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"Light & fast" boots
Aug 21st, 2014 at 8:32am
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Hi there, I have a pair of high country boots - full shank, heavy as anything. Awesome boots when used in the right country but not great in a west coast river valley or even doing a quick in and out trip, also it is just ruining them. I have decided to buy another pair.

Have looked at a Garmont trail running type boot (maybe too light), Lowa renegade wide fit feel  okay but spendy. Keen  to hear what other people are using for a light weight boot for hunting light or adventure racing type activities.
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Reply #1 - Aug 21st, 2014 at 12:29pm
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Will watch this with interest.
  
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Reply #2 - Aug 21st, 2014 at 12:57pm
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Me too.

I brought a pair of high techs last year mainly for fishing.

Got sick of wet heavy leather boots. But wanted to try something cheaper first.

Used them for a week in in Haast during the roar and a few other trips. Great in the bush but probably  too light for High Country stuff. But that doesn't stop me wearing them.
  
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Reply #5 - Aug 21st, 2014 at 1:20pm
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You can get some high tech lightweight hunting boots.  They are waterproof, not very breathable tho.  They are are competitively priced as well from r.d.1

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Have a squiz at these .....

http://www.salomon.com/nz/product/quest-4d-gtx.html

http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/Hiking-Boots-Reviews/Salomon-Quest-4D-GTX


About 700gm each (size 12) as opposed to (for example) Meindl Makalu Pros 920gm each (size 8)


$499 at R&R but $240 ish to your door from the States.

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Re: "Light & fast" boots
Reply #7 - Aug 21st, 2014 at 5:23pm
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Breathable textile in boots allow drainage and speed up the drying process and with a warm foot inside. So at the end of the day or week the boot weighs out near out of box supplied weight.
Think about going to that type of combination. But they aren't as durable as leather.

With waterproof breathable liner all leather boots, the leather is meant to wick so its not like a sealed off gumboot... another reason not to load up with oil which reduces leather breathing.

Low cut running style shoe off trails fill up with debris unless its worn with a gator.
There is not much reason getting a waterproof liner in a running shoe for off the trail. There are more opportunities for a wet experience in them, Smiley


  

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Reply #8 - Aug 21st, 2014 at 7:45pm
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Gotta ask, Where do you find "fast"boots?? The only ones i know of are those that are used by younger fitter hunting mate
  
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Reply #9 - Aug 21st, 2014 at 9:23pm
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Have a look at Salomon Quest 4D GTX tramping boots.

Not the sort of boots I would normally buy, I prefer leather.   I was on holiday in the states recently and had to buy a pair of boots to wear on a couple of days hiking/camping in Yosemite.  At US$230 they were cheap enough to try.

I was impressed with them.  Very comfortable and extremely good grip on rock surfaces. Very pleased with them and will try them out over the summer months.

http://www.rrsport.co.nz/product/Salomon-Mens-Quest-4D-GTX-Tramping-Boot?p=11845...

Expensive here in NZ, so may be cheaper to buy from overseas.  I bought mine from REI.

http://www.rei.com/product/780681/salomon-quest-4d-gtx-hiking-boots-mens#video-i...
  
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Somebody, somewhere mentioned these.....no experience with them myself:

http://www.rebelsport.co.nz/shop-by-brand/under-armour/8072970/Under-Armour-Mens...
  
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Reply #12 - Aug 22nd, 2014 at 8:58am
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We used to get in this one and still do for repeat orders
Farmers also wear it.
The textile is only in the tongue where is protected by the laces. The heel is vented and we have resoled them so they have durability.
....So indicates a good compromise
http://www.asmc.de/en/Clothing/Footwear/Shoes-and-socks/Boots/Bundeswehr-German-...

Haix also have all textile off trail ones
http://www.haix.co.uk/black-eagle/

A low cut membrane can walk dry reasonably quickly. This ones low and the cuff sheds splashes etc...it works ok. And feels light at the end of the week.
http://bootsandgear.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=84
  

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Reply #13 - Aug 22nd, 2014 at 9:24am
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Somebody, somewhere mentioned these.....no experience with them myself:

http://www.rebelsport.co.nz/shop-by-brand/under-armour/8072970/Under-Armour-Mens...


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Reply #14 - Aug 22nd, 2014 at 10:10am
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Yep....snazzy colour for sure!!! Grin Grin I figure if you can run 20km and do all the stuff they do in those Tough Mudder races they might do the trick??
  
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