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Unread 11-09-2011, 01:02 PM
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Re: Boots for Hunting high / backpacking

The rubber rand around these boots keep my boot looking almost new after 2 years of hard backpack deer and elk hunting.

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Unread 11-09-2011, 02:46 PM
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Re: Boots for Hunting high / backpacking

Danner - Raptor? GTX® Mens/Womens 400G Hunting Boots

Danner Raptor. These are US made, as are all of the better Danner boots. I think about the best 'all around' big game boot out there. There are boots that would be better for certain extreme and specific hunts, but for an all around boot...hard to beat.

I've spent 7 years in these before I felt the need to buy a new pair this year as the stitching was getting questionable. Hundreds of miles of backpack hunting--nearly all in designated wilderness with loads from 40-115 lbs. Never shot a big game animal below 5400' elevation, so up in the mountains. About half and half x-country and trail in these. And, after finally buying a new pair this year, I'll send in the old pair to be completely rebuilt (anything replaced that needs to be) for about 1/3 the cost of a new boot. Then I'll have a great pair of backup boots at the car/etc. if need be--something that's always a good idea.

Ability to be rebuilt is something to consider for the long term. All the boots that you see that have the rubber rand that comes up from the sole and surrounds the bottom of the boot upper--these can't be rebuilt and that encompasses many, if not most of the boots mentioned above.
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Unread 11-09-2011, 04:16 PM
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Re: Boots for Hunting high / backpacking

Thanks for the feedback, I came really close to buying Crispi Ascent but just couldn't do it withouttrying them on. I ended up getting Zamberlan's due to th reviews in bakpacker and being able to try them at REI. I put Lathrop insoles in them and after a hard day of packing everything hurt but my feet, best set up I have found so far. Next year I will try the Crispi's.
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Unread 11-17-2011, 02:27 AM
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Re: Boots for Hunting high / backpacking

I would take a good hard look at Lowa Hunter GTX. I'm on year 4 with my set. I've have crampons on them climbing in the winter, hiking in the summer, been in high alpine and scree, rough trails and everything in between. They are well worth the money.
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Unread 11-17-2011, 11:25 PM
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Re: Boots for Hunting high / backpacking

You'll Love the Crispi's!
A friend called and asked me to help him pack an elk out when I was home recently, I pulled on my Ascents and went with him. We packed out the whole bull in one trip with 150lb packs {horns, meat, cape} and had No problem with my feet what so ever! My shoulders and hips however were a different story. After a 12 mile round trip my body was ready to die, but my feet were not. I have now logged over 100 miles this year elk hunting in Crispi's with a large day pack, or backpack the whole time. I cannot say enough about the pair's I own. As soon as I get back in Montana I will be back in the mountains with my Hunter GTX trying to locate some wolves. My permit is burning a hole in my pocket!
Crispi is truly the best boots on the planet!
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Unread 12-02-2011, 05:26 PM
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Re: Boots for Hunting high / backpacking

I would recommend LOWA PRO HUNTER, i use them for sheep hunting up here in alaska, very tough,warm and they are great for loose rock and cramp on compatible. They also have a complete toe cap all the way around the boot for protection against rocks and abrasions.
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Unread 12-09-2011, 10:00 AM
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