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Old November 8th, 2012, 11:57 AM
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Another Shoe Thread - Well, actually Boots this time

After the last successful shoe thread (I bought a few pair of Allen Edmonds and they've been awesome!! Thanks!) I figured I'd start a new one for experience from the forum about some of the best boots for use while offroading as I'm having trouble finding any on my own. I may swing by Cabela's on my way back from ROTR or something to see what they have, but last time I was there they didn't have anything good in my size - I'm a 13 in some shoes.

I need good boots for offroading and for the following conditions.

-Need something good for 5"+ of standing water to stay dry-ish
-Good in the cold and snow, i.e. my toes won't immediately freeze
-Good to great tread for mud and snow
-Easy to put on and take off
-Easy to clean and dry out
-Won't make my feet cramp in the arch immediately
-Won't make my feet sweat right away. I have good socks that should aid in this as well from my Winter sailing days.
http://www.team1newport.com/prodinfo.asp?number=WW1400
-Not too skinny - I have a wide foot.
-They don't need to be a fashion statement, but shouldn't be HUGE

I got a pair of Hunter boots last year for Christmas and they're terrible - foot cramps up almost immediately and they leak and freeze like crazy.
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Old November 8th, 2012, 12:06 PM
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Be careful or "metrosexual" will be added to your list of D-90 job functions.

A 20 yr old pair of Timberlands still fit the bill for me. Keens and/or Asolos for the lighter stuff.
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Old November 8th, 2012, 12:10 PM
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I really Asolo hiking boots. These are what I've got now: http://www.rei.com/product/693828/asolo-tps-520-gv-hiking-boots-mens,-chestnut?preferredSku=6938280267&cm_mmc=cse_froogl e-_-pla-_-product-_-6938280267&mr:trackingCode=7E95A1E3-F810-DF11-BAE3-0019B9C043EB&mr:referralID=NA&mr:adType=pla&{copy: s_kwcid}=&gclid=CKLW0ILuv7MCFQjznAodyhIANg

They've got a pretty stiff sole that requires a longer breakin period but I love the boots.
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Old November 8th, 2012, 12:12 PM
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Old November 8th, 2012, 12:15 PM
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Be careful or "metrosexual" will be added to your list of D-90 job functions.
Ha! That may be but I'm trying to plan ahead for Winter Romp and other events this year as well as have something for other offroading events and Winter in general.

These come to mind.

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...1&d=1329960692

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...4&d=1329960455

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...2&d=1319469789

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...6&d=1328104152
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Old November 8th, 2012, 12:19 PM
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Ha! That may be but I'm trying to plan ahead for Winter Romp and other events this year as well as have something for other offroading events and Winter in general.

These come to mind.

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...1&d=1329960692

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...4&d=1329960455

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...2&d=1319469789

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...6&d=1328104152
For that mud?

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Men-s-14-S...Boots/16648069

Grab a pair and leave them behind in the camp fire if you like.
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Old November 8th, 2012, 12:21 PM
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I would take a look a the insulated Danner Pronghorn in all brown. Kenetrek and Schnee's are another option.
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Hunter boots are now made in China (for tha past several years at least), so unless you have an older leather-lined "Sovereign" set, the quality will definately be inferior. I have an old pair of Sovereigns from when they were still made in Scotland. leather lined and the sole is much more like a true boot.
Regardless, wellies aren't designed to walk on hard surfaces so i'f you're in the city....

I picked up a cheap pair of Columbia hiking boots at DSW for like $50 or something. Not a fashion statement, but they work alright for medium duty stuff.

I also hear that Dannerboots is the suitable replacement for wellies made by Hunter.
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Old November 8th, 2012, 12:25 PM
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I would take a look a the insulated Danner Pronghorn in all brown. Kenetrek and Schnee's are another option.
I don't know what I was thinking texting Dan and not you regarding this subject. haha - I just figured you were busy with other stuff.

Thanks for the suggestions, guys! I'll start looking into the brands brought up so far.

I had Timberlands when I was in my late teens to early 20s and they always seemed to get really wet on the inside even though they held up really well while I owned them. But I couldn't easily get them to dry out either.
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Filson ha also partnered with some great manufacturers as well

http://www.filson.com/mens/footwear/-1011/
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Old November 8th, 2012, 01:07 PM
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Muck Boots
I second this. Very warm and completely water resistant. Wouldn't go for a long hike in them, but they are my go to boots for upland game hunting where there are stream crossings.
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Old November 8th, 2012, 01:27 PM
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Get a good pair of well made Goretex lined hiking boots for summer/spring/fall, some Lacrosse or Sorrels for snow, and keep a pair of overboots or pac boots in a big ziploc baggie in the truck.

If it's just snowy then gaiters are your friend.
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Old November 8th, 2012, 02:24 PM
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No one is going to address the fact that horsey is 5'6 and has a size 13 shoe?

Good for you horsey. Good for you.
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Old November 8th, 2012, 02:28 PM
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I have a pair of these Merrell's love them. Completely sealed, comfortable, not to hot.Look good with a pair of jeans, pretty aggressive tread. EMS had them.

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Old November 8th, 2012, 04:32 PM
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Old November 8th, 2012, 05:18 PM
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Yeah these Muck boots look good as a general purpose with some good wool socks me thinks. Then get some of those lace-up styles at a later date. Thanks!
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Old November 8th, 2012, 05:47 PM
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I have a pair of Cabelas brand work boots, i used them everyday for 2 months of work at the scrapyard and they are falling apart (whereas my 4 year old timberland pro boots are in similar shape but a much harder life), they have the 1 year money back warranty which i will end up using but i would much rather have a pair of boots that last considering they were $125 for the set.

I do have a sweet set of winter boots from Merrell, they are low/mid top but they have a sweet goretex liner, and i used them all last winter in the snow to shovel it and drive and walk around without any issue, They have some big meaty treads as well, and i believe they came in high top as well, they are waterproof and warm but not uncomfortably warm like some boots get. They aren't skinny, i have semi wide feet.

edit: these are the merrells i have:

http://www.merrell.com/US/en-US/Prod...f?dimensions=0
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