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Best boots..? Opinions?

Discussion in 'Gear & Accessories' started by CharlesAFerg, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. CharlesAFerg

    CharlesAFerg Beaverton Active Member

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    Curious as to your thoughts about boots, for whatever purpose - please specify.

    I figured start a thread about it, but I do have one question that is hopefully answered here - What do you think are the best waterproof military-style/military-use boots?
     
  2. emanon

    emanon SE Portland, Oregon Member

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    I've been wondering the same thing. I'd add steel/reinforced toes to the list and prefer that the boots dont look too military style.
     
  3. wakejoe

    wakejoe Beaverton, OR Well-Known Member

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    CAT Salvo 6" :) Will last a life time. Very comfortable right out of the box, as well. Waterproof, but I wore them all last summer with no heat problems.
    I avoid steal toe boots. As a mechanic, if a car rolls over my foot and happens to bend the steel, my foot stays crushed! -GOOD- boots like the Salvo will keep your toes safe from heavy falling objects, without the use of steel. These I recommend for daily wear and work.

    Waterproof military boots leave one option; Jump boots. With the iraq war, there's not much worth while development of anything else. Desert boots are very comfortable, and the right pair are semi-water proof. But a good pair of Gortex socks will make even Jungle boots waterproof!

    Danner is probably your best bet for a military-style boot. Altama also gains a lot of praise, but I find them to be uncomfortable, personally.

    Jungle Boots get GREAT traction offroad. Especially when you're walking over terrain that has no path. Ripple sole (Shark Teeth) work great in sand. And mud, but won't do good in non-muddy areas.
     
  4. OFADAN

    OFADAN Brownsville, OR Well-Known Member

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    I've been a long time Danner user. In fact I basically live in them. I wear black the uninsulated Acadias on the range for 3 seasons and the 400 weight
    Acadia insulated one season in the late fall to early spring. I also have one pair of "hunting" Danners with the BOB sole I wear strictly for hunting or for winter wilderness training. The BOB is the best sole for traction in the mud, snow, leaves I've ever found...it isn't any good for daily wear but is ideal off road.

    Once a pair is about 1/2 to 2/3rds worn then they go into my "woods-bug out" bag and are relegated to a secondary role as my wilderness only-bug out boots. I want them well broke in but not shot! If I have to hump 25 miles home because the car is broke or we have an emergency then I want well seasoned boots that still have plenty of life in them.

    I've worn the Made in China Danners with the non-sewn vulcanized soles for "in town" wear and their fine but will never wear them in the woods again as they are not dependable. I also have one pair of Merrel's because everybody raved about them. I must concur they are great....they felt broke in the minute I wore them and the wife likes her....BUT my feet are soaking wet from my own persperation. They lack Gore Tex and do not have the same breathing property of Danner's.

    Some of the guys at OFA wear the 5.11 boots but I'm hard core Danner even though I can get the 5.11 at dealer cost thru OFA. Once I find something that works I generally don't change. Guess that explains why I've been married to the same women for 33 years!
     
  5. shane

    shane Gig Harbor, WA Member

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    I wear Redwing Irish Setters, 8", very, very comfy right out of the box. Best warranty in the business. I have found Danners very hurtfull and have a sh*tty warranty.
     
  6. The Quiet Man

    The Quiet Man rural Washington County, Oregon Active Member

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  7. Hotwheelz

    Hotwheelz Pierce County Member

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    I have worked const. most of my life I have tried the red wings decent boot no real complaints but only last 6-7 month of work can be rebuilt but all they doo is replace the sole , went to the Danner again nice comfortable boot well made lots of diff. cuts and designs lasted about a year I never had those rebuilt I dont know how danner rebuilds them , then I got a a pair of Wesco boots " Job master" I think is the name these were the hardest to break in thickest leather but lasted for almost 2 years you can send them back to be rebuilt and they replace everything except the tounge and upper leather portion these are the only heavy work boots I buy now its been over 10yrs that I have been wearing them I have a pair sitting here waiting to be sent off for rebuilding. Now that I spend most of my time driving I wear a lighter boot most days I think they are Catepillar boots nice wide boot for light duty stuff. Plus they are a NW company scappose OR.


    http://www.westcoastshoe.com/wesco/
     
  8. eldbillbo

    eldbillbo clackamas New world samurai and a redneck none the less Bronze Supporter

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    Danner and Bates

    both very comfortable offer a wide range of sizes water proof (if you get the gortex) i prefer them over wearing shoes

    If you go Danner Go with the US Oregon made ones i have tried the US and China made ones and IMO the quality is noticable

    if you are on a budget i like the bates for a foreign made boot it has lasted a long time too bad it can't be resoled the soles on mine are wearing thin but the leather is still good and they are 3 yr old boots
     
  9. Natty Bumpo

    Natty Bumpo Clackamas County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    White's from Spokane for heavy, study boots. It's what the professionals wear in the woods. White's also deals in some other decent brands that are a little cheaper if their prices gag you.

    For lightweight moccasin type boots, Russell's from Wisconsin are light and comfortable.
     
  10. Unka-Boo

    Unka-Boo Milwaukie Active Member

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    I'm on my 3rd pair of Danners....2nd Rainforest, love them....I wasn't able to have my last pair resoled :)( ) or I'd still be wearing them.

    They are the most comfortable boot I have found ( for me anyway ).
     
  11. finch6013

    finch6013 Oregon City Active Member

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    -GOOD- boots like the Salvo will keep your toes safe from heavy falling objects, without the use of steel. These I recommend for daily wear and work.

    Where are these boots normally carried? I have never seen them. They sound interesting, as I am an electrician and alot of job sites like to enforce the steel toed boot rule but for electricians its a very bad idea. So I would like to have something without steel but a good toe support.
     
  12. nx302stang

    nx302stang PAC-NW Member

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    danner acadia!
     
  13. chopped&bobbedburb

    chopped&bobbedburb milwaukie Member

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    I've had and still wear the Danner china hiking boot for construction work and they have done well for the price . I did Get a new pair of danners a month ago 10" frontier 600grain boots and the broke in fast and are warm but I think I caught the toe on something and the sole started to seperate . Took them back yesterday and they gave me a new pair of boots :thumbup:. While I was there I bought a pair of 6" telson black tactical boots w/gortex and with the 20% sale they came to $89.59 . I still have a old pair of Danner loggers that need resoled but at $90 to resole the boots it's just better to buy new .
     
  14. A2theK

    A2theK Olympia Member

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    Filson Uplanders (Climbed Mt. Rainier in them - believe it or not)
     
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    strife2 SW Washington New Member

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    This was asked on another forum sometime ago and by a wide margin Meindl "Perfekt Hunters" was mentioned. So I bought a pair out of Cabelas as they are made in Germany. They do have a comfort edge over my Danner elk hunters.
     
  16. Mainsail

    Mainsail Puget Sound Active Member

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    Adidas GSG9 Classic Tactical Boots.

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    GSG 9.2:
     
  17. CharlesAFerg

    CharlesAFerg Beaverton Active Member

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    kmk1012 Mid Valley Member

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    I am on my seventh pair of Danner Super Rain Forests, I've tried all the "other" brands of PREMIUM boots (Premium=not something you buy from Walmart). The Danner SRF are the absolute tops! If you are on your feet all day why not spend a little $ to be comfortable? P.S.-just picked up a new pair of Danner Recon (USA built) 200 gr off of Craigslist-VERY comfortable!
     
  19. BlvdKing

    BlvdKing Almost Boring Member

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    Danner Acadia is the best boot ever!!