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wrenchN86
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Aug-20-17, 
09:00 PM (MST)
"Looking at new boots"

Been looking and reading on boots on the net. From what I have seen you can easily find a good pair of boots under $200. I know from past experience that a good pair of boots will make or break a hunt! So looking for suggestions, go with some under armour or irish setter or danners? Or go all in and look at the upper class boots? Who is wearing what and have they held up. All hunts are up high Nevada, scouting in the heat and hunting in the rain/snow. Thanks for the feed back!

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 Subject   Author   Message Date   ID 
 RE: Looking at...  alsatian      Aug-22-17   1 
 RE: Looking at...  StillLernin      Aug-22-17   2 
 RE: Looking at...  OLDHORNHUNT...      Aug-23-17   3 
 RE: Looking at...  Soj51hopefu...      Aug-23-17   4 
  RE: Looking at...  grosventreh...      Aug-25-17   5 
   RE: Looking at...  Founder      Aug-28-17   6 
    RE: Looking at...  Deerlove      Aug-28-17   7 
     RE: Looking at...  DayMan      Aug-28-17   8 
      RE: Looking at...  LaGriz55      Aug-31-17   9 
       RE: Looking at...  DayMan      Aug-31-17   10 
 RE: Looking at...  98caxj      Sep-05-17   11 
  RE: Looking at...  Tilalit      Oct-04-17   12 
   RE: Looking at...  OchocoKid      Oct-08-17   13 
    RE: Looking at...  Deerlove      Oct-09-17   14 

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alsatian
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Aug-22-17, 
03:24 PM (MST)
1. "RE: Looking at new boots"

You didn't say what kind of hunting you were going to do. I would wear completely different boots for hunting pronghorn antelope in rolling plains of Wyoming from those I would use elk hunting in the high mountains.

For elk hunting in the high mountains I like Meindl Perfekt Hunters very much. These provide a lot of support for my ankles, which helps when walking rocky trails in the dark, when carrying heavy loads of elk meat, and when bushwacking up a rocky slope. They keep the water out. They are comfortable. My pair has 400 grams of Thinsulate which helps keep my feet warm, but truth be told my toes get quite cold after I've been sitting down in the dark at my hunting spot for 30 minutes on a 20 degree morning before the sun comes up. That is just the fate of my cold blooded feet I think. These boots run about $300. I have used the pair I have now since 2006. Next year I'll probably try to buy a new pair, as the soles are getting a bit thin. That price does not seem to be unreasonable for a very good boot. I wouldn't think of changing boots -- unless these are no longer available on the market -- since they have not failed to be completely satisfactory in my use. My elk hunting partner also uses Meindl Perfekt Hunter boots and has similar high recommendations for them. I will say that sometimes the soles squeak a bit, but this doesn't bother me. I'm not sneaking up on any elk, and other noises like twigs snapping are liable to be louder than these creaking soles anyway.

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StillLernin
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Aug-22-17, 
07:33 PM (MST)
2. "RE: Looking at new boots"

Cabela's just reintroduced their Iron Ridge leather hunting boots with 400 grams of thinsulate ($100). I am still wearing my 12 year-old version of these, and LOVE the bob sole in Nevada, especially with the rocks you will inevitably have to traverse. The 400 grams can sometimes be hot on those early-season hunts/scouting trips (they do make an uninsulated version that I haven't tried...), but my feet have never been cold. And some people might consider them heavy, but I have put MILES on these and I prefer the added ankle support, and use them on every hunt. I thought about buying some new ones, especially since they stopped making them for awhile, but my old ones have plenty of life in them that I can't really justify it. I might consider replacing the insoles, but that is it.

Good luck!

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OLDHORNHUNTER
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Aug-23-17, 
11:34 AM (MST)
3. "RE: Looking at new boots"

I have had Danners they don't seem too last in rocky terrain more than a year & Mendl's were good until Cabela's started carrying & selling their version cheaper materials same price . I researched this same problem a few years back & Hands down everyone that has owned Lowa's Zamberlin's & Crispi boots swear by them. I am Right there bought a pair of Zam's 2 years ago by far the BEST boot I have ever worn. I picked mine up off of camofire for right at $200 they are normally around $350 to $400 !! In my opinion this is one area you DO NOT want to skimp on bad boots & sore blistered wet feet will RUIN most hunts !! Makes no sense too spend $1000 on a rifle spend another 4 to $500 for tags travel & food & have Shitty boots ruin it

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Soj51hopefull
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Aug-23-17, 
07:03 PM (MST)
4. "RE: Looking at new boots"

I'm wearing kenetrek mountain extremes right now. VERY impressed.

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grosventrehunter
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Aug-25-17, 
07:35 AM (MST)
5. "RE: Looking at new boots"

I usually wear kennetrek boots, hardscrabble and mtn extremes, but I recently purchased a pair of Scarpas from Kuiu. So far I really like them. I agree with above post. Wearing different boots on different types of hunts is what works best for me.

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Aug-28-17, 
10:41 AM (MST)
6. "RE: Looking at new boots"

I use my Merrell Moab's for about all my hunting. Only when it's real cold or I'm hiking in snow do I switch them out for a bit heavier boot.

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Deerlove
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Aug-28-17, 
10:51 AM (MST)
7. "RE: Looking at new boots"

I wish I could try on the scarpas in Ut

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DayMan
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Aug-28-17, 
06:08 PM (MST)
8. "RE: Looking at new boots"

I recently picked up a pair of Scarpa Kinesis Pro GTX boots. I'm in the process of breaking them in ,but they feel great with tons of support. I wore Meindl Perfekt Hikers before and loved them. To bad the price went up and didn't get the rubber rand and other niceties. That's why I went with scarpa. We'll see how they do in the coming years.
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LaGriz55
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Aug-31-17, 
08:28 AM (MST)
9. "RE: Looking at new boots"

DayMan,

Tell me about the fit of your new boots as compared to the Meindl Perfekt Hikers. Are they true to size? Are the Scarpa boots available in a EE or wide? How tight is the fit in the heel? I have high insteps, and a wide full volume foot. Trying to find an alternative to the Cabela's Mt. Hiker II's I used to ware. Those inexpensive boots fit my feet to a T! Thanks in advance!

LaGriz

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DayMan
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Aug-31-17, 
09:24 PM (MST)
10. "RE: Looking at new boots"

LaGriz,
The Scarpa boots run true to size for my feet. They are made in Italy and use EU sizing. The fit in the heel is almost identical to my old Perfekt Hikers. The toe box has more room than the Meindl though. I'm not sure how wide they come, my foot is D width. REI is supposed to carry some Scarpa boots. If you're close to one, toy might stop in and try them on. Hope that helped.

DayMan

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Sep-05-17, 
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11. "RE: Looking at new boots"

I have a pair of Lowa Tibet boots that I am very happy with. I got a great deal at the Sierra Trading Post website. I also have a pair of Cabelas Outfitter 400 gram boots that I like as well when the weather gets cold.

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Oct-04-17, 
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12. "RE: Looking at new boots"

First of all, look for reviews before buying something. Here is a great article - https://under-the-open-sky.com/best-waterproof-hunting-boots-2017-reviews-and-top-picks/ . There you can find the comparison of the best hunting boots.

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Oct-08-17, 
06:48 PM (MST)
13. "RE: Looking at new boots"

Most of my hunting is chuckar on the breaks of the Snake. nothing tests boots much better.

I like the Kenetreks pretty good and I use them on big game hunts because they have more insulation, but hands down without a doubt the Lowa GTX Extremes are the best boot I've ever owned. Like all boots I wish they were lighter but I cannot find a fault with them.

Stay Thirsty My Friends

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Deerlove
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Oct-09-17, 
01:37 PM (MST)
14. "RE: Looking at new boots"

Funny people have different feet, I bought the scarpas and I thought the toe box was real narrow, and it's real stiff. I don't know what the advantage/ disavatage is to a stiff sole??

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