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Old 10-08-2012, 09:07 PM
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Re: Whats your favorite Boot to wear ?

Most any mountaineering boots will be far better than all hunting labeled boots. Lowas are good, Ive had them, I just prefer the fits and durability of Scarpas and koflach. Hunting boots are mostly all hype and too much advertising. If you want a superb pack boot look up Hoffman's online. Nobody come close to them. Ive done plenty of Mountaineering and hard core trapping for a living, good boots pay for themselves. get the Lowas, you wont be sorry Im sure.
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:41 PM
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Re: Whats your favorite Boot to wear ?

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BearDog,
I use Berghaus rubber rand gaiters on them also in snow and wet conditions/ stream crossings. they are waterproof to the height of the gaiters that way, if you fit tight on your upper calf below the knee and waterproof pants, you can go fast even up to your knees and stay dry. Its an old Mountaineering method that works great in hunting applications.
Are they really this hard to put on?

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Old 10-09-2012, 12:53 AM
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The old Berghaus gaiters I have are 19 year old, yetis are newer by far, mine were not that tough, but they were tough to put on. Now in wearing them in steep terrain, you need to know that if it is not tight, or glued on the toe, it will slip over the top of the toe in tough conditions where you use your toes to stick in the slope and go up. Mountaineering boots will do this fine, they are made for this. but in some very tough snow conditions with crust and heavy coarse grained snow, the toe will ride up over the top once in a while. So a tight fit is essential. But I tell you in wet and cold snowy conditions, unless you are using 6 to $700 mountaineering boots with built in gaiters like these, you will realize amazing waterproofness and warmth when using uninsulated boots with Rubber rand gaiters such as the Yetis. I hunt and have hunted in - 25 below and colder in Montana, up high on Mtns above treeline for Mtn Goats in late November. These gaiters will be a lifesaver in long day conditions such as those in tough rocky and ice slopes on high Mtns. I use them mostly on my 20 year old Koflach plastic lightweight Mountaineering boots. Lighter than any similar leather boot and far more durable. Amazing in the steep country for vertical or sidehill. Mountaineering boots have a smaller foorprint per size that all hunting boots, this give you better toe holds, side edging and overall foot control than the average wide " Plodding" footbeds on hunting boots. There is no comparison for foot control in steep and really tough country. I just bought a new pair of Scarpa Triolets for my high Mtn and steep work. Amazing boots and light, waterproof, can use the Rubber rand gaiters, crampons for high snow and ice. Lots of firefighters in the west like the Scarpas for that rough work also. they even hold up to the heat. I would like to see a new pair of the Yetis, they look very good. You will love R rand gaiters if you spend time in snow and wet conditions. Mountaineering technology has been around a long time. hunting boots are for the flatlands. That's my opinion when it gets high, snowy, icy and steep.
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:16 AM
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Re: Whats your favorite Boot to wear ?

I can see the advantage in a gaiter like that. I'd hate to have to mess with it in the field however. I also see how a plastic boot would work well in the snow. Sidehill has always been tough in wet conditions. I hunt alone quite a bit and have found myself in steep, wet, snowy conditions around a lot of deadfall. I was sure I was going to break a leg that day. I quit hunting and focused on getting out safely. Some mountaineering savy would have come in handy.

Apparently what you mentioned about firefighters using mountaineering boots is quite common. Firefighters in my area use them as well.
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:33 AM
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Re: Whats your favorite Boot to wear ?

Mike 338,

you will love them in wet conditions. Im headed out early in the am for the MT / ID divide north of I-90 a ways. Be up there until Sunday. If the wolves haven't sent all the critters away this past week, it could be good. The new Yetis look great. I'll have to check my best supplier in Bozeman, MT and look into them for my new Scarpas.
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Old 10-11-2012, 03:12 PM
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Re: Whats your favorite Boot to wear ?

This guy elegantly explains that it's not that hard to fit this style of gaiter.

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Old 12-01-2012, 12:12 PM
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Re: Whats your favorite Boot to wear ?

I'm not to sure about these Yeti gaiters. Berghaus isn't in any hurry to sell them in any size other than Small and Medium. It's been a couple of months since I last checked on them and still no availability and it seems they've been unavailable for a long long time. Customer service won't even respond when asked about a date of re-stock. I'd hate to damage one of their products and need a replacement.
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