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55hz
03-22-2012, 04:05 PM
Any recommendations out there? All of my old standby companies seem to have gone down the crapper...

PendulumDuck
03-22-2012, 04:07 PM
Any recommendations out there? All of my old standby companies seem to have gone down the crapper...


Russell Moccasin - hunting / tracking

Quoddy - hunting / tracking

Vintage Red Wings

Vintage Filson

Vintage Raichle

Vintage Danner

Blue4Now
03-22-2012, 04:08 PM
it does all appear to crap now, I had a killer pair of Vasque's back in the day, now they make junk.

I just don't know but would be curious

GA20T
03-22-2012, 04:18 PM
Zamberlan. Good enough for the Canadian Rockies.

Scott Miller
03-22-2012, 04:40 PM
Whatever fits. Seriously, I just go down to REI and try on everything they have (not exaggerating) and get whatever feels the best. Shopping for boots takes me about two hours. The last time, it was Zamberlan. I've only had them out for one long trip, but so far so good.

pedalcr8z
03-22-2012, 04:51 PM
I've hiked 5 states of the Appalachian trail and did a 110 mile hike in northern New Mexico in a pair of Limmer boots. Old German bookmaker still makes them the old fashioned way since 1919!
http://www.limmerboot.com/Limmerswf.html

blackie59
03-22-2012, 05:58 PM
LL Bean makes some very nice and rugged boots

Flinx
03-22-2012, 06:04 PM
Trail runners do fine for me on the AT....i will never wear boots again.

pedalcr8z
03-22-2012, 06:06 PM
Trail runners do fine for me on the AT....i will never wear boots again.

If you are carrying less than 20 pounds I agree. If you are carrying 50-60 pounds you need boots for ankle support.

Flinx
03-22-2012, 06:15 PM
If you are carrying less than 20 pounds I agree. If you are carrying 50-60 pounds you need boots for ankle support.
I average 40 lbs...maybe 50-60 i would need them...i'm too old (wiser) for packs that heavy anyway.

pedalcr8z
03-22-2012, 06:18 PM
I average 40 lbs...maybe 50-60 i would need them...i'm too old (wiser) for packs that heavy anyway.


Soooo, you've learned to bring a mule:rotflmao When I was 50 ten years ago and hiked Philmont ranch in NM my pack was 62 pounds. Today I'd get a freaking mule!

Flinx
03-22-2012, 06:21 PM
I can hike a week under 40 pounds without resupply...why would i carry 60? Did the OP mention his pack weight?...did i miss something?

Scott Miller
03-22-2012, 06:23 PM
40 pounds for me these days, depending on how many days I'm out. Boulder hopping with that thing on requires ankle support, especially that nasty Eastern Sierra Nevada talus slope crap. One of these days I'll get older and wiser and stick to the trails.

Flinx
03-22-2012, 06:30 PM
40 pounds for me these days, depending on how many days I'm out. Boulder hopping with that thing on requires ankle support, especially that nasty Eastern Sierra Nevada talus slope crap. One of these days I'll get older and wiser and stick to the trails.
You may be suprised..i wore boots on some rough climbs in Arizona...i had some trail runners tied to my pack for camp use...tried them one day and never looked back...i had better balance and was more nimble...ymmv....my 2 cents.

FlyingDutchman
03-22-2012, 06:42 PM
Cabelas sells some USA made Danner's that are incredible boots. Very well made.

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Footwear/Mens-Footwear/Mens-Hiking-Boots/Mens-Mid-High-Hiking-Boots%7C/pc/104797980/c/104747580/sc/104383080/i/104104980/Cabelas-Light-II-Camo-Hikers-by-Danner174/1208036.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Ffoot wear-mens-footwear-mens-hiking-boots-mens-mid-high-hiking-boots%2F_%2FN-1101188%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_104104980%3FWTz_l%3DSBC%253BMMcat1047 97980%253Bcat104383080&WTz_l=SBC%3BMMcat104797980%3Bcat104383080%3Bcat104 104980

stark
03-22-2012, 06:46 PM
White's Boots.

http://www.whitesboots.com/images/detailed/4/Farmer-Rancher-(W)300.jpg

tiktok
03-22-2012, 07:01 PM
White's. (http://www.whitesboots.com/index.php?dispatch=categories.view&category_id=256)

mbargav
03-22-2012, 07:04 PM
USA made Danners: http://www.danner.com/boots/#features=79

I walk a lot and I have a pair of the Mountain Lights. Most comfortable boots I've ever owned.

mc2
03-22-2012, 07:42 PM
Years and miles of happiness with my Danner Mtn Lights.

AD_
03-22-2012, 07:47 PM
I've always been impressed with the comfort and longevity of Merrell. They make all different kinds of footwear, but one thing I've noticed is they change their lineup a lot.

Twice I have bought Merrell boots and worn them every day for 3 years.

Agreed with above comment about Danner boots as well. I have two pairs of Danner military combat boots. Very comfortable, and would be confident taking them anywhere. At first, they were very uncomfortable, more so than their competitors, but after they had a break-in period they were as comfortable as a favorite pair of jeans.

firefitz65
03-22-2012, 07:53 PM
My best advice is just go to a couple outdoor shops that sell boots and try all models and pick what fits and feels best

firefitz65
03-22-2012, 07:55 PM
My best advice is just go to a couple outdoor shops that sell boots and try all models and pick what fits and feels best

Oops, now that i went back and read all the comments, this advice has already been mention :hide2

Killcrop
03-22-2012, 08:10 PM
Depends on the terrain. I have found Asolo makes a great boot. Very rugged but light weight. For a lighter trail shoe I like the Oboz. Used those in Utah and have been hooked for a while. However if I was going to the Sierra I would take the Asolo.

Kyle vs. Guitar
03-22-2012, 09:52 PM
If you're filthy stinking rich and want the boot to end all boots, my favorite brand The Flat Head makes some pretty incredible stuff.

http://tfh.flat-head.com/modules/goods/index.php?content_id=35

Tom CT
03-22-2012, 11:02 PM
White's Boots.

http://www.whitesboots.com/images/detailed/4/Farmer-Rancher-(W)300.jpg

Maybe I'm out of touch, but those don't look like any hiking boots I've ever seen.

bluesjuke
03-22-2012, 11:49 PM
Soooo, you've learned to bring a mule:rotflmao When I was 50 ten years ago and hiked Philmont ranch in NM my pack was 62 pounds. Today I'd get a freaking mule!


Philmont? 62lbs.?
Weighed before the afternoon flash floods no doubt.

I kept it at 55lbs. at my time there.

pedalcr8z
03-23-2012, 06:01 AM
Philmont? 62lbs.?
Weighed before the afternoon flash floods no doubt.

I kept it at 55lbs. at my time there.

I was lucky enough to be invited by my Eagle Scout troop leader neighbor. My wife arranged it with him as a 50th birthday surprise. Talk about afternoon flash flood, we had one descending from 12,000' feet on a slick slate covered mountainside with lightning strikes all around us all the way down!

firefitz65
03-23-2012, 01:11 PM
Maybe I'm out of touch, but those don't look like any hiking boots I've ever seen.yeah looks like logger boots. something you don't want to hike in

Tom CT
03-23-2012, 01:36 PM
Just to re-enforce that I'm really out of touch, I dug these out of my closet and gave them a quick scrub. I'll give them little oil (or whatever the proper treatment is), and they're ready for another 35 years.

Vintage 1976 Austrian-made Raichles:

http://www.flavum.com/Picts/Raichle.jpg

55hz
03-23-2012, 09:13 PM
Yes! Tom CT, those look nice! I have some Merrell Wilderness boots with a whole bunch of miles on them, they just need to be resoled. I have some older Vasque Sundowner's (before they put the padded ankle lip on) that I love to death...they've been re-soled twice. I have a pair of "Alico" boots made in Italy that need resoling. They kick ass. I might just get another pair.

Check out: www.alicosport.it/TREKKING%20BOOTS.htm

Also, Talus slopes suck. I'll check out all of the recommendations...thank you!

62Tele
03-23-2012, 10:07 PM
The old mantra was that a pound on your foot was the equivalent of eight pounds on your back. So keeping the boots a reasonable weight has its payoffs. I've never needed a ton of ankle support, even tele skiing, but I have had the joy of stone bruises from running shoes with a pack and it makes you appreciate a steel or synthetic shank.

The current Lowa stuff is well made, especially when you get into their upper line boots. Boot design has really advanced a long way and you don't have to go through miles of pain like the old days (read The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen for a great review of boot grief), but I still like a solid leather boot all in all. For me - leather, light(ish), right fit.

BTW - sewn is usually referred to as a "Norwegian Welt" - might help your search.

cram
03-23-2012, 10:19 PM
ankle support is most important to me.
any boot has to be rigid through the ankle.
I've had asolo boots for a decade now with that covered.
I've also had Merrils in the 90's that were good. Both have lasted me many years of good use.

DO NOT get anything that's a cross with a work boot design if you're into hiking and that's your goal. They may be warm and they may last a long time, but they're not designed with full purpose in mind.

Amitar
03-23-2012, 10:20 PM
I bought a pair of Asolo's and am happy with them. There were a little stiff when I first used them but now they are broken in and are comforatable.

The Golden Boy
03-24-2012, 06:54 AM
My feet have gotten old and soft.

When I was a kid, my boots were the regular government issue Jungle Boots. I'd take the liners out of them (they had that mesh insole liner that disintegrated) and go to town with the regular government issue cushioned wool socks.

The jungle boots are rugged- my old field boots lived constantly wet in Panama and when I was deployed to Saudi Arabia, they got the living hell thrashed out of them on the coral. 24 years after I was issued the boots that I beat to a living pulp all around the globe- I still use them for lawn mowing.

I generally don't walk that kind of distance anymore, I generally don't carry my body weight in weapons systems on my back anymore, and non insoled jungle boots are too rough on my feet these days.

http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg207/scaled.php?server=207&filename=boots003.jpg&res=medium

Babaji
03-24-2012, 08:28 AM
...Ah Jungle boots! Used to wear those a lot in the summertime(non-military). Tried lots of hiking boots over the last few decades, but I've been wearing full leather upper Asolo's for the last ten years. They are like gloves for your feet! Lowa's are also great boots. I tried some Zamberlains on a trip to Tibet, but they were painful to my little toes. The rubber toe guard on them was the issue(it shrank). I hiked all over the Himalayas in the 1970's, from Kashmir and Ladakh to Himachal Pradesh in India, and to Everest in Nepal. Good boots and especially, good wool socks are a must! The benefit of full leather uppers is that your feet stay dry when its raining or snowing. There is nothing worse than wet cold feet when you are miles from civilization! Had a pair Vasque's that were just like the 1976 Austrian-made Raichle's. Heavy, stiff, ouch!
Bill