Favorite Bushcraft/Hiking Boot

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  1. BushSmith

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    What is your favorite boot/shoe to wear while bushcrafting/hiking? Winter/Spring/Summer?

    Mine is the Merrell Reflex Mid Waterproof. I use them year round. Great boot! (Mine don't look this nice... LOL!)

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    Keen Targhee II's, but ONLY because they're the only boots I've found that are built on a last that fit my wide, boxy feet. I would love to fit into European leather boots, but every single one is too narrow.
     
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    I have a pair of the Merrell Reflex Mid Waterproof on my feet right now, great footwear for winter time Florida! ;)
     
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    For all but summer I prefer to wear a "wellie" type boot. I find this type of boot offers good wood tick protection, as well as waterproof protection to just below the knee.
    Many of the models available fit well around the ankles, are light in weight, and have great foot beds.
    Probably my best purchase was a pair of Le Chameau I found years ago at Sierra Trading Post. Original price was around $325(!) and STP price was $79.95. When I ordered them, I was informed the price was $59.95!!! The boots have lasted 15+ years and I have definitely abused them , even wearing them daily at work in concrete construction. Still going strong, but not pretty. At the regular price I never would have considered them, but now I can see the value.
     
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    I mostly use my Lowa Zephyrs. I also have a pair of Muk boots if its wet out. Cold Temps I will use the Muks or I have a pair of insulated leather/Goretex boots from Cabelas but they are heavy. I sometimes opt for a pair of leather hiking boots from Muk that are more of a worker boot like the one pictured above but not waterproof and very heavy but also strong and comfortable.
     
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    Still the Old stand by...LL Bean Hunting Shoes.
     
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    Either my Merril chameleon boots or my sodhoppers goop soled Mocs. And sometimes my vibram 5 fingers
     
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    Another vote for Keen Targhee II's. Super comfy and built to last a long time. Mine go on every woods outing and I took em to the Grand Canyon for a 40 mile backpacking trip right before Christmas. Definitely solid performers.
     
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    I would like to try some solid leather boots in the future
     
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    The best fitting boot for me is the Asolo 520 backpacking boot in size 11 medium width. The boot is Gortex lined smooth leather and considered a mid-weight class boot. As for a hunting boot I like a few styles from the Irish Setter line of Red Wing Boots. My preferred military boot is made by Danner. As for sandals I like the heavy Vibram soled Chacos, but I'm not much for wearing sandals.
     
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    Nike SFB's, they're light and feel like a tennis shoe but with the durability and ankle support of a boot.
    I've swam in them on the last 4 gorge scrambles because they're so light. No heavy feet or blisters after long hikes.
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    I've had the same pair for a year, I work, hunt, hike and gorge scramble in them. The drain holes are handy for gorge scrambles, they have a mesh over the hole so they still drain but don't get sand and sticks in them.
    Wool socks turn them into a great fall and early winter boot.

    I'm thinking about giving them some Shoegoo toe caps once they wear down, maybe some Neverwet too. It won't stop the material from getting soaked if it gets submerged, but as a mud and water shedder it looks promising.
     
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    Question - Does those boots have a protective mid-sole of any type?
     
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    No steel or composite mid-sole, the sole is constructed of lightweight rubber with hard rubber underneath.

    From the Nike site: "Parts of the forefoot are puncture- and laceration-resistant, while the midsole is super-cushioned and extra flexible, ensuring a smooth heel-to-toe transition."
     
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    Goergia boots low heel logger . I just love a sturdy leather boots .
     
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    Lowa (don´t know which ones these are). I´ve got them since 6 years. Not one single blister in all those years though heavy usage. Changed the ground once.

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    Altima desert 9" ripple sole

    And red back not sure of the model but the are secure slip ons with aggressive tread
     
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    LL Bean full leather Cresta. Italian made, heavy, but extremely comfortable and durable. First outing with them was a 32 mile multi day hike in the BWCA, and my feet felt great the whole time (broke them in around town of course).

    I found a brand new pair of the Italian made ones on ebay for $50 a couple years ago, and am so happy I grabbed them.

    Not sure how the newer Romanian made ones are, as I heard mixed reviews.
     
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    I second this. I love those boots.
     
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    Vasque GT breeze II
     
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    Limmer stock standard for me. Seriously stout boot. Takes some patience to break in but after a year and a half in them I will never change
     
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    Yup... love mine too. Got a pair in 2009 that I just replaced a couple weeks ago. Excellent sole, dry quick, keep my feet happy while hiking.

    For hunting, I prefer the green canvas Palladiums. Thin sole, no support, so they're hurty after about 3 trail miles... but for still hunting, I love them. If you get them wet, they keep your feet cool all day. That's important to me here in LA... no so good in NY.

    My all-time favorite was the green canvas Army jungle boot, but they are no longer made or affordable IF you can find them. The Palladium is my next choice.
     

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