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    Lightweight boots

    who has experience going from a "normal" hunting boot, to something a bit lighter? (non-leather upper etc) I'm thinking of getting a lightweight hiking boot to use for those quick trips that are usually walk-in and don't necessitate the need for my heavier duty boots (La Spotiva Karakourum's)
    Thinking of something along the lines of the following:

    https://www.trademe.co.nz/sports/cam...1450381978.htm

    or

    https://www.trademe.co.nz/sports/cam...1448878736.htm

    Or something along those lines, so you get an idea. Any recommendations?

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    Have a pair Merrel 'running' shoes. They seem to work well for a quick couple hours walk

    Well worth looking into them, just make sure you use the good boots when you need the ankle support

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    Can't help but I heard the Salomon 4d Quest are the best up that alley.. Looks like youd be able to jog in in them

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    Quote Originally Posted by huglife View Post
    Can't help but I heard the Salomon 4d Quest are the best up that alley.. Looks like youd be able to jog in in them
    Think thats what @Alonzo has and they look super comfy and light
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    I have Merrel Moab Ventilator. Light, and soft. Not Gortex or anything so your feet get wet even in wet grass but great if crossing lots of streams where you will get wet feet anyway. They dry really quickly.
    https://www.trademe.co.nz/sports/cam...1451983126.htm
    Wrong size I know but this is them.
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    Ankle support is the main criteria with a boot (in my eye)
    I stumbled upon a pair of near new Stoney Creek Rusa boots - all the forum reports said they were crap etc - but after wearing out pair #2 I luckily found another pair that were new.
    They are like slippers on - light as a feather - but I am presuming not strong enough for bigger guys.
    Hard to go back to my Lowa or Scarpa after them - but the Rusa wouldn't stand up in Fiordland or the likes for any peiod of time I imagine?

    I am bring in "used" boots from East Europe now.
    Have 3 pairs on TM at moment
    Meindl and Lowa

    https://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Lis...?id=1453242249

    Click "Other Listings" to see other pairs

    Ryan - I think I saw a pair of "La Spotiva Karakourum's" the other day that I could have got - but I only trying to get in renowned boots that will sell to Hunters.
    Let me know (and others FM) if you want me to watch out for something in particular - and sizing

    Peter
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarvo View Post
    Ankle support is the main criteria with a boot (in my eye)
    I stumbled upon a pair of near new Stoney Creek Rusa boots - all the forum reports said they were crap etc - but after wearing out pair #2 I luckily found another pair that were new.
    They are like slippers on - light as a feather - but I am presuming not strong enough for bigger guys.
    Hard to go back to my Lowa or Scarpa after them - but the Rusa wouldn't stand up in Fiordland or the likes for any peiod of time I imagine?

    I am bring in "used" boots from East Europe now.
    Have 3 pairs on TM at moment
    Meindl and Lowa

    https://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Lis...?id=1453242249

    Click "Other Listings" to see other pairs

    Ryan - I think I saw a pair of "La Spotiva Karakourum's" the other day that I could have got - but I only trying to get in renowned boots that will sell to Hunters.
    Let me know (and others FM) if you want me to watch out for something in particular - and sizing

    Peter
    Have your meindls on my watch list also
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    I rate the Salomon Quest type. I run a pair of mid high ones and find them a great boot for day hunts where you're not carrying a heavy pack


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    If Solomons are your thing have a look at wiggle I just got my 2nd pair of x ultra for $137.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huglife View Post
    Can't help but I heard the Salomon 4d Quest are the best up that alley.. Looks like youd be able to jog in in them
    I use these all summer and into the winter until the mud comes over the top of them. Contrary to popular belief the low cut is good for your ankles because they strengthen them. It has mine. I use low puttees because the stones and shit get into them easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahr View Post
    I use these all summer and into the winter until the mud comes over the top of them. Contrary to popular belief the low cut is good for your ankles because they strengthen them. It has mine. I use low puttees because the stones and shit get into them easily.
    You could have a point there
    If they not strengthen they will break :-))

    No - seriously - I suppose if your hold the ankle tight and secure it will weaken - but if it has to support then it will strengthen.
    Unless you old and stuffed like me

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    My mate uses these:

    https://www.wildfiresports.com.au/in...yABEgKV0fD_BwE

    He's ex mil and avid hunter, has all sorts of boots but reckon these are the best, apparently a lot of the regiment guys are starting to use them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarvo View Post
    You could have a point there
    If they not strengthen they will break :-))

    No - seriously - I suppose if your hold the ankle tight and secure it will weaken - but if it has to support then it will strengthen.
    Unless you old and stuffed like me
    The combined age of my ankles is 138

    My ankles are certainly stronger since I started wearing the lower cut walking shoes in the hills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savage1 View Post
    My mate uses these:

    https://www.wildfiresports.com.au/in...yABEgKV0fD_BwE

    He's ex mil and avid hunter, has all sorts of boots but reckon these are the best, apparently a lot of the regiment guys are starting to use them.
    Yup. They look good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahr View Post
    The combined age of my ankles is 138

    My ankles are certainly stronger since I started wearing the lower cut walking shoes in the hills.


    Well that beats 120+1/2
    You just made me feel usless and lazy

 

 

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