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Ariat® Volant Vented Tall Boot

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Why We Love This

Ultimate performance technology meets innovative design in the Ariat Volant Vented Tall Boot!  Using premium leathers and advanced materials and construction, the Ariat Volant Vented Tall Boots have a sleek-looking exterior with premium comfort in the footbed.  Designed to create a great looking, fitting and feeling boot that will ensure peak performance for all equestrian athletes. Imported.

Favorite Features

  • Made from premium European calf leather and breathable stretch mesh for an ergonomic and breathable fit
  • Cobalt Quantum technology provides superior support, control, and stability in the footbed
  • Reinforced Tec-Tuff heel counter and overlasted construction for added durability
  • Duratread outsole is highly resistant to barnyard acids, oils, and slips
  • Spur cradle with two height options

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Favorite Features

  • Made from premium European calf leather and breathable stretch mesh for an ergonomic and breathable fit
  • Cobalt Quantum technology provides superior support, control, and stability in the footbed
  • Reinforced Tec-Tuff heel counter and overlasted construction for added durability
  • Duratread outsole is highly resistant to barnyard acids, oils, and slips
  • Spur cradle with two height options
Key Specifications
  • Material: Premium European calf leather
  • Style: Field
  • Stretch Panels: Lateral breathable stretch mesh


Material Premium European calf leather
Style Field
Type of Zipper Full length zipper
Zipper Placement Back
Stretch Panels Lateral breathable stretch mesh
Footbed Cobalt Quantum technology
Special Features Reinforced Tec-Tuff heel counter, duratread outsole, Spur cradle with two height options.
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    Ariat® Volant Vented Tall Boot is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 57.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very comfortable This is the 3rd pair of Volants and I love them! They are comfortable and break in quickly
    Date published: 2016-08-31
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from needs more flexable sizing I tried three times to get a version of this boot that would fit. I had to return all three. Thank goodness for Smartpaks return policy. Basicly these boots are too tall and too narrow. The regular height and calf size do not fit me ( I am a regular size person). Evidently I need a full/short combination which is not available in a size 10 foot. Too bad because I really like the boot.
    Date published: 2016-08-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful looking I bought these boots a month ago. They are very nice, I haven't used them a lot just yet. The video from smart pak said they might run large. I wear a 9 and the foot bed fits great, very comfortable plenty of toe room. The calf seems to run a little tight. Again I ordered a Reg calf.
    Date published: 2016-08-16
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from So uncomfortable! I have a normal foot but these boots tore up the backs of my heels. Blisters constantly. Plus they hit the backs of my knees, worse on the left than the right. I'm 5'7" so not short with a normal calf and I finally had to call it quits. I have worn them maybe 15 times with no sign of relief. The leather is good quality but stiff so maybe this is the reason for the prolonged break in. Really wanted these to work but had to send them back. I bought them on sale. Would have been really ticked if I had paid $500! Also the stitching is starting to come out on one.
    Date published: 2016-07-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these boots!! Comfy, durable, ventilation actually works, fast break in time, awesome quality and they look great! I'm so happy I took the plunge on these. I've owned/borrowed several brands and models over the years and these are by far my favorites. The spur rest design is genius and the extra grippy leather on the inner calf is awesome.
    Date published: 2016-05-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Soo comfy. I have only ridden in these three times so I can't comment on durability. The boots are super comfortable and very easy to break in. They make a perfect schooling boot for winter or summer in California since they are vented. The fit is true to size and I am lucky enough to have off the shelf boots fit like customs. Great investment.
    Date published: 2016-01-20
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Such Potential, but haven't held up... I have been in these boots for 3 years. The first pair fell apart at the toe seams 9 months in. I've had the second pair for almost two years and they're falling apart. The snap over one heel is broken, the inner calf leather has rubbed through, and the fabric part of the upper is deteriorating. Up until they fell apart, these were hands down my favorite all-time boots. I am a pro dressage rider so these babies see hours of use (riding and grooming only, I have different shoes for mucking) daily. They are by far the most comfortable and easy to break in boots I've ever owned. If you only ride a couple of horses, they will probably hold up better for you than they did me.
    Date published: 2015-11-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love These Boots! Absolutely love these boots! I have had these for 4 years now and they have held up with almost daily use, riding 3 horses a day! They even fit me well when my foot slightly expanded after pregnancy. So comfortable! Worth every penny!
    Date published: 2015-10-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sticky medial calf I was unsure about which size to order so after measuring my leg Icalled SmartPak and they helped find the right size. When the boots arrived they fit perfectly. I am still breaking them in, but am very happy with their performance so far. I feel very secure in my saddle and look great!
    Date published: 2015-03-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good boot to wear everyday. Bought these boots and broke them in wearing around the house for a few days. No blisters only a few rubs. Using heel lifts till they get fully broke. Have been riding in them for nearly 2 weeks now so cannot comment on durability hence the 4*, but they seem very well constructed and look great. They still need to drop down a bit more and are still a bit stiff for walking round in, but that is coming along with daily wear. It's been very hot and humid here (south Texas) the past couple of weeks and they are very comfortable in the heat which is why I bought them. A couple of my friends have them and recommended to me. Happy with them so far.
    Date published: 2014-07-09
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Second Pair of Ariat Boots Nice boots...I already have the pair that are NOT vented...both pairs are difficult to break in...this pair...(the vented) are not as nice as the non-vented...the leather on these is almost like pleather...and for almost $500 I would think the quality would be a bit better...I like how they look and will keep working on breaking them in...
    Date published: 2014-05-29
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from I wish these boots were all they say they are I really wanted these boots to be as good as my other Ariat boots have been. But they fell apart over the top of the foot and there was a big hole over my toe and foot. This happened at a show in one day. So I tried another pair, and the same thing happened! very disappointing. Now I am wearing another brand.
    Date published: 2014-03-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good boot for heavy use I bought these boots almost a year ago and they're still holding up great! I ride 5 to 6 days a week and also do ALL of my barn work in them because they are that dang comfortable!!! I am starting to see some of the stitching unravel a little bit but if you catch it early and snip them off right away you should be fine. Okay so to anyone wondering about the fit... These boots have pretty thick leather and will only drop down about a half an inch. They are pretty quick to break in, but i would for sure use some heal lifts to help out!! The only reason I gave this boot 4 stars is because they are super hard to stay clean because of the seams and stitching. The zipper on these boots are super duper sturdy which is the best! I will be buying these boots forever!
    Date published: 2014-03-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just right for me! I bought these boots for lessons and clinics.  I only ride about 3 hours a week, so I do not expect them to fall apart anytime soon.  I will not be doing barn work in them, and I always clean them.  They were comfortable right away.  I have one bad ankle and put my own orthotic footbed in.  it fit perfectly and my ankle stays in the correct position.  And, living in Arizona, the vents area plus.  I chose to buy the boots from smart pak because of the excellent conversation with the sales person, free shipping, and very prompt delivery.
    Date published: 2013-11-15
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from They will fall apart I absolutely loved these boots when I got them, they are comfortable, fit well and seemed to hold up to daily wear. However, after a year and a half they completely fell apart and were not able to be fixed. All of the seams of the boot split open exposing parts of the inside of the boot and in some places my sock! Ariat did replace the boots but I assume the exact same thing will happen again this time next year. I talked to a local tack store and they have decided to no longer carry Ariat because they have had so many complaints about quality control. Choose another brand.
    Date published: 2013-08-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from very happy with them The boots are very comfortable I could wear them the whole day. They are also very true to the size. I have only wore them for about 2 weeks and they required about 2 days to break them in. Also due to the small amount of time I have had them I can't evaluate quality, value and durability well so I chose the 3 stars as average.
    Date published: 2013-08-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Boots These boots are the best ever! I recently bought a pair and became in love! They break in easily, and the non - leather parts made them sooooo much more comfortable and molded to your foot and calf! Thanks again, Ariat!
    Date published: 2013-08-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love-hate these boots. Love to ride in them. Hate to walk around the barn in them. For an everyday schooling boot, these are awesome for riding, they're well vented and comfortable at first ride. Not to mention beautiful, they also clean up really well. However, they are not very comfy to walk around the barn in and I hope that after they break in a bit more that I will stop getting blisters on my heels. I undo the flap on the back of the ankle and that helps when I'm not riding, but still, for the price there should not be any blisters at all.
    Date published: 2013-07-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from In Love These boots are absolutely awesome! Ive been wanting a pair for a year and got them as a gift for my birthday, but I would still pay for them myself if I hadnt. They breathe unlike my paddock boots and half chaps and are also very attractive and comfortable. Im not usually a tall boot fan because I dont like the limited ankle flexion but I have no problem with these (Probably due to the fact that theres no laces) I highly reccomend them as a schooling boot.
    Date published: 2013-07-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from most comfortable boots I recently purchased the Volant boots and love the ease and fit. Given the choice between my custom boots and the Volants, I reach for the Volants.
    Date published: 2013-06-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fit like a glove after the 2nd fitting The first pair indicated to me that these boots run large in the calf. I swapped out for a smaller fit and they are wonderful. So comfortable even after the first ride. The footbed is cushy like a tennis shoe. Love them!
    Date published: 2013-05-30
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Expect some pain! I am really disappointed with these boots. I work for a trainer and am at the barn on my feet pretty much all day - every day. I thought these boots would be comfortable to walk and ride in as every day boots and I liked how they looked.Well these boots gave me a ton of blisters and bruises on my ankles and worse behind my knee, not only while breaking in, but still to this day a year and a half later. I have gone to a couple local tack stores and talked to employees about these boots and they all tell me they hear lots of complaints about how bad these boots give blisters. I have even compared blisters with other people who ride in these boots more than once. Of course blisters are a given when breaking in, but a year in a half later I would expect these to be broken in by now?The footbed runs a little narrow too; much more narrow than my other Ariat tall boots (Heritage and Quantum) I have had. They gave me calluses on the side of my feet and I really believe they even were the culprit to my right foot fracturing. Shortly after feeling like I broke them in (besides still blistering) I was walking around my barn when my right foot felt super tight and then I felt a pop with super intense pain following. After feeling like I wanted to cry for several minutes and hobbling around I took off my foot to find a faint bruise that continued to darken (pictured). I went to the doctor and x-rays shows I fractured my 3rd metatarsal bone, telling me to wear a foot brace and stay off it for 6 weeks - like that is possible when you work at a barn. I bought some Ariat paddock boots, which I should have bought from the start, after the fracture and wore those around trying to take it easy on my feet. Several weeks later my foot did heal but still after a long day of walking I will feel a slight pain where the fracture was as a reminder. I mostly wear paddock boots at the barn now days but every now and then I will wear these boots because I paid so much for them and feel like I should use them. I have been meaning to buy Equifit Gel Bands to try and reduce the blistering but for now these boots remain pretty much useless because I can't show in them for hunters and my paddock boots are 100 times more comfortable.The left boot also split at the seams in the section right behind your toe. It was $30 to get it repaired from my local tack store. The person who repaired it commented that they were surprised at how well they held up for being as old as they were. Not a good thing to hear.The plus: You will get tons of compliments on these boots or will spark conversation about them but the coolness factor is not worth the pain. I would never repurchase them!
    Date published: 2013-03-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love them! Well, I haven't had them very long but so far I love these boots! They are so comfortable! I've been looking for forever (it feels like) for a tall boot that is comfortable enough to walk in as well as ride in and these seem to fit the bill. I do have to use boot lifts but that is pretty much par for the course for me, otherwise the fit seems pretty true to size to maybe just a little large.
    Date published: 2013-02-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Comfy This boots look great and are the most comfortable boots ever!
    Date published: 2013-02-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sturdy boots! We ride 10-12 horses a day and these boots are not only comfterable but hold up great!
    Date published: 2013-01-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cannot Find Fit Beautiful boot! Would have loved to keep if I could find a pair that would FIT me. Finally after 4 returns, I said, "I Give Up". The 8-1/2 was larger than the 9, and the 9.5 was way too big. For that amount of $$$, you want it to fit. I may try to reorder later, but got really frustrated with the fitting issue.
    Date published: 2012-12-26
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good while it lasts I purchased a pair last fall when my old ariats finally kicked the bucket. The volants we comfortable and seemed like the perfect boot for me. The design was cool looking while still being conservative enough to take in the dressage ring at events.Five months ago I left for Argentina for a working student position, riding 4 to 6 horses a day, six days a week. The leather has held up great but within 2 months the stitching on the foot started to come undone. Completely disappointed! A fellow rider down there had the same problem as well. These boots are advertised as durable and for riding a lot but I can not recommend them if the stitching is just going to rip out. Very disappointed in ariat, especially after my last pair of boots which lasted 5 or 6 years of abuse and still cleaned up great.
    Date published: 2012-11-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Boots So, it was really difficult to shell out five hundred dollars for boots......but I am glad I did! The boots require very little break in, they are super comfortable, and they are grippy on the parts that touch the saddle. The zippers work very well too.The boots are quite snug in the calf so it was easy to opt for the wide. Smart pak graciously agreed to send me to different sizes with free return shipping for the pair that did not fit...a win/win!
    Date published: 2012-10-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and Comfortable I ordered these and the Volant front zip (in all black) at the same time based on hours of research trying to find a comfortable boot for my vertically challenged frame... I am 5'4" 123lbs, athletic build with 13" calves. I previously wore the Ariat Crowne Pro and was in agony ALL the time from my crinkled ankles to the bruises and abrasions behind my knees. I thought I would have to wear 1/2 chaps forever. I chose this boot over the front zip because it felt more substantial and more comfortable walking and with heels down. It feels more like an athletic shoe than a tall boot and the vents at the front of the ankle completely eliminate the painful scrunch. The high topline is also much nicer than the front zip. The panels stretch a bit, so you can wear a thicker breech and/or sock in winter. Also the spur holder is smoother than the front zip version which feels a bit sharp and unfinished. At first I was a little hesitant on both of them based on their progressive design, but I am totally in love with these boots after riding in them. Every day they get more comfortable and I get tons of compliments, from trainers to students, everyone says, "Wow, those are really cool boots!" I hope they will wear well.
    Date published: 2012-10-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great durable boots! These are awesome boots as usual for Ariat. They are durable and clean up very easily with some effax. I love the vents near the ankles because they make putting your heel down very easy from the beginning. The only think I don't like is that unlike normal tall boots, they do not drop down very much. If they are too tall for you when you first try them on, then try a different size. I have been wearing these for a few months and they are still leaving blisters and bruises on the back of my knees when I ride hard. Other than that, they are awesome boots!
    Date published: 2012-10-07
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