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bowelk
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Apr-04-11, 
05:57 AM (MST)
"Meindal denial vs Perfekt Hunter"

I have been doing some research on these two boots. Unfortunately I do not live near a store where I can try either pair on. I need a new pair of boots, I plowed through my Danner Proghorns in a season. I hunt mainly out west in nm for elk and deer. I'm looking for a boot with great support and comfort. I put a lot of miles on my feet while hunting. Also I mainly bow hunt early season where temperature and wet wet weather can be a concern. My concerns are the Denali's may be warm and a little heavy and the Perfekt hunters don't seem to be as comfortable and do not have the IQ fit feature. If anyone has any experience or comments about these two, I would love to hear it.

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 RE: Meindal de...  opbuckslayer      Apr-04-11   1 
  RE: Meindal de...  bowelk      Apr-04-11   2 
   RE: Meindal de...  mightyhunter      Apr-04-11   3 
  RE: Meindal de...  Stubaby      Apr-09-11   6 
 RE: Meindal de...  OLDHORNHUNT...      Apr-06-11   4 
  RE: Meindal de...  bigpapacow      Apr-06-11   5 
   RE: Meindal de...  CWeeks      Apr-21-11   7 
 RE: Meindal de...  alsatian      Jul-20-11   8 

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opbuckslayer
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Apr-04-11, 
08:23 AM (MST)
1. "RE: Meindal denial vs Perfekt Hunter"

I have a pair of perfekt hunters and they were super comfortable right out of the box. I didn't get much time to wear them before me and a buddy took our boys on an 20 mile high country fishin trip last summer. To say the least I was a little nervous about this trip and new boots. Wow, they were awsome and I never even got a warm spot or nothing. My buddy's feet with his old broke in danner hikers looked like they went through a meat grinder.

The only negative I can think of is that they are squeaky when you walk and this seems to get less and less as they break in. That could be a deal breaker for ya if you archery hunt because I read reviews with that same comment as mine. Other than that they are head and shoulders above the two pair of pronghorns I had previously. Good luck in your search.

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bowelk
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Apr-04-11, 
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2. "RE: Meindal denial vs Perfekt Hunter"

Thanks. I have heard the are noisy, I was hoping that would go away with time

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Apr-04-11, 
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3. "RE: Meindal denial vs Perfekt Hunter"

I have had both the Denali and the Perfekt Meindl boots over the years. I am currently using the Denali. Comfort and fit will be about the same and won't give you a problem. Generally all Meindl boots are stiff and offer great ankle support. Both models have a large toe box. Break in time will be minimal. Neither boot can be resoled and should last at least 3 years. There is not enough insulation in the Denali to overheat your feet. I prefer the sole on the Denali over the Perfekt. The biggest drawback to any Meindl boot is the traction. It isn't bad, but there are other boots with better soles for traction (Kenetrek).

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Apr-09-11, 
10:01 AM (MST)
6. "RE: Meindal denial vs Perfekt Hunter"

I have the Denali's and love them. I went down the Pronghorn road and will never do that again. I guy at the store told me that the Perfekt's have a stiffer sole than the Denali's. Mine are stiff enough. They are comfortable and dont't leak at all.

"That's a special feeling, Lloyd"

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OLDHORNHUNTER
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Apr-06-11, 
11:56 AM (MST)
4. "RE: Meindal denial vs Perfekt Hunter"

the Denalis are heavier I have had 2 pairs on Perfect hunters in the last 5 years 1st pair lasted almost 4 years I also hunt out west & average 300 to 500 miles a year on my boots in rock & sage country I have never had a problem one with these boots..right out of the box lace & go..

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Apr-06-11, 
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5. "RE: Meindal denial vs Perfekt Hunter"

I am heading into my third year on my Denali's and have been very impressed. I went through 2 pairs of Pronghorns before these and destroyed them rather quickly as well, with the 2nd pair leaking immediately. So, after lots of research and trying on boots I went with the Deanli's. I liked the looks of the perfect hunter more, but my feet liked the Denali's more. I had custom made orthotics that I had to use in the pronghorns, but with the Denali's, I have never had to use them. I also went with them because they are an uninsulated boot and my feet heat up quickly. As far as durability goes, the sole is starting to show signs of wear but to put it into perspective, they still have more traction and deeper lugs at this point than the pronghorns have brand-new. The upper boots are in excellent condition other than a few nicks in the rubber rand as it comes over the toe. The interior fabric is not ripped up at all either. I have used them through the spring and summer for hiking, camping, shed hunting and into the fall and winter for hunting here in utah in rugged terrain. So, to sum it all up, lots of use but still probably not half way to used up. Meindels have my vote for sure. As to model, whichever feels best to you.

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Apr-21-11, 
08:32 AM (MST)
7. "RE: Meindal denial vs Perfekt Hunter"

I've owned the Hunters for a few years now and been very please with comfort out of the box to ankle support, waterproof, and durable. Did my first mountain goat hunt with them this past fall and would likely choose a little stiffer boot if doing again, but love them for elk, deer, etc.

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Jul-20-11, 
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8. "RE: Meindal denial vs Perfekt Hunter"

It looks like both boots will give excellent service. I have the Meindl Perfekt Hunters and love them. As others have said, they were comfortable from the beginning and required virtually no break in. I decided I would wear them on a light, short backpacking trip -- accepting that I might have some trouble due to not having broke them in first, but willing to accept my lumps for a short duration trip -- but there was no problem. We did 8 miles backpacking in two days over rocky, sloped ground. We also threw in an additional climb/scramble from about 11500' to 12800' over a hike of about 3 miles round trip that isn't counted in the 8 miles above. Great boots.

I am disappointed to hear that the soles can't be replaced, however. What is the deal with that? Now if my soles don't wear out for 15 years, I guess it isn't too big of a deal.

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