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Seems like I read in Backpacker a while back that one of REI's models is made for them by Raichle.
My boots are home, less than a month (estimate was 6-8 weeks) after REI send them off for resoling. The soles Dave Page, Cobbler, of Seattle put on my boots are far superior to the originals--deeper lugs and an articulated heel. Total cost including shipping and tax was $70 and change. I am very please and ready to go!
I have two pairs of hiking boots. One is the cheapo brand i picked up at Walmart...where else . This pair i have had to maintain them so many times that i think as soon as i getback from my next trip to Sierra del Carmen i am going to ditch them for good. I used Shoe Goo and hope they will work good for a base camp shoe, but for reliable stitched boots, i am inclined on the Cabelas 7" Outfitter Series™ Uninsulated Hunting Boots. These boots are incredible for the hide they are made off....100% pure leather .Here is a Zoomable link to checkthem out in detail . I am conviced of this pair of boots, they are tough,once you break them in thay are very flexible and yet keep your anckle moving in a forward-backward motion. NOT sideways where you can sprain it and the acid test will come when i go and tackle the Sierra Del Carmen to the edge and see what they are made off.I also dressed them with their Cabelas Silicone Boot Dressing Which i already tested in the rain and they did not shrink or tighten at all. I don not know if they are made in the U.S. or where ever,so as long as they are stitched and NOT glued , i am all for them.Other Outfitters Series ModelsMis .02 centavos
Good for the Sole: Boot Repair EssentialsQ.} On a recent backpacking trip, the sole of one of my hiking boots came loose. I was able to use a tent cord to tie it on and hike back to the trailhead. How do you repair loose soles on hiking boots?Submitted by: Martha, Kirkwood, MOA.} Way to improvise, Martha! Duct tape also works in a such a pinch. Hopefully, your hike back was dry and short. Delamination is a pretty common boot problem caused when the glue that bonds the sole to the upper comes loose. Why does this happen? Sometimes it just does, no rhyme or reason. Other times you can trace it back to the night you put your wet boots too close to the campfire to dry out. Excessive heat like that can toast the adhesives and cause the peeling. In any case, now that you’re home there’s an easy way to make a permanent repair, which works equally well on heel or toe delaminations. Here’s what you do:Clean the leather and the rubber with an alcohol prep pad from your first aid kit.Squeeze a generous, even coat of Freesole (mcnett.com , $7) to the inside of the sole.Bond the two sides, smoothing any excess Freesole along the seam. Then weight the inside of the boot with a full water bottle. If the delam occurred at the toe, it’s a good idea to wrap some tape around the toe area (or secure it with a C-clamp).Let it cure overnight.In the field, you could make the same repair using Seam Grip (something many of us carry in our repair kits because it fixes everything from tent tears to jacket gashes to sleeping pad punctures). It just wouldn’t be as permanent. —Kristin
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