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Post by angelofwar » Fri Nov 23, 2012 11:25 pm

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Post by Chris@MTCT » Fri Nov 23, 2012 11:52 pm

My altama Hoplites are almost worn out after 18 months of wear, but they are comfy. I have a new pair of Rockies that I'm not fond of due to the thickness of the soles.

I need to change out my Merrel MOABs too. I have put a few miles on them and after two summers I think they are almost shot. Plus I melted a spot on the top of one of them at some point durning a bottle of sailor jerry and a fire..
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Post by EmbraceTheHate » Sat Nov 24, 2012 12:27 am

I went ahead and ordered original swat classic 6". I wanted something that looked more casual.

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Post by Aley64 » Sun Nov 25, 2012 6:26 pm

I wear my good ol' Wolverine lace up boots :)

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Post by 74 or more » Tue Dec 04, 2012 5:43 am

Does any one use pack boots? I've been thinking about adding the Wiggy's pack boots to my GHB. Can you wear them for a duration of time or are they only for short term short range use? I guess what I'm asking is could I actually walk home in pack boots over a long distance?

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Post by EmbraceTheHate » Tue Dec 04, 2012 5:32 pm

Got my classic 6" today so far i love em, so light for a boot!

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Re: What kinda BOOTS do you wear

Post by Kun2112 » Fri Dec 14, 2012 10:42 pm

Boots are a favorite subject of mine because I have an obnoxious opinion on them :ohdear:

Step one: determine what type of environment you are likely to be in with them. Unless you are looking at a lot of deep snow (get snowshoes, bro) or very marshy conditions I normally don't go over standard hiking boot height. The extra material adds extra weight, and the old backpacker adage is that a pound on the feet equals ten pounds on the back. Big, heavy boots will slow you down, tire you faster, and reduce your overall endurance. Plus, if they do get wet, it takes longer for them to dry out.

Step two: Put on the socks you are going to wear with them. Wigwam, Smartwool, heavy weight, medium weight, two pairs, it doesn't matter what the socks are just that you have them on.

(And the MOST important step)
Step three: Go to an REI-type outfitter that has a large selection of hiking boots and find an employee that is willing to spend 30+ minutes working with you to find the perfect fit. Mine happen to be Montrail Torre's in size 12, but the FIT is the absolute MOST important aspect of selecting boots. You want to try them on, walk around the store, try to push your feet forward, stand on a downward facing 45* incline, and do everything possible to make sure they fit EVERY part of your foot. Too loose in the heel? Next boot please. Your foot slid to the end of the shoe on the incline? NEXT! I cannot stress how important proper fit is. I don't care if they are ugly as sin, if they fit perfectly, those are the boots you want.

Step four: Ask if it comes in a waterproof version if not waterproofed already. If the answer is no, purchase waterproofing supplies that they recommend.

Ok, why do I stress the REI-type store over the Cabela's or mil-surplus type store? These places outfit people who thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and Continental Divide Trail. That last one takes about six months to complete on average. That is six months of walking 8-14 hours a day. I have always gotten sound gear advice from the "adventure" type outfitters. Most gear I have gotten from surplus or hunting stores have left me lacking. I still have one pair of boots from a hunting store that I only wear when it is time to shovel snow, because it was the absolutely WRONG boot for me. However, they are very waterproof, and high enough that I do not have to worry about snow getting into them.

Addendum - Winter boots: Many of us live in locations that experience harsh winters. Some of these winters can be very long. Upstate NY gets a lot of lake-effect snow. Yellowknife NT gets down-right COLD. This is another reason why I recommend going to a local outfitter. They will know what works for your neck of the woods.

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Post by NT2C » Sat Dec 15, 2012 12:24 am

I'm hard to fit when it comes to boots. I have a very wide foot (my Navy dive instructor said I had natural flippers) and a bum left knee, which combine to really limit my boot choices. Getting anything in a 10.5 or 11 EEEE or EEEEE is a royal PITA, and the left knee does not flex when I walk, so the left ankle has to flex freely. That pretty much rules out anything over 6" high but I'm cool with that. Oh, and speaking of cool, my feet get cold very, very easily (fine circulation, just very cold feet) so even in the middle of summer I wear wool socks, and winter boots must be insulated.

I've had good results in the past with Magnum's (loved their EV-1 duty boot) but their styles changed so I had to shop for new boots. Bought a nice pair of Danner's out in Idaho the year before last that were a bit tight but I hoped would stretch. A year of wearing them didn't help and I developed a nasty corn from them so I switched to sneakers for the spring & summer while I shopped for something else. Got a good deal on some insulated Chippewas but when they arrived even though they were a EEEE they were so tight it was torture to wear them around the house for 45 minutes. I was about to send 'em back when a friend hooked me up with a local cobbler who said he could probably get them to stretch enough to fit. Not wanting to risk a pair of $200 boots that I could still return I gave him the Danners to work on. He stretched them for a week and a half and they fit great now, so I gave him the Chippewas. Those took three weeks, but they also came out perfect, so now I have two good pairs of boots for the winter.
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Post by doc savage » Sat Dec 15, 2012 1:39 am

boot, combat, temperate weather. Corcoran, size 15.

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Post by jimmyzeet » Tue Dec 18, 2012 12:49 pm

I just picked up some 5.11 ATAC 8" Storms in black from Streicher's when they had 20% off 5.11 gear over a two day period. I have worn them a couple times and they seem really solid for a hair over $100.

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Post by kika21 » Tue Dec 18, 2012 12:59 pm

jimmyzeet wrote:I just picked up some 5.11 ATAC 8" Storms in black from Streicher's when they had 20% off 5.11 gear over a two day period. I have worn them a couple times and they seem really solid for a hair over $100.
I got those exact same boots and the low quarter ones for the academy. They started to squeak on me after a while, and they still do, especially the lower pair. I won't be getting them again.

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Re: What kinda BOOTS do you wear

Post by offcamber » Tue Dec 18, 2012 1:22 pm

I recently picked up a couple pairs of USMC Rat boots to replace my aging Bates 30500 Infantry boots and love em..

Not Gore-tex, but the $39 price tag at LAPG didn't hurt. :D

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Post by 74 or more » Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:15 am

offcamber wrote:I recently picked up a couple pairs of USMC Rat boots to replace my aging Bates 30500 Infantry boots and love em..

Not Gore-tex, but the $39 price tag at LAPG didn't hurt. :D
On LAPG web site it says the RAT boots are water proof in the Q&A section. I'm very curious to know just how water proof they are.
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Post by EmbraceTheHate » Wed Dec 19, 2012 7:25 am

These original swat classics are great! Warm when its cold, cool when its warm. Also very light and durable so far. Love em!

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Post by offcamber » Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:51 am

74 or more wrote:
offcamber wrote:I recently picked up a couple pairs of USMC Rat boots to replace my aging Bates 30500 Infantry boots and love em..

Not Gore-tex, but the $39 price tag at LAPG didn't hurt. :D
On LAPG web site it says the RAT boots are water proof in the Q&A section. I'm very curious to know just how water proof they are.
I believe the RAT Temperate boots are waterproof, but the ones LAPG are selling are the summer boots. The ones they shipped me were E29502A (non-recall/defective). I haven't dunked mine yet, so I'm not sure.

The uppers are leather with nylon inserts, there are drainage/vent holes in the foot arch area. Unless the inner liner is waterproof in some way that I'm not aware of, I believe they are not a very waterproof boot.

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Post by Red_Snow » Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:53 am

74 or more wrote:I guess what I'm asking is could I actually walk home in pack boots over a long distance?
It depends on your foot and the construction of the boot in question.

All of the pack boots I currently own are steel toed for work, and as such are really only ever worn for work. They have -super- soft soles designed more for grip in really slick conditions (hoar frost on ice is a perfect example), so wear very quickly when worn on hard pack surfaces such as concrete, asphalt, hard compacted dirt, etc.

Am on the hunt for a decent pair of non-steel toe, and will most likely be going with White's as their construction is the most comfortable to me while stomping around the store with them on.
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Post by 74 or more » Wed Dec 19, 2012 1:13 pm

Red_Snow wrote:
74 or more wrote:I guess what I'm asking is could I actually walk home in pack boots over a long distance?
It depends on your foot and the construction of the boot in question.

All of the pack boots I currently own are steel toed for work, and as such are really only ever worn for work. They have -super- soft soles designed more for grip in really slick conditions (hoar frost on ice is a perfect example), so wear very quickly when worn on hard pack surfaces such as concrete, asphalt, hard compacted dirt, etc.

Am on the hunt for a decent pair of non-steel toe, and will most likely be going with White's as their construction is the most comfortable to me while stomping around the store with them on.
Thanks for the info! I was beginning to think no one was going to respond. So basically they don't wear any different? Just find a pair that fits good and roll with it?
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Post by Kun2112 » Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:05 pm

If you are not wearing them in a workspace, do stay away from steel-toed. That protective reinforcement tends to make your feet cold in the winter.

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Post by Tobias05 » Fri Jun 14, 2013 3:33 am

Figured I'd revive this thread to see how everyone's boots are rocking.

I finally got around to ordering a pair of Belleville 700 black steel toe boots, this morning, from LAPG for 89.55 and free shipping. Had been rocking two separate pairs of Belleville 330 flight boots since 08 with no complaints, just want something in taktikool black. I sold a spair set of chocolate 330's on ebay a few months ago, and with the special pricing from LAPG I think I actually broke even for once. Score.

The local retail store had some bates side zip something or others for the same price, but Belleville has never let me down and is made in the USA.

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Post by ZombiePlace » Fri Jun 14, 2013 4:58 am

have doc martens now as my primary boots :(
my croatian military boots are no longer good and will have to get new ones :(

a few more paychecks and a car payment and that's on my list :D
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Post by Silent Kube » Fri Jun 14, 2013 5:42 am

My Bates C3s are holding up just fine. Got them last fall and have worn them every day since.
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Post by 74 or more » Fri Jun 14, 2013 6:00 am

My Bates USMC RATs from LAPG are the cats ass. I love them. Might even buy another pair as a back up. I also have a pair of Merrel hiking shoes that I keep in my car which are also awesome. Been using the hell out of both and both are doing just fine
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Post by irukandji » Fri Jun 14, 2013 1:04 pm

Danner Instigators I bought back last Aug. are still holding up well. Pair before that lasted 4 years, been doing a bit more hiking in these new ones so might not get that amount of time out of them. We'll see.
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