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Boot sole blowouts

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Offline TexasGirl

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Re: Boot sole blowouts
« Reply #30 on: November 08, 2008, 09:12:10 PM »
Undertaker, you sound like MacGyver.  :D

I do love my Raichles and am very hopeful about the resoling they are undergoing in Seattle.  Seems like I read in Backpacker a while back that one of REI's models is made for them by Raichle.  At the time of purchase, I was coming off a seriously sprained ankle so wanted the highest boot REI offered. 


As a matter of fact, I _do_ have an opinion on that....

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Re: Boot sole blowouts
« Reply #31 on: November 14, 2008, 10:39:07 AM »
wow, i must be very lucky

i've had the same pair of Columbia boots for at least 10 years now, and they've been wonderful. the soles are still attached, but have several worn spots from years of hiking abuse. i was going to get some vasques, but now i think i must reconsider  :eusa_whistle:

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Re: Boot sole blowouts
« Reply #32 on: November 14, 2008, 11:19:33 AM »
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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.

I believe the REI Spirit III GTX Hiking Boots are made by Raichle. I bought a pair last year and used them on my last BB backpack and they were very comfortable.

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Re: Boot sole blowouts
« Reply #33 on: November 14, 2008, 01:12:27 PM »
Just took note of the fact I never said a word about my hiking boot, always have worn Montrail (Made in China) only had one failure as boots had been stored in hot pickup truck box, failed after about 3 years. No problem since then, I carry a mess of repair gear but again duct tape and dental floss work wonderfully along with my leatherman and sewing kit.  :eusa_dance: :eusa_dance:
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Re: Boot sole blowouts
« Reply #34 on: November 15, 2008, 07:05:51 AM »
I buy Cabela's high top hiking boots, inexpensive, and usually replace them when the rubber lugs on the soles get worn down.  Usually takes a year to year and a half.  I've never had a blow-out.  Knock on wood.     

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Re: Boot sole blowouts
« Reply #35 on: November 22, 2008, 10:41:21 PM »
My boots are home, less than a month (estimate was 6-8 weeks) after REI sent 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! 
« Last Edit: November 22, 2008, 11:16:09 PM by TexasGirl »
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Re: Boot sole blowouts
« Reply #36 on: November 22, 2008, 10:48:09 PM »
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! 

Great news!  MUCH better than hiking with duct tape!  You were such a trooper to do that.  Next time, maybe your friends will remember that the trail isn't flat all the way... :eusa_whistle:

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Re: Boot sole blowouts
« Reply #37 on: November 22, 2008, 11:18:13 PM »
LOL...it was pretty obvious it wasn't going to be a flat hike! 
As a matter of fact, I _do_ have an opinion on that....

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Re: Boot sole blowouts
« Reply #38 on: November 23, 2008, 11:21:17 PM »
I have two pairs of hiking boots. One is the cheapo brand i picked up at Walmart...where else :icon_rolleyes: :icon_lol:. 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 Models


Mis .02 centavos

Well i returned,recently from my Sierra del Carmen trip and one of the things i wanted to test,were my Cabelas Outfitter Boots. Fellas, these boots are tougher than steel,yet very comfortable. NO BLISTERS,what so ever and here is the proof they can widstand Tough edgy rocks,extreme phisical conditions,jagged edges that can cut an ordinary hiking boot in minutes. Plus, the phisical conditions inside of a mine in Mexico.


 Worth every penny paid, many times more...i strongly recommend them.

Saludos

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Re: Boot sole blowouts
« Reply #39 on: November 23, 2008, 11:34:32 PM »
Cabalas has good stuff for a fair price. There are other good retailers out there, but the gear I've bought from them has been consistently of high quality and they have a no questions asked return policy. They will replace or refund.  I've always been treated right since my first catalog purchase back in the '80's.
Al

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Re: Boot sole blowouts
« Reply #40 on: November 24, 2008, 09:44:38 AM »
I've had good results from Cabelas also.  In fact, thinking about needing to leave a soleprint for my solo hiker information  and reading this thread has led me to replace my 3 year 1500 mile hikers with a new pair.  I'm breaking them in right now!
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Re: Boot sole blowouts
« Reply #41 on: December 02, 2008, 11:02:50 PM »
My boots with new soles and old duct-tape residue (look, Richard, I posted a pic all by myself like a big girl):
« Last Edit: December 02, 2008, 11:06:52 PM by TexasGirl »
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Re: Boot sole blowouts
« Reply #42 on: February 19, 2009, 09:15:21 PM »
Good for the Sole: Boot Repair Essentials

Q.} 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, MO

A.} 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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Re: Boot sole blowouts
« Reply #43 on: March 14, 2010, 06:07:11 PM »
Looks like I've got a shipment to go out to Dave Page.  Thanks for the information.  I know I'm a little tardy getting in on this thread but I just blew out my REI Raichle boots after 10 years or so.  The uppers are still in great shape so for the $50-$75 that Dave's site estimates, I think it will be worth it for a solid comfortable boot.

Here is what they look like now.  I'll try and post a picture when I get them back.  I'll be sending them out tomorrow.





Thanks to all of those that have guinea pigged this!  Any updates on how your boots have held up since Dave repaired them is greatly appreciated.

Regards, Matt

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Re: Boot sole blowouts
« Reply #44 on: April 13, 2010, 12:12:14 PM »
Got my boots back from Dave Page.  The job looks pretty good.





I also bought some Alico Summit's while these were in the shop.  They have Norwegian welt construction so I can get them resoled locally.  I like them a lot but they a lot heavier duty boot than these Raichle's.  Anyway the Raichle's can go to backup duty now. 

I should mention that after was all said and done with new laces, insoles and shipping, I had $100 bucks in getting them resoled.  Next time I'll just buy a new pair of boots unless they are Norwegian Welt construction.  The new Alico's  were around $150 with shipping after being patient to get a coupon via email.  Lots of good deals out there where you can get a nice pair or Asolo's or the like for around $100.

 


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