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EquiFit Gel Bands

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EquiFit Gel Bands protect rider's heels, ankles and legs from rubs and irritation while riding and are ideal for breaking in new boots! The Equifit Gel Bands stay in place while riding and fit comfortably and unobtrusively under tall boots, chaps and half chaps.  The EquiFit Gel Bands are made of a unique stretchable fabric lined with a polymer gel that gradually releases a soothing mineral oil into the skin. These bands are able to be worn directly against the skin or work just as effectively if worn over a sock.

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Short height bands are sold as a pair.
Tall height bands are sold individually. 

Favorite Features

  • No more suffering through breaking in your boots!
  • Very stretchy outer lined with a polymer gel for comfort
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Hand wash after use, mild soap and air dry
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Instructions for Use:
1. Slide bands over foot and leg and position it in the necessary location. Gel Bands should be worn next to the skin, not over breeches or socks.  
2. When necessary, wash with mild soap and air dry.

Sizing

Short: 3" x 5" (pair)
Tall: 3" x 10" (individual)

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

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    EquiFit Gel Bands is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 82.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product! Love how they help my tall boots to fit beautifully!~
    Date published: 2017-08-31
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good for blisters, but wear thin within 1 use I was sick of getting blisters from my tall boots so I purchased these gel bands in an attempt at relief. They work exactly how they are described to but I was quite disappointed to find that my new pair had holes worn through them after the very first use. I'm not sure if it was because it was so hot out the day that I rode, but the durability of these bands is lacking. If the price wasn't so steep, I wouldn't care that they only lasted for one use; however I can't justify spending >$20 each day I ride.
    Date published: 2017-07-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from EquiFit Gel Bands Have used them for years. They work very well! I would like to see a pair a little longer.
    Date published: 2017-06-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Did the job I bought this because my tall boots were suddenly giving me a blister on the inside of my leg left leg just below my knee. I had a show coming up and didn't know what to do. I saw this and was hoping I could pull it up over my knee and put my boot on for the dressage test. It worked! It was really snug, but once I started riding I forgot about it until I got off - no more blister, & I'll be able to use it again.
    Date published: 2017-03-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Protection I use these to protect my legs from my stirrup leathers and pinching boots and theyre perfect! I wish they could breath but it kind of comes with the territory!
    Date published: 2016-09-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome I bought this product about two months ago. It is great it has great support and doesn't move underneath my sock when I am riding. The only thing is that when its hot air can't get through it and my feet end up sweating a lot. Other than that it is great to stop rubbing and chaving and is super comfortable.
    Date published: 2016-08-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for rubbing paddock boots! I use the tie up paddock boots, and they do not give as easily as the zip up paddock boots, I would rub my ankles raw through my socks trying to press my heels down, and with these, its so much better!!!
    Date published: 2016-06-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfort at last I purchased these for my daughter who was having problems with her tall boots rubbing her ankles raw. They definitely stopped all the rubbing. Only downside is that they cause her to sweat more under her boots.
    Date published: 2016-05-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Work great as new. Have had for a month.This product was a life saver, however it does get worn out with use.
    Date published: 2016-04-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works Great! I bought these Gel Bands for my granddaughter to break-in her new boots. Not only did they protect from rubs etc. but she also wore them after she took her boots off because she said they help with her ankle pain and are comfortable. I'm going to order another pair as a back-up.
    Date published: 2016-04-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from LIFESAVERS! I had several boots that zipped up the back and then would cave in on my ankle in back. I had horrible sores and couldn't wear the boots. When I wear the gel bands, I can wear all of those boots!
    Date published: 2016-04-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must have for new field boots! I was skeptical at first, as I thought they would be too thick and uncomfortable. These are a must have while breaking in new field boots! I was able to ride and walk around without any rubbing!
    Date published: 2016-03-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The EquiFit Gel Bands sure do work, but they sure are expensive for the small amount of material!!
    Date published: 2015-10-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally!! I know I could have used this years ago before the age of half chaps with elastic, but always wrote them off when my little kids got rubs wearing jods and garters thinking they would be too big and wouldn't stay in place. Luckily I ran out of KT tape and one students mom went shopping without me and tried them, perfect!! I've got 6 kids now who ride much better at shows because their legs aren't being rubbed raw, and they're so much easier to deal with than tape and vet wrap !!
    Date published: 2015-08-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these things! I have narrow heels that get rubbed easily in a lot of riding and barn boots. These bands keep my heels & ankles free of blisters and rubs. This was my second or third pair of them b/c they work so well.
    Date published: 2015-07-29
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from No rubs but unsure they will hold up I get rubs on my calves even through tall boots and compression socks. Wore these gel bands for a stadium clinic on a Saturday and XC clinic on a Sunday- no rubs. However, material is already stretching and showing significant wear. I have "slim" sized calves in tall boots. I don't know that these will last more than several uses. Quite pricey for 3-4 uses only. Not practical for daily wear to prevent sensitive spots.
    Date published: 2015-07-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life Saver ive had these for so long and have used them to break in tall boots many times... Easy to clean, warm water and laundry detergent in the sink and that's it!! Saved me from MANY blisters
    Date published: 2015-05-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING I'm so happy I bought this before breaking in my new tall boots! It has saved me from tons of bad blisters!
    Date published: 2015-05-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best purchase ever! I bought these on the recommendation of the Smartpak representative to break in a new pair of boots. I bought the tall one and cut it in half to use on both feet. I was able to wear my new boots without getting blisters on my ankles or heels. I even used them around my knees after the ankles were broken in to prevent rubs from the boot height. They work great and make your skin nice and soft underneath. I've been using them for about 1 month and they are still like new. I will never break in new boots again without them!
    Date published: 2014-11-07
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not what I expected! This product did not live up to the description of it. Of no help to me at all.
    Date published: 2014-11-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product! I bought these for my daughter on a recommendation from one of her teammates. Her new boots were rubbing. She says, "They're amazing! I now ride in my new boots and don't feel a thing!" Meaning, no pain, no rubbing, no blisters!
    Date published: 2014-10-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works like a charm! I actually use this for fencing. I ruptured a tendon in my elbow and was unable to fence until it healed. I got the gel band and use it on my elbow. It provides compression and support to the elbow and let's me fence again. I have purchased two already and will continue to use it.
    Date published: 2014-10-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Prevented blisters Recently my tall boots and muck boots have been giving me tons of blisters on my heel. No blisters when wearing these
    Date published: 2014-09-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from These are aaaamazing Based of another review I bought these to help with breaking in new tall boots. love the sqooshy feel in the boots. I tend for my ankles to rub on the back of new boots. Not with these on! just do yourself a favor and buy one. I bought the tall set not realising it was a pack of one only. really since i was only using it to protect my ankles i just cut it into two pieces. I don't have them long enough to comment on longevity but so far so good.
    Date published: 2014-09-02
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from They will do! It was recommended to me to get these gel bands to break in the Tredstep Donatellos, which tend to rub everyone's heels off! They're the only reason I can ride in my tall boots, I can't bear it without them. However, they pill very easily, and are pretty bulky on your ankle. They don't stay in place, so about halfway through the ride my boots are already rubbing. and they really irritate my skin if I wear them for very long! So, unless I get new tall boots, these will work. But I wouldn't get them if you don't absolutely have to.
    Date published: 2014-08-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works perfectly No more sore ankles in my English or western boots. They seem thick but fit into the boots with no problem. My English boots have full zippers and my western boots pull on and the bands work fine with either pair of boots. I wear them over my boot socks and they work great like that.
    Date published: 2014-07-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from great for breaking in boots! I've be struggling with breaking in my new boots. I've tried about everything. This works! I'm so excited. A little thicker than I thought, but they work!
    Date published: 2014-05-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must-have for all boot wearers!! These are the BEST. They're a life-saver when breaking in new boots, and just a terrific comfort-enhancing accessory with any boots. Love these. Comfortable!!
    Date published: 2014-05-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from These are a lifesaver! These have made wearing my Tredstep DaVinci boots possible. I'd be lost without them. The zipper has caught the fabric a few times and it has a few pulls now, but overall a well made product.
    Date published: 2014-04-29
    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
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