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Posted: 10/6/2014 10:13:15 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/6/2014 10:14:56 AM EST by VBC]
I found me some good fitting lightweight uninsulated hunting boots and wore them for the first time Saturday for opening day of archery season. I'd been all excited about these boots from the first moment I slid my feet into them, so I put my feet to the fire right away, with an arduous hike through thick, nasty woods, backpacking my climbing deer stand and other gear to a tough to reach hunting spot deep in the woods.

Although almost passing out a few times along the way because I've been sitting on my ass reading Arfcom for the past year, and sweating so much it was dripping off the visor of my hat, my feet never felt better. I hunted all day long, moved a couple more times, and my body was tired to the bone, but my feet were still springtime fresh, ready to keep hiking all night long.

I was a believer in the importance of good footwear before, but now I'm a firm believer in the importance of good footwear.

Do it.
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 10:14:27 AM EST
Well, what are these magical footwear devices?
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 10:19:51 AM EST
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+1 waiting for the brand
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 10:31:12 AM EST
why would you not include a brand OP?
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 10:34:05 AM EST
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I didn't want to muddle the message. Footwear can be a personal thing since we all have differently shaped feet. What fits me well may not fit others well.

The importance in my message is to find a good fitting, quality made pair. It makes all the difference in the world in how well you enjoy the day.

I hope you all noticed the word "lightweight" too. These boots are just a hair over 2 lbs. It's almost like wearing sneakers with the protection of a boot.
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 10:34:47 AM EST
Quality foodwear and a good fit are essential.

What kind of boots?
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 10:36:02 AM EST
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Originally Posted By VBC:


I didn't want to muddle the message. Footwear can be a personal thing since we all have differently shaped feet. What fits me well may not fit others well.

The importance in my message is to find a good fitting, quality made pair. It makes all the difference in the world in how well you enjoy the day.

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Originally Posted By VBC:
Originally Posted By Bigshot64:
why would you not include a brand OP?


I didn't want to muddle the message. Footwear can be a personal thing since we all have differently shaped feet. What fits me well may not fit others well.

The importance in my message is to find a good fitting, quality made pair. It makes all the difference in the world in how well you enjoy the day.


hes lying give us the name of these magical feet devices!!!!!
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 10:36:51 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 10:47:05 AM EST
Finally bought some Danners, huh?
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 10:49:35 AM EST
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Originally Posted By VBC:


I didn't want to muddle the message. Footwear can be a personal thing since we all have differently shaped feet. What fits me well may not fit others well.

The importance in my message is to find a good fitting, quality made pair. It makes all the difference in the world in how well you enjoy the day.

I hope you all noticed the word "lightweight" too. These boots are just a hair over 2 lbs. It's almost like wearing sneakers with the protection of a boot.
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Originally Posted By VBC:
Originally Posted By Bigshot64:
why would you not include a brand OP?


I didn't want to muddle the message. Footwear can be a personal thing since we all have differently shaped feet. What fits me well may not fit others well.

The importance in my message is to find a good fitting, quality made pair. It makes all the difference in the world in how well you enjoy the day.

I hope you all noticed the word "lightweight" too. These boots are just a hair over 2 lbs. It's almost like wearing sneakers with the protection of a boot.


Did you come home with a deer?

That's the part I am waiting for. I'll save time for a walk in the woods novel later.
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 10:57:52 AM EST
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Danners are made for women and men with women feet. Way to skinny.
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 10:58:01 AM EST
This thread is vital to my interests. Spill the beans, OP!

6 hours and 1,700 vertical feet into the day's elk pursuit climb 2 weeks ago THIS happened to my ACG I-thought-these-were-good-boots boots (nike).

I NEED NEW BOOTS.

Link Posted: 10/6/2014 11:04:11 AM EST
Amen brother! I work in a perishable food distribution center. I spent $ on some insulated comp toe boots by Keen. Other guys bitch about cold feet and always try to leave as early as possible, while I stay till the work is done and rack up the OT.
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 11:11:15 AM EST
Originally Posted By VBC:
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I have six pairs of Lowa boots.
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 11:14:30 AM EST
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Originally Posted By dropbass:


Dick you come home with a deer?

That's the part I am waiting for. I'll save time for a walk in the woods novel later.
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Originally Posted By dropbass:
Originally Posted By VBC:
Originally Posted By Bigshot64:
why would you not include a brand OP?


I didn't want to muddle the message. Footwear can be a personal thing since we all have differently shaped feet. What fits me well may not fit others well.

The importance in my message is to find a good fitting, quality made pair. It makes all the difference in the world in how well you enjoy the day.

I hope you all noticed the word "lightweight" too. These boots are just a hair over 2 lbs. It's almost like wearing sneakers with the protection of a boot.


Dick you come home with a deer?

That's the part I am waiting for. I'll save time for a walk in the woods novel later.


No, I didn't get to shoot at any. Around 10 am, I was up in my stand, woke up from a nap and cleared my throat, then heard something behind me. It was a yearling buck running off that had snuck in about 20 yards behind me while I was napping. It think he had been napping too.

Then in the afternoon, I was walking down a trail thinking about where I wanted to head off into the woods, and a big toad hopped out in front of me. The toad was pointing to the left, so I took that as a sign and entered the woods there. The toad pointed me to a real nice spot where I immediately jumped another yearling buck and later saw a couple hen turkeys clucking around. Ended up seeing the hens twice throughout the course of the day, but not good enough to take a shot. Then I fell asleep again, was awakened by noise, opened my eyes, and it was a doe was trotting right up to my tree with three small ones in tow. When the doe got below me it froze, looked up, saw me there, and high tailed it with the little ones back the way they came.

The defining moment of the day was when it got dark. I decided it was time to start getting down from the tree. As I was preparing to climb down, I made a clank on the tree stand. Next thing I know a big deer about 30 yards behind me bolted. He laid out flat, and flew through the woods like a deer does about 2 feet off the ground. It was dark, but I could tell it was a buck by the mass of the body and the big old tail flipped up. He was making that thunderous nasally sound like a horse with each gallop. I love moments like that almost as much as bagging one, especially since my feet felt so good.
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 11:16:55 AM EST
OP is trolling us.
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Danners are made for women and men with women feet. Way to skinny.
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Originally Posted By Rickesis:
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Danners are made for women and men with women feet. Way to skinny.

I got all mine (Light2, Mountain Light2, and Desert Acadia) in the EE size and they're perfect for my medium width foot. I doubt anyone with really wide feet could be comfortable in them.
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 11:20:33 AM EST
any infantryman worth anything will tell you the key to a good life is good boots and dry socks (~)
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 11:21:04 AM EST
I am on my feet all day at work and I'm a runner. Footwear is one of the few things I splurge on.
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 11:22:11 AM EST
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Originally Posted By airsix:
This thread is vital to my interests. Spill the beans, OP!

6 hours and 1,700 vertical feet into the day's elk pursuit climb 2 weeks ago THIS happened to my ACG I-thought-these-were-good-boots boots (nike).

I NEED NEW BOOTS.

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb169/airsix_photo/misc/IMAG0318_zps9kibawwy.jpg
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Just good marketing. Had a pair of mid Nike ACGs waaaay back when that particular line was fairly new. Nothing more than glorified street sneaks then and apparently nothing has changed. I make a living on my feet, having to walk for miles on what amounts to little more than rocky goat trails and I've fell in love with Merrill hikers. I flat out abuse footwear simply because it's the nature of my trade. I've gone through many different brands of footwear till I tried Merrell. On my second pair in as many years; 1st pair were Moabs, 2nd and latest are Sawtooths. Still have the Moabs as backup.
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 11:24:16 AM EST
I could really use some quality lightweight hunting boots.

It's too bad the OP fucking sucks and won't tells us what damn boots he has.
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 11:25:39 AM EST
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I have six pairs of Lowa boots.
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Originally Posted By Skillshot:
Originally Posted By VBC:
I was a believer in the importance of good footwear before, but now I'm a firm believer in the importance of good footwear.

Do it.

I have six pairs of Lowa boots.


+1. I wear LOWA's everyday to work. They are at least 3 years old and still shine up like a new pair.
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 11:26:20 AM EST
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Originally Posted By SIASL:

Just good marketing. Had a pair of mid Nike ACGs waaaay back when that particular line was fairly new. Nothing more than glorified street sneaks then and apparently nothing has changed. I make a living on my feet, having to walk for miles on what amounts to little more than rocky goat trails and I've fell in love with Merrill hikers. I flat out abuse footwear simply because it's the nature of my trade. I've gone through many different brands of footwear till I tried Merrell. On my second pair in as many years; 1st pair were Moabs, 2nd and latest are Sawtooths. Still have the Moabs as backup.
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Originally Posted By SIASL:
Originally Posted By airsix:
This thread is vital to my interests. Spill the beans, OP!

6 hours and 1,700 vertical feet into the day's elk pursuit climb 2 weeks ago THIS happened to my ACG I-thought-these-were-good-boots boots (nike).

I NEED NEW BOOTS.

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb169/airsix_photo/misc/IMAG0318_zps9kibawwy.jpg

Just good marketing. Had a pair of mid Nike ACGs waaaay back when that particular line was fairly new. Nothing more than glorified street sneaks then and apparently nothing has changed. I make a living on my feet, having to walk for miles on what amounts to little more than rocky goat trails and I've fell in love with Merrill hikers. I flat out abuse footwear simply because it's the nature of my trade. I've gone through many different brands of footwear till I tried Merrell. On my second pair in as many years; 1st pair were Moabs, 2nd and latest are Sawtooths. Still have the Moabs as backup.


I'm on my Nth pair of Merrills... love 'em
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 11:28:04 AM EST
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Originally Posted By LDAguy:


+1. I wear LOWA's everyday to work. They are at least 3 years old and still shine up like a new pair.
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Originally Posted By LDAguy:
Originally Posted By Skillshot:
Originally Posted By VBC:
I was a believer in the importance of good footwear before, but now I'm a firm believer in the importance of good footwear.

Do it.

I have six pairs of Lowa boots.


+1. I wear LOWA's everyday to work. They are at least 3 years old and still shine up like a new pair.

And five pairs of Asolos
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 11:28:41 AM EST
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Originally Posted By airsix:
This thread is vital to my interests. Spill the beans, OP!

6 hours and 1,700 vertical feet into the day's elk pursuit climb 2 weeks ago THIS happened to my ACG I-thought-these-were-good-boots boots (nike).

I NEED NEW BOOTS.

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb169/airsix_photo/misc/IMAG0318_zps9kibawwy.jpg
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Where did you get that multicam?
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 11:35:50 AM EST
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Originally Posted By OCD-617:
I could really use some quality lightweight hunting boots.

It's too bad the OP fucking sucks and won't tells us what damn boots he has.
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wow.

we are all in this together bud...
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 11:41:21 AM EST
Now you have to get proper socks.

http://www.amazon.com/Wigwam-Mens-Hiking-Outdoor-Length/dp/B000TFBO8S/ref=pd_sim_a_4?ie=UTF8&refRID=0G4034ZDZJNGKS8X6HJG


These are one of these best but they are always out of stock so you have to wait for them to come back in stock they sell out fast.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002FHELT2/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=1XJEXXLQ59NYG&coliid=I29LVLE1FW9OJK
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 11:42:39 AM EST
True! I am addicted to the Merrell Chameleon Stretch it all I wear nowadays. Look funny with a suit though
Happy Feet
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 11:43:37 AM EST
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Crocs boots.
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 11:48:54 AM EST
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Originally Posted By OCD-617:
I could really use some quality lightweight hunting boots.

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Agreed. I read title and post thinking I might go check out whatever OP was wearing regardless of expensive or el'cheapo price. Instead we'll just have to be happy that OP finally has a nice pair of boots, that way her feeling wont get hurt when the haters say she bought inferior boots.

In other news...free dildos are free.

edit: forgot my smiley
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 11:53:15 AM EST
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Originally Posted By LDAguy:


+1. I wear LOWA's everyday to work. They are at least 3 years old and still shine up like a new pair.
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Originally Posted By Skillshot:
Originally Posted By VBC:
I was a believer in the importance of good footwear before, but now I'm a firm believer in the importance of good footwear.

Do it.

I have six pairs of Lowa boots.


+1. I wear LOWA's everyday to work. They are at least 3 years old and still shine up like a new pair.


I just discovered Lowa's this year and I love the damn things. I bought a pair of the mid height(6" I think) desert boots for my last trip overseas and I now use them as my hiking, bumming around boots. They are great.
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 12:08:17 PM EST
Shoes do make all the difference. I got a new pair of running shoes on Saturday and went for a run Sunday when the weather cleared up. Amamzing the difference between 6-9 month old running shoes and new ones.

(I know fitness is taboo to most of arfcom )

Link Posted: 10/6/2014 12:11:16 PM EST
Yep, Lowa. Love em.
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Shoes do make all the difference. I got a new pair of running shoes on Saturday and went for a run Sunday when the weather cleared up. Amamzing the difference between 6-9 month old running shoes and new ones.

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I am overdue for some new running shoes myself.
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 12:15:33 PM EST
If my feet aren't happy I'm not happy.
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 12:20:53 PM EST
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Originally Posted By MudBug:



Danners are made for women and men with women feet. Way to skinny.
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Originally Posted By Rickesis:
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Danners are made for women and men with women feet. Way to skinny.


I have huge wide feet and they fit me fine.
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 1:03:20 PM EST
Do not scrimp on $$$$ when buying shoes
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 1:08:30 PM EST
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Originally Posted By airsix:
This thread is vital to my interests. Spill the beans, OP!

6 hours and 1,700 vertical feet into the day's elk pursuit climb 2 weeks ago THIS happened to my ACG I-thought-these-were-good-boots boots (nike).

I NEED NEW BOOTS.

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I have these in black olive and I love them. Only had them for a year, so that's experience with them, but they're awesome so far.

http://www.keenfootwear.com/product/shoes/men/targhee-ii-mid
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 1:27:12 PM EST
I'm a bargain shopper for most things, but I'll happily pay full price for good shoes or boots.
If your feet aren't happy, you're not happy.
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 1:32:38 PM EST
After having broken arches in both feet, numerous broken bones in both feet, and 9 or 10 foot surgeries, I can agree with the OP. Every time I get foot surgery, my feet change shape, and it takes painful months to get shoes/boots to mold to the new shape of my feet. In summer I live in sandals, winter sucks.

Fortunately, I have one pair of insulated Browning boots that have always fit. They are way to warm for summer, but that isn't really an issue as I am in sandals. I'm terrified of the day those boots wear out though.
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 3:04:32 PM EST
I apologize to all about not revealing the maker or model of my magic boots. Like I said earlier, I thought it would muddle my message, and also, I don't want to jinx myself. If I make it through the season successfully with these boots, then I might have a big unveiling at the end of the year where I reveal my magic boots.

That picture posted above with the broken sole is heartbreaking. I've had had shoes do that to me before. I bet there is a problematic factory in China that makes all the soles that break like that.
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I apologize to all about not revealing the maker or model of my magic boots. Like I said earlier, I thought it would muddle my message, and also, I don't want to jinx myself. If I make it through the season successfully with these boots, then I might have a big unveiling at the end of the year where I reveal my magic boots.

That picture posted above with the broken sole is heartbreaking. I've had had shoes do that to me before. I bet there is a problematic factory in China that makes all the soles that break like that.
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For fucks sake OP, it is a pair of boots and this is the internet. We don't play games well here. Just tell us. I am dying to know!!!!
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 3:09:24 PM EST
Work boots and hunting boots are the same for me - Redwing 4418.
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I apologize to all about not revealing the maker or model of my magic boots. Like I said earlier, I thought it would muddle my message, and also, I don't want to jinx myself. If I make it through the season successfully with these boots, then I might have a big unveiling at the end of the year where I reveal my magic boots.

That picture posted above with the broken sole is heartbreaking. I've had had shoes do that to me before. I bet there is a problematic factory in China that makes all the soles that break like that.
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So we have safe, box and now boot threads. Way to go OP.
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 3:12:48 PM EST
Day 1
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 3:13:57 PM EST
OP probably went hunting barefoot.
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 3:25:59 PM EST
Ban OP for being a troll dickfer
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Where did you get that multicam?
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Originally Posted By airsix:
This thread is vital to my interests. Spill the beans, OP!

6 hours and 1,700 vertical feet into the day's elk pursuit climb 2 weeks ago THIS happened to my ACG I-thought-these-were-good-boots boots (nike).

I NEED NEW BOOTS.

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb169/airsix_photo/misc/IMAG0318_zps9kibawwy.jpg


Where did you get that multicam?


Proper brand ACU pants and this shirt. All from Amazon.

Multicam looks like it was made for the Rockies (Idaho/Montana border pictured below). I just wish ACUs weren't so loud. I thought they'd quiet down after breaking them in some, but they're still noisy.
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Funny you mention that. These boots have a softer sole that lets me really sneak through the woods quietly, almost like being barefooted or wearing moccasins. They don't seem to make things crunch when you walk on them like hard soled boots do.

The tread pattern on these is great as well. I was ascending, descending and side hilling steep banks with a sure footedness I had never experienced before.
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Funny you mention that. These boots have a softer sole that lets me really sneak through the woods quietly, almost like being barefooted or wearing moccasins. They don't seem to make things crunch when you walk on them like hard soled boots do.

The tread pattern on these is great as well. I was ascending, descending and side hilling steep banks with a sure footedness I had never experienced before.
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Originally Posted By OriginalUser:
OP probably went hunting barefoot.


Funny you mention that. These boots have a softer sole that lets me really sneak through the woods quietly, almost like being barefooted or wearing moccasins. They don't seem to make things crunch when you walk on them like hard soled boots do.

The tread pattern on these is great as well. I was ascending, descending and side hilling steep banks with a sure footedness I had never experienced before.


Ninja/Bovine boots, eh?

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Funny you mention that. These boots have a softer sole that lets me really sneak through the woods quietly, almost like being barefooted or wearing moccasins. They don't seem to make things crunch when you walk on them like hard soled boots do.

The tread pattern on these is great as well. I was ascending, descending and side hilling steep banks with a sure footedness I had never experienced before.
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Originally Posted By VBC:
Originally Posted By OriginalUser:
OP probably went hunting barefoot.


Funny you mention that. These boots have a softer sole that lets me really sneak through the woods quietly, almost like being barefooted or wearing moccasins. They don't seem to make things crunch when you walk on them like hard soled boots do.

The tread pattern on these is great as well. I was ascending, descending and side hilling steep banks with a sure footedness I had never experienced before.


They are these until you prove otherwise (with pictures).

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