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Old March 06, 2015, 18:01   #1
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Need New Boots

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What is a good source for general purpose boot that will last? Waterproof, non-insulated, hiking/military type? Had on a great pair of US made Chippewa today and would own them except for "summer tread" sole. I'd go around $200 for a US made boot.

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Old March 06, 2015, 19:19   #2
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Don't know if your a Danner fan, but check out;

www.hitthebrakeroom.com
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Old March 06, 2015, 22:32   #3
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Got those at 23..Only wore them once, didn't like smell.
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Old March 06, 2015, 23:30   #5
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These are my go to:

http://www.danner.com/acadia-8-black.html

Not the cheapest, but my first pair lasted 8 years before I sent them back for a rebuild.
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Old March 07, 2015, 11:32   #6
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Red Wings.
Those are my steel toe work shoes. Great leather, wear like iron. Model 2406. Not many US made red wings being made, unfortunately.
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Old March 07, 2015, 12:25   #7
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I have a 15 year old pair of RedWing Workboots that aren't going to fail anytime soon and I love, but my hiking boots are the Danner Mountain Light II's and I would highly recommend them as well. The Danner 6" Patrol are close to a militarized version of my boots. They have rock solid traction on steep slopes. I think a RedWing hiker will likely be a heavier boot than the Danner. I doubt you would go wrong with either of these choices.
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Old January 27, 2017, 08:33   #8
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Redwing 1412 still USA, Waterproof, 8", wear like iron. Like slippers once broken in. retail for $300+, in an opportunistic buy they can be had for $200

I normally get 3-6 months out of boots, and it seems like many leak within a month.

I had my previous pair of 1412s over 3 years, they still didn't leak. I replaced the insoles and laces a couple times. I had to get rid of them because of an issue involving a skunk(they were on the verge of needing resoled anyway). I just couldn't get the smell out.
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Old March 08, 2015, 08:28   #9
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Don't know if your a Danner fan, but check out;

www.hitthebrakeroom.com
This. I have a pair from there that I've had for years and am very happy with. As good or better than the Danners I bought from a store for $150 last time.
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Old March 08, 2015, 09:38   #10
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I wore a pair of Danner Arcadias for about eight years in the fire house. Great comfort and great wear performance. Never, ever leaked. The second pair of Danners had the kellerfelt lugged sole. Not comfortable. They never broke in. Don't know why. They now reside in the back of my closet and never see the light of day.

As a side note. I bought a pair of New Balance desert-type boots on clearance fro LA Police Gear for $49 about three years ago. I'm wearing them right now. Amazing comfort. Just not insulated or water proof. Still, in hindsight I wish I had ordered a few more pair when they had them.
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Old March 28, 2015, 10:14   #11
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Asolo's are great

The Asolo GTX Fugitive has been my favorite for years. They last, are relatively light and are very well made. I own a couple pair and wear almost everyday. Lot of folks like them and they will come in sub $200 if you look around. Would have killed for these when I was in the sand box!
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Old March 07, 2015, 12:50   #13
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US made???

Good luck with that.



They keep changing the name of it, but I've been wearing the various versions of this Vasque boot for many years.
http://www.amazon.com/Vasque-Bitterr...vasque+wasatch

Very rigid sole.
Drops large attacking dogs like they were porcelain figurines.

You could walk all day on rocks, and your feet no worse for it.
Maybe your knees not so much.

Its always a compromise between putting the abuse on the soles/ankles vs. the knees.

Over the many years, these boots have not leaked once.
Even after the soles had long given up and were cracking badly.

No, you can't send them to "the cobbler" for new soles.
You have to buy a new pair.

On the current model Vasque furnishes the boot with those red laces.
I have no desire for that.
I replace all "fashion" boot laces with black para cord.

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I decided to give a new type of boot a try.
http://www.amazon.com/Under-Armour-H...ur+Wall+Hanger

This one with more flex in the ankle, and less-rigid sole than the Vasque.
You don't want to spend a lot of time pounding rocks with this boot.
I've worn it a half dozen times on light broken-terrain walks.
Got the outside of them absolutely soaked a couple times.
No leaks.
Love the lighter weight, and the more nimble footing (for places where nimble footing is needed more than rock-crushing).
I won't have a final opinion though on this boot until I've worn it for a year or so.

You should also be aware that the synthetic lining on the inside of the Under Armor boot is "tennis ball yellow."
That always weirds-me-out, but once the boots are on, nobody has to know.


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BTW the Vasque boots are "true to size."

I think the Under Armor boots are a half-size larger than the nominal size marked on the boot.
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US made.

Good luck with that.


All U.S. military issue boots are U.S. made.

Belleville boot company in IL makes some good summer boots.

https://www.bellevilleboot.com/shop/...t_detail&p=112

Buy Merican

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All U.S. military issue boots are U.S. made.

Belleville boot company in IL makes some good summer boots.

http://www.bellevilleboot.com/shop/i...t_detail&p=122

Buy Merican
The boots you linked to are not us made. Other models are though.
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Danner make great boots, I have a couple of different pairs that I could not be happier with. I just got a pair that I am less so with, but it is about fitting not quality (some of their imported lines are narrower, even in my EE fitting, than the rest).

I do spend most of my time in a pair of Italian Zamberlans however.

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For light hiking I got Chinese merills on closeout for $50

For serious hiking when wet is inevitable I use US military Altama that are not waterproof because waterproof boots are only good if the water doesn't go over the top. I adjust socks for conditions. I screwed hexheads into the sole for grip.
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The boots you linked to are not us made. Other models are though.
Sorry, fixed link. https://www.bellevilleboot.com/shop/...t_detail&p=112
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US made???

Good luck with that.



They keep changing the name of it, but I've been wearing the various versions of this Vasque boot for many years.


Very rigid sole.
Drops large attacking dogs like they were porcelain figurines.

You could walk all day on rocks, and your feet no worse for it.
Maybe your knees not so much.

Its always a compromise between putting the abuse on the soles/ankles vs. the knees.

Over the many years, these boots have not leaked once.
Even after the soles had long given up and were cracking badly.

No, you can't send them to "the cobbler" for new soles.
You have to buy a new pair.

On the current model Vasque furnishes the boot with those red laces.
I have no desire for that.
I replace all "fashion" boot laces with black para cord.

I used to have an old pair of full grain vasque boots that were down stitched. Very similar to the Danner's I have now. They were great boots and probably would've lasted a very long time had they not been washed away in a freak night-time flash flood with the rest of my gear on a hiking trip. But they were pre-china made vasques. I had a pair of the china made ones and though they were comfy they didn't last long. After about a six months a rivet popped off that held the lace eyes and the factory said they couldn't repair them and instead of sending the boots back for me to find someone else to fix they sent a check for half what I paid for them. I probably won't buy vasques again although they are owned by RedWing. To me its worth it to buy the American made boots that can be repaired.
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I buy Danner combat hikers on Ebay. I recently bought a new pair for $60 and a used pair in great condition for $30.
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I'm on my second pair of Blackhawk desert ops boots. I do believe they are the most comfortable lace-up boots I've ever worn. For the type of use I give them, they work really well.

https://www.amazon.com/BlackhaW-Dese...ior+wear+boots
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I have Whites, Kenetreks and a pair of Chippewa's none are newer
than 10 years.
You only have 1 pair of feet, and normally they don't rebuild feet.
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Also known to buy high dollar specialty boots on eBay. I know exact brand, model and size you prefer, hard to not buy a $300 to $500 pair of boots for under $100. Buy one particular brand from Europe made in 1/3 sizes for ice climbing and mountaineering. My feet are 9 3/4 not 9.5 or 10.0. Company went out of business but can find lots of my preferred cold weather boot on the European version of eBay and other sites in like new condition.
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Ebay.

I buy Danner combat hikers on Ebay. I recently bought a new pair for $60 and a used pair in great condition for $30.
I bought a new pair of these and within 6 months they tore right were the rubber and the upper come together at the flex point. Still look new otherwise...very disappointing.

The Ft. Lewis and Acadia,s on the other hand have been rock solid for over 10 years. Love them.
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I buy Danner combat hikers on Ebay. I recently bought a new pair for $60 and a used pair in great condition for $30.
Thanks to youse guys I'm wearing a pair of these at this very moment.

Like new, from eBay and I'm slowly getting them broke in.

Hope they last awhile.
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Just saw a very nice pair of older Danner hikers at Goodwill today,for I think 7.99. They looked like new. Were the older Alpine-style hikers,Vibram soles.
Size was small..like 6 or thereabouts. Damn..Damn..damn..
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Guys,

What is a good source for general purpose boot that will last? Waterproof, non-insulated, hiking/military type? Had on a great pair of US made Chippewa today and would own them except for "summer tread" sole. I'd go around $200 for a US made boot.

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