable orthotic footbed

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.

Ariat Terrain footbed

Underneath, the footbed is gel-cushioned on the heel and forefoot, facilitating shock absorption and providing comfort. It utilizes a composite forked shank which enhances stability and adds support. Because of this, the boot has been described as "gently supportive."

Out-of-the-box comfort

No break-in period, no hot spots, no blisters. Despite its rather burly look, this Ariat felt very comfortable from the get-go for a lot of reviewers:

  • "most comfortable boot I have ever had the pleasure to wear"
  • "comfort level of a sneaker or slipper"
  • "straight out of the box they feel like an old friend"

The leather is described as very soft and forgiving.

Moisture-wicking lining

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.

Ariat Terrain upper

Durable full-grain leather and Cordura upper

The upper is made of leather and Cordura. Full-grain leather is known to be the toughest and most resistant to the elements. Cordura fabrics are long-lasting, adding to Terrain’s toughness. Likewise, it is abrasion-resistant.

The wearers call it "extremely well-made."

Ariat Terrain Cordura

Ariat Terrain attracts compliments

In addition to its functionality, the boot is also referred to as very appealing visually. The reviewers mention receiving many compliments when wearing the Ariat Terrain.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 20oz / Women 14oz
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Orthotic friendly / Removable insole / Heel brake
Width: Normal, Wide / Narrow, Normal, Wide
BRAND Brand: Ariat
Material: Leather, Rubber sole / EVA midsole

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