Thought I would do a quick review of the new blackislander boots and gaiters that I bought recently and went beating in the next day. First of all I would like to say that the gent who runs Blackislander seems a very decent guy. He was quite happy for me to collect my stuff direct from his house as I live not too far away which was very handy as I was wanting them for the next day. I have always been a Meindl wearer but the Blackislander boots were comfortable straight out of the box. They cost me £209 which I would say is pretty fair for a top end pair of boots. The new scratch proofing on them didnt have a mark on them after a day of hard beating. They also dont need to be re-waterproofed after drying out like other leather boots. So far I am happy with them and have been wearing them every day to loosen the tops up just a little bit more. The gaiters as most people know are about the best gaiters you will get but they are £70 which is a bit pricier than most other gaiters. I dont mind paying for good gear and they certainly seem that. There is nothing worse than gaiters sliding down your legs all day and they didnt do that once. They have a leather strap for going underneath your boot that looks like it will take a lot of punishment before wearing out and a zip with button fastening and draw cords at the top. All in all I would say that the stuff seems to be of very good quality and is built to last. Well worth a look.