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EquiFit Gel Bands

EquiFit
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As riders and online shoppers, we know it can be tough to buy a new bridle or pair of boots without trying them on. That's why we moved the fitting room to your living room (or barn)! From breeches to blankets, if you or your horse can try it on, you can return it, free! Just use the pre-paid return label included in your order within 60 days from the purchase date. And of course, please make sure the item is in like-new condition with original packaging (we said 'fitting room', not 'war room'!).

EquiFit Gel Bands protect rider's heels, ankles and legs from rubs and irritation while riding. Gel Bands stay in place while riding and fit comfortably and unobtrusively under tall boots, chaps and half chaps. Gel Bands are ideal for breaking in new boots.

The EquiFit Gel Bands are made of a unique stretchable fabric lined with a polymer gel. These supportive wraps gradually release a soothing mineral oil into the skin. The Gel Bands are dermatologist tested and is both washable and reusable. Imported.

**If you have any circulatory problems or diabetes, pelase consult your physician before use. Discontinue use if irritation, rash or pain occurs.

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    EquiFit Gel Bands is rated 4.2821 out of 5 by 39.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from saving my heels! I bought these in tall because I am breaking in new tall boots (Tredstep Donatellos). I wore them in my tall boots around the house about 5 times and rode in them once and then I decided my boots were probably pretty well broken in. Big mistake! I rode without these gel bands once and ended up with blisters on both heels. Since, I have gone back to the gel bands while my blisters are healing and am able to keep riding. I may use them permanently because they are so nice and squishy. They have held up well after a week or so of regular use; I haven't noticed any thinning of the gel or stretching out of the fabric, but I do have a couple of mild issues with them. First, they make my feet so bulky I can't fit in my barn shoes very well when I am not in my tall boots. Not a huge issue, but mildly inconvenient. They also tend to slip down around my ankles a little; again not a big issue and it hasn't compromised the fit of anything or caused any additional rubbing, but be aware of potential slipping. Finally, they don't breathe or wick sweat away at all. Your feet will be wet when you take them off. That said, it's only a mild inconvenience and easy to take them off and let your feet dry when you're done riding and they have saved my heels and feet from massive blisters. I would still recommend them for the breaking in period of tall boots.
    Date published: 2014-04-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific product! These gel bands allowed to continue to ride while my ankles healed from rubs from new paddock boots. Did not move around or bunch up as I half expected they would, unobtrusive under the boots. Super...
    Date published: 2014-04-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW - I may never ride without them! I bought these for my daughter who is breaking in a new pair of boots. She has proclaimed that they are AMAZING, and she may never ride without the gel bands (even once her new boots are broken in)!
    Date published: 2014-03-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Protection from Blisters Love these gel bands -- especially while breaking in a new pair of boots. They are comfortable and don't get in the way of my boot fit. I love wearing them even when my boots are broken in as they provide a soft cushion around my ankle. Highly recommend them!
    Date published: 2013-10-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Blister Protection! My tall boots give me nasty blisters on my heels and behind my knees, to the point that the blisters usually end up bleeding. I cut the tube in half, and wore these at the horse show on Saturday around my knees. After 12 hours in the boots I had absolutely no blisters, not even soreness or bruising behind my knees. A miracle! I did not wear any around my heels on Saturday, which turned out to be a huge mistake. I ended up getting awful blisters on my heels to the point that I thought I could not ride on Sunday. I went out Saturday night and bought another one of these, and Sunday I wore them around both my knees and heels. Even with the huge blisters on my ankles, I was very comfortable in my boots! Again, a miracle! They are durable, and after 2 days of 12 hours of wear, they are just a little stretched out but no holes, and can definitely be worn again. The gel is moist and will make your skin feel wet, like you are sweating, but I did not mind this at all. In fact, it really helped make my open blisters feel better on Sunday, similar I believe to a burn bandage. Highly recommended!
    Date published: 2014-04-02
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible Felt awesome while I had them on. Took off my boots and both bands had holes in them. I wasn't even wearing them with new boots, just boots that moved too much around my ankle. Very disappointed in the quality.
    Date published: 2013-09-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the money These gel bands are amazing! I always have had trouble with my tall boots rubbing and the last pair I have had rubbed my heels raw. I have had the gel bands for 3 months and I have seen a huge difference! My heels have heeled up and have not gotten anymore rubs, I ordered the short height and I love how they fit. I have washed these and worn them a lot so the durability is fantastic. I was woking at my barn's summer camp 2 weeks ago and i was on my feet all day and doing a lot of leading horses and one day I didn't wear them for an hour and my heels were already were already rubbed raw. So I saw excellent quality for the price.
    Date published: 2013-08-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good protection, sweaty ankles! I received the gel bands this weekend and wore them under my new tall boots yesterday. I had two rides in the tall boots previously, and the zipper in the back definitely dug in to my ankle.The gel bands do a nice job of absorbing the rubbing that would otherwise be going into your ankle, but they really made my legs sweat. The linings of my boots were soaked with sweat where my heel goes. The sweat is a decent trade-off for saving my ankles.Not sure on durability yet - will report back after several more rides.
    Date published: 2013-06-10
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