Hunter Wellies Review – Are They Really Worth the Money?

Hunter Wellies Review – Are They Really Worth the Money?

In the United Kingdom, wellies are our primary piece of footwear. Through rain, wind, and the most excruciating dog walks, they are there to keep our feet warm, dry, and comfortable.

Hunter is the most popular brand in the United Kingdom, and have been providing us with wellies for well over a hundred years. With a range of styles and prices, there is something for everyone in the Hunter store.

However, the question as to whether they are worth the money still remains. This Hunter wellies review will take a look at the benefits and disadvantages of these popular wellies to determine whether or not they are.

A Little History

Before we delve into the features of Hunter wellies, it is important to take a look at their origins and how they have evolved into the company they are today. Founded in 1856, by American entrepreneur Henry Lee Norris.

Their manufacturing was boosted massively during World War One as the need for Wellington boots increased.

Hunter Norris Field Adjustable Mens Neoprene Wellington

When World War Two struck, their production was boosted dramatically once again so that every soldier could be well booted and ready for the perils that were ahead.

During this period the manufacture of these wellies moved to a larger factory in order to keep up with the demands for new boots.

In 2006, after decades of popularity, they found themselves in administration and it seemed as though Hunter’s time was over.

However, they were bought out and work quickly began on building the company up to its former glory. It is around this time that production was moved to China, instead of the Scottish factories where Hunter wellies had always been manufactured.

This caused arguments among customers and has since remained a controversial and debated topic. However, since its rebranding we have also seen an increase in the number of models and a great variation in designs. They are distributed in over 30 countries, and have certainly climbed back up to the top of the ladder in terms of success and popularity.

The Advantages of Hunter Wellies

Hunter wellies have a great reputation across the world as being reliable and hardwearing. They come in sizes for men and women, but also in different models for those who need something that is either light for walking or a little more heavy duty for farm work and the like. Having a wide variety makes them suitable for everyone.

They are very well fitted to your leg, making them light and flexible to wear on all of your excursions. Many of them also come with a neoprene lining for added warmth during the winter months so that your toes are protected and kept toasty.

Plus, it makes the boot a little more breathable, especially when it comes to wearing them in the summer.

Hunter Original Short Gloss

For those with narrow calves and ankles, they are the perfect fit. There are no gaps so your boot will fit perfectly, almost moulded to your leg.

It is difficult to find wellies for those with narrow calves and ankles, but Hunter Originals are perfectly crafted to accommodate this.

Plus, even with their slim fit, they are incredibly flexible when you walk or run, so you can keep moving without hindrance.

Other ranges, such as the Balmoral, have been designed with the working man or woman in mind. The rubber is much thicker than other boots, making it more sturdy and durable than the Originals.

They are perfect for farm and yard work, and have been made to keep your feet going strong through even the longest working day so you don’t end up with sore feet.

The Disadvantages of Hunter Wellies

The main disadvantage to Hunter wellies is the decline in their quality. Before the relocation of their factories to China, these wellies were able to last for decades – with some people wearing the same pair nearly every day for 25 years.

This outstanding level of quality is what gave Hunter its fantastic reputation as a durable and reliable boot. However, in recent years many people have found it surprising if the boot manages to last a year without ripping or tearing. This has been hugely disappointing for new and old customers.

Plus, they only really come in one size – narrow. Those with wide feet or calves have no options when it comes to this brand. They are tight and leave no room for jeans to be tucked or thick socks.

This is a huge shame for those who have average or slightly larger calves. There are some wider options, but these are very limited in terms of models, and not much larger than the regular boots.

To Conclude

It’s hard to say if Hunter wellies are worth the money. On the one hand, their overall quality has massively declined in recent years and they don’t seem to last half as long as they used to.

On the other hand, they are excellent for those who need them for farm and yard work, as they are quite comfortable and tend to be made from thicker rubber – which means more durability.

A lot of it depends on your needs, and your opinion as well as experiences. In some senses, it is easy to say they are not worth the money based on the general quality decline and the narrow fit. However, for those who are using the stronger models for work or extensive walking, then they could be the right choice.

If you are undecided about Hunter wellies, then Aigle are an excellent and affordable alternative brand. They offer a stylish look and incredibly comfortable feel.

Plus, they were designed for farm work and extensive use – so you know they are going to last and keep your feet protected. There are many brands of wellies out there so we put together a guide so that you can find the best wellington for your need.

What do you think of Hunter wellies? Do you agree with the opinions here, or do you have your own views on this popular welly?

Leave a message in the comments below, we would love to hear from you.

  • My hunter wellies have peeled! The top layer is all lifting and peeling off. Mine have only been worn about 5 times. For the price paid, the quality is appalling and worse still is heir customer service!! Absolutely awful!! Rude and incompetent! Would never buy these again!

  • Would not touch them with a barge pole quality is appalling customer service appalling ,mine perished on top of boot in 12 months of gentle use.the so called warranty is not worth the paper it is written on!
    Stick to good old Dunlop i have learnt my lesson the hard way!!!

  • My husband bought me mine last year for Xmas . They lasted 3 months before they split . My last pair lasted me 23 years . I have horses so spend a lot of time in mine . Got in touch with Hunter who wouldn’t help as they were not bought at a Hunter Dealer . Quiet rude and obnoxious customer service .Disgusting . £80 for a pair of wellies that both leak water on the seals . Wouldn’t touch them again . I wouldn’t advise anyone to buy any

  • I ordered some for my daughter over a week ago said 1-3 working days. So I called them, I was told the wellies hadn’t even left the wear house, I had no email or phone call to say with an update. I’ve still hear nothing back after 2 emails and 1 phone call. Absolute disgrace seen as there not cheap! Quick to take your money but can’t even reply to my emails.

  • I think Hunter wellies look great but their quality is rubbish. I am just sending back the third pair in three years. They are just awful and their customer service is even worse if that’s possible. I’m done with them now even though I love the style and fit its ideal for. Just not worth the bother, they’re dreadful so beware.

  • i was a big fan of Hunter wellies.
    I’ve had two pairs from the age of 17 to 47 my second pair are still not leaking after all this time even though they have splits across the soles. Now for the bad bit.
    i bought a pair of leather Hunter wellies and wore them only for clay shoots and country fairs. Only had them for a year and the soles started to come away from the boot.
    Rang hunters who were not interested in sorting the problem as they said they were out of warranty.
    I’ll NEVER have Hunter wellies again and advise you not to buy them as their quality is rubbish.

  • My hunters I had in the 90’s lasted years and years with horses. I treated myself to a new pair finally post China movement. Didn’t even make it through a year. I researched for ages and bought a lovely pair of Aigle. I also needed salt resistant as we lived by the sea in Scotland. This was 2013. I walk several miles every day with the dogs and they’re still going.
    Wouldn’t be seen dead in hunter now anyway. They’ve been turned into a townie/chav accessory.

  • My wives Hunter wellies lasted 14 months before splitting, Hunter said this was not a manufacturing defect, so classed as acceptable wear. Do not buy they will not last

  • My first pair of Hunter wellies had composite steel studded soles and lasted 25 years. My next pair lasted 8 months and cost me £110 Hunter exchanged them for a pair reduce in a sale that were originally £280 these lasted 20 months and both wellies have split in two identical places. Conclusion, rubbish, save your money.

  • My Hunter wellies lasted a month at best, the replacements were the same, the third pair just as bad. All failing with splits at the side seam. The Customer Service make you jump through hoops to get a replacement, photos, sending boots back etc etc

    It is ridiculous. NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE, NOT even WATERPROOF

    Avoid avoid avoid

    The refuse my money back as I didn’t buy directly from them

    This company and their products are garbage

  • Forget Hunter unless you’re just buying them for the endless colour spectrum. Nowadays there are only two brands that produce good enough wellies that will last: Le Chameau and Aigle. Neither of these are made in China.

  • Chinese rubbish made rubbish hiding behind the Royal Warrant. I bought a pair for my wife for Christmas. They started to leak and peel after 3 months. They replaced them with another identical pair which have gone the same way. Customer service similar to quality.

  • After having read the review, I conclude: the Wellington boot is no longer true to its name following the removal of its production from Scotland, its takeover by new owner and the demise of its quality. It is, in fact, a different product and should therefore not be called a Wellington, as this is false advertising.
    The new proprietor is riding on the past glory of the past ‘wellie’ and making drastic shortcuts to reap the financial benefits despite the new inferior product providing speedier landfill.

  • Have had mine for 2 years but have only worn them about 20 times and they are already cracked. Would never buy this brand again as clearly the quality is no longer there. Considering the price I would have expected them to last a lot longer.

  • I would say that Hunter wellies are not at all worth the money – had been a customer for over years and wellies lasted about a year until I walked the soles off – the last 6 pairs I bought lasted a maximum of 6 weeks as each pair they split along the ball of the foot/instep area. When I contacted their customer services to complain about the decline in standards of materials used they just weren’t interested and how are they allowed to use the union jack on the box when they are made in China? Poor show Hunter – bring them back to UK for manufacture and up your game – it’s now a cheap (re quality not price) nasty product of no use whatsoever if you have horses or walk dogs – imagine ok in a Chelsea Tractor

  • I have had 3 pairs in less than a year they all split in the same place. I will be taking them back for a full refund of £100. Phoned there head office & they weren’t very interested in my complaint. NOT HAPPY. I had a pair of Dunlop boots lasted over 5 years cost £8.00. Buy cheap last longer.

  • Utter rubbish really. Bought a pair of Hunter Balmorals with leather lining for a princely sum and they lasted just over two years of very light use. Out for a walk with the dog recently and the whole of the sole on the left boot just came away. Peeled right off. Replaced with a pair of Aigles which cost less but are a different league entirely. Leave them for the Glastonbury set.

  • Everything here (including owner comments) ring true. My first Hunters lasted well over 15 yrs, possibly
    even 20, and had a lot of use / abuse. The next pair only lasted around 5, and I have just got home after a walk to find the pair of Hunter Norris field boots (thicker, supposedly more durable rubber than ‘standard’ Hunters) are now leaking after just over 2 yrs – on inspection the rubber around the welt / seam is perishing and has split in one place). My wife’s 1st, recent pair of Hunters barely lasted the year – but to be fair Hunter replaced them free of charge with the supposedly more durable Norris version; we’ll see how long they last. This is all a great shame, although expensive, they are comfortable and used to be extremely durable, but no longer, it seems. I’ll be looking at alternative replacements now.

  • Bought a pair of Hunter gardening wellies having used my father in law’s ancient, rugged pair on several occasions helping in his garden. Clearly quality of material and manufacturing has deteriorated from what it was in the past. After only 2 years of regular weekend gardening use the side seams split and started to leak. Rubber surface has wrinkled and cracked. Inner sock wore out within a few weeks. Vastly overpriced product, cynically trading on past reputation. The boots are Chinese tat and should not have a Union Jack or Royal Warrant on them. Will stick to £12 No brands from a discount store because they last longer.

  • I was bought a pair of these approximately 3 years ago, earlier this year I cleaned them up ready for autumn and noticed there was a peeling of the outer layer and that the rubber was starting to degrade and break down. I contacted Hunter boots and their initial response waste say because they were outside of the 24 months warranty there was nothing they can do and said the boots are still usable, after much conversation over various e-mails they admitted this was due to the materials used and a hardening process during the making of the boot, they offered a 25% discount on a new pair. These boots were rarely worn and were kept indoors alongside my wife’s Hunter boots that are of similar age and show no signs distress. As it seemed I was not being believed, although I sent pictures, I shipped these boots to their CEO in the there Edinburgh office, who received them and signed for them a few months ago and has failed to respond to the letter I sent with them. They have not offered any guarantees that this degradation won’t happen again, their customer service responses are cut and pasted script responses, their CEO seems ignorant to customer satisfaction. I won’t be buying anything from this company again and would deter anybody spending their money on high end prices for low end quality and poor customer care.

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