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    Boots

    Hunting boots recommendation. Looking for something affordable, waterproof and comfortable.

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    @Sarvo....... sitting here wearing a lightweight pair.....my mate saw them and fired off an order too.... walked up town n back in them and they feel pretty darn good.
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    What sort of hunting in what sort of country?
    I mainly do day trips in North Island bush, mainly easy to medium hill country. I have some Hitec Bryce WP I got on sale at Rebel Sport (about $100), they are pretty good without a load on, but I mainly wear Lowa Renegades, they have better support but did cost 4 times as much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cigar View Post
    What sort of hunting in what sort of country?
    I mainly do day trips in North Island bush, mainly easy to medium hill country. I have some Hitec Bryce WP I got on sale at Rebel Sport (about $100), they are pretty good without a load on, but I mainly wear Lowa Renegades, they have better support but did cost 4 times as much.
    Mainly bush with a day pack.

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    I'm in the same position; can't afford an expensive pair of boots. Mostly hunt goats and fallow in bush/farms etc; so no Duley hunting type work!. I've been recommended the John Bull Highlanders as a good reasonably priced boot. I haven't tried them yet. I've often been told to buy Lowa Tibets etc but there is no way I can afford that sort of $ssss for my type of hunting. Would be different if I was chasing tahr etc.... Highlander 2.0 | John Bull Footwear

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    bumblefoot...they are a good boot.
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    These are the newer version of what I got. They have good grip and are comfortable and fairly waterproof, maybe not very breathable though as they often steamed when I took them off. They did well for day trips, not suited for lugging a heavy pack though.
    Rebel Sport - Hi Tec Mens Bryce II WP Outdoor Shoes

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    Quote Originally Posted by bumblefoot View Post
    I'm in the same position; can't afford an expensive pair of boots. Mostly hunt goats and fallow in bush/farms etc; so no Duley hunting type work!. I've been recommended the John Bull Highlanders as a good reasonably priced boot. I haven't tried them yet. I've often been told to buy Lowa Tibets etc but there is no way I can afford that sort of $ssss for my type of hunting. Would be different if I was chasing tahr etc.... Highlander 2.0 | John Bull Footwear
    I had a pair of John bulls years ago when I worked on my parents station. Think they were hikers. Very comfortable once worn in and fairly lightweight without steel cap. Stay away from steel cap boots, they get bloody cold in frosty weather.
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    I have just spent a week wearing a pair of boots I got from @Sarvo for $150
    Comfortable despite not wearing them in first
    Would I buy them again for bush hunting? Sure would

    Note - If you want to keep your feet dry don’t leave them outside in the rain at night
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    Quote Originally Posted by sako75 View Post
    I have just spent a week wearing a pair of boots I got from @Sarvo for $150
    Comfortable despite not wearing them in first
    Would I buy them again for bush hunting? Sure would

    Note - If you want to keep your feet dry don’t leave them outside in the rain at night
    @sako75 - cheers
    When people ask "are they water proof" I say " Gore-Tex = waterproof apart from the big hole at top"

    Yes - to be honest these boots have amazed me prob more than anyone
    I have been wearing the Summer (the ones with the Cordura panels) since Sept - totally neglecting them for the reason on testing durability.
    Yesterday was in soaking wet Fog Grass for about 2 hours - that's a good test for any boot being/remaining waterproof.
    I would have worn mine 4 days out of 7 too

    Tried going back to Tibet's and my old favorite the Rusa Boot - but next day back into these - feel like I will roll out of the others after these
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarvo View Post
    @sako75 - cheers
    When people ask "are they water proof" I say " Gore-Tex = waterproof apart from the big hole at top"

    Yes - to be honest these boots have amazed me prob more than anyone
    I have been wearing the Summer (the ones with the Cordura panels) since Sept - totally neglecting them for the reason on testing durability.
    Yesterday was in soaking wet Fog Grass for about 2 hours - that's a good test for any boot being/remaining waterproof.
    I would have worn mine 4 days out of 7 too

    Tried going back to Tibet's and my old favorite the Rusa Boot - but next day back into these - feel like I will roll out of the others after these
    I have a pair and they get a hard life, brought them for hunting but they have become my wear everywhere / do everything boots. The only thing I don't like is they don't have speed lacing other than that no issues at all and would/buy another pair when these ones die

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikee View Post
    I have a pair and they get a hard life, brought them for hunting but they have become my wear everywhere / do everything boots. The only thing I don't like is they don't have speed lacing other than that no issues at all and would/buy another pair when these ones die
    That was my only complaint too
    But if you get longer enough laces - you can loosen off with out dropping out of the eyes.
    Plus get some good laces that are a bit harder and slide better through eyes and they are actually quicker - trust me :-)))
    I reckon they be great in your work situation Mike - but maybe need SCaps ??

    Notice they not slip like others do on hard (like floor/concrete etc) surfaces
    Also sole is chem resistant

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarvo View Post
    That was my only complaint too
    But if you get longer enough laces - you can loosen off with out dropping out of the eyes.
    Plus get some good laces that are a bit harder and slide better through eyes and they are actually quicker - trust me :-)))
    I reckon they be great in your work situation Mike - but maybe need SCaps ??

    Notice they not slip like others do on hard (like floor/concrete etc) surfaces
    Also sole is chem resistant
    Yep I would wear them to work except no toecaps so not possible. Definitely good in slippery conditions

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarvo View Post
    @sako75 - cheers
    When people ask "are they water proof" I say " Gore-Tex = waterproof apart from the big hole at top"

    Yes - to be honest these boots have amazed me prob more than anyone
    I have been wearing the Summer (the ones with the Cordura panels) since Sept - totally neglecting them for the reason on testing durability.
    Yesterday was in soaking wet Fog Grass for about 2 hours - that's a good test for any boot being/remaining waterproof.
    I would have worn mine 4 days out of 7 too

    Tried going back to Tibet's and my old favorite the Rusa Boot - but next day back into these - feel like I will roll out of the others after these
    How flexible are the soles? I like to feel what my feet are on and a lot of boots have soles like planks. Been looking for a good waterproof upper with the right soles for a while now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve123 View Post
    How flexible are the soles? I like to feel what my feet are on and a lot of boots have soles like planks. Been looking for a good waterproof upper with the right soles for a while now.
    Perfect for that - their biggest plus next to weight

 

 

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