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Old 09-20-2020, 07:51 PM   #1
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Looking to hear some preferred boot brands for the mountains. I have had Schnee's and they were good, but there has to be better out there.

I have heard good things about Lowa and Crispi. Another one that caught my eye but am unfamiliar with is Zamberlan.

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Old 09-20-2020, 07:54 PM   #2
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Old 09-20-2020, 08:28 PM   #3
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Just bought a pair of La Sportivas for an upcoming elk hunt! By far the most comfortable boot I have ever worn
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Old 09-20-2020, 08:43 PM   #4
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Just bought a pair of La Sportivas for an upcoming elk hunt! By far the most comfortable boot I have ever worn
Which ones did you go with?
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Old 09-20-2020, 09:05 PM   #5
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Old 09-20-2020, 09:34 PM   #6
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Which ones did you go with?
I went with the Nucleo High GTX
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Old 09-20-2020, 09:39 PM   #7
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I recently posted a similar question. My husband is going to South Dakota for pheasant and wanted something other than the snake boots he wears in Texas.

Several folks recommended Irish Setter Boots, so Sexy Meal Ticket went down to our local Red Wing store (I guess Irish Setter is a sister company to Red Wing?), picked up a pair, and has been wearing them each day to break them in. He has announced them very comfortable and likes how light-weight they are. He also mentioned they have a built-in membrane that serves as a moisture barrier, which he really thinks he’s going to be glad he has.
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Old 09-20-2020, 11:19 PM   #8
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La Spotiva Trango Cube is what I run. It’s an actual mountain boot and handles the toughest terrain very well. Probably have 100 hiking miles on them by now
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Old 09-20-2020, 11:41 PM   #9
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Lowa. Put on and go. No break-in period and they are super comfortable.
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Old 09-20-2020, 11:55 PM   #10
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Just bought a pair of La Sportivas for an upcoming elk hunt! By far the most comfortable boot I have ever worn
I will second this. I have used my la sportivas on many trips to the mountains and they are great.
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Old 09-21-2020, 02:32 AM   #11
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Kenetrek boots, the mountain extremes.
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Old 09-21-2020, 08:46 AM   #12
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Kenetrek boots, the mountain extremes.
Wear what the guides wear, most guides I know wear Kenetrek.
They are the best I have worn and I have tried most of the ones mentioned in this post.
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Old 09-21-2020, 08:50 AM   #13
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never heard of any of these boot brands other than Irish setters ... anyway, you need good boots but DO NOT overlook proper socks, makes all the difference in the world.
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Old 09-21-2020, 08:51 AM   #14
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Old 09-21-2020, 09:24 AM   #15
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Lowa. Put on and go. No break-in period and they are super comfortable.

I have the LOWA renagade GTX and love them. Best lace up boots ive used
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Old 09-21-2020, 09:30 AM   #16
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Partial to Russells or Solomons myself.
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Old 09-21-2020, 09:43 AM   #17
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Any specific style?
depends how stiff you like. I got some of the mountain trainer mids and love em
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Old 09-21-2020, 09:49 AM   #18
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Kenetrek boots, the mountain extremes.
This
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Old 09-21-2020, 09:50 AM   #19
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I have Crispi Summits.

The Crispi Summits are the freakin awesome. I wouldn't change anything about them. Super comfortable and no break in.
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Old 09-21-2020, 09:51 AM   #20
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I like my Salomon Quest 4d 3 GTX
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Old 09-21-2020, 11:13 AM   #21
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I started in Colorado with Salomon Quest 4d and they broke down and sole started coming off. Bought some Zamberlan full leather hiking / trekking boots and they KILLED my feet. Took them back and went back to Salomons.....maybe a year and sole came lose. VERY comfortable but at $225-250 a pop I cant do that very often. I think I bought a cheap pair of Keens in the meantime.....not impressed at all. Went to Washington state to pick up a truck and stopped in Idaho at a Mom/Pop mens wear store (USA Carhartt, Filson, Kenetrek dealer) and talked to the old man that owned / ran it. Told him what I was after and he pointed at the Kenetrek Mountain Guide Extremes. Pointed at another old fella in there that was chewing the fat and said "hey Charlie how long you had them Kenetreks?......oh going on 10 yrs Id say....Ive sent them in once maybe twice to get rebuilt but I cant beat em." Bought a pair on the spot. GREAT boot! No break in. Keep them lathered up with Kenetrek oil and they are GTG. Ive started buying expensive boots that can be rebuilt. Dumped my crappy Danner Acadias at work for Wesco Firestormers. Buy once, cry once, rebuild as needed.
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Old 09-21-2020, 12:22 PM   #22
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Old 09-21-2020, 01:52 PM   #23
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My advice to you is to go to an REI store (or wherever) and try on every brand boot they have. It does not matter how awesome someone on here says a particular boot is. It may/may not fit your foot the same. What works great for me, may be horrible for you. Different brand boots cater to certain types of feet. La Sportiva is known to be a narrower boot. Kenetreks are known to be a little wider than most. Some fit a high arch better. Some dont.
***Dont cheap out on boots. They are going to cost you $250+
***Dont buy your boots from Cabelas or Bass Pro.....they are all junk.

I’m a fan of Lowa boots. They just fit my foot well. For a lighter weight boot, the Zephyer GTX is nice. For a stiffer (backcountry elk hunt) boot, the Camino GTX is very nice.

The people who guide for a living and/or live out west, you don’t see them wearing Rocky, Danner, Irish Setter. There is a reason why...... I’m sure this will butt hurt some people, but I’m ok with that. When you are walking 200yds from your buggy to your blind, just about any boot will do. When you are walking 5+ miles a day with 50+ pounds on your back in rough terrain, the proper quality built footwear will make or break you.
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Old 09-21-2020, 01:58 PM   #24
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My advice to you is to go to an REI store (or wherever) and try on every brand boot they have. It does not matter how awesome someone on here says a particular boot is. It may/may not fit your foot the same. What works great for me, may be horrible for you. Different brand boots cater to certain types of feet. La Sportiva is known to be a narrower boot. Kenetreks are known to be a little wider than most. Some fit a high arch better. Some dont.
***Dont cheap out on boots. They are going to cost you $250+
***Dont buy your boots from Cabelas or Bass Pro.....they are all junk.

Iím a fan of Lowa boots. They just fit my foot well. For a lighter weight boot, the Zephyer GTX is nice. For a stiffer (backcountry elk hunt) boot, the Camino GTX is very nice.

The people who guide for a living and/or live out west, you donít see them wearing Rocky, Danner, Irish Setter. There is a reason why...... Iím sure this will butt hurt some people, but Iím ok with that. When you are walking 200yds from your buggy to your blind, just about any boot will do. When you are walking 5+ miles a day with 50+ pounds on your back in rough terrain, the proper quality built footwear will make or break you.
^^^^THIS. Zamberlans were that way for me. Dont fit my feet. Most of the Italian made boots run narrower. I have narrowish feet and Kenetrek fit me fine.
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Old 09-21-2020, 02:35 PM   #25
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My advice to you is to go to an REI store (or wherever) and try on every brand boot they have. It does not matter how awesome someone on here says a particular boot is. It may/may not fit your foot the same. What works great for me, may be horrible for you. Different brand boots cater to certain types of feet. La Sportiva is known to be a narrower boot. Kenetreks are known to be a little wider than most. Some fit a high arch better. Some dont.
***Dont cheap out on boots. They are going to cost you $250+
***Dont buy your boots from Cabelas or Bass Pro.....they are all junk.

Iím a fan of Lowa boots. They just fit my foot well. For a lighter weight boot, the Zephyer GTX is nice. For a stiffer (backcountry elk hunt) boot, the Camino GTX is very nice.

The people who guide for a living and/or live out west, you donít see them wearing Rocky, Danner, Irish Setter. There is a reason why...... Iím sure this will butt hurt some people, but Iím ok with that. When you are walking 200yds from your buggy to your blind, just about any boot will do. When you are walking 5+ miles a day with 50+ pounds on your back in rough terrain, the proper quality built footwear will make or break you.
I really wish finding Lowas, Crispis and such locally was an option. This would be ideal, but I will have to order them since I can't find a local dealer with them in stock. I have zero intentions of going cheap though.
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Old 09-21-2020, 02:46 PM   #26
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Mountains is a lose term. Are you going to be hunting steep/ rocky nasty stuff or rolling foot hills/grassland. If you hunting rockslides and shale you might need a 8"+ stiff boot. (Heavy boot)

Hunting on trail or close to it you could go with a more comfortable low top/ mid stiff boot.

I run Kenetrek (Bridger ridge high), just put over 75 miles on them in Co. No complaints. Low top boot/ med soft sole, but I only visit the mountains once ayear.

For the others following this post, Expensive socks will make cheap shoes 10x better than $400 boots with cheap socks.
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Old 09-21-2020, 02:57 PM   #27
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I will agree also about the sock comments. Good socks make a huge difference. I use the Darn Tough and Farm to Feet. After learning what good socks are and how much better they are, I can’t imagine wearing a pair of plain cotton socks in my hunting boots.
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Old 09-21-2020, 03:01 PM   #28
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Mountains is a lose term. Are you going to be hunting steep/ rocky nasty stuff or rolling foot hills/grassland. If you hunting rockslides and shale you might need a 8"+ stiff boot. (Heavy boot)

Hunting on trail or close to it you could go with a more comfortable low top/ mid stiff boot.

I run Kenetrek (Bridger ridge high), just put over 75 miles on them in Co. No complaints. Low top boot/ med soft sole, but I only visit the mountains once ayear.

For the others following this post, Expensive socks will make cheap shoes 10x better than $400 boots with cheap socks.
Never heard of rolling hills and grasslands referred to as mountains, unless you come across a meadow up high. Definitely rock slides, steep sidehills, and yes nasty shale. Not hunting sheep though. These boots will see some miles chasing elk and mule deer.
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Old 09-21-2020, 03:11 PM   #29
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Never heard of rolling hills and grasslands referred to as mountains, unless you come across a meadow up high. Definitely rock slides, steep sidehills, and yes nasty shale. Not hunting sheep though. These boots will see some miles chasing elk and mule deer.
That's fair, alot of people say mountains and it's just a big hill .


I would head over to Rokslide, or other mountain hunting forums and search there. Your just getting opinions from flatland knuckleheads like myself that don't have enough experience to give real opinions.

Like mentioned I would find an REI or online store with free returns order 3 or 4 pairs and find the best boot that fits your foot.
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Old 09-21-2020, 03:20 PM   #30
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GoHunt and Black Ovis both have a large (Quality) boot selection and good return policies. Don’t forget to look at Scarpa. Their Kinesis Pro GTX is a very popular boot. The Lowa Tibets are also very widely popular among hunters.
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Old 09-21-2020, 03:35 PM   #31
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Old 09-21-2020, 03:36 PM   #32
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Never heard of rolling hills and grasslands referred to as mountains, unless you come across a meadow up high. Definitely rock slides, steep sidehills, and yes nasty shale. Not hunting sheep though. These boots will see some miles chasing elk and mule deer.
If your foot is on the narrower side look at the ones I mentioned. A synthetic mountaineering boot is a great upgrade over leather in my opinion. You will give up some life but the weight is really nice
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Old 09-21-2020, 03:39 PM   #33
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absolutely love my Kenetrek Desert Guide's used these on my elk hunt in Wyoming. They were amazing. These are shorter than the Mountain Extreme's which is nice if you have fat calves.
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Old 09-21-2020, 03:48 PM   #34
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GoHunt and Black Ovis both have a large (Quality) boot selection and good return policies. Donít forget to look at Scarpa. Their Kinesis Pro GTX is a very popular boot. The Lowa Tibets are also very widely popular among hunters.
Got my Danner Pronghorns from Black Ovis online for a killer deal! Little over half off for the newest model. Definitely check them out.
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absolutely love my Kenetrek Desert Guide's used these on my elk hunt in Wyoming. They were amazing. These are shorter than the Mountain Extreme's which is nice if you have fat calves.
Are these waterproof at all? They look like a good all around boot for everyday.....work and play. Whats your opinion on them? My Mountain Guides Extremes are a little much for that.
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One other note. Mountain boots feel a little weird on flat ground if you have never worn a pair. But in the mountains and thru rough rocky terrain they are amazing.
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