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Offline NewEnglandBushcraft

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Need New Boots
« on: May 11, 2016, 07:55:41 PM »
Hey guys,

My Timberland Mt. Maddsens have officially worn out. I can still use them, but the tread is pretty much completely smoothed out, and its former waterproof-ness is nil. I have two options, and money isn't much of an issue since I have a more than adequate living allowance for my work. I'd rather keep the budget below $100, but if there isn't anything out there in that price range for what is best suited for me, I don't mind spending more.

My two options are:

To acquire similar footwear to the Timberlands - that is, mid-cut and waterproof, OR....
Go for something like a trail runner, essentially a breathable boot, something that can dry out relatively quick (overnight) and yet still be able to cope with rocky terrain.

The conditions down here where I am working can be quite rugged. The trails are often washed out/flooded, especially in the Bell Mtn Wilderness, and there are lots of rocky sections all over the place in the wildernesses that I am managing. The frequent crossings of brooks and walking through the flooded sections would be made easier with a high waterproof boot, but I already have a pair of those; I did not bring them because the climate down here can become rather steamy during the summer months, and I would risk athlete's foot from all the sweat. In my experience, waterproof boots don't seem to dry out nearly as fast as breathable ones. I have considered Gore-tex, and I've heard both good and bad things about Gore-tex boots, but feel free to add your input.

I'm more leaning towards something breathable, preferably a mid-cut boot. Excellent traction is a must.
What are your thoughts?
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Offline Orbean

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Re: Need New Boots
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2016, 08:04:17 PM »
I swear by red wing and irish setters. On average my Irish setters lasted me three years wearing them forty hours a week, fifty two weeks
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Re: Need New Boots
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2016, 08:22:06 PM »
I second the Red sing , Irish Setter boot.
Also Temberline is good.
I also like Vasque for trail shoes.
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Re: Need New Boots
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2016, 08:51:47 PM »
I am two years into a pair of Vasque gore-tex boots although I only wear them when I am in the woods and don't use them in all that tough of terrain.  They are comfortable and have good padding in the tongue and area that contacts your upper ankle.  Good lace up system with the top three being speed lace hooks. 

In wet conditions like early morning dew or creek crossings where the edges are marshy they have performed well.  The pair I have retailed for about $100.00
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Re: Need New Boots
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2016, 12:15:06 AM »
Hi NewEnglandBushcraft,

I have been wearing the Lowa Renegade GTX Hiking Boot.  It is a mid-cut leather/synthetic boot with a gortex lining and a Vibram sole.  I try to get it on sale, just over $100.  But the MSRP is as high as $230.

The boots are lightweight, but very rigid.  I like this combination because they are good for day hiking, but I feel they provide the support I need when backpacking.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Need New Boots
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2016, 05:27:29 AM »
just got some Lem's Boulder Boots. couldn't recommend them highly enough. about $100 online.
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