I bought these because the shorter version have been my favorite winter boots for two years, but my half chaps won't fit over the foot. So, why not the tall boots? Love these just as much! A bit roomy around my 13" calves, but thanks to the top strap they don't feel sloppy at all. They feel fully broken in from the start, making them nice for groundwork or chores. I put them to the test in the saddle today, and they were great! They did not feel bulky - in fact I didn't give them a thought throughout the ride. The lining makes them warm, and I assume they are as waterproof as the short boots have always been. At the sale price they are truly hard to beat!!