Re: Boots for Backpacking?
I have a pair of Lowa sheep hunters and they are as good a boot as I have seen for colder wx and/or rifle hunting but the boots I use now for early season bow hunting (up to light snow& maybe low teens temps in the morning) are Danner Jackals. they are as quiet as you can get for a hard soled boot and have worked fine for me even though most the time I am hunting with a 25 to 50# pack in tough mountain terrain. last year packed a boned out deer + 25#s with no problem. I do however use a 11 1/2 EE with this boot as Danners have a narrow design at least for my feet. I normaly wear a 11 , sometimes a wide width. I tried these on just to see as cabelas at Boise were out of my size and found they felt great. 2 pairs now with no break in..love em. The larger size & width might be due to my age (56) as I notice I like a shoe with more room anymore. If you hike a lot every day , 10 to 20 miles, your feet will swell and that boot that felt right in the store will get pretty small. As long as your feet dont slide around too much when new I think the looser the better. Lowas are nice as they have a heel that holds to your foot but the fore foot is roomy. BB