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Old November 30th, 2009, 10:56 PM   #1
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My mother is dead set on getting me a new pair of hiking boots for Christmas after I made a comment about the sole's being worn down to nothing on my old boots.

I do a lot of day hikes/geocaching so a good set of boots is a must. I've had a pair of these for about 7 years now, and I love them, but they are a bit heavy.
http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te...933&hasJS=true

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Old November 30th, 2009, 11:34 PM   #2
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Old November 30th, 2009, 11:35 PM   #3
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I can't be of major help, but I hate merrell anythings.
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I don't know a lot about boots, but I have had my Danner's for somewhere in the neighborhood of 13 yrs. and they have been a great boot. They're lightweight and all I have had to do is oil them a few times.
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Old November 30th, 2009, 11:48 PM   #5
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I can't be of major help, but I hate merrell anythings.
Really?

When I backpacked the Smoky Mountains a couple years ago I got a pair of chameleons the day before we went out. They recommend doing like 20 miles to "break them in" but I wore wore then right out of the box and up the mountain. The most comfortable boots EVER. I did 27 miles in 3 days with them on with NO complaints. I wear then year round and they have enough ventilation where my feet don't get sweaty, but warm enough where I can wear them in the coldest weather with a pair of normal white socks and be warm as shit. I even crossed a few rivers in them and when tight enough they remained completely dry.

I've had them for 2-3 years now and wear them almost every day. The back part of the heel is just now beginning to show some wear.

They are a bit pricey if you buy them in store, but I got mine online for about half the price I saw in stores.
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I like the pair of Danner GTX hiking boots I have, they hardly weight more than a pair of sneakers.
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Old November 30th, 2009, 11:54 PM   #7
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I have these boots http://www.rei.com/product/667406
I have had these since 2003 and I love them. They may be a little expensive but I tried the cheaper boots and but they just don't cut it for me while backpacking. I also use green superfeet but they aren't necessary, just personal preference.
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I've got the boots in your original post, I generally only wear them on multi-day hikes with a 35+ pound pack. For day hikes and shorter trips I prefer these:

http://www.shoebuy.com/vasque-breeze...-_-none-_-none

xcr is the gortex model, you can save alot with the pain breeze model, depending on the weather you plan to hike in.
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Vasque sundowners. I dont know if they are still in production but there is a reason they have not changed in YEARS. Best boot hands down IMO
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DANNER is the only boot I buy. and I only buy the american made ones. All the american made DANNER'S have a stich down sole, and can be replaced.
most of the USA made DANNER'S have a little american flag stiched into them.
I have two pairs of DANNER'S that are on their 3rd sole. they start @ about $200 and go up from there but are worth every penny.
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I ended up going with the Cabelas boots linked in my first post.
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X3, or even look at La Sportiva. Great boots.
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I ended up going with the Cabelas boots linked in my first post.
Let us know how you like them. My current hiking boots are a pair of Timberlands that I bought at Dicks for about $80 4 years ago and they are awesome but probably due for replacement soon. I may end up getting the same ones. Waterproof, light, and super comfortable.

http://www.timberland.com/product/in...entPage=family
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