Favorite Bushcraft/Hiking Boot

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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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    Danner vicious
     
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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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    I've been using Danner Explorers for the past couple years now. Really nice. But for my next boot i'm definitely not getting a goretex liner. I always get sweaty feet, unless it's REALLY cold out. I prefer pure leather and waterproofing that.

    That being said, I hitchhiked and wildcamped my way from Hungary to Eastern Kyrgyzstan in these things, from 40C to -20C and they were great.
     
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    Definitely a YMMV here. I have a friend that works for Nike and he gave me a pair of these. I love how light they are and I like the tread on them but they're the most uncomfortable pair of combat boots I've ever worn. I'm going on my third year with them and they still feel like they're not broken in. I feel like they have no ankle support since they're a jungle boot style. I was walking in some scree at Red River Gorge and had a rock turn up and hit my ankle. The material is so thin that it left a bruise. If I'm climbing and the toe portion of the boot is bent it bites into the top of my foot.

    After writing this I realize I need to give up on them and buy something else. I like the look of the Solomans @14ers posted. What model are those? 6 or 8 inch?
     
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    caoutdoorsman, i appreciate the nike post; they're on my short list; like shoes and boots that are as near to zero drop as possible. and i don't do gorge scrambles or scree climbs ... :)
     
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    Looking for a nice but common man or inexpensive rubber boot with a steel toe . Had a pair of bogs but wore them out . Will be willing to make a buy and forget about it deal but kinda don't want to. Like the look of Muck, Irish Setter and other but haven't found much.
    Any suggestions for my predicament?!?
     
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    That's interesting, I climbed Mt. Conness in them last year and never had a problem. We went up the eastern side of the ridge that connects it with White Mountain through lots of scree.
     
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    About 25 years ago, I purchased a pair of Cabela's Insulated Hunters. They had a 6" height and a very nice tricot lining. They were very comfortable. I had them resoled one time then wore those soles out. By that time, the leather was beginning to wear through in a couple of spots, so I dumped them.

    I've never seen those in their catalog since. I also wore a pair of Rocky combat-style boots while on duty as a LEO, which I also used for hunting. They were also very comfortable.

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    Like I said, YMMV. Maybe you got a better pair or maybe our feet are made differently. I've often wondered if I should have gotten a size larger although they fit my feet lengthwise perfect. I didn't pay for them so I can't really complain too bad.
     
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    I've been wearing Alico Summit Lights for a good while and love them, although, they're a little wide for my feet so I have to wear a thicker wool sock with them... which got me thinking recently... that I might want to look into a pair of all-leather double-stitched boots that I can wear my lighter wool socks with in warmer weather and not get any heel slippage, etc.

    Anyway, I stumbled across a pair of Hanwag Horndl's on ebay for 1/2 the price (brand new, in my size) so I bought them. I just got them and wore them on a 7 hour drive (no major, or even minor walking in them to speak of yet) but they feel really nice, and the quality seems excellent. They are narrower than the Alicos too so my thinner wool socks fit fine with them.

    Have you had yours for a while? Any thoughts / comments about them?
     
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    Full grain leather ASOLO boots for backpacking and DANNER quarry boots for woods wandering.
     
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    I have a pair of Merrills that I bought 5 or 6 years ago. I don't remember which ones, but I like them. More times than not, though, I just wear my Irish Setters. Sure, they're heavier and don't dry out as fast, but they have steel toes and you never know when your gonna have to kick Sasquatch in the shin and make a run for it. Seriously, they are super comfortable and I wear them to work every day.
     
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    They look like the Camino model. I own over 6 pairs of Lowa boots. Never a blister or hot spot. I won't wear any other brand. They fit my feet like they were custom made for me.
     
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    Anything Keen brand! They work very well for me and have great arch support.
     
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