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Old 07-31-2017, 08:06 PM   #1
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I have done lots research and have looked at quite a few threads here. Here is my question has anyone used the L.L. Bean high speed hunting boots? I cant afford Lowas, or Kenetreks. I wish i could. But with kids medical expenses my budget shrunk. Looked at Solomans as well. Just looking for advice. Will be hunting from Sept. 1 to the 11th. So should be warmer weather hunting.
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Old 07-31-2017, 08:13 PM   #2
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What type of country and budget?

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Old 07-31-2017, 08:20 PM   #3
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I love my Merrells. Not good with cactus tho.
My granddad did hundreds of miles around Van Horn in leather soled cowboy boots. But he also had an old jeep Cherokee that he took to hell and back.
I had some Soloman water shoes that got me through Costa Rica but not much further...
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Old 07-31-2017, 08:32 PM   #4
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It definitely depends on where and how you'll be hunting. From personal experience, you can wear just about any comfortable boot up until the point you begin carrying a lot of weight.
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Where are you heading to?
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I have done lots research and have looked at quite a few threads here. Here is my question has anyone used the L.L. Bean high speed hunting boots? I cant afford Lowas, or Kenetreks. I wish i could. But with kids medical expenses my budget shrunk. Looked at Solomans as well. Just looking for advice. Will be hunting from Sept. 1 to the 11th. So should be warmer weather hunting.
Where are you headed?
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Old 07-31-2017, 08:55 PM   #7
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Check out the Vasque Breeze. It's all I wore when I lived in Montana. Once I had some spare cash I ponied up for some high end boots, but that was more about durability than anything.
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Note: the Vasques have a year warranty, and I replaced at 11 months 3 times.
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Old 07-31-2017, 08:59 PM   #9
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Plenty of great boots in the under 200 range. The guys I backpack with love their keen's. Not then most stable boot in my opinion, but very durable and fit like a tennis shoe. I guy I work with has worn them as work boots in austere conditions and gets over a year out of each pair.
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What's your current boots? First bow season in September then back for the rut in January?
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Headed to Unit 52 in NM. Northern NM, borders southern Colorado.
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What's your current boots? First bow season in September then back for the rut in January?
No sir, this is my only trip unfortunately. I have hunted in my old leo zip up boots. Bates i believe. But I would never take those. This is my first ever trip for western hunting.
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Old 07-31-2017, 09:35 PM   #14
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Headed to Unit 52 in NM. Northern NM, borders southern Colorado.
That's not exactly a tame unit. Are you backpacking in or hunting from truck?
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What type of country and budget?
Northern NM and no more than $200 sir
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That's not exactly a tame unit. Are you backpacking in or hunting from truck?
Backpacking is the plan. Try and stay mobile. Are you familiar with that unit?
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I have these, and they're the best boots I've ever owned. $70 above $200 though.

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabel...arch%3Dperfekt


This version looks good as well, and only $30 above $200.

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabel...s/1221423.uts?

If you could catch them on sale or get a Cabela's discount code or something, maybe they'd work for you. Great boots.
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Old 07-31-2017, 09:42 PM   #18
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Been in it but haven't hunted it. I have hunted right across the border a bunch

This is a good all around boot for the price. I recommend superfeet green insoles.
http://m.zappos.com/p/la-sportiva-tr...0172/color/585
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http://www.danner.com/men/hunt/gila-6-optifade.html

These are the best boots I've ever owned. They run a size small though FYI.
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Old 07-31-2017, 09:45 PM   #20
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What size foot are you?
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Thanks Shane and Texans42, defiantly like those options.
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[QUOTE=Texans42;12613896]What size foot


14 sir
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These are the best boots I've ever owned. They run a size small though FYI.
Those look really good.
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Been in it but haven't hunted it. I have hunted right across the border a bunch

This is a good all around boot for the price. I recommend superfeet green insoles.
http://m.zappos.com/p/la-sportiva-tr...0172/color/585
Honestly we are going to be behind the 8 ball. I have not had any opportunity to go scout. Its going to be tuff especially to hunting out west but no clue. Just going to pick an area and hit it.
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Old 07-31-2017, 09:50 PM   #25
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What size foot


14 sir

Those are not feet those a flippers. Lol

Never mind my spare won't fit you.

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Old 07-31-2017, 09:52 PM   #26
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Honestly we are going to be behind the 8 ball. I have not had any opportunity to go scout. Its going to be tuff especially to hunting out west but no clue. Just going to pick an area and hit it.
You will be fine just pick a glassing spot and go glass. They don't get smart until they rub.
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Old 07-31-2017, 09:53 PM   #27
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Another vote for Meindl. Great boots.


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Old 07-31-2017, 09:53 PM   #28
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I have These and love em
http://www.cabelas.com/product/home/...er/1751047.uts

Granted I've only used them in Colorado high country for a total of 15 days but they worked great and I wear em around for work whenever I don't have to be in steel toes
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Tip: be confident enough to hit softballs at 80 yards!
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Those are not feet those a flippers. Lol

Never mind these won't fit you.
Yes sir been told that a time or two lol.
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Tip: be confident enough to hit softballs at 80 yards!
Thats gonna be tuff with my longbow. My limbs on my compound de-laminated and those cost 300 to replace. But i might have to dust of my OLD pse from 99 and get it tuned LOL!
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No sir, this is my only trip unfortunately. I have hunted in my old leo zip up boots. Bates i believe. But I would never take those. This is my first ever trip for western hunting.
Those would work in a pinch if you are comfortable in them. You will be doing a ton of spotting with bino's then planning stalks. Lots of that is sagebrush high desert. If you can swing some asolo's, vasque or Merrill's go for it. If not go with what you got. Lots of people do the 26 mile heavy ruck at the bataan memorial ruck in your current type of boots.
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you have a month to wear them in. Please make sure to put plenty of miles on them before you go and take some moleskin. That is steep county and new boots will ruin your feet in a hurry!

As for your budget, the mendel boots sold by cabelas are a good value. Also, try on alot of the mid-level boots at REI. That is not thorn country, so a full leather boot is not necessary. Good luck on your hunt!
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I dont mind my bates. But i have to replace the insoles. The factory insoles are paper thin.
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you have a month to wear them in. Please make sure to put plenty of miles on them before you go and take some moleskin. That is steep county and new boots will ruin your feet in a hurry!

As for your budget, the mendel boots sold by cabelas are a good value. Also, try on alot of the mid-level boots at REI. That is not thorn country, so a full leather boot is not necessary. Good luck on your hunt!
Thank you sir.
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I dont mind my bates. But i have to replace the insoles. The factory insoles are paper thin.
Insoles are a reasonable expense. Save the leftover for the hunt.
To bad you can't get up for the rut.
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If i could only get the wife on board for a second trip.
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Whatever you get, make sure they have Gore-tex in them. Staying dry is huge.
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Whatever you get, make sure they have Gore-tex in them. Staying dry is huge.
Yes sir, certainly will. I want to thank everyone for their advice. Keep it coming!
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Northern NM and no more than $200 sir
Cabelas Meindl may be best in that range. If you could go $230ish Solomon Quest 4D is a very highly rated boot
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Kenetreks sells their factory seconds on eBay, FYI. You might be able to afford them.


If not, get the lowas.
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Kenetreks sells their factory seconds on eBay, FYI. You might be able to afford them.


If not, get the lowas.
I will certainly look into that as well
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Old 08-01-2017, 03:44 PM   #43
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Tagged for later, I will have to see the ones that I have. Super light weight, comfortable, good ankle support, and if I remember right they were about 135-155$
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Great let me know
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You can afford a 10 day hunting trip, and want to cheap out on boots? Am I understanding this correctly?


Pony up for good boots.

Buy boots from Europe, not China.

This has been covered in several recent threads.

Boots, are the one piece of equipment you should NEVER EVER cheap out on. Blisters, twisted ankles and ruined feet will make the hunt of a lifetime into a miserable experience.

Find a way to get a few more dollars in your budget. Skip lunch, give up on pleasure items, take the bus, whatever. Just buy good boots.



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Lowa boots
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Once I found Leuko tape, I'll never mess with moleskin again, it just doesn't put like the tape. It's heavy for a roll compared to the mole skin but worth every penny. I can run 10 miles with tape over a blister and hardly notice it and it'll stay there for days, the moleskin just ends up in a ball in my sock.
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You can afford a 10 day hunting trip, and want to cheap out on boots? Am I understanding this correctly?


Pony up for good boots.

Buy boots from Europe, not China.

This has been covered in several recent threads.

Boots, are the one piece of equipment you should NEVER EVER cheap out on. Blisters, twisted ankles and ruined feet will make the hunt of a lifetime into a miserable experience.

Find a way to get a few more dollars in your budget. Skip lunch, give up on pleasure items, take the bus, whatever. Just buy good boots.



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Yes i can afford a 10 day trip split amongst three friends. I dont want to skimp, however my budget is set and with my childs medical expenses and other needed things for her i will have no choice to skimp. But thanks for the advice.
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Old 08-01-2017, 11:26 PM   #50
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Cabelas Meindl may be best in that range. If you could go $230ish Solomon Quest 4D is a very highly rated boot
I like the Salomons as well. Camper saver has them at $230 plus a 20% discount which should be in your price range with free shipping and no tax.

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