Hiking Boots

17 Feb 2017 13:17 #70913 by Riaang
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Vajolet's :-)

Had a pair, unfortunately just too small on the right foot (pinched my toes) so had to sell them. They are bomb proof!!
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17 Feb 2017 14:06 - 17 Feb 2017 14:07 #70914 by AdrianT
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Riaang wrote: Vajolet's :-)

Had a pair, unfortunately just too small on the right foot (pinched my toes) so had to sell them. They are bomb proof!!


Yeah that's the ones! I checked the box in the garage just now. I put Sof Soles inside though. The original inner is hard as rock. Maybe I'm not as tough :)
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17 Feb 2017 15:34 #70915 by Papa Dragon
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Hopefully the end of my hiking boot woes, for a while, anyway.



I got a full refund from Bush and Bundu for the Merrells, and got this pair on special because Tibets have been discontinued.
Thanks to the guys from Bush and Bundu for great service and advice.
I am not affiliated to them at all, apart from being a very satisfied customer :)

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08 Mar 2017 12:00 - 13 Mar 2017 14:58 #71096 by Viking
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I have been using these boots for a while now and they are amazing.
Probably slightly lighter than the popular but difficult to obtain Tibets.

mountainmailorder.co.za/la-sportiva-cornon-gtx-129667.html

I see the price has come down again, making these a great deal, especially if you use your Mountain Club discount!!

I am not connected to MMO in any way, other than the fact that I give them a lot of my money.

“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!”
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13 Mar 2017 14:08 #71134 by euroryan
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Hi

I've seen both these boots mentioned in this forum. Does anybody have any practical experience with them. They both look good and solid?

www.jimgreenfootwear.co.za/shop/men/mens-boots/monster-waterproof/

and

www.redlinefootwear.co.za/?product=african-buffalo-hiking-boot-brown

I need to replace my trusty Karrimor KSBs which lasted me 15 years and many hundreds of kms. The right boot blew out spectacularly descending Cathedral on Sunday, made for an "interesting" afternoon.

Thanks
Ryan

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14 Mar 2017 16:38 #71137 by andrew r
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Hi Ryan

They both look like solid options but you really need to try them on with the socks that you'll be hiking in (don't be tempted to trace your footprint & buy them online/remotely). You need space at your toes but your foot must not slide about sideways. A good footliner can improve fit but only by so much.

If it were me I'd go for the RedLine boots based on negative feedback on Jim Green durability by other VE forumites, plus those moulded soles can be slippery in the wet.

There is no such thing as a waterproof boot, but you can reduce moisture ingress dramatically by treating the stitching and edges with contact adhesive. There are some pretty comprehensive waterproofing techniques somewhere in this hiking boot thread.

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03 Mar 2020 08:21 #75731 by HikerParsons
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Hi
I use waterproof hiking boots when hiking.
Any ideas or advice on how to keep your hiking boots dry during a rainy Drakensberg hike. I have used gators etc but my boots still get wet, resulting in soaking wet boots for the remainder of the hike.
Any suggestions on how to get soaking wet hiking boots dry(if that’s possible) during a hike would be appreciated.

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03 Mar 2020 09:45 #75732 by Riaang
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in short, there is nothing that you can do to stop your boots from getting soaked if you hike in the rain, or in wet grass. Only thing that works is to hike in winter :-)

Wet boots are ok, so long as the wetness doesn't get into your boots. Waterproof gaiters or rainpants can assist here, but your typical synthetic (i'm not talking about plastic boots here) or leather boots will unfortunately get wet. Just wear thicker socks to keep the cold out, or thinner socks to get everything to dry out quicker.
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03 Mar 2020 15:27 #75735 by ASL
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well a little DWR treatment goes a long way.. I treat my boots every couple of months. In very we grass as Riaan mentioned it's good to wear a gaitor that partially covers the boots and prevents water from getting in the top. I wear boots with a goretex bootie inside and I find it remains waterproof for the first 18 months or so, then starts to leak a bit.
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05 Mar 2020 15:22 - 05 Mar 2020 15:23 #75742 by Serious tribe
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Always good to treat your boots as ASL says, it does help to keep them shedding some of the water off, and can help with treating the leather, i use nikwax on the nubuck leather of my boots.  They are however gortex lined which helps hugely.  Though i still put on snow gaiters when it is raining or there is a possibility of lots of wet grass hiking.
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