Bobby's rubber reins aren't as thick as the Micklem Rubber Reins, but they're a close second. I think I prefer the heft of the Micklem reins, but these aren't bad. The Micklem rubber was pimpled while Bobby's have more of a ropey look. I don't know if it is simply that my Micklem reins had worn out, but the new reins seem to be grippier.
The Micklem rubber reins I have came with hook ends which irritate me while Bobby's rubber reins came with buckle ends. I know they don't look as nice, but buckle ends are so much easier to undo for cleaning or bit swapping.
While the leather ends aren't luxurious, the quality of the leather wasn't too bad. I gave the leather a couple of bends back and forth and was happy to note that the leather didn't get that dry skin look. Even so, I gave the leather parts of the reins a quick wipe down with Passier's Lederbalsam.
Bobby's rubber reins are also a good length. They're about 6 inches longer than the Micklem reins which is good as Izzy is a pretty big boy. I like that extra bit of room.
Will these last? I don't know, but since I don't hate them right off the bat, I'd buy them again.
So tell me: what is your rein preference?