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Discussion in 'Hunting' started by IWAC, Jan 2, 2019.

  1. IWAC

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    This may not be the proper place for this, but I couldn't find one that fits better.
    My hunting days for anything larger than a summer Rockchucks are pretty much gone, but for "prep" or "TEOTWAWKI",I think I probably could use a new pair of Winter boots, or maybe hiking boots. Could one pair serve for both?.
    I have a set of Cabela's Iron Ridge boots, a pair of LACrosse -40 degree pacs and a pair of Columbia Hiking boots, all size 15, which are sturdy, and have given good service, but they are very heavy and frankly, at 80, are just a little more than I can deal with on an extended basis. I do like to walk to do photography, but, nowadays, anything more than 500 yards from the car is NOT interesting! ;) Frankly, the ruggedest use these will likely get in the next 10 years is clearing our or the neighbor lady across the street's driveways of snow, but ...just in case....
    The next problem is the smallest size boot/shoe I can comfortably wear is a 15, and that doesn't give much room for 2 pair of socks. 16s are sort of scarce. XL size socks 13-15 (allegedly) seem to stop at about 13 1/2, which gets tighter after washing. I have tried Cabela's Ultimate socks, which were so tight, I gave them away. The largest size liner socks I could find were also much too small.
    Now, after listening to my tale of woe...Can someone recommend a company that sells or manufactures relatively lightweight, durable boots that are warm, waterproof and allow a pair of liner socks and a heavier pair of wool or wool blend, or that will suffice with just one pair of heavy socks? I have Diabetic Neuropathy in my feet, so can't feel the normal warning signs of frostbite. I walked around with a thumbtack stuck in my foot one day, and didn't notice it!
    Also, who makes good liner and wool socks that won't strangle my feet and legs after they are washed?
    Thanx for your help.:)
     
  2. entropy

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    What's your idea of winter? (Where are you at?) Makes a difference.
     
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  3. troy fairweather

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    i have had my rockies since i was 13 i am 27 now and i am heavy. there are fine in snow and some water but i would like to get a pair of muck boots for the days when i would like to cross a small stream or big puttle. but the mucks more then likely wont fit me, i have huge calves.
     
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  5. caribou

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    Winter in the Arctic and camping out means 2 pairs of boots, one dries one wears and at least theres a back up to a cut, melt burn or whatever.
     
  6. MCgunner

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    I do relate to your feet and the diabetic neuropathy. I'm 14 years your junior and it's kicking my butt, can't walk like I used to, had to give up my duck hunting in the marsh because of it. I get around it the woods, though, and my fave boots are warm in winter, yet aren't overly hot in summer. I've not figured out how they do that. They're snake boots from Academy. BUT, sounds like it's REALLY cold where you are and I've never tested these boots much below 32 degrees as I'm in south Texas and it just don't get a lot colder.

    My only thought for you is that you might consider a pair of neoprene socks from Cabelas or Bass Pro or somewhere. I got a pair from Cabelas years ago, rarely use 'em, but when it's REALLY cold they do work! They are waterproof, too, but don't breath, so if one is doing much walking, they could make your feet sweat. For me, sitting on a stand for hours, I don't have that problem. :D

    I have a pair of military issue boots, Bates brand. Those things are so heavy I feel like I have a pair of bricks tied to my feet. The "game winner" snake boots I have are much lighter, yet warmer. I often wonder if those military boots are armored against land mines or something.
     
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  7. IWAC

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  8. Captcurt

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    I have tried several different brands and always go back to Danners. My only gripe is that I can feel cold air going through the cordura ones when riding my ATV. The all leather ones do fine.
     
  9. entropy

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    My son, who walks more when he hunts, has a pair of LaCrosse AlphaBurlys, and a pair of Skellerup Quattros, and wears silk liner socks and the good merino wool socks sold at Walmart. (You have to look at the content label. These are sold seasonally in Sporting Goods, have a different brand name on them every year, but they are @ 67% merino. They are $10 a pair. I pick up a couple pair a year, now that both kids are out of the house, I can drop to one pair a year.) I sit more, and wear LaCrosse Iceman or Ice King boots and the same socks.(I pick up the boots at Goodwill when ever I find them, I have 2 Ice Kings and Iceman.)
     
  10. labnoti

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    Use your credit card and buy all the boots that interest you from Zappos.com. They ship them free. You try them on around the house. Keep any you like or don't keep any at all. Then ship the ones you don't keep back to Zappos at their expense. On their website you can print the UPS return label and just send them away. You have 365 days to return the boots. Your credit card will be refunded when they're received. If you return them within a billing cycle, you won't ever have to pay the credit card bill. What they spend on shipping is less than the lease for a retail store near you and employees to bring you the boxes and watch you walk around the store. I've never had a problem with more than a hundred boots and shoes for the whole family I've returned to them over the last 10 years.

    I can't tell you what boots will work for your conditions and preferences. But I suggest trying different styles of boot. For example, there's the:

    Traditional Goodyear welt type of boot that includes Redwing, Thorogood, Wolverine.
    Tactical style boots from Bates, 5.11, Oakley, Under-Armor
    Moc Toe hunting boots from Irish Setter or Timberland
    Modern hiking boots from Keen, Merrell, Asolo, Scarpa, Danner
    Wellingtons from Bogs, Muck, Baffin
    Slip-ons from Ariat, Justin
    Packs from Sorel, Kamik, Baffin

    If you wear size 15 or larger, be sure to select that on the left side filter options so you narrow down the choices to those boots in that size. Given your size, I would look at Keen and Merrell for year-round boots and Sorel for winter. Size 15 really narrows the selection, so there's no point wasting time considering random brands that aren't available in that size. Use the filter, and select 15.5 and 16 too.
     
  11. jmr40

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    There are lots of sources out there, but you can often get some real deals on surplus military boots and they offer some very large, as well as very small sizes. Everything on this website is full retail. But I run across some real deals at times. I'm talking $150 boots priced at $25. And it's usually the really big, or really small stuff that I see deals on.

    Keep your eyes open for deals.

    https://tacticalgear.com/military-boots
     
  12. maxxhavoc

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    I wear a 15 shoe, and for US Military boots I wear a 14. For your stated purpose, I use Marine Intermediate Cold Weather Boots. They are lined and are supplied with Gore-Tex booties. I have had good luck on Ebay getting them.

    Found some that may work, and a 15 in Military sizes may fit you just right:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Bates-ICW-...SA/283258762692?hash=item41f389b5c4:rk:4:pf:0

    or if you Like FDE and suede:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Army-Milit...h=item4629ccd746:g:oR8AAMXQh6JRF4kQ:rk:3:pf:0
     
  13. BigBlue 94

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    I like smart wool socks. They have multiple types and weights to fit your needs.

    My extreme cold boots are from cabelas, and feature a liner to achieve a 1400 thermo rating. They are very heavy and durable to the design, very wide. My size 13s are 16"+ long and nearly 6" wide. They keep my feet warm on bitter cold mornings though

    Afaik, there are no half sizes above 13.
     
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