Sheep/Backpack Hunting Boots - Lathrop and Sons

Discussion in 'Backpack Hunting' started by rodneymoncrief, Sep 26, 2018.

  1. rodneymoncrief

    rodneymoncrief Well-Known Member

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    I'm shopping for a new pair of high quality Sheep/Backpacking boots, I've been wearing Kenetrek's for the last few years. I'm getting older and starting to have a few foot issues , plantar fasciitis and bunions, and have been talking to Lathrop and Sons. I ordered a pair of Lowa Hunters from them and they didn't fit quite right. They are wanting me to try their 3D mapping kit to find the right fit for me. I was wondering if anyone on here has used them and if so is it worth the effort/money to go this route to find a good fitting pair of boots?
     
  2. CPGfan

    CPGfan Well-Known Member

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    I have used their mapping service. It was worth every penny. They told me so much about my feet that I didn’t know and got me in a pair of lowas the first year that felt great. Then I went with their boots the next year and it was a total game changer. I used to blister fairly easily and with their boots I went on a stone sheep hunt and put 80 miles on my feet during the course of the trip and climbed a minimum of 2000’ per day with a 50-60lb pack. Never had a single blister or even a hotspot. I am now several hunts into my Lathrop and Sons Hunter Elite boots and have never had a blister. They are a total game changer. Used their mapping service and you won’t be sorry
     
  3. rodneymoncrief

    rodneymoncrief Well-Known Member

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  4. GA Sheephunter

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    My wife and I used their mapping/custom insert service for a pair of Kenetrek EverSteps for me and a pair of Kenetrek Mountain Extreme 400s for my wife. We were not having any "problems" as we broke in the boots, nor do we have any other issues we are aware of normally. I have broken both of my ankles before, so I got the EverSteps just to be proactive/aggressive with support.

    We are flatlanders who live in Florida and had never done any sort of backpacking beyond a day trip, so at the recommendation of a friend who sheep hunts every year, we contacted Lathrop and they suggested this custom foot bed, so we did it.

    They sent us the mapping kits in the Spring, then after sending back the carbons and doing the consults over the phone, we sent them our boots in early Summer, and after getting them back quickly we continued to train all summer. We went on our 12 day backpack hunting trip in the NWT in Aug-Sep, and hiked who knows how many miles, with loads up to 100#, and neither one of us ever got any hot spots or blisters whatsoever. Could we have not used their service and had the same results? Perhaps....but when you are spending such money on a once in a lifetime experience, I wanted to make sure we were proactive in any way we could be, especially when it comes to our feet. If you cant walk, then it is game over.
     
  5. BountyHunter

    BountyHunter Well-Known Member

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