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Old 10-01-2011, 11:24 PM
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Cold weather boots ? brand , insulation ?

Im looking for a new pair of boots for winter hunting.
They will be used mostly for archery elk [spot and stalk ]
and calling coyotes .
What makes it harder for me is that i need a sz 13w or 14 and hunt in snow and very steep terrain.
I have some meindle uninsulated boots that i am very happy with.
Also some danner rain forest that are ok .
Anyone tried the heavily insulated meindles ?
If there was a less expensive option than meindle ?
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Old 10-02-2011, 09:21 AM
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Re: Cold weather boots ? brand , insulation ?

Have you considered snow pac's. I know I know there no good for hiking. "bull" Have used Sorel Caribou pac for years and when there is snow on the ground or its froze they are the go-to boot. Just bought another pair last winter and these have a bob sole and traction on snow and ice is superb. Add two sets of liners and a pair of gaiters and your good to go. A pair last about 5 years using them about 4 months a year.

I also use the Danner Rainforest when its dry but the rubber in the soles are too hard and when it freezes up they just don't get a good grip. I have quit wearing them all together once the cold sets in.
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Old 10-02-2011, 12:06 PM
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Re: Cold weather boots ? brand , insulation ?

I've hunted in insulated redwing waterproof boots for 12 years now. I've dumped em
through ice a bunch of times and soaked my pants above the gators. My feet have always
been dry. They are a bit sloppy with all the stretching the leather has done while wet.
Plenty warm down to a -20f as long as I stay moving. Under about 0 f. I go to packs for
sitting.
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Old 10-02-2011, 03:21 PM
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Re: Cold weather boots ? brand , insulation ?

Whites snow pacs, but with Schnees liners, & aftermarket insoles. It's my opinion of the perfect combo. I hike usually between 4 & 12 miles per day in snow, ice, etc. Steep & flat, wooded, & open country in elk season with mine.
I've also used & abused them at work & they hold up well. I am harder on my equipment than most folks, & demand the best because of this.
As mentioned before, gaiters help keep jeans dry, & laces from icing up. If its nasty out, I wear Filson tin-pants over my jeans & boot tops. This also keeps laces from icing up to bad, plus it keeps me warm while knocking snow off brush.

I see your from Wa. st. So your probably already familiar with Whites, & Hawthorne out of Spokane. You may like the idea of having quality rebuildable & reliable footwear.
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Old 10-02-2011, 03:47 PM
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Re: Cold weather boots ? brand , insulation ?

My size 13 Danners with 1200 grams on thinsulate are the most comfortable shoes I own. I've put a couple hundred mountain miles on them with no cold feet or blisters.
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Old 10-03-2011, 09:32 AM
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Re: Cold weather boots ? brand , insulation ?

I like the kenetrec line.
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Old 10-03-2011, 09:46 AM
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Re: Cold weather boots ? brand , insulation ?

Personally I think boots are like underwear, once you find a pair that fits, go with it!

Everyone has different likes and dislikes.

Go try on as many different boots as you can and find the most comfortable pair for your feet.
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