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#1 TheGDog

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 04:39 PM

Planning ahead to start getting another set of boots into the rotation. Was thinking I'd try to get some that are better in the Heat. But don't wait any vent holes in the arch or anything cause that just makes a bunch sand get into your boot. I like the Memory Foam footbeds if possible.

Currently using Salomon Quest 4D's.  Like 'em good enough, but they are scary on smooth rock surfaces, and not really a hot weather boot.

Just wanted to have everyone chime in on the boots they have which they like and what they like about them, what they'd have trouble with, what kinda terrains a certain boot doesn't do well in, etc etc.

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 05:31 PM

I have two pairs of Danner, a pair of Asolo and a pair of Meindl.

Danner and Meindl have 200 gram of thinsulate and I wear them for all seasons in CA.

Never had any issues from cold to hot weather.  I think vibram soles will do the trick on most surfaces



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Posted 17 July 2017 - 07:42 PM

what ever is on sale at Walmart..as long as it does not interfere with the gas or brake pedals..im good.


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Posted 17 July 2017 - 09:00 PM

Boarcrz, Does having the insulation help or hurt you in SoCal hot weather? Would you say?


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Posted 18 July 2017 - 06:44 AM

1) vented, non-insulated, non-waterproof. ex. vasque breeze

2) non-vented, non-insulated, non-waterproof. ex. merrell

3) non-vented, non-insulted, waterproof. ex. quest



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Posted 18 July 2017 - 09:47 AM

Those Quests are loved by a few people I know. I couldn't make them comfortable for me no matter how many laps I did in REI. I bought some Vasque GT Breeze that have a Vibram sole and love them. Fairly cheap, good traction, breathable and light.

Bought a pair of Irish Setter VaprTreks a few years ago. Comfortable and light but horrible traction and wore them out in one season. Always been interested in Kenetrek Hard Scrabble or Desert Guide boots but have a hard time with the price tag and no place to try them on.



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Posted 18 July 2017 - 09:54 AM

Trail runners with gaiters.


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Posted 18 July 2017 - 12:36 PM

Ahh.... thanks for the tip on the VaprTreks... was close to pulling the trigger on those.  

Trail runners with Gators ain't gonna cut it for me.
Some spots I go to have had soft sandy stuff that was super deep and I was glad I had boots on.
But could be a good option for the other locations that don't present with that terrain though I guess.

Speaking of Trail Runners... DON'T get the Salomon 3D Chassis ones with the BOA lacing system.  That lacing system IS NOT a ratcheting rotating mechanism like it is on my Archery release aid. It's a weaker friction-based system.


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Posted 19 July 2017 - 08:18 AM

I'm really loving my Kenetrek desert guides. They are a little warm, but when it's 110°+ everything is. The extra meat on the front took a few miles to get used to, but I believe it is going to make a big difference in the life of the boots. The traction and stability of the vibram soles is outstanding. I've been through lots of boots and in the rough abrasive rocks of the desert these are the best I have found.
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Posted 19 July 2017 - 10:31 AM

How do those Kenetreks do on the slippery rocks of a creek crossing? 

Since I'll need to get some new boots, figured I'd perhaps try to get some that were hopefully better in that department.

 

The slip-and-fall in 32 F that shattered my left-wrist day after christmas 2015 still reminds me of it's presence daily.

 

I bought those slip-on things for your boots for icey conditions. But that was the thing with that day... it was 32 F because it was still early in the morning, wasn't like it was gonna stay that cold, and there was no sign of ice anywhere... there just must have been a thin sheen of ice on those larger stones I crossed upon that day.

So anyhoo, just figured it'd be cool to get a new pair where somebody could tell me "Oh yeah... river-bed smooth rocks? No problem! These things grip great!"  I know that's a tall order, but ya never know.. some brands might be better at that, ya know?


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Posted 19 July 2017 - 10:41 AM

Chuck Taylors for this guy.... much more flexible for gas and break pedals

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Posted 19 July 2017 - 11:02 AM

I can't tell you much about water crossings with the kenetreks. There aren't any of those in my corner of earth. They are going with me to the high country this year. So in a couple months I will probably have some experience in that dept with these boots.
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Posted 19 July 2017 - 11:49 AM

You just have to be careful on water crossings no huntingb boot is going to grip on wet icy rocks good

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Posted 19 July 2017 - 12:23 PM

I have a pair of La Sportiva Trango TRK and the rubber on the Vibram sole grabs everything pretty good. The soles aren't as stiff as I would like them to be, I also tried the La  Sportiva Cubes and the soles seem to grab the same, but are WAAAYY stiffer, but they were a little too narrower for me. 



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Posted 19 July 2017 - 04:36 PM

I can't say it helps to have 200 gram of thinsulate in hot weather also it doesn't help much in cold weather either in my opinion unless you go heavier insulation like 800 or 1000 gram.

I remember having hot feet with non insulated boots back in the day but they were cheaper boots too.  It is more of how fast you walk and your feet flex over uneven ground dictates how warm your feet will get imo.  I'm fine with insulated boots(200 gram) with either wool blend or cool max socks for A-zone hunts.  I hike a lot in between hunts and never had any issues with heavy leather boots with vibram soles with good ankle support for wet or dry condition.

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