Review Rockfish Groundhog Wellingtons by The Review Smiths
Rockfish was founded in 2003 and is a family run business that is based at an organic farm in Cornwall, spending much of their time in wellingtons boots and having been let down by other brands they set out to create their own.
Inspired by the local coastline, ocean, the granite terrain and large amounts of mud on the farm, they had the perfect setting to test out their range. The Groundhog boots have been created with natural rubber and the Rockfish formulation that aims to ensure the rubber doesn’t perish prematurely. This particular boot has been produced to thrive in liveries and stables yards but of course it isn’t limited to that environment and are suitable for gardeners, walkers, campers and fishermen. The Groundhog boots are fully vegan, and Rockfish are even attempting to ensure all their materials are sustainable, recycled, recyclable and bio-degradable alternatives by 2023.
The wellies are available in sizes 5UK – 13UK in men’s and women’s and in either Olive or Black, they are beautifully made but don’t let that fool you, these boots are constructed for hard and dirty work. They are 100% waterproof, the 5mm neoprene provides a four way stretch which makes climbing about, squatting and sitting down comfortable, the adjustable gusset and calf fastener allows the wearer to obtain a precise fit. The neoprene provides an effective insulation all the way down to -40C whilst the Airmesh technology helps to maintain the internal climate of the boot. The deep lugs give these boots solid grip even in the toughest terrains, the insole is well padded and has focused on arch support whilst the EVA midsole provides shock absorption for all day comfort.
With all this protection around the foot you might expect them to feel a bit heavy but they are in fact very light on the feet, they are also resistant to horse urine which can degrade rubber and the reflective detailing on the back of the heel helps you to be seen in low light. The Groundhog Wellingtons are hard workers, made for long days outside and in the muck and will keep your feet as warm, dry and comfortable as they were at the start of the day.
- 100% waterproof
- Good grip
- Four-way stretch