New Boot Day....

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  1. Andy the Aussie

    Andy the Aussie Moderator of the Century Staff Member

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    .....always fun strapping a new pair of boots for the first time, this time it is however a little bitter sweet.

    Some my recall the catastrophic boot failure I had one the first day of a ten day hunt (choppered in and left to our own devices) in New Zealand a couple of years ago. Well thank all that is good for superglue as it saved that trip for me !!! But it did maybe rightly maybe wrongly jade my view of what until that point were my favourite brand and model of boot (Zamberlan Civetta GT). Now I had a pair of these that did 5yrs and untold kms walking without issue, the pair I wore to NZ were my spare set, I used them for those round town functions and when I travelled for journeys not hunting related (the hunting books were a bit gnarly looking ), but when the NZ trip came along I decided not to "risk" being stranded by my old boots :eek: and decided to retire them and move the clean. tidy and broken in set to my hunting boots.....and then they let me down, they are @$450 a pair so I was "annoyed".

    In response once I was home I shopped around, read up and ended up buying a pair of Lowas that I am VERY happy with. No complaints at all.

    As for the failed set that got glued and tapped up in New Zealand, for the last two years they have soldiered on as my around town and working round the house boots. I added a little windscreen sealant, as when the sole de-laminated water was flowing in, and they have been fine, but I would have never trusted them for a trip.

    A few days ago, the sole finally let go for good (yes maybe I could glue them up again but I honestly could not be bothered) so I needed a "new" set of round town/non-hunting boots. Well I didn't need to actually buy anything, remember I said how much I liked the Zamberlans before that incident.... well I had another new in box pair stored here at home (in fact I may have two NIB pairs but I am honestly not sure)...so last night I got into the water/air tight boxes I store such things in and fished out a pair....time to lace them up and break them in. I honestly still could not bring myself to trust them on a trip where they were my only boots but they ARE comfy !!!

    So today....

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    Damn this pair is comfy.....interesting, they are the same size nominally as the pair that failed but are totally different on foot to what they were, these ones literally feel like I could add my inserts (I wear custom orthotics) and walk all day in them. The last pair felt more constrictive and like they needed breaking in (especially around the little toes)....they never did feel quite as good as the oldest pair .....hummmm.....maybe they were mis-sized or something..... ?
     
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    Do they not come with laces? Or did you take em off for paracord laces?
     
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    They come with laces but they don't ship laced but they are now :D , I normally use the factory laces on my "round town making women folk swoon" boots and then put 550 cord in my hunting boots...... I spent most of the day in them around the house and to the shops etc yesterday which was interesting......they are REALLY comfortable....right out of the box. I do now really think the middle of the three pairs I have were wrongly sized or made. They were not this comfy right out of the box (just checked them and they are labelled as the same size as both other pairs - 45H) but when I was breaking them in - and wearing them while training with my big pack loaded up - they were still tight on my little toes (I have great big wide EE or wider feet/flippers) but this pair are not at all....[​IMG] Anyway.......very happy I have a nice pair of boots to wear around. I know the EXACT precursor sighs of the sole failing so will be listening/feeling for that for a bit I am sure though.
     
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