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Tough hiking boot brands

Postby ApocalypseMan » Sun Sep 04, 2011 2:03 am

I'm looking for hiking boots that are not glued but sewn around the souls and are recraftable.

After Wilderness Rangering in the Monarch I really don't like glued boots. I had a pair of Lowa Rangers and about a month and a half in, the rubber started to peel off from the sides and water was getting inside. I wouldn't have a problem with this type of boot as long as it lasted me a season or two not just a month.

I know of; Danners, Alico, Whites, Wesco and that's about it. Anyone know of any good companies that still make some solid tough hiking boots.
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Re: Tough hiking boot brands

Postby Tom » Mon Sep 05, 2011 9:41 pm

I've been using these for about 10 years. No problems. Great protection. Norwegian welt sole connection.
http://www.limmerboot.com/
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Re: Tough hiking boot brands

Postby fishmonger » Tue Sep 06, 2011 2:14 pm

and that rubber sole is actually "stitched" to the boot? My experience with these boots is that the actual Vibram sole is glued to the bottom like any other modern boot.

I never had a modern boot fail, but I had a 1980s kick-ass mountaineering boot built like the above fail - the sole came off, because it was poorly glued to the fully stitched midsole. Had to hike out for 20 miles with some wire holding my sole to the boot.
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Re: Tough hiking boot brands

Postby hikin_jim » Wed Sep 07, 2011 12:36 pm

The old Norwegian welt boots sure did last. I've been a little disappointed by my Lowa Trekkers. They're comfortable, but the soles started peeling off from the leather at the sides where the toes bend on my foot. Also, I've worn through the outer layer of the sole, and an inner layer is showing through.

The modern Lowas just don't last like the pair I got in high school in the 70's -- which I still have but are now too small.

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Re: Tough hiking boot brands

Postby Flux » Thu Sep 08, 2011 4:53 pm

I had a pair of these (Merrell Wilderness) that lasted 10 years and three resoles. The finally died as the thin leather interior cracked apart. Very good boots and they really form to your feet. No goretex though and you need to really work sealant into the rand.

Boy those Limmers look real nice though.

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Re: Tough hiking boot brands

Postby hikin_jim » Thu Sep 08, 2011 6:25 pm

Flux wrote:I had a pair of these (Merrell Wilderness) that lasted 10 years and three resoles. The finally died as the thin leather interior cracked apart. Very good boots and they really form to your feet. No goretex though and you need to really work sealant into the rand.

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Nice. Are they still making those?

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Re: Tough hiking boot brands

Postby Flux » Fri Sep 09, 2011 1:19 pm

I think so. I almost got another pair but opted for the Merrell Perimeter. I have had some issues with my metatarsal stuff (neuroma) and needed wide boots. I probably should get another pair of wilderness though and start breaking them in. The Perimeters seem like 2 -3 year boots.

My only reservation is the toes will get eaten by the granite.
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Re: Tough hiking boot brands

Postby hikin_jim » Fri Sep 09, 2011 1:40 pm

Flux wrote:My only reservation is the toes will get eaten by the granite.
Yeah, that's one nice thing about a full toe rand that comes with more modern styles. Still the Norwegian welt style is so tough that I prefer it over the type with a rand.

The old full grain leather boots seemed pretty tough too.

Anyway, thanks for the post. I've got some foot problems, so I'm always interested in what's out there.

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Re: Tough hiking boot brands

Postby Tom » Sat Sep 10, 2011 9:31 pm

This is out of curiosity...Do older (my age is 59) backpackers prefer the style of boot that we are seeing here? Just wondering if the newer boots are more widely used by younger people on the trail?
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Re: Tough hiking boot brands

Postby markskor » Sat Sep 10, 2011 10:06 pm

Tom wrote:This is out of curiosity...Do older (my age is 59) backpackers prefer the style of boot that we are seeing here? Just wondering if the newer boots are more widely used by younger people on the trail?

Same age as Tom, give or take...
Prefer now the lightest, most comfortable boot possible...Too bad the boots today fall apart so easily. Spent years with Vasque (Redwing then) and was able to resole my Voyagers 3 times before they fell apart. Then Sundowners for a resole or two, but eventually wised up - too heavy; go lighter. Tried Trailrunners (other extreme) but rolled too many ankles.

Today pretty happy with my Lowa Renegades, but being pragmatic, if I do not get at least 500 miles out of them, will "return" them to REI and get them replaced with similar.
Do not make the REI rules and if they are willing to sell $200 boots that fall apart after a season or two, will gladly take them up on their return policy.
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Re: Tough hiking boot brands

Postby fishmonger » Sun Sep 11, 2011 8:25 am

markskor wrote:
Tom wrote: if I do not get at least 500 miles out of them, will "return" them to REI and get them replaced with similar.
Do not make the REI rules and if they are willing to sell $200 boots that fall apart after a season or two, will gladly take them up on their return policy.


I've avoided so far having to face the REI return clerk with a pair of destroyed boots by getting my modern boots on ebay - seems like I am able to score at least one pair in my size each year at about 60% off retail with near zero miles on them, then use them for about 500 miles before I feel it's time to replace. I just have a long term watch set up that emails me when a pair is posted in my size.

I used to hike in burly leather boots in the 80s, but those were no more reliable than the modern designs. And with burly, I mean BURLY :

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Meindl brand, full crampon compatible, about 3.5 pounds each, double norwegian welt, etc - soles came off before 300 miles, and no replacement soles ever lasted longer than 100 miles.

Nowadays I use La Sportiva Trango boots - no breakin, fit like a glove once you find the size that works for you. So far no failures on any of them, but after 500 miles the cushion foam layer is pretty compressed and loses effectiveness in the front, while the Vibram lugs are worn down pretty badly. I don't have them resoled, because that's expensive and unlikely to earn my trust after my bad experience with resoled boots in the past.

In return I get a light performance boot that feels like a sneaker compared to the old mountain boots without sacrificing support and have proven to last at least 500 miles of hard use. I'll gladly pay the price for boots that work that well, since they are the most important piece of gear the moment you leave paved roads far behind.
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Re: Tough hiking boot brands

Postby hikin_jim » Tue Sep 13, 2011 3:59 pm

So, who makes narrow boots these days? Seems like it's getting harder and harder to find a narrow.

If I get a "medium," I usually wind up losing toenails because me feet slip forward on down hills, and, no, just lacing 'em up more tightly or wearing double socks typically doesn't take care of the problem.

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