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Well I'm Back..........!!!

This time I am thinking about footwear, especially footwear designed for long hauls and staulking, ones that are comfortable , give good support and just incase waterproof. Living in the South most of my hunting boots are designed for alot of water and snakes. I do have a pair of Merrels but those are for urban warfare rather than actual hunting or hiking. What do you folks wear? I have been looking at Meindl, Bates, Danner and Cabela's. If Merrel made a hunting boot that would be my first choise. My hunting boots (Pinnacles and Comfortrax rubbers) are from Cabela's and have held up very well. I bought a pair of Rocky's some years back that were pretty expensive and after a few years the soles began to disintegrate, literally.... Can you say CACA!!! That's the last pair I will ever buy... Give me your $.02. Thanks! YH

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YH,
For last season I wore my Redwing steel toe work boots. Generally you need something that is comfortable & broke in. Waterproof isn't that critical. Don't wear sneakers. Most antelope areas have quite a bit of cactus and stepping in it with sneakers is an unpleasant experience. One other bit of clothing I heartily recommend is a long sleeve blaze orange shirt (don't care for vests). It can get hot in mid day and the coat or sweatshirt comes off.

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WyoJoe,

I do have a pair of Redwing work boots that are like hiking boots and are comfortable but just a little heavy. They are also laced with pest control chemicals so I wasn't sure if scent would be a problem. I guess with proper cleaning and preperation they could still be used. The weight is still a concern for me. So I was looking for a pair of sturdy boots that would weigh a little less. I guess what I am looking for is a pair of boots that use a running shoe foot bed, is water proof and has a Vibram sole or a Vibram like... I didn't know if one of the current military boots would fit the bill like the Danner Arcadia or the Bellville 790... Any current or ex-military personnel out there who could weigh in..? Once Again, WJ thanks for your reply...

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I have used Danners for around 20 years and really like them.

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A great boot for you would be Cabela's GORE-TEX® Scent-Lok® Silent Stalk Sneaker. I have used it both in the plains and in the mountains with no complaints. They are extremely comfortable, light, and still have enough support and are cheap. I don't think you could do much better for an antelope boot.

With that being said I just got some Danner Kestrels because they were on sale at cabelas and I have always been interested in them. I think they will be good but I honesty think they have alot to live up to in my Silent Stalk Sneakers. Still, they would be good for you to check out also.

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I have used Danners for around 20 years and really like them.

Danner gets my vote as well. Just make sure to chose the correct type of boot for the type of environment you will be hunting. For the speedgoat, it's going to be arid open plains in mild temperatures. So support, traction, protection, and breathability should be more of a priority rather than gore-tex or waterproofness. For several years I've improvised by wearing my Vasque Sundowner hiking boots on pronghorn hunts. These tended to be too warm and too stiff for the terrain, in addition to being too low cut. Though my Vasques do have the benefit of full foot protection with their thick, tough, sturdy leather uppers. I prefer a higher boot (8" or 9" high) when hunting. My Danners (Ft Lewis, and Acadia) boots are more for colder weather elk and deer hunting.

Better to choose something like a desert boot for hunting the arid plains and dry praries. I finally decided to get myself two pair of boots a couple years ago. A pair of Altama 4150 USMC Desert Combat Boots and a pair of Belleville 590 USMC Jungle-Desert boots to wear on Pronghorn hunts or any mild dry weather hunt from now on, and these seem to be pretty darn ideal. Both have Vibram Sierra soles. I find them to be great even for most summer hikes and camping in the rocky mountains or desert southweast areas. Most genuine issue or approved Desert combat boots can be bought for around $99 to $120. Pretty inexpensive for American Made boots built for harsh rugged environments.

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OK!

After reading WesternHunters reply I began to take a hard look at the military boots for the type of hunting, terrain and conditions I will encounter while hunting in Wyoming. So, I researched those boots being worn by both the Army and the Marines and the makers of their desert boots. I even spoke with a few folks who have served both in Iraq and Aphganastan and got their opinion. I tried finding the boots locally so I could try them on and get a good feel for them but struck out at the Surplus stores and uniform stores, which sucks because I am 45 minutes from the biggest Marine base on the East Coast. As one retailer told me, my foot size is one of the most popular sizes and all of those are going to acting duty soldiers, which I totally understand and would rather our troops have them than I.

Well, I ended up going to one of the biggest "YardSales" in the world ( Ebay ) and found a pair of Altama's in my size that looked they had hardly been worn. i figured for $15.00 why not give them a try. Well, I have to tell you this was probably the best $15.00 I have spent in a long time. One of my biggest issues is arch support and planters fasciytist (sp) in my left foot. I usually have to correct this problem by buying $20.00 athletic insoles and with these boots they are right on the money. i have worn them around the house and walked a couple of miles in them with no discomfort. I plan on walking in them on my 5 mile hike tomorrow to see how they really perform. Theother thing I like about them is that they are really light, even with the thick Vibram sole.

I just found another boot made by Bates that may even be better than what i just bought. They are called the Desert Warrior and are more of a 8" tennis shoe with a vibram sole. If I can find a pair on Ebay I am going to give them a try. They are a little heavier than the boots i just bought but they look like they may be a little more comfortable and more for stalking than the regular issue. If I can find a pair I will let you know how they perform.

Either way, thanks to WesternHunter for pointing me in the right direction.... The danners look great and are a great boot but they are a tad bit pricey for me considering I have still have to buy a bipod, a good set of bino's, etc... Plus, i have tried on the Danner acadia's before and they just didn't fit my fit right...which sucks because they are such a well made boot and will last a life time....that is why I buy Red Wing boots for work. they may be pricey but they are the best work boot made and they are made here in the states. Of course, so are The Altama's, Bates and Belville's. Yes

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Glad I could help. Not that it matters, but I actually like the new USMC boots much better than the Army or Air Force boots. The Marines have chosen a darker brownish/olive leather and nylon color called Olive Mojave, goes pretty well with their Coyote Brown web gear. I never really liked the whitish desert tan color of the old Army desert boots. Oh I double checked, my Belleville boots are actually the 500 model waterproof temperate boot. It's my Altamas that are the Jungle-Desert hot weather boot.

Truthfully if I could find a light weight pair of Danner, Redwing, Vasque, Lowa, or Meindl desert type boots for less than $140 I'd get one of those. But those boots are easily going for much more than $200. Just can't spend that kind of money on myself anymore, especially when I have two kids and a wife to worry about.

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Westernhunter,

I just spoke with a buddy of mine who is Army ex-special ops. now in DC in the Pentegon and he told me that alot of the guys didn't like the desert tempera boots with the gortex because of their weight, especially since they did alot of humping it in tough terrain (Afganastan - 2 tours) He recommended buying a pair of the desert non-water proofs and adding the Rocky Gortex sock with a light weight cotten sock. For colder situations they would throw in a pair of merino wool socks. I trust this guys advice. He is one smart cookie and knows his stuff when it comes to tactics and equipment. He also said that the desert tan wasn't his favorite but he said after a good bit of use it darkens up. He also said that he would spray his boots with KIWI suede and fine leather water repellant and that usually aided in darkening them up and gave them a little extra protection. Just thought I would pass this along.....

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That's great advice coming from someone who is there in rough hot/cold terrain. For hunting I always like to stay on the side of caution and bring waterproof boots, but for pronghorn, they are usually in dry areas.

As far as Danner Acadias go. Yeah it's a good boot, but would expect more in advanced construction and materials for the money they cost. For those who can't afford the Acadia or are not willing to shell out that kind of money and still want a high quality equivelant, consider the Matterhorn 1996 (insulated) or the Matterhorn 1998 (non-insulated). Having owned two pair of Matterhorns (now mostly worn out) with Vibram Ketterlift soles for the last 15 years I can compare them with the Acadia. The Matterhorns are every bit as good in quality as the Acadia, but a better boot in my opinion. Better for these reasons: 1. Same high quality construction, but better interior cusion materials. 2. Speedlace eyelets. 3. Vibram Sierra out-sole (on newer boots). 4. Can be had for around $170.00 a pair, about $80 to $90 cheaper than the Acadia. 5. My experience is that Matterhorns fit me better than Danners. 6. Both models have Gore-Tex. 7. Thicker leather (2.5mm to 3mm) than the Danners. 8. Matterhorns are also made in the USA, actually by Cove Shoe Co in Martinsberg, PA to be exact. Same quality, better fit, made here, all at a cheaper price make them a better boot in my opinion. Great USMC combat boot that's versatile and great for just about any type of terrain and temperate weather hunting.

When I wear-out my Acadia boots I'm going back to the Matterhorn model 1998 boot. My only gripe is that I actually prefere a brown boot for hunting rather than a black boot....call me prejudice Laugh After all the scratches, dirt, mud, and dust start to appear, they just look like any other rugged outdoor boot.

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