Tuesday, January 13, 2009

ESSENTIAL KIT Hunter Wellingtons

I had my first pair of green wellies when I was five and have owned a pair on and off over the last twenty years. Last year when Helen and I stayed on the Langley Marshes on the Norfolk Broads we decided to invest in a new pair to deal with the wet, wind, and bovine droppings. After a considerable amount of research we decided on the Hunter Balmoral Neoprene model. They worked like a charm and on our return to Vancouver and the subsequent snowfall and slush they proved their value over again.
The specs are:
The sculptured boot top and contrasting piping gives a stylish design. Suitable for all seasons.
Upper : Vulcanised natural rubber construction, built on an orthopaedic last for the legendary Hunter fit
Outsole : A moulded sole from synthetic rubber with Blown EVA. Comes with a removal insole for adapting the boot fit between seasons
Lining : 3mm cellular Neoprene sponge imparts thermal insulation, keeping the feet cosy and comfortable in cold conditions
Footbed : Contoured insole with reinforced instep. Energy rebound in forepart and heel shock absorbing pads
Weight : 2050gms/pair (size 9)


As iconic as wellies seem to England and the British their origins go back to the American owned North British Rubber Company of 1856. The company started off with a small work force of four and by 1875 had over 600 employees. World War 1 spurred the production of boots for the military campaigns in the flood bound trenches. The second world war saw the need for Wellington's, gas masks, belts, and life jackets. Hunter Boots were built for necessity not fashion until 1955 when the original green wellie came to life. It has been a part of the Glastonbury Festival crowd, the Royal family, farmers, and fashion icons ever since.

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