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Hiking Boots ?

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Offline Walking Man Joe

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Hiking Boots ?
« on: November 22, 2014, 08:19:27 PM »
 I'm in the market for a new pair of leather hiking boots. I've been a fan of Timberland brand for many years, but like so many other brands, they have made changes that I am not fond of. I don't like the fact that most models are waterproof. They have a tendency to be hot and make ones feet sweat . With that being said chime in and throw your opinions my way. Thanks in advance.
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Re: Hiking Boots ?
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2014, 08:27:43 PM »
I've been babying my old Vasques but it won't be long and they'll be ready to retire. It'll be interesting to see what kind of replies that you get here

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Re: Hiking Boots ?
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2014, 08:54:05 PM »
This is all I have to add to the topic: No More Vasques for me!
« Last Edit: January 22, 2018, 06:55:10 PM by RichardM »

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Re: Hiking Boots ?
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2014, 09:10:27 PM »
I've had several pairs of Vasqe boots and they have served me well.  For my work (remodeling/carpentry), I alternate between Timberland Pro steel-toed "tennis" shoes (from Academy) and Wolverine lace-up boots.  I wouldn't hesitate to use either of them for a long hike.  In fact, I'm considering the Wolverine over the Vasque for my upcoming desert hike - leather over fabric.
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Offline Homer Wilson

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Re: Hiking Boots ?
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2014, 09:17:30 PM »
Zamberlans. Can't beat a fine Italian made boot.

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Re: Hiking Boots ?
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2014, 09:19:45 PM »
This is all I have to add to the topic: No More Vasques for me!


Mine are old. Like 2006 vintage. Allegedly the newer Vasques aren't too good.


The only thing I don't like about work boots for hiking boots is they are heavy. It doesn't take long before that begins to matter

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Re: Hiking Boots ?
« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2014, 10:29:23 PM »
You are right that a waterproof membrane (GTX or whatever) makes a boot unnecessarily hot for desert or dry season hiking. Unfortunately, boots without a membrane can be hard to find.

I've been using all-leather Asolo boots for about nine years, mainly because they are relatively narrow and have strong heel counters. But their better quality boots seem to all be GTX. They are quite sturdy. I've got a pair purchased in 2006 that went to Olympic Mts. in September. Had them re-soled couple of years ago because the sole was worn smooth. I do treat them regularly with leather softener/waterproofing.

One thing with glued-on soles: You need to keep an eye on them. If they start to detach, trickle a little strong, flexible glue in the crack and tape sole tightly in position. I use Plio-bond or perhaps super glue if the opening is tiny. Note that Plio-bond is known to State of California to give cancer to a brass monkey.

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Offline Walking Man Joe

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Re: Hiking Boots ?
« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2014, 11:21:39 PM »
Thanks guys for your input. It is appreciated.
Captain Fun

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Offline Homer Wilson

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Re: Hiking Boots ?
« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2014, 01:03:10 AM »
You are right that a waterproof membrane (GTX or whatever) makes a boot unnecessarily hot for desert or dry season hiking. Unfortunately, boots without a membrane can be hard to find.

I've been using all-leather Asolo boots for about nine years, mainly because they are relatively narrow and have strong heel counters. But their better quality boots seem to all be GTX. They are quite sturdy. I've got a pair purchased in 2006 that went to Olympic Mts. in September. Had them re-soled couple of years ago because the sole was worn smooth. I do treat them regularly with leather softener/waterproofing.

One thing with glued-on soles: You need to keep an eye on them. If they start to detach, trickle a little strong, flexible glue in the crack and tape sole tightly in position. I use Plio-bond or perhaps super glue if the opening is tiny. Note that Plio-bond is known to State of California to give cancer to a brass monkey.

Geezer
I'm a big fan of the all-leather, non-gtx boot (and a good all-leather boot is waterproof enough).  But they're rare.  Your asolo and my my zamberlan trekkers are about the only ones I know of.  I've worn them in the desert in July with wool socks, and yes my feet were pretty sweaty, but I didn't feel my feet burning up the whole time or anything.  And I'd say don't do glued-on soles.  My last pair with glue-ons started delaminating in the middle, and then start tearing and falling apart.  I tried gluing, but it was a lost cause.

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Re: Hiking Boots ?
« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2014, 06:36:48 AM »
I am more of a trail shoe wearer and also like a wide toe box to give the pinkies plenty of room to spread.  I have been wearing Keen Voyageurs for about 8 years now and really like them. They have a low model and a mid height too.  I find the breathability pretty good (no gore-tex) and the under foot support good for rocky terrain like Big Bend with or without a pack.  My only complaint is that I tend to wear a hole in the liner near the heel fairly quickly.
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Re: Hiking Boots ?
« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2014, 07:37:55 AM »
I had Vasque boots way back in the 80's.  Served me well but the new ones I got around '98 had the sole come off.   Using Garmont now and am very happy with them.   They are goretex but has not seemed to be a problem.

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« Reply #11 on: November 23, 2014, 07:52:34 AM »
Vasques are total crap.  If you want to own the best hiking boots on the planet, go with Lowa (renegade GTX). Hands down the best boot ever. Owned mine now for three years and I'll never buy another brand again.

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Re: Hiking Boots ?
« Reply #12 on: November 23, 2014, 08:05:48 AM »
I will add to the voices against Vasques.  I had a pair that simply fell apart during a trip--the sole tore completely off. 

My Danner Mountain Lights were expensive, but I"ve never regretted forking over the dough. 

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Re: Hiking Boots ?
« Reply #13 on: November 24, 2014, 08:10:14 AM »
Got to chime in on this just to put my 2 cents in.  My current boot is the Asolo TPS 535 (leather - non waterproof) and just love them.  Had them now for two years and are rock solid and very comfortable.  I wear them every day for work.  At BB I use them for off trail hiking and wear Asolo Fugitives for the on trail stuff.
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Re: Hiking Boots ?
« Reply #14 on: November 24, 2014, 10:45:01 AM »
I have been happy with my Keen Targhee II's. Lightweight, no break in required, and good ankle support. Used them on a trek at Philmont with zero blisters. Currently, on my third pair.

 


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