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    Its a bit like tyres on ya dirt bike - they don't bite well in all situations you just learn how far to push ya luck at times . Ive used Bullers for round twenty years put plates an horse shoe nails in them time to time they have limitations in curtain conditions as well ,not sure what the answer is to an all round boot . I find the Scarpa,s are good boots for me suits were i hunt central N/I and there comfy as ..

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    Currently i hint in Irish setter Elk Trackers, have so far been very happy with them heaps of tread on them and good ankle support to, how long will they last well i dont know but at $500 it better be a while.

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    I had the old stony creek Rusa boots.
    lightest quietest most comfortable boots Iv ever worn.
    Fell to bits(stitching) in 3 or 4 trips(fixed for free) and handled the next 2 years until the Vibram sole cracked big time in the arch.
    Down side of these boots was the sole.It was a hard plasticy sort of thing that made a hollow noise on hard ground unless you walked on the outside of your foot and rolled it down.
    It was also absolutely bloody lethal on wet rock it was so slippery it was ridiculous.

    Now have the new rusa and while not quite as light/compact/supple it is a vast improvement on the old model with reinforcement where the stitching let go on the old one,and a real sole that is rubbery and will get a bit of grip on rock. Vast improvement on the old model. (shows they listen to there customers )

    Not a full on alpine boot but for 90% NZ hunting I rate em.
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    I mainly hunt in Meindl island pros, they have been going strong for a around a year and half but have to agree with other comments, they are bloody heavy and slippery in mud etc especially in some of that shitty kaimai bush.

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    Haix black ones here, not the brown ones,

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    I wear the Lowa Tibets for work and hunting. So through spring til late autumn I wear them everyday on the farm, and sometimes through the winter but not much. And use them for hunting every trip I take.They last me about a year, depending on the time of year I get them. Drenching lambs and yard work kills the rand and leather.

    I have been looking at getting a softer boot for bush hunting lately, but haven't had a good look around as yet. And did consider the Stoney Ceek Rusa boots.

    Are there any "bush boots" people could recommend that aren't too expensive

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    I have just been using the cheap $35 hiking boots from the warehouse they have been doing ok when I have been out for the odd bush hunt this round I went to the $60 Navados hiking boots after my last pair of $35 boots crapped themselves. I used the Navados boots for the hunt I did at Oamaru flats and they did ok on the greasy bits while sidling around and were comfortable for me to wear.

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    Bullers are my favourite. Not as good now as they were before Skellerup shifted its operation to Malaysia. Bullers are a stronger boot than Ashleys. Tried Meindl Makalu Pros. They were a very comfortable boot but I smashed them in about 18 months. I have a high arch which results in a lot of flex at the ball of my foot. Boots don't tend to handle the flexing and wear through just in front of the laces. Plus I'm only 70 kgs and lugging a big boot around on the end of each leg uses up valuable energy. So I went back to Bullers. At less than a quarter of the price I don't mind when they wear out.
    I recently bought a pair of Stoney River Hikers from Taranaki Rubber Company. They are a lined rubber boot, simmilar to a snow/pac type boot. They are light and comfortable. I havent had them wet yet but being lined I imagine they will take a bit of drying. At about $110 delivered they seem pretty good value. Their sizes are quite big so if you try a pair I would suggest going for a size down from what you normally wear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7mmwsm View Post
    I recently bought a pair of Stoney River Hikers from Taranaki Rubber Company. They are a lined rubber boot, simmilar to a snow/pac type boot. They are light and comfortable. I havent had them wet yet but being lined I imagine they will take a bit of drying. At about $110 delivered they seem pretty good value. Their sizes are quite big so if you try a pair I would suggest going for a size down from what you normally wear.
    I also recently bought a pair of those boots from Taranaki Rubber Company and they are fucken light. And being fully lined on the inside they are warm and comfortable. Yet to see how long they last.

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    Worn bullers since my last pair of army boots wore out in the first couple months back in the New Zealand mountains. We used to get around double the use out of a pair of bullers than a leather boot. River and slip work just cuts the leather or canvas up.

    If we planned on any thar or chammy hunts we used to plate and nail them.

    What I like about them is you dont have to break them in. If a person has a pretty standard shaped foot you can feel pretty safe taking them into the bush for week with a new pair of bullers without crippling them. My Wife has a pair as well and she loves them.

    Drill a couple of holes in the sole with a hot wire to let the water out and they breathe like a set of bellows on a hot summers days up on the tussock. They are very light which is a big consideration when you think how many tons your legs lift during a hunt.
    Last edited by Scribe; 25-06-2012 at 11:43 AM.

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    I have just recently brought a pair of GRI sport mohaka boots. Really comfortable and good grip. I find they are quite hard to be quiet in in the bush but I'd rather be comfortable in my boots than breaking and ankle from slipping down a bank wearing socks, beachfeet or whatever.

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    I wera the Gri Sport boots. i love them. They have seen me through alpine stuff, ruahines etc etc and they are still going strong after quite a few years.

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    For the mountain, I wear my hobnail boots...for gamebird shooting Le Chameau wellingtons..

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    I have a pair of Garmont boots I won as a subscription prize. Awesome boots for what I do though too hot for summer which is when I wear a pair of Nike cross trainers.
    Wore the cross trainers every day for the 2010 and 2012 roar. No point wearing bulky boots when there is no need to. Haven't worn my Bullers for a good 5 years now

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    the last 5 deer iv shot have been in my serious hunting boots. you guys probably havent heard of them there called Red bands.
    I use to think gear mattered. long walks I crack out my steel capped lace up work boots
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