Monday, 18 May 2009

Fabulous tried and tested report for Shires!

As some of you may know, we have a tried and tested panel that we use to test our products. We've got quite a number of people on this BUT if you're reading this thinking that you would be an excellent tester too, then please email and you will be sent a questionnaire to fill in.

Anyway, recently we sent our new Reflective Brushing Boots out on test and this is the report that we got back:

Product name: Reflective Brushing Boots
What were your initial impressions of the product in terms of packaging- could you tell what the product was and how it should be used, etc? I was extremely impressed with the bag they came in as I am able to hook them up outside the stable, I could tell straight away what they were for & how to use them.
What were your initial impressions of the product’s appearance? They are very stylish and different to the standard Black & Yellow/Pink boots, my partner does not like using the pink or yellow reflective boots but he wanted to use these ones as soon as we had received them.
How did you find the product’s fit? The product fitted well once we bent them in to shape.
Was it easy to use? Very easy to use
How did the product perform the first time that you used it? Some times using brushing boots they turn slightly but these were perfect for schooling in.
How did you clean/treat the product after use? Due to the dry weather we only had to brush the hair off inside.
How did the product perform the second time that you used it? They did not perform any differently, they are fantastic boots.
What are your overall thoughts about the product/do you use any other products usually for the same purpose and what do you particularly like/dislike about the products that you usually use? For hacking out we use brushing boots with Pink reflective strips but they slip down the horses legs, my partner won’t use them as they are not very manly so when he had the opportunity to use these he was happy as they look good.
What was the thing you liked the best about the product? The style
What was the worse thing about the product? Due to being flat packed the first time we used them we had to bend them into shape.
Are there any changes that you would make to the product and why? No changes at all
Are there any changes that you would make to the packaging and why? May be do a more rounded bag so the first time you use them they are already the correct shape.
Please rate the following out of 10:
Packaging 8
Product appearance 10
Fit 10
Function 10
Value for money 10
Performance 10

Would you buy this product again? Yes definitely
Would you recommend it to your friends? Already recommended
Do you have any other comments that you would like to make? I really enjoyed this tried & tested; the boots are fabulous & look really good. I think they will appeal to the female & male riders for safety out hacking.

As I’m sure you’ve guessed, we are thrilled with this report…thanks Rebecca!


  1. Hi Shires1 - I got here from your Tweet about this post, but as an FYI, those of us who are using Twitter management software (like Seesmic Desktop, TweetDeck, a Twitter manager for iPod, etc.) can't click the blogspot link in your tweet unless there is an http:// in front of it. The link works at but most hardcore Twitter users do not visit very often, they use one of these outside programs instead. As a result, I had to cut and paste the link into my web browser, which is only a minor hassle on my laptop but a HUGE hassle on an iPod/iPod Touch/Blackberry/etc. Next time, please consider using an or mini-address in your tweet so that we can all click right through to your awesome blog. Thanks for being on Twitter BTW, I love Shires products! (I am @jenlmichaels on Twitter)

  2. Thanks for your comment, much appreciated...I will try and do that now, thanks so much for the advice...we're just learning about social networking so any advice is most appreciated!