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Need help with boots

I'm planning a hunting trip to Plains Montana and the Lolo national Forest (ELK/Mule Deer).  I have a pair of Danner Trophy boots I'm going to use.  My question is, should I take a back up pair of boots with me.  Weight will not be a problem since we are not going to do a pack trip.  Any info would help out.  I've been out west several times, but never on a hunting trip.

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If you're driving in and have room for another pair, I'd bring em.  It can be difficult to dry out a wet pair of boots that are soaked from the snow or whatever.  So if you have two pair that will work, bring em.

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First off good luck on your

First off good luck on your trip and hunt. Since you said weight and room is not an issue I say yes take a second pair. You never know what the weather will be like or what situations you might run into. Also hope you have been wearing them and the are broken in well. Being out hunting in the mountains is not the time or the place for brand new boots. Also hope you have been doing some hiking and or running to get in shape. The Lola area can be some rough and steep country. Take care and let us know how you do. 

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Isn't that one of the golden

Isn't that one of the golden rules, to always take care of your feet?  You don't want to get your boots soaked on the first day and not have a back-up pair, or a method of drying them out.

Best of luck on the hunt!

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I'd take a back up pair. i

I'd take a back up pair. i usally do on my hunts that are not the back country type. The Danner's are a great boot, I have a few pairs that i wear for work and love them, there like wearing tennis shoes. Good luck on your hunt. Keep us posted on how it goes.

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Absolutely if you have the

Absolutely if you have the room and don't have to carry them with you bring an extra pair. You never know what might go wrong other than getting the first pair wet either. While we were antelope hunting in Wyoming this year my sons boots completely fell apart. I had been using them for nearly ten years now and they still looked pretty good but for some reason the rubber sperated off the soles and he was left with no tread at all. These were a very good pair of boots too but ot looked like some kind of dry rot that destroyed them. He was left in his regular shoes for the last day but fortunately the terrain and weather were not a problem.

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Always take a couple pair of

Always take a couple pair of boots and a pair of sneakers for when you are around camp.  The only time that I wouldn't consider taking two pair would be if I was packing in on my back but then I would still throw in a pair of sneakers. 

Even on my trip that I am planning to British Columbia for my grizzly hunt next spring the outfitter has two pairs of boots on their equipment list along with a pair of sneakers for around the cabin.  But then we are pacing in on horses.  Just remember if you only have one pair and they start to hurt your feet you have nothing else to put on and start to create a new sore spot not to mention to let one pair dry out for a day or two if they get that wet. 

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I would take the extra pair of boots too.  And I always take extra socks as well.  I usually don't need either the boots or socks, but it only takes one time to slip your feet into cold wet boots in the morning and you probably won't forget the extras next time.

 

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I'll go against the grain

I'll go against the grain here a bit. I don't even own a second pair of boots. I bought a pair of Mendl boots 6-8 years ago. I forget how long now. At least 6 years...maybe 8. I've worn them 365 days a year. I hike the mountains at least 345 days a year. I've hiked in snow for 6-7 hours, crossed streams, and have never had them get my feet wet. They're lined with gore-tex and have never let me down. I'm not sure if i'm just lucky, or Mendl builds one a hell of a boot.

Do the Danner's have gore-tex?

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Do the Danner's have gore-tex?

The pair I had did, and if I recall correctly they all did, or at least the models I sold did. For me having warm dry feet is a must and I would encourage you to take an extra pair of boots or at least  some other footwear to wear around camp if weight and space isn't an issue.

 

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