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2009/07/19 19:12:55 (permalink)

military boots

hi guys, question for the soilders among you. i seen these boots  cheap on ebay. are they any good, i would be using them for country sports, hunting, hill walking etc. thanks
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    Re:military boots 2009/07/19 20:25:40 (permalink)
    I wouldn't.  Modern civilan boot don't need anything like the breaking in you need for those and are much easier on the feet.  I also hate gortex lined leather boots.  They should be waterpoof without the liner and will breath much better.

    I'd also hate to buy boots without trying them on and having a decent walk around in them.

    If you do buy them, spend the time to break them in and ware decent, thick socks.
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    Re:military boots 2009/07/19 20:38:57 (permalink)
    leather boots without the gortex liner are just not waterproof, ive bought so called waterproof boots before, magnums etc ,water resistant perhaps but certinally not waterproof.for me they must be gortex. thanks tho for the tip about breaking in
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    Re:military boots 2009/07/19 20:43:35 (permalink)
    rex2

    leather boots without the gortex liner are just not waterproof, ive bought so called waterproof boots before, magnums etc ,water resistant perhaps but certinally not waterproof.for me they must be gortex. thanks tho for the tip about breaking in


    You have to look after them to get it, a  bit of work involved of course.  My problem is a full leather boot with gortex = very sweaty feet.  So they will get wet dispite the liner.

    If your going to get gortex one's, why not get a much lighter boot.  Unless you are doing heavy rock work I don't see the need for a full leather jobby.

    Buy some blister pads too, you are going to get 'um with those lol.
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    Re:military boots 2009/07/19 20:57:59 (permalink)
    to be honest im out of work so i cant afford a pair of le chameau's or lowa's/menidls etc so im just after a waterproof boot for sundays out with the dogs. i wear a pair of sealskinz socks, they are well padded so the blisters wont be a problem
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    Re:military boots 2009/07/19 21:00:30 (permalink)
    I'd agree with not buying boots without first trying them on. I would also agree with getting some decent socks to wear with them.

    I think goretex and leather comes down to preference, I go away on 2-3 day bushcraft 'weekends' in Scotland. I wear leather goretex boots and they do a great job of keeping the boggy wet away from my feet.
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    Re:military boots 2009/07/19 21:01:28 (permalink)
    Probably want to get something different. Depends what weather you want to use them for, and what you prefer.
    Also best to try a fair few different styles and makes, as theres a lot of crap ones out there. Merrell and CAT are good. Not sure you get them over here, but Bates and Altama are good too.
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    Re:military boots 2009/07/19 21:03:47 (permalink)
    If you are on a budget and you have a TK Maxx close it is worth having a look. They sometimes get goretex walking boots in.
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    Re:military boots 2009/07/19 21:09:47 (permalink)
    They look like Pro Boots- wouldn't bother with them, much better boots to be had.

    I have some Lowa Mountain's which are fantastic and don't need breaking in, but they're dear and as stated above, prob best with civvy boots

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    Re:military boots 2009/07/19 22:26:30 (permalink)
    for what your using them for seriously consider scarpa sl's. mine have done me well for 9 yrs and had some heavy use in that time. rather than a goretex lined boot look for a one piece leather upper and use with a pair of gaiters if needed

     
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    Re:military boots 2009/07/19 22:38:58 (permalink)
    Best boots I ever had was a pair of waterproof proboots, absolutely loved the pants off them.

    I also had two pairs of Lowas, and they never stood up to the proboots despite costing 140 quid each.

    Then again, I have really dry feet, dont sweatat all, so proboots were geat. Others couldnt stand them and their feet sweated buckts
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    Re:military boots 2009/07/19 23:00:33 (permalink)
    cheers guys for the replys fellas, at 40 quid im going to take a chance on them proboots if they dont suit i havent lost much.
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    Re:military boots 2009/07/19 23:21:39 (permalink)
    rex2

    cheers guys for the replys fellas, at 40 quid im going to take a chance on them proboots if they dont suit i havent lost much.


    Before you do see if you can get a pair of Contour boots at a price close to that.  I've seen them for £50-60 and they are very good value.
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    Re:military boots 2009/07/20 00:46:15 (permalink)
    S777

    Best boots I ever had was a pair of waterproof proboots, absolutely loved the pants off them.

    I also had two pairs of Lowas, and they never stood up to the proboots despite costing 140 quid each.

    Then again, I have really dry feet, dont sweatat all, so proboots were geat. Others couldnt stand them and their feet sweated buckts

    I've heard nothing but completely mixed reviews for Pro Boots; 10 years ago, it was like "OMG these are the biz innit" and everyone in the forces had/wanted them, but don't see them much now.  Some people love them, some really hate them.  Lowa's suit my quirky ankles as they have that little cut on the achilles.  Mine are awesome, really comfy, but I got the mountain model and they are really too warm when using them a lot, and the warmth/insulation really doesn't count for much when on sentry-duty in -8 British winter.  Some of the SB lads had civvy boots sprayed up black!

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    Re:military boots 2009/07/20 20:22:38 (permalink)
    Rex2, They are as said, the second gen pro boot, they dont really need breaking in at all, I have a pair as an emergency pair of boots just incase my Lowas get damaged, they are waterproof, have a longer lasting sole than the red lined first gen pro boot and come in three width fittings so make sure if you do buy then you buy the correct width

    must say S777 that is the first and probably last time I'll ever hear Pro Boots being described as superior to Lowa boots, cant understand that,  We're looking at new boots at work to replace the ****ty Altberg crap we get and we are all wanting Lowas, I wear Lowas that I pay for myself and throw the Altbergs where they belong, in the bin

     
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