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Hunter Wellies wade off into the sunset

Hunter WellingtonJoining what used to be Scotland’s Silicon Glen, manufacturing costs in this country have driven the makers of the famous Green Hunter Wellington boot overseas.

Having survived their first brush with the administrator in 2006, the company succeeded in surviving a number of trials, but ultimately had to yield to economics and transfer its production to places such as Serbia, China, and Brazil. The changes are expected to see its head office move from it Heathhall works near Dumfries, and result in the loss of up to 22 jobs – with only seven employed in boot manufacture. In 2006, staff had numbered 101, with most involved in manufacturing, and the company then ranked amongst the largest employers in Dumfries.

Beginning as the North British Rubber Company in Edinburgh in 1856, it made its place by using a new process to cure and stabilise the rubber – vulcanising. World War I saw its fortunes lift, as the War Office needed waterproof boots for troops fighting in flooded trenches, and almost 1.2 million pairs were supplied. Taking the place of another Scottish manufacturer that sadly succeeded in becoming a failure, they moved to Dumfries in 1946 after acquiring the factory of the Arroll Johnston motor company, which had gone into receivership and closed in 1931.

Your scribe has had a pair of faithful Hunters for years, and is not a member of the ‘horsey’ set. His are still as good new, despite having been across a fair number of muddy fields in search of various artefacts related to the country’s First, Second, and Cold War remains, and have survived the attentions of various noxious materials they’ve had to plough through, both animal-made (and man-made in some instances), as pollution comes in numerous guises.

While that sort of crap can generally be removed with some soap and water, a splash of disinfectant and a hose, nothing can remove the embarrassment that has come to be associated with a pair of Hunters ever since ‘Celebrities’ began to consider they were ‘Kewl’ to be seen in. But, since they work (the Green Wellies, NOT the useless celebrities), they still get thrown in the back of the car when they’re needed (unlike the celebrities, who’d be thrown under the car.)

Update

Green Century Boot

Green Century Boot (Vendor pic)

From the comments below, it seems that the former Hunter production equipment was bought up and moved to Serbia, to a company named as Tigar Corporation:

TIGAR

There’s no hiding the fact that this move came about to keep production costs down, as this sort of facility just isn’t possible here. Of which I’ll make no further comment.

What is worth mentioning is the sole pattern on these boots, which can be seen to the right. This is EXACTLY the same as the pattern on my own original Hunters, which have had light, intermittent use for almost 20 years now, and are not leaking or coming apart anywhere, nor are they rotting or decaying. The look used, and the surface colour is no longer perfect, but that no surprise given their age. And when I use them, I am usually to be found paddling up to my knees in water which has collected in underground Cold War bases, shelters, and similar abandoned sites, so they’ve probably been immersed is some odd stuff. Many places are reached via farmland, so they’ve had to put up the usual stuff that comes out of the back end of livestock as well. Walking across a couple of miles of field with crops (yes, I walk between the rows) just after heavy rain means they’ve also been flooded inside, as the rain on the leaves first soaks your trousers, then runs down into your wellies, and there’s little you can do to stop them collecting this run-off.

I can’t comment on this ‘new’ boot, so here’s a review from a hunting and conservation blog:

Guest Bloggers: MHCA- Century Dip Tech Wellies Review | John Partridge & Co

The quality of the boot would appear to on a par with the original boot which carried the ‘H’ name ( I better not use it when referring to these boots, lest I be sued or something), but these are known as Century Dip-Tech boots (CLOSED in 2014). Since they are produced using the machines and techniques that the original Hunters were manufactured prior to 2006, it seems safe to assume they are not like the modern boot of that name, which seems to be made using different techniques that result in little more than a leaky fashion boot with a short working life if the owner is careless enough to actually wear them and walk around while wearing them.

For completeness, I have updated the poll to include an option for Century Boots, so readers can quickly record the satisfaction level with this boot.

See the range, and the contact details for the Scottish agent here:

Century Dip-Tech Boots – Comfortably Superior

CENTURY BOOTS

Interfloor Building

Edinburgh Road

Dumfries

Scotland  DG1 1QA

Call. 01387 266 461

Email. info@century-safety.com

Century has CLOSED!

Sadly, that didn’t last long, and a comment received in April 2014 alerted us to the fact that the Century operation had closed, with the following message greeting visitors to their web site:

Century Closed

Century web site as found in April 2014

Visiting the TIGAR site (as mentioned above) did not appear to provide any information about this subsidiary, and clicking on the section which used to lead to TIGAR RUBBER FOOTWEAR returned a “Server Application Unavailable” message, while clicking on other links to other products still opened up further information. This appears to further confirm that Century has been closed, as per the message above.

According to one of out commenters below, TIGAR suffered a couple of years of severe financial difficulty… so it looks as if Century was the sacrifice needed to save the rest of the business.

Hunter update

Confirming more interest in its position as a fashion accessory that a working pair of wellies, 2014 saw the Hunter Boot makes it way onto the catwalk at London Fashion Week.

Hunter wellies get re-boot at London fashion week – The Scotsman

I think we mark this as the end of the reliable Hunter.

While we’ve no interest in this nonsense, the story did come with some history of the original company:

In 1856, the North British Rubber Company consisted of only four people, which expanded to a team of more than 600 after 20 years.

With the arrival of the First World War, the company found itself drastically increasing its production of wellington boots. This was at the request of a War Office that required a boot sturdy enough to cope with flooded trenches. It ordered more than a million pairs.

Hunter was also busy in the Second World War, once more producing high quantities of boots, as well as life belts, gas masks and ground sheets.

In winter 1955, the famous green wellington – the firm’s first orthopaedic boot – appeared. It was a big success, remaining in production to this day – as does the Royal Hunter that was launched alongside it.

Hunter was awarded a royal warrant from the Duke of Edinburgh in 1977, and the Queen in 1986. The firm has grown recently and its products now sell in more than 30 countries.

Although, I think some may find the line “In winter 1955, the famous green wellington – the firm’s first orthopaedic boot – appeared. It was a big success, remaining in production to this day – as does the Royal Hunter that was launched alongside it.” a bit of an exaggeration.

Since they sold off the manufacturing equipment to Serbia (which probably could make that claim with more credibility), and left the experience and skills of the staff in Edinburgh, it’s a but of a stretch of the imagination to say the boots “remain in production”. It might be truer to say something closer to “have been reproduced or recreated” by the new company using a similar name.

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  1. The thought of Hunter wellies being made in China is a bit of a shock. The Chinese are very good at imitating things, it is true, so there is going to be very little difference between the China-made Hunters and the original Scottish-made Hunters as far as new wellies are concerned.

    The real test is whether the Chinese-made ones will last as long. The reports I am getting suggest that this is not a good move, with the soles failing or cracking after a few years (the originals would go on for a decade or longer).

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    Comment by Ivan | July 23, 2008

  2. I ordered a pair of Hunters and was very disappointed to see that they were manufactured in China. I have a great appreciation for authenticity and I almost returned when I saw “made in China.”

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    Comment by Natalie | November 6, 2008

  3. I have ordered 2 pair from different companies recently and had quality issued with them. The first pair were returned, the second pair turned up and the tops are not cut straight. The back of one of them is about 5mm taller than the other. When you pay around £50 a pair you expect the quality of hunter. I have been offered a discount to accept the wellies and not to return them. I think they are churning out low quality wellies but at a quality price. I have been buying hunters for nearly 25 years. These last 2 pairs are nothing like the quality of the ones I bought about 2.5 years ago. The finish is so much better on my old ones and belive me they have had some serious hammer on a daily basis. So this makes you question just how these wellies are going to wear. These were for a gift. Does anyone think I will have problems with them lasting? does anyone think i should just send them back and think of an alternative????

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    Comment by fiona branks | November 24, 2008

  4. I was also outraged to discover that Hunter wellies are now made in China. In addition, the 2009 model smells of such a horrid odour. The best description that I can give it is one of a chemical soup. Just leaving those boots to ventilate in my home cannot be good for me. I’ve decided to not buy these boots.

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    Comment by Melissa | September 5, 2009

  5. I ordered the Hunter Original Short Boot under the impression that the boots were made in Scotland. I felt misled by Hunter’s false advertising when I discovered the boots were made in China – as are many other products I avoid purchasing. The boots were off-gassing terribly and the room in which they were kept smalled awful. The boot brochure that was attached to my new boots told the story of the handmade boot:

    “Somewhere, doubtless, there’s a machine that can churn out boots, of a sort, in the blink of an eye, at the push of a button. But they wouldn’t be our sort of boots. They wouldn’t feel so good. They wouldn’t fit so well. They just would not be up to the job. Of course, making Hunters by hand is harder, granted.

    But in our long experience, there’s no other way to make the kind of boot we’d be happy to put our name to. The kind of boot that you’d be happy to wear. And if that means it takes a whole working week to make a pair of Hunters from start to finish, then that’s the way it has to be. You just can’t rush perfection.

    It’s a classic of design that can still put in a hard day’s work doing the job it was built for – and that’s a rare thing.

    One small, dedicated team keeps alive our 150 year old traditions by painstakingly turning out these beautiful, bench-made boots.”

    In reality, Hunter boots are being made in a factory in China. I found it strange that nowhere on the boot did it mention where the boot was made. I imagine that if it stated on the boot that it was made in China, this would hurt the reputation of Hunter Boot. Now that I have discovered that Hunter Boot makes its boots in China, I will no longer purchase boots from them. I am very disappointed and do not believe that Hunter provided honest information about the product in which I carefully chose to purchase based on its “authenticity.” I do not believe I have received a quality product for the high price I paid.

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    Comment by Kendal | November 1, 2009

  6. Many thanks for the comment, and including the story from the leaflet.

    As can be seen from the earlier comments left here, your experience of the modern, post-2006 Hunter Wellies, is not unique.

    Oddly enough, I was looking at the stats in here today (which I rarely do), and this old post remains one of the post popular, always in the top ten, and is actually number one at the moment.

    I must have hit a nerve.

    I also have a spare pair of wellies now, they cost a mere £6 (and I got change) from Lidl, and I have to be honest and say I can’t fault their quality, either in material (they don’t smell) or manufacture, there is not a poorly made seal or seam to be seen.

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    Comment by Apollo | November 1, 2009

  7. I just googled “hunter boots crap” and got this thread! I WAS considering buying a pair of hunters but when I went and tried them on I was appalled at how flimsy they felt. After a bit of research I have ended up with a pair of le chameau boots which are fab. I cannot believe how much the hunter quality has fallen and feel that they should only be regarded as a fashion item now.

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    Comment by Heather Peattie | November 21, 2009

  8. I’ve had a pair of Scottish made Hunter Wellies for over ten years and before that another pair and finally decided to buy myself a new pair… Oh dear! The new ‘made in china’ hunter wellies are just what you would expect from chinese quality control… They look like hunter boots but that’s about it.
    Hoggs make a boot called ‘Braemar’ and I have just bought a pair of these as the quality, fit and strength of rubber is exactly what I want in a pair of boots that will last through all seasons and they are what Hunter used to be. If you’re looking for a replacement Hunter welly – Buy Hoggs Braemar. Goodbye Hunter…

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    Comment by tara | November 26, 2009

  9. I have a pair of Hunter Wellies this will be my 2nd year getting these out ready to use cleaned mud off etc only to find most of the green has come of leaving me with dark green and a white mess Please help.

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    Comment by Mrs Viv Overton | January 10, 2010

  10. I, like some of you, went to purchase a new pair to replace my very old pair. When I got home and found the made in china stamp on the box I nearly cried. Back to the store they went, shame on Hunter!

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    Comment by Lily | January 29, 2010

  11. I have returned to this page, and note that a growing number of people have issues with Chinese-made Hunters.

    I now have direct experience of the crap quality, having bought a pair of Hunter Balmoral wellies for a friend. Now, you’d think that since they looked more substantial than standard Hunters, that they would be stronger and last rather longer than 6 months without cracking. They were certianly more expensive.

    How wrong I was. My friend used her wellies daily – she relies on them. After 7 months, she reported that the right boot had split, and the left one was about to go the same way. As I was the one who paid for them, I have complained to the retailer, and have sent them back.

    Let’s see what happens now.

    As far as I’m concerned, I’m wearing Le Chameau wellies now. Nothing else comes close in terms of durability.

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    Comment by Ivan | February 1, 2010

  12. I had a pair of original Hunter boots over 20 years ago.
    I was looking forward to getting another pair..until is saw ‘made in China’ label….
    I cant believe that hunter boots are now made in china and yet the little booklet leads you to believe tha tthey are hand made in Scotland…
    and further more they stink..

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    Comment by Tracy Strelau | February 12, 2010

  13. Thank you so much for the information and tips on where to buy better boots. I was raised by a British mother and other European women who survived WWII and emigrated to the US. As children we were always embarrassed by the old country ways and the “odd” clothing they liked to dress us in. It wasn’t until my teens that I realized what high standards and regard for quality and design they had. The rubber wellies I had been loathe to wear into town around the public school kids were now my favorite thing to throw on when I returned home from college.
    One of my mothers is now dead but her red hunters are still in the hall closet waiting to be worn by whomever stops by for tea and a tromp in the woods. I was nearly devastated to learn that the real thing cannot be obtained (unless one can pay through the nose for the models that ARE made in Scotland). It has nothing to do with snobbery but with a standards and appreciation for the reality that those boots were made by people who took pride in them and supported their families through these efforts. Not that I don’t think people in China don’t appreciate their jobs…. I think you all know what i mean though.

    Cheers,
    Tara

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    Comment by Tara | February 13, 2010

  14. I am so cross went to get new hunters after 8years of faithful life from my last pair,expected them still to be same quality but awful cheap looking and nasty although not cheap sorry hunter I”m off,brought a pair of Aigle wellies.

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    Comment by sue white | February 19, 2010

  15. Having been involved in the manufacture of Hunters for more than 20 years I can honestly say that the boots manufactured overseas are not made to the same standard as Dumfries manufactured boots. The actual manufacturing technique is totally different. The boots you are buying for £60 will be made in the same way with similar materials as the pairs you can see all over the place at under a tenner !!!!

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    Comment by Ex Hunter Employee | February 21, 2010

  16. I live in Russia and to tell you the truth it is VERY hard to get Hunters here. Mind you our average salaries are way lower than yours guys (no offence). I’ve been considering buying a pair of Hunters for 100$ but when I’ve learnt they’re made in China, smell bad and are flimsy – no way i am going to buy those! It is a shame though. The Hunters website is totally misleading. And they’re going to open new shops in Moscow and Saint Petersburg in Autumn 2010!I think the only reason to open those stores is to try to sell all the subpar Hunters which were returned from european stores in Russia.

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    Comment by Russian | February 27, 2010

  17. My fiance bought me a pair of Hunters just 2.5 years ago and said that they would last for years. Both boots have developed cracks along the soles and are letting in water.

    Alas, it looks like the comments hear ae accurate. My advice is save your money and get a pair at Lidl!

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    Comment by Ross Goodburn | March 3, 2010

  18. I have just returned my third pair of Hunter Balmoral wellies in a row. First pair wore through the heel lining within three weeks, second pair split and started leaking within three weeks and the third pair had the right boot smaller than the left and showed signs of the the upper coming away from the sole unit before I’d even worn them. They also stank horribly. Not impressed, and never again.

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    Comment by Rob Gibson | March 9, 2010

  19. I have bought 2 pairs, both only lasted 6mths before being non waterproof. They replaced one pair but now that that pair is not waterproof they have said their policy is only one replacement! Would not recommend to anyone.. big price tag for cheaply made product

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    Comment by emma | March 13, 2010

  20. I purchased a pair of the Balmoral bamboo carbons 4 months ago directly from Hunters and the lining has worn at the heel, the red lines are different thickness and logo on 1 boot is near the top were other is much lower.
    returning them Monday.

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    Comment by Jonathan-Taylor | March 28, 2010

  21. I am able to report that a refund on the faulty Hunter Balmorals was successfully obtained from the retailer. My friend has now replaced them with a pair of Le Chameau Vierzonord wellies, same as mine. They may cost a lot, being made in France, but then again they will last a hell of a lot longer than Chinese Hunters.

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    Comment by Ivan | April 29, 2010

  22. I have just discovered my Balmoral Hunters brought last July are split in a number of locations as if they were years old and are fit for the bin. I have worn Hunters for many years but this pair will be the last.

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    Comment by pat roberts | August 30, 2010

  23. i have never been so angry. brought my pink hunters for reading festival last year and didnt even get them muddy or involved in a mosh pit. wore them for 5 days! got them out the other day to go and walk my nans dog and the colour has faded to a blotchy orange there are dents and loss of shape on the shin, the seams are messy and theres a crack in the heel letting in water! i paid £65.00 for aload of tat! and now i see there made in china! rip off! con! false advertisement and extremely poor quality! just another example of corporate lazyness and greed! will be reporting to a regulating body and watch dog! they can not continue to con people out of the hard earned cash! disgusting!!!!!

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    Comment by steph | September 14, 2010

  24. I was just about to buy my first pair of Hunters! I was excited to be buying a well made boot from Scotland. After finding out they are made in China, I have to find a new boot. Thinking about Aigle boots now.

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    Comment by Benjamin Kinzer | September 27, 2010

  25. very interested to read all the comments on Hunter wellies. I work in kennels and stables and go through wellies at a rate of a “good” pair every year. Le Chameau (expensive, and VERY expensive ones) last me a year and a half before the tread wearing through, and Aigle and Hunters tend to last about six to nine months!! I don’t really care about country of origin as long as they’re made of a quality that the price reflects (and being Scottish myself, I know most things that claim to be from here, actually aren’t!)

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    Comment by Diane | October 12, 2010

  26. i just got my hunters and was so excited. they smell HORRIBLE and stunk up my apt overnight. the chemical smell is giving me a headache and probably melting my ovaries. i am going to try to send these back. what a bummer.

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    Comment by kelly | October 19, 2010

  27. Comment 25 pretty much sums up why we are in hoc to the banks. Nobody cares that the vast majority of manufacturing industry was allowed to walk away by the preceding labour and conservative governments. There is little manufacturing left to bring wealth back to the UK. We used to be the World’s Workshop. Not any more and never again because most folks think like Diane and do not care about keeping things local as long as they are cheap.

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    Comment by Ex Hunter Employee | October 28, 2010

  28. Just got a pair of Hunter low Wellies and am supremely bummed to find they are no longer made in the UK. I’ll be looking for a pair of Aigles, or Le Chameaus, made in France. Thanks for all the great info regarding extended use and shoddy quality. Wish I had known this before.

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    Comment by Josh | October 29, 2010

  29. my wellies have lasted less than half the time of my last pair of the original scottish made boot. (I bought my first pair in 1976 and all pairs have been fab until now). Am really cross about it so shall not be buying another pair!

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    Comment by theresa gilbey | November 19, 2010

  30. ALSO Hunters havent even got the courage to print HUNTERS MADE IN CHINA on their boot. that must say something.

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    Comment by theresa gilbey | November 19, 2010

  31. I don’t care where things are made but I do care about quality. My hunter wellingtons failed within 18 months of light use – Hunters were of no use, giving me the old pap about our quality etc. The boots are of poor quality and high price. The owners seem to be taking everyone for a ride. You may as well buy boots from a banker.

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    Comment by James McKenzie | November 24, 2010

  32. I have just had my third pair of Hunter Balmorals split in 13 months, They have been good at replacing them but for that money you should get more than 5 weeks out of a pair of boots!! I think its time to go back to Le Chameau.

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    Comment by Stuart Corney | November 25, 2010

  33. I have been buying and wearing Hunter wellies for over 30yrs…but judging by the quality of my most recent pair I will not be buying them again…failed miserably to keep my feet dry the recent bad weather…no apparent holes..but manage to let the moisture in anyway

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    Comment by Judith Capel-Jarvis | January 7, 2011

  34. I have been wearing Hunter wellingtons since about 1970. The quality has been up and down a bit in that time, but never as low as it is now. The last ones they made in Scotland by the dipping process, were in fact very good. The Chinese boots start to crease and then crack after just a few hours. Some retailers are claiming that they are still made by the dipping process, which is not true. One of Hunter’s directors told me that and admitted that they were not as strong now. There has been considerable trouble in the industry over this. Many people resent that Hunter keep its Royal Appointment, by just keeping on a few people making something in Scotland. One wholesale customer was not told that the boots he had ordered were Chinese and when he found out, the container from China sat at the docks for months, after he refused them. I think Hunter and the shops have been very dishonest in trying to conceal their origin and the prices are an outrage. I have seen over £200 for some. I would be very surprised if they come into the country for more than £5, maybe less. You might as well take pot luck with any other Chinese wellingtons for £15 to £20. Some are not bad. Alternatively spend a fortune on Chameau, but not Hunter. Be careful about other brands too such, as Hogg and Barbour, which Hunter made. If they are very neat at the back and have a visible seam in the cloth inside, they are Chinese. The last real Hunters were not and did not. It should be obvious from the dozens of varieties, that they are Chinese anyway. The Scottish factory could never do that. Hunter had a long history. Now the name is the same and that’s all. Hunter may be flying high now as a fashion item, but fashion is fickle. I can’t see that they have a long term future.

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    Comment by Tony A | January 10, 2011

  35. Hi, I have been thinking about buying Hunters for a while now but because it’ll cost me around $200 after taxes and all, I’m kinda worried? Is the quality really that bad? I want mine to last at least like 5 years. And i probably won’t wear them often, like around 3 times a week at most. Can anyone tell me if they think the quality is really that bad? I mean if they’re selling at that high a price, they must still have some durability but made in China. HELP PLEASE! I was soo set on buying these boots (the originial glossy ones) but this has made me skeptical!

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    Comment by maddy | January 19, 2011

  36. I decided not to buy a pair today after I saw a grommet coming loose and noticing that they were made in China. I look forward to the day where we go back to our roots.

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    Comment by Blair | January 30, 2011

  37. I thought they were made in Brazil, not China

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    Comment by SL | February 6, 2011

  38. Very dissapointed with Hunters full stop!
    I had a new pair which leaked alomg a seam after 3 months, my local agricultural merchant has returned loads of them with similar promlems shame I never kept my reciept he would of returned them as well.
    Wife’s Hunters stated leaking today now destined for the dustbin after 11 months hardly ever used.
    I now got a pair of Hoggs of Fife, Wellies they seem a lot stronger not sure where they are made but time will tell.

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    Comment by J P Callaway | February 17, 2011

  39. I have purchased Hunter boots for over 25 years. It seems this pair, purchased around 7 years ago, will be my last (made in Scotland on the front label) still in good condition and no ingress.
    I thought I would get my daughter her first pair for Christmas – this has turned out to be the worst experience of buying a quality product – ever. (Land Rover Defenders included)
    Package opened on Christmas day to find one size 5 boot, and one size 6. Also one a ‘Huntress’ the other a normal boot – so different heights !!! It is now February 25th and they can’t even find my house to deliver a ‘new pair’ Will never buy a Hunter product again. If it has not already been revoked, the Royal Family should seriously consider no longer supporting them.

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    Comment by S A House | February 25, 2011

  40. Interesting ! Was going to get a pair for my daughter so she doesn;t steal my wife’s pair so often (10 years old and still in good nick. I bought a pair of Aigle Parcours a good 14 years ago – a couple of thousand miles later they’re still going strong. Made in France with a good walking sole. So will let the daughter wear mum’s old “fashion boots” with the Made in Scotland label and get the wife something french with a decade or two of life in them

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    Comment by martin sowter | April 18, 2011

  41. To anybody considering buying hunters for the quality and durability (of the past), don’t!

    I bought a pair but as I am not a frequent user at all it has lasted thus far after a few months. From experience though, Dr Marten boots bought for my partner and I were of a shoddy quality and the leather coating on the shoe came off after a few wears. They were made in Thailand. I have no doubt not only are Made in China goods compromised in terms of quality, but the companies that made this outsourching move in the first place have a cost cutting mentality so lots of corners would’ve been cut along the way.

    I am Chinese born but I don’t support exploitation of labourers (the ugly side of globolisation), profit driven corporate mentality that does not also drive down the price in keeping with the drop in standards, and deceiving customers into thinking they are buying British made. If they are so desperate to make them in China due to competition and need to stay alive, how come they don’t lower the price to refelct the cheaper costs? Pure greed. It is more cost effective to buy wellies for a tenner multiple times instead.

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    Comment by Stella | June 7, 2011

  42. I got a pair in july 2009 and now june 2011 they have cracked and leak. Not even 2 years for fo pound plus. Very poorly made. My mate has some over 10 yearfs old from the uk and still going well, so sad I will never buy again

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    Comment by james | June 25, 2011

  43. I believe Berghaus has bought Hunter. Does anyone know if the factory shop is still in Dumfries or where the Hunter and Berghaus factory store is?

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    Comment by Chantelle | July 30, 2011

  44. No mention of any acquisitions, but their own site has info on outlets:

    Berghaus | Outdoor Clothing, Waterproof Jackets and Rucksacks

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    Comment by Apollo | July 30, 2011

  45. Hunter is now part of a large footwear holding company called Pentland. Don’t look for the quality to be returning anytime soon. These types of companies just look for brands to exploit. They churn out total crap and know people will buy it simply because of the name on the box. Hunter not only sells junk made in China, but they’re no longer even Hunter.

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    Comment by Annoyed | July 30, 2011

  46. bought a pair of hunter balmoral sovereigns 10 months ago for £295!!! thinking they were hand made in scotland, and after only one shooting seasons useage, they leak at the zip and where the button snaps shut to keep the zip up, well it fell off!!! hand made? i do’nt think so last pair i buy!

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    Comment by kenny | September 2, 2011

  47. I was looking for a great pair of rubber boots to use when hiking in the mucky areas. My first criteria, NOT made in china. So, off to my online search. I found the Hunter Wellies which on the website touts them being made in Scotland. Great… can I find a distributor in USA. Sure I did. Then I sent an e-mail to determine that they were DEFINITELY made in Scotland – received the reply…. UGH – made in china! Hunter will not get my money! It is so sad that it is such a chore to find a quality product NOT made in china. Everything that is coming out of there is garbage. If anyone knows of a good boot NOT made in china, please let me know. I will continue searching as well…. Thanks!

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    Comment by margaret | September 11, 2011

  48. I made, what for me, was a huge investment, and bought a pair of Hunter Original wellies this spring. I haven’t noticed an odor, and can’t comment on the relative quality because these are my first pair. I bought them because they offer much better foot support than cheaper rubber boots and because they are an well established manufacturer, and I expected them to last for years. I wore them the other day…(for about the 3rd or 4th time)…and thought I felt some dampness in the toe, but couldn’t believe it. Now, I’m wondering. I was planning to buy another pair…the shorter style…but I’m leery. Are some of the Hunter boots still made in Scotland? Typically, I try not to buy from China, so I feel very betrayed right now.

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    Comment by Maggie | November 9, 2011

  49. Nothing is manufactured in Britain, all production was moved to China and Serbia.

    I’m afraid if you want a waterproof boot, then the last thing you want to buy today is a Hunter.

    By the company’s own admission, the product is now just a fashion accessory – an ornament to be seen in – not a working product:

    Hunter was born 150 years ago when an American entrepreneur set up shop in Scotland to make the rubber boots and until Marland’s arrival production had remained in Dumfries.

    The financier says he was keen to retain the manufacturing base in Britain but claims it became impossible.

    “It wasn’t just difficult, it was impossible,” he says. “The cost of manufacturing meant you couldn’t produce a boot at a price that people would pay. We inherited a company with plants and machinery that were out of the ark.”

    Marland tried securing a local authority grant to build a new factory but in vain. “We could not continue to manufacture at a loss,” he says. “To have recreated a factory to make boots at a profit would have required a lot of capital investment. We were prepared to put up several million, but not several several million.”

    The result was that production was moved overseas, principally to China and Serbia. Hunter has retained its headquarters in Edinburgh but even sales and marketing have recently been moved to London as the owners try to boost Hunter’s standing as a fashion brand.

    Hunter Boots owner Lord Marland looks for new prey – Telegraph

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    Comment by Apollo | November 9, 2011

  50. My 4th pair of hunters (in 5 years) has just started to leak. All the others were under waranty so were replaced but this pair are just out of date! I refuse to give hunter any more of my money. I had them as a child and they lasted 10 years!
    I bought some VIKING short wellies a couple of months ago, they are fantastic. Just ordered some Aigle wellies for winter, hope these prove to be better than hunter?

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    Comment by sarah | November 12, 2011

  51. Wow, I can’t believe all the negative comments about the hunter situation. I have been wearing Scotland hunter boots for many years. I have been ready to replace due to heavy use. I have chosen not to purchase the china made boot. Looking into other boots, it looks like Le Chameau will replace the good ole hunter green boot. Very sad…

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    Comment by p | November 14, 2011

  52. I was a Hunter fan, however my most recent pair have only lasted about 10 months!
    Hunters no more!!!!!

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    Comment by Peter | December 20, 2011

  53. Ive just bought some balmorals and love them super comfy and look good too. they are more like a walking boot than a welly in my opinion.
    I just hope they stand the test of time ss they are not cheap!

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    Comment by gordon | December 21, 2011

  54. I bout the St james regent and it leaked. I returned them and bought the Regent Neoprene and they are leaking on the 2nd and 3rd wears…I will NEVER buy Hunters again…thankfully they are warrantied and I can hopefully get store credit

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    Comment by artchic | December 28, 2011

  55. […] everyone else spends double or triple by buying those ridonculously over-priced Hunter wellies (which are now made in China, not Scotland as they used to be), you can walk a little lighter knowing you put your money and […]

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  56. […] along for a couple of years but in 2008, after many more trials, the worst happened and they had to move their production to China, Brazil and Serbia and scale back their Scottish workforce to around 22. There was a […]

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  57. I recently purchased a pair of Hunter Originals made in China according to the box. After wearing them less than 4 hours total over perhaps 5 occasions one of the heels has fallen off and remains lost in the mud somewhere on my modest property! It is unbelievable that owners of such a famous brand would throw everything away by sanctioning poor quality and inferior merchandise to be manufactured under their name. Face it, the poor Chinese workers are making what their British corporate lords and Chinese mafia shop owners agree is acceptable.

    The current holder of the Hunter brand must be exposed as a vulture capitalist who takes over a struggling company with a reputable brand for cheap only to dismiss the skilled workers and extract the last profit by sourcing cheap janky merchandise as the whole business fizzles down the drain. Ethically bankrupt bastards.

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    Comment by David | February 16, 2012

  58. I bought a pair 10 days ago (short glossy type) and they made my feet wet across the toes from day one. I took them back yesterday and was given a new pair (short non-glossy). I wore the new ones last night and this morning running errands in the rain and the toes on my left foot were wet again. I returned them (for good this time) and bought a cheap pair of kids wellies for $13 cdn at a local discount store. They’re rubber and made in Canada to boot! I considered getting a pair of the Tretorn’s but a friend of mine has had hers for a few months and they are leaking too! I don’t know how long these cheapo wellies will last but I won’t invest over $50 cdn on anything that leaks within the first year. (Note: I don’t believe that something being made in China makes it automatically inferior. Many good quality items are also made in China. It’s clear that Hunter is no longer interested in maintaining any sort of quality control, hence the leaky boots straight out of the box.)

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    Comment by HateTheRain | April 23, 2012

  59. Over 10 years ago I was given two pairs of Hunter Classic (Made in Scotland) wellies, and where I have used one pair thoroughly, I’m now having a clear out and want to sell the other unused pair. They are dusty from being in the shed but are in all sense “brand new”. I just went on to Ebay for research purposes but could only see the Chinese ones, and all I can say is that they are Flimsy Fashion items compared to the Scottish 4 Wheel Drive ones!

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    Comment by Clare | May 1, 2012

  60. My 4WD ones are now on Ebay!

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    Comment by Clare | May 7, 2012

  61. I treated myself to a new pair of Hunters last week – bought from Amazon. Was so shocked when they arrived I was going to report the seller to trading standards for selling fakes. They are flimsy and horrible. Can’t believe this has happened – I will besending them back & looking for new brand of wellies. Same happened with FAL horse rugs – still cost over £300 but now made in Far East not UK & quality awful. Still – ALL Barbour goods still made in North East England so that’s a positive.

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    Comment by Sandra P | May 17, 2012

  62. Just called Hoggs of Fife in an effort to buy myself some new wellies. I asked “are your wellies made in the United Kingdom?” and the lady on the phone didn’t know. She checked with several of her colleagues and confirmed that Hoggs wellies are not made in the UK, although she couldn’t say where they are made. Poor product knowledge and the wrong answer. Guess I’ll have to buy French in order to get quality. What a shame.

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    Comment by Andy | June 11, 2012

  63. Had a pair of Hunter wellies that I wore for 10 years – never leaked. I finally wore out the heel after about a million miles of dog walking through rain, snow and slush. Happily spent $140 to replace them, not realizing that they were now made in China. Got a tear in them within weeks. Very very disappointed in the “quality” or lack thereof. Such a shame – it is not easy finding a good quality rainboot for walking the hounds. Having wet feet in December really sucks.

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    Comment by Amy Powell | August 27, 2012

  64. […] with similar materials as the pairs you can see all over the place at under a tenner !!!!" https://secretscotland.wordpress.com/…to-the-sunset/ __________________ Mein Trance-Projekt: http://www.coriphaeus.com Stilmagazin mit entspannter Chill […]

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  65. I bought a pair of Hunter wellies 18/10/12. I thought they would have been the same as the ones purchased in 2010. I was shocked to see many so differences. I thought they were fake. I contacted the online company because the right boot had the sole protruding at the front. They did not look as well made as my previous ones. I sent emails to the Edinburgh office but was told to deal with the company I bought from. I returned them as requested for inspection. I paid full postage to return as they were faulty only to be told they would refund for the boots but not my postage as they could not see anything wrong with them. I would say be careful where you buy from. I had no joy and lost money. The ones that were sent were inferior enough for me to think they were fake where ever they are made. we won’t be buying Hunters again.

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    Comment by Jeanette R. Morris | October 24, 2012

  66. I have owned my Hunter boots for almost a year living in Muskoka I had never worn them in the winter or on city sidewalk.I thought I had finally found the rubber boots that were going to last, boy was I wrong ! I have emailed, made telephone calls, talked to the manager of Town Shoes where I had made my purhase.165.00 is a lot of money for a single person to spend on a pair of boots that are only going to last a few months.I hope this is resolved soon, it is obvious to me that this is a manufacturing defect. To evverybody out there with the wet socks maybe they should make the liners out of rubber.Pretty expensive let down.

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    Comment by Lisa McLaughlin | November 15, 2012

  67. Two pairs of hunter wellies. One pair leaking within two walks. The other only lasted 4 months of short dog walks. 150 pounds spent. Never again!!!

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    Comment by Mark Andew Hodgson | November 27, 2012

  68. I live in the Pacific Northwest, USA and have been wearing Wellies for over 17 years. My first pair lasted 8 years before showing any signs of cracking, my second pair lasted 8 years before showing any signs of cracking. My third pair fell apart within 6 months. I was so confused and mortified because I had been telling multiple people these were a must have for those of us who own horses and muck around in the mud all day. Those who bought the wellies at my encouragement are very disappointed. I then found out they were being made in China and also that “knockoffs” are now available. What a shame that a product with such a long history of high quality has now fallen into the abyss of mass marketing for the masses. I am currently shopping for a replacement as I will no longer buy Hunters. Very, very disappointed.

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    Comment by Sue C. | December 12, 2012

  69. How I wish I’d found this before I fell for my Hunter Adjustables! Bought in November (2012) and returned to the retailer today – that’s right, just 1 month of moderate wear was enough for these sub-standard wellies which sprung a leak in one of the boots. I’d never had Hunters before (managing perfectly well with sub-£15 wellies previously) but when you shell out £80 in a country outfitters you do expect to get what you pay for. ‘Non!’ Came away with Aigle Parcourt – another £35 on top of the Hunter price but the shop assured me they’d do me proud since that’s what they (the shop workers) wear. Not only that, they told me they’d had a number of Hunters returned to them due to poor quality. Makes you wonder why they bother stocking them at all!
    See ya Hunter, bonjour Aigle.

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    Comment by Kelly Morrell | December 31, 2012

  70. ‘Made in China’ needn’t be ‘bad’… iPhones and iPads are made in China — so are most (all?) other mobile phones, cameras, computers, TVs… even Volvo is a Chinese company now.

    But with Hunter, two things changed — yes, they moveed production to China, but also they changed the way their boots are made. The Socttish-made Hunters started by taking a seamless cotton or nylon ‘sock’ and dipping that into liquid rubber. Once dried, this produced a seamless, leak-free ‘inner’, around which the other parts were glued and then vulcanised (sort of fused togther) making a durable boot. You can tell the Hunter’s made this way because the inner lining has no seam inside the back. Even if the outer parts are not completely glued down (or come free later in life), the boot stays leak free. The Chinese made boots miss out this latex dipping process, which is why they tend to leak after a short time. The safety boot division of Hunter (who made ‘Century’ brand products) was sold to a company in Serbia called Tigar. They still make Century safety wellies and waders, and still use the latex dipped inner sock. Realising how Hunter were having problesm with quality, Tigar have now started selling the ‘original’ Hunter wellie, made the ‘old’ way, under the Century name. Look up Century Dip Tech on Google. These boots, like the original Hunters, tend not to grip well in mud though, as the tread has very straight bars which offer littel sideways grip. The newer, Balmoral type Hunters have a sole like a walking boot, which offers much greater grip (and more comfort too as they are shaped inside to support the foot better).

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    Comment by HertsHillhopper | January 1, 2013

  71. I received a pair of new Hunter Boots as a recent Christmas present from a friend. After around five hours use the right hand boot has started to leak. The reason for the leak is that the sole has come away from the lower boot. These boots were a very generous present from a close friend. My friend did not give me the receipt for the boots.

    When I called the Hunter Boots customer services line this morning I was told in no uncertain terms by the customer services operative that Hunter Boots is not interested in even seeing a photograph of these boots, let alone considering replacing them.

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    Comment by Cullen Ward | January 7, 2013

  72. I bought a pair in August 2011 and they had started to split in the top of the foot before the winter (within around 12 weeks of occasional wear – say 3-4 times a week whilst dog walking).

    Didn’t get any positive reply from Hunter – more or less said that they were ‘dress’ wear and that they didn’t guarantee them! 4 months of light wear is just not good enough at £80.

    I bought a pair of supermarket wellingtons at £12 and they are still going strong 16 months later.

    My previous hunter wellingtons lasted 5 years and I only had to throw them away because there was no tread lead from wear!

    Something really should be done about this because they are definitely not fit for purpose they way that they are manufactured now.

    If it is of interest to anyone I did keep the wellingtons and I have them in the box that they arrived in (with product codes etc) the only thing that I could locate (much to my dismay) is the damn receipt!

    The quality and wear does however speak for itself!

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    Comment by Jo Snowden | January 21, 2013

  73. My husband bought me a pair of Regent Hunter boots in Feb 2011as gift,. I loved them, even bought some hunter wellie liners to wear with them. I have used them very occasionally, to slip on to get coal or logs in, to walk up to school and more recently in the snow, when I discovered a leak ! Upon closer inspection , they have perished, along the mould line, quite badly. Hunter are not interested in making any kind of goodwill gesture in view that the 12 month warranty has expired, nor will they admit to what is obviously a manufacturing problem ! My wonderful Hunter Boots which cost in excess of £120 are no more than a cheap substandard fashion boot ! DO NOT BUY THEM !

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    Comment by Lisa | January 23, 2013

  74. I came across a pair of very old wellies. The tag on the front says Huntress made in Britain. Can you tell me if these are original and perhaps what their value is today?

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    Comment by Michelle | February 2, 2013

  75. I wish I had seen this forum before I bought a pair of Hunter rubber boots.

    I haven’t had a pair of rubber boots since I was a child and have always managed with trekking boots when the weather called for it. However, I have for some time wanted a pair of high heeled rubber boots that I could use for work on a rainy day. Although I have never owned a pair of Hunter boots, I have always regarded Hunter to be the manufacturer of outstanding quality rain boot. I was therefore beyond excited when I found the Gabby boot on the US Hunter website.

    I couldn’t find a retailer in Denmark, but a friend living in the states agreed to buy them for me (and aditionally bought a pair for herself in a different color), since she was going to Denmark for Christmas.

    When the boots arrived, the ones I had ordered had some strange white/silverish stains on them and my friend contacted Hunter. They explained her that it was a natural process called blooming and that it was easily removed with their product – however, they did not offer, as we expected, to send the product free of charge.
    My friend and I contemplated on the poor service and considered returning the boots altogether, but ultimately desided against it since we both really liked the boots (she in person, me from the pictures she’d e-mailed me). And so, she bought the product and checked that it really worked before bringing the boots to Denmark.

    On the 25th of December, I finally got my brand new Hunter Gabby boots, and they were just PERFECT. They looked great, they felt great, and they felt solid and of high quality.

    I was very pleased with this purchase up untill today when I found that the rubber on both boots have split. Not cracked but split altogether. Never in a million years would I have expected a pair of Hunter rubber boots to fall apart after a mere 1½ month of on- and- off use in the city…I am so, so, so disappointed.

    I am glad though, that my boots split before me and my friend had time to place a new order for Hunter boots – I was going to buy a pair of rubber boots for my mother and another pair for myself, and my friend wanted to buy an additional pair as well. Now I am quite sure we will never buy Hunter boots again.

    Such a shame that a Brand famous for its high quality-products ends up like this.

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    Comment by Anna | February 13, 2013

  76. Reblogged this on ukmade – UK Made Products – BRITISH MADE and commented:
    Hunter Wellies are now made abroad! See the long list of complaints at the end of this post!

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    Comment by ukmade | March 10, 2013

  77. Got a pair of Balmoral neoprenes at Chrismas and three months of walking the dog and the right boot leaks. This is my second pair, the first lasting 2 years before the rubber split at the bridge of the foot on both boots. Terrible product will never buy this brand again.

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    Comment by Simon | March 18, 2013

  78. Do not despair with your Hunter Wellies – after reading an article in the Money section of the Saturday Times 23/3/2013 (TroubleShooter did a report on Hunter Wellies) I e-mailed Hunter to complain about my red short gloss boots that had split in various places, they are 2 years old. 2 Days later I received a free returns label to send them to their technical dept. Today I have taken delivery of a new pair. Interestingly the boots are now made in Indonesia not China. Presumably because of all the complaints. If you have a pair which are faulty I suggest you write to Hunter and quote The Times article.

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    Comment by Caroline Arrowsmith | March 28, 2013

  79. I am going to continue with my split hunter wellies. Again as above I’ve only had mine for a couple of years and they have split just above the ankle joint at the front on both boots. They have always been stored inside and never in cold, freezing conditions. I am so disappointed as they are not cheap. My very cheap grey rubber wellies that I have had for donkey’s year and were probably only a few pounds are still going strong.

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    Comment by Sharon J Dunn | April 7, 2013

  80. […] Until. . . I started reading reviews. It started on Amazon then continued to private blogs where review after review complained of their shotty quality, terrible customer service and short wear life. And […]

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  81. Dec 2012 my fiance bought me hunter wellies that where 1’s with tweed all the way down to the foot then it wellie material. The heels r totally worn down & water is letting in. They were £145 from greaves glasgow. i dont have the reciept or box but they were a style that had just come out. Leather straps went round the top & said “Hunter” in gold. What should i do? Can they b re-heeled?

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    Comment by martine sherlock | April 22, 2013

  82. After reading these stories I have only the same to add. First pair of Hunters lasted a decade and 2nd pair are garbage. Shame on you Hunter.

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    Comment by Wanda Boulerice | April 29, 2013

  83. I am having to send another pair back to Hunters that I bought for my father in August. When I called Hunters, I asked where they made their boots these days and they said China. I said, yes you can tell, cheap tat! I told them I had a pair that I had bought in the late 1980s whic lasted for 25 years. Now their boots barely last a year. So, we are sending them back and they want their technical team to check them. I told them if they refuse a refund or a replacement, I will hit the roof with them. Sick of all ths rubbish costing so much and being made in China! Thanks for this website!

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    Comment by Sarah Hughes | April 29, 2013

  84. Got a pair of hunter xmas 2011 the heel has bcome detached and they now leak. Supplier not interested as past one year warranty period. ?ery poor value for money

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    Comment by catherine jeffrey | May 20, 2013

  85. I’ve owned green Hunter wellies all my life. Bought my own first pair at 14 (parents bought them before that) and 40 years later I am done with them. Very sad. The last pair I bought split at the toe seam within about 2 weeks of getting them. Unfortunately, as I had purchased them from a shop in the UK but now live in the USA, it was not practical to take them back, so I e-mailed the company to see if there was a suitable adhesive repair kit available or if something else could be done. This was the reply:

    On 2/26/2013 12:21 PM Jennifer Lees wrote:

    Dear Mr. Mottershead,

    Thank you for choosing Hunter Boot!

    I’m sorry to hear about the split in your rubber boot. I would recommend that you go to your local cobbler or shoe repair shop and they can probably help you with the repair of this. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me.

    Have a great day!

    That was it! Essentially: “go get them repaired, sucker!”….

    Very sad. I always loved my Hunters, but not any more!

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    Comment by J Mottershead | July 26, 2013

  86. Scotch mist! Where’s the bit which states how proud Hunter Boots Ltd are to have exported their manufacturing to China, while purposely misleading buyers into believing that their products are still hand made in Scotland? Doesnt take long to lose a reputation. Shame on Hunter. I will not take being lied to and next i will write to Hunter, trading standards and the shop i just bought my boots from. Pity.

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    Comment by Dominique P | September 15, 2013

  87. Hunter Boots are manufactured with the highest quality checks, it doesn’t matter where Hunter wellington boots are made they are the best!

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    Comment by Hunter Boots | September 24, 2013

  88. New Hunter boots are crap. The heel fell off a new pair of “Made in China” Hunter boots after 3 wearings. I contacted the HQ but they didn’t want to hear about it. Despite what the previous poster wrote, my experience is that Hunter boots are low quality as is their customer support.

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    Comment by Dave | September 24, 2013

  89. It is obvious that you do not own a new pair of Hunter Boots. Wanda

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    Comment by Wanda Boulerice | September 24, 2013

  90. It should be noted that Comment 87, made by Hunter Boots, is made by someone using a Philip Morris Direct web address, and is therefore an undeclared interested party, who clearly has an interest in promoting Hunter.

    I check all comments, and anyone trying to use them for making a sales pitch, advertising, or suchlike will be deleted, or revealed.

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    Comment by Apollo | September 24, 2013

  91. After searching and searching like you wouldn’t believe to find some wellies that aren’t either a load of rubbish or ridiculously expensive, I found Century Dip Tech Wellies. I had hunters for years, literally, I bought a pair when I was 13 wore them for years in tough environments for what they were meant to be used for. They only began to thin and split after 23 years. I couldn’t be bothered with the reputation they now have.

    Century, a company based in Scotland bought all Hunters equipment when they moved out of GB and now make their wellies to the same size and with the same hand dipped technique as ‘olden days’. They don’t lie about the fact the factory is in I believe Lithuania, due to labour costs but they don’t muck about with technique or quality of rubber/product.

    I researched and Le Chameau, Hunter, Aigle etc all make their wellies in either China or EAstern Europe in the same region/potentially factory.

    Century http://centuryboots.com/
    http://www.tigar.com/tigar.php?str=227&lg=en

    FINALLY REALLY good wellies!

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    Comment by K | September 25, 2013

  92. I whole heartedly agree with most of the previous posts, as to the quality of Hunter wellingtons.
    THEY ARE RUBBISH !
    I bought a pair of Balmorals last year that leaked after tree months. But I did get them replaced by Hunter Boots in Scotland.However, the replacement boots are now BOTH cracked on the legs. The heels are worn through, and the right one leaks.
    NEVER AGAIN. Please don’t waste your money. I am now looking at Le Chameau.

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    Comment by Brian K Laband | October 22, 2013

  93. I live in the US but visit Scotland regularly, as the sunny climate helps with my depression. I also did a lot of research before buying my wellies from “Scotland”. I ended up buying Town and Country for myself and Barbour for my wife (matches her coat – how posh). Neither is made in Scotland, but they seem to be holding up after one year of light duty. To those saying that Le Chameau and Aigle are made in China/Eastern Europe, that is only partially true. Their cheaper boots are, but the more expensive ones are still made in France. Call them directly to find out.

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    Comment by Dave | November 11, 2013

  94. I can understand labour being cheaper in other countries ,but when the price stays the same I get the feeling someone is stealing my money my original Hunter boots lasted me over 10 years, many hunting seasons in all weathers all conditions, from wetland marshes to quarries ,so when it came to getting a new pair I assumed another pair would be on order soon, I only started researching when I mentioned it to my wife that they no longer put the Union flag on the front, absolutely dismayed that they had moved to China and started looking elsewhere, Hunter have been very deceitful as they still suggest in all the literature that they are hand made in the UK, and I for one will be looking elsewhere in future

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    Comment by Paul Williams | February 18, 2014

  95. Purchased Hunter boots about 9 months ago. Hardly have worn them except the past week and a half as the winter snow is melting with the Spring weather. I switched from my Sorel snow boots to my Hunter boots, which I wrongly assumed were made in Scotland. Well…..after a week and one half, they are leaking. I paid $125 for a pair of boots that I have worn for approximately 30 hours total. This is outrageous.

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    Comment by Ann | April 3, 2014

  96. I had a pair of Hunters for 8 years replaced them and the new ones are split and leaking. Another pair purchased at the same time for my Mum in law-sole dropped off! They are complete rubbish and in my opinion are falsely sold by Hunter, people buy these in good faith they are the original! Mine are over a year old so I am unable to return under the warranty. Some of the Farming shops here in the West Country no longer sell them as they yield too many complaints.

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    Comment by Helen | April 5, 2014

  97. I was relieved when I found Century Wellies was making boots to the high quality standard that Hunter used to maintain. Now when I went to their website to order a pair I found an announcement that they are now closed. Does anyone have any further information on this sad news?

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    Comment by Kevin | April 26, 2014

  98. Century Dip-Tech, owned by Serbia’s Tigar Corporation, has closed. I believe this is a result of the severe financial difficulties that Tigar suffered over the last couple of years.

    Hunters are still made – badly – in China by the Beijing Patcus factory. It has been like that since 2008. Hunter Boots (the company) are now technically American, owned by the US private equity group Searchlight Capital Partners. Clearly downhill is a very slippery slope. Current UK retail price for a pair of originals is £85. Avoid like the plague

    For good traditional rubber wellies and waders, people who know wear Le Chameau. Nothing else comes close…..for now.

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    Comment by Ivan | April 30, 2014

  99. […] We then swopped to Hunter wellies.  The first pair were fab, and neoprene too, so brilliantly warm. They lasted a goodly while, so when they finally perished around the ankle and started letting by water  I had no hesitation in buying a replacement pair…to find that they quality was far inferior – quick to leak and thin on the sole. Perhaps this was due to the original Hunter company going bust and being bought out, manufacturing switching to China/Serbia and super-clever rebranding to make Hunter’s the boot of choice from city girls to Glastonbury glampers. Great for looking fashionable. Hopeless if you actually want a boot that will go the rural distance. And other I know had the same experience – for further discussion see Secret Scotland. […]

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  100. I have had 2 pairs in 2 years, hunter ballmoral around £100 a pair ,1st pair leaking ,phoned hunter who said thay not intrested.so bought another pair(STUPID) as i liked the look of them thinking it was just bad luck with the 1st pair but the 2nd pair have pershed with in 3 monthes .

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    Comment by MATT | November 11, 2014

  101. 85 pounds for some rubber boots made in China? That’s insane. I’m a farmer and i usually wear out any boots within 3 seasons. God..thought of buying a pair of Hunters from a friend living in uk but i guess I would have to stick with my PVC boots. They are cheap, they are chemical resistant, they eat your foot sometimes but no regrets even if they split within a week. Under 10 pounds who would complain?

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    Comment by shai | December 18, 2014

  102. My point is that since Hunter have outsourced their rubber boot manufacture to the Far East the ozone resistance of your products has reduced to effectively zero. You must be aware of the adverse criticism your current production boots has been receiving on the various online forums, and I also speak from personal experience too – my wife has a pair of your boots which are just over a year old which have suffered total breakdown, due to ozone attack, in the flexing area around the ankles of both boots. To be fair to the retailer [Countrywide, Ledbury], they have offered a gesture of £20 against a replacement pair [which sadly will not be of Hunter manufacture following her experience]. Her previous ‘Made in Scotland’ Hunters had served her well over many years which makes the deterioration in durability even more noticeable and unfortunate.

    I would also add that Hunter does not seem to be alone in suffering poor ozone resistance of well-established products on outsourcing to the far east – Gill [the sailing equipment provider] have also suffered similarly with their sailing boots, but they are much more realistic in their customer response – they replace without quibble beyond the notional ‘guarantee’ period.

    As you may gather from previous correspondence and my opening statement, I do have a professional background in rubber – Chartered Engineer and Professional Member of the Institute of Materials and 35 years rubber compounding experience.

    This is the text of an email sent to Hunter last week. As you may expect, they have not had the courtesy to send me a response…

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    Comment by Eur Ing John Bowen | February 23, 2015

  103. My expensive Balmoral Hawksworth are 1 yr & 2 weeks old and are losing their soles. Just checked and they are made in China. No resonse so far from Hunter and had I known about them being made in China, I wouldn’t have bothered.

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    Comment by John Eccleston | August 19, 2015

  104. Hi Guys,

    i too was a bit pissed off that my wifes new Hunters were made in Indonesia not the UK ? the last pair i got lasted 4 years and started to split…. contacted them and they asked for pics which i dutifly sent. Few days later they offered me 50% off a new pair. So i bought the most expensive ones i could find…. not everyday you get 50% off Hunters

    Before the discount they said i should take them to a cobbler….. what the hell is a cobbler going to do to a pair of wellies ?? Glue large rubber patches over the splits ? i’d have been better taking them to a bicycle repair shop !!

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    Comment by Richie | September 1, 2015

  105. First pair of hunters lasted 30+ years (and I used to ride in them). Retired and given to my mum for gardening. New pair of hunters owned for three years and cracked after less than a year of dog walking! Says it all really.

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    Comment by Farah Vervoorst | February 12, 2017

  106. Only just seen this site when searching for somewhere to send perished boots back to! We’d had two second hand pairs off an auction site which didn’t lastlong (they split on the sole) but we put that down to heavy previous use so bought some brand new. What.absolute rubbish these wellingtons are – utterly “unfit for purpose”!. We’ve only had them just over 12 months – too long to send back anywhere. They have totally perished in the LEGS. What’s that about? .Failing to find an address to send them to at least show someone what happens to them, I phoned the ‘Helpline’. No it’s not! “Take a photo and email it to us” was the bottom line. Can I be bothered? Reading previous post, I certainly don’t want 50% off more of the things! I’ve bought Barbour now as the jackets have been very good.

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    Comment by Stephen Holt | March 5, 2017

  107. Can’t believe this post still has legs in 2017 – 9 years after I really just meant to lament the passing of a long-standing Scottish product.

    Thanks to everyone who had taken the time to stop by and add their experience of what came after the Green Hunter.

    Fair to say a celebrity fashion statement that’s as much a pile of worthless slop as any present day ‘celebrity’!

    And strangers to the words ‘Customer Service’ too, it seems.

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    Comment by Apollo | March 5, 2017


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