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Hiking Boots - Any Suggestion?

Post by Jumpin Jiminie » Thu Nov 18, 2010 11:41 am

Looking to treat my feet to a new pair of hiking boots for the winter/wetter months!

Any suggestions?

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Re: Hiking Boots - Any Suggestion?

Post by dino » Thu Nov 18, 2010 1:32 pm

I have a pair of Meindl and they're great boots. I went for the non gortex lined version but with frequentfrequent waxing they're great in all but the worst of weather. They are quite heavy and warm though which can be an issue in Summer.
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Post by Jumpin Jiminie » Thu Nov 18, 2010 2:45 pm

Cheers Niall, I don't mind them being heavy as they are really just for doing the mountain caches during the Winter.

I have a decent pair of light boots for the drier months (if we get any!) but the grip on the soles are not too good in the wet.

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Re: Hiking Boots - Any Suggestion?

Post by donnacha » Thu Nov 18, 2010 4:41 pm

Meindl - the only option IMO!
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Re: Hiking Boots - Any Suggestion?

Post by dino » Thu Nov 18, 2010 8:51 pm

I have the Borneo boots: http://www.outdoorsmagic.com/product-re ... s/378.html

The goretex version is the Burma: http://www.go4awalk.com/product-reviews ... ro-mfs.php

I particularly like the memory foam in the cuff. It makes for a very comfy fit.
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Post by Spark_ie » Thu Nov 18, 2010 9:30 pm

I'm stomping about in a pair of Solomon Quest 4D.

They're gore tex, and super comfy. Alot lighter than brashers and all the other shoes I tried at the time of purchase.

They have this great anchoring system in them, which means your heel doesn't budge, which I'd a life saver over long distance.
Reviews were very good too when I was doing my research, and after a year I'm very happy with them :) And that's after a lot of mileage I've done in them this year
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Post by Donmoore » Thu Nov 18, 2010 11:56 pm

I only use Salomon's now. Got bought a pair by my in-laws about 7 years ago for Christmas can't remember the model but they where a great heavy boot gore-tex too. wore them for a bit but was never really out anywhere in the winter months and the summer months they where too heavy. anyway I wore them out on a bit of trek after about 4 years and they let in water so they got put quickly back in the closet and I got myself a pair of Salomon Revo scs's. look good much lighter and did a 3 season job which is good enough for me. decided after a bit to take my old ones back to Surf Mountain. They sent them back and Salomon sent me a brand spanking new pair no questions asked! I believe the boots are the mega trek 7 but i might be wrong.
a 5 year no questions asked warranty is good enough for me.

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Post by beefy4605 » Fri Nov 19, 2010 12:15 am

from someone who normally wears a pair of boots out in 6-8 months - I bought a pair of Brasher Aso GTX's 2 years ago. 4 season rock climbing boot worn 5-6 days a week to work (grounds maintenance for an education board - on my feet 6 hours a day or more in the summer time ) + caching at the weekends. Heavy - yes ,but little or no care and they lasted a full 2 + years .I was so impressed I went out and hunted down another pair which I'm just starting to wear now. Maybe others can fault them -but I can't
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Re: Hiking Boots - Any Suggestion?

Post by Hezekiah » Sat Nov 20, 2010 9:00 am

FWIW, my advice would be to go to the GReat OUtdoors and have your feet properly measured and boots fitted - forget about brands and styles (after all, you're the one who's going to have to wear them!).

Having decided which boots suit you best, then shop around for the best price. (secondary advice - wear your favourite socks when you're being fitted and don't shy away from insoles to get the fit just right!)

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Re: Hiking Boots - Any Suggestion?

Post by Fjon » Sat Nov 20, 2010 8:14 pm

Hezekiah wrote:FWIW, my advice would be to go to the GReat OUtdoors and have your feet properly measured and boots fitted - forget about brands and styles (after all, you're the one who's going to have to wear them!).

Having decided which boots suit you best, then shop around for the best price. (secondary advice - wear your favourite socks when you're being fitted and don't shy away from insoles to get the fit just right!)

Happy hunting! :twisted:
Great advice. I bought a pair of Meindl shoes on various people's recommendation from TGO, but after a few weeks of use my feet started getting wet. I brought them in for a return, and before they could give it to me they had their shoe specialist advise me. He measured my feet, and straight away said I will not be able to wear Meindl shoes because of the shape of my feet. Turns out that my toes had torn the Gortex lining on the inside of the shoes, even though they seemed to fit fine.
He picked me out a similar pair of Salomon shoes, and I've been using them for the last few years without issues. I also spend a bit on custom insoles for them.
Yer man had a Scottish accent - I would definitely recommend speaking to him!

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Re: Hiking Boots - Any Suggestion?

Post by Hezekiah » Sat Nov 20, 2010 10:38 pm

Fjon wrote: Yer man had a Scottish accent - I would definitely recommend speaking to him!
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Post by Kili or bust » Sun Nov 21, 2010 2:54 pm

I bought a pair of good strong Meindl boots back in 2003. They took some getting used to but after that they were super. When I qestioned the young sales guy (who was excellent at fitting and info. As Hesekiah says, Great Outdoors, though very expensive, is brilliant for all the tekkie info and detailed fitting) he ventured that I would be gone long before the boots!! The boots were great and lasted very well for 6 years during which I trekked all over the place in every conceivable weather. As you can imagine, I was very happy with them so I replaced them eventually with another pair of the same model and there was no need for any getting used to this time as they fitted like a glove. Amazing how strong and protected new boots seem after really wearing out the old ones!
The second pair did not last as long. They have been letting the odd bit of water in for a while now but bear in mind that I have had them for two "long" years, meaning I probably have been as hard on them in that time as I was over the previous 5/6 years with the originals.
I should mention that I look after them quite well after each trek by covering them several times with agueous waterproofing solution.

Having said all that, I agree completely with Alan. Go to Great Outdoors and get all the info you need and have them properly size and fit you and then buy whatever you think fits perfectly and has the proper waterproofing that is essential for Irish mountain weather. They often push the Superfeet insoles thingies and it may seem like they are just looking to flog you a bit extra as these are expensive but my personal experience is that they are absolutely indispensible!! Compared to any insole that comes with even the most expensive "named" boots the Super yokes are superb and I just don't understand why the makers don't just put them in and charge it with the boots.

I also agree about going along with your best and usual trekking socks as they are almost as important as the boots for looking after your little piggies on the hills. Remember Fjon's advice, horses for courses! The Meindl boots are perfect for me and when I get my next pair, which is very shortly, I won't be looking at anything else. You get all the advice you need from the experts in Great Outdoors and I am sure you will pick out whatever is ideal for your own feet.

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Re: Hiking Boots - Any Suggestion?

Post by Jumpin Jiminie » Sun Nov 21, 2010 6:12 pm

Thanks for all of the advice everyone. I think I will defo be paying a visit to TGO and take it from there!

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