I was looking for a general boot advice thread by there was none so I am opening this.
I got a voucher for a 100€ plus now shops are on sale, and my local outdoor shop has the models on picture with the following prices:
Scarpa Ranger 129€
Merell Crestbound 129€
Columbia Excurion Mid LTR 130€
Anatom Q3 Braeriach 200€
If you have in mind that I have a 100€ voucher I might be paying between 29€ and 100€ for a pair of boots.
Now, I live in Ireland so I need something waterproof and I am looking for something with leather(bad experience with cheap fabric boots) and of quality that will last me years if properly taken care of.
From a starting point of view the Anatom look well constructed, but never heard of them. The others are famous brands, but look like if they put more shit on the boot than needed, as in extra patches of leather, extra stiching which will probably be the point were it breaks.
Any advice or experience with the listed boots
i have a pair of the Scarpa go up.
they are brilliant and Scarpa is a solid brand, so personally if pick the Scarpa but thats just because ive never ownedor held any of the other brands
Is there a chance you can try them on first?
A lot of it comes down to preference. I love my Merrells, but someone else might not like the fit. They're all fine boots, but it's what works for you.
Columbia boots are hit or miss. I've tried on some that are nice, and some that just don't feel right.
I can't comment on the Anatom or Scarpa. Never had any experience with them.
I wear Merrell Moab waterproof boots. They're a favorite around /out/, and in love mine.
Yes, I can try them and will definitelly do, but first I am looking into reviews on quality. The only thing I see with the Merells is the cut inwards on the fron of the boot. I can see that becoming a whole and water filtering there.
What about the sole? Has it fallen apart?
What kind of use did you give them?
Just for general hillwalking. In summer they get used for ~10 mile walks in the fells around 1-2 times a week, in winter they generally get used less. Have used on multi-day trips with no problems. I clean and reproof them with nikwax liquid when they start to wet out. The soles have been fine, mine are vibram soled.
I gave had no problem so as far as I know they are waterproof. Not like Wellington waterproof but I've sank in plenty of bog mud and deep puddles without issue. Haven't waded any streams or anything in em but I doubt that's their design anyway
Only treatment I've done is give them a little bit of leather fat to bring out the color
If there's no gore-tex in them they'll likely last you longer actually. You just need to keep them waxed and they will be waterproof, just make sure the light brown stuff at the tongue is leather.
Hey OP, know this is off topic but have you checked out zamberlans? Specifically zamberlan vioz? IMO it's worth the effort looking for them.
I've gone through 4 pairs and they're the only boot I'll buy. Maximum comfort. Literally my favourite place to put my feet. Retail for ~250 aussie dollarydoos, so roughly around your budget.
That is what I have heard and read, that goretex has an expiry date and after that it goes shit.
That is why I was considering those scarpa which aren't waterproof and waterproof them.
Probably it will be between the scarpa and the anatom. Scarpa for 30€ sounds really good.
As I explained I have a voucher that will cut the cost of those boots by 100€ so I am stuck in that local shop which is the only one which accepts the voucher. Thanks though
Try them on first dumbass as most likely one will be more comfortable. Also waterproof boots are stupid (heavier, $50 more, worse for feet) nothing is waterproof and once the inside is wet it takes days to dry out. If you want waterproof you need rubber hip boots.
About a year. Did do a lot of off-track walking/hiking for work in them though. Typical work day involved 10-20km walking. Did this on a 5 week-on, 2 week-off roster for a number of years.
Lowa renegade. Proper equipment is in short supply where i live, but i could get these with gore-tex. How good are those in summer(hot/warm weather)?
I need good boots for year round use this means also in wet and cold weather. Kinda skeptical about the price
I don't like walking around with wet feet. If I had non waterproof boots and walk through a soggy field in the spring, then my feet are wet all day.
If I have waterproof boots, my feet are fine.
I know this because I've done it both ways.
A properly waxed leather boot is pretty much waterproof. A waterproof membrane such as gore tex will eventually be worn down and break. They also take a long time to dry out if they get wet.
I've found at least for my environment (mostly desert) trail runner and gaiters are by far the most comfortable. No matter what I wear the first hour or so on the trail my feet get all crampy... After that they're great. It's kind weird.
Try them all on, everyone's feet are really different so what you are most looking for regarding comfort is that their foot model is closest to your feet. Boots that are comfortable for some are horrid for others.
They didn't have the Scarpa Rangers on my size and I went with the Anatom Q3.
They fit perfectly and as a plus they are made in Romania, not China which will most likely mean the leather and everything in general is of better quality.
Lowas are worth the price imo, they are very comfy and durable boots by reputation. I've had mine for about 6 months now and can confirm the first part is absolutely true, haven't abused them long enough to prove the second part yet but it looks good.
I slightly disagree. Lowa Renegades are a good hiking/backpacking boot IF you are staying solely on trail. My pair were destroyed after less than 3 months use, a lot of which was off trail and scrambling.
Otherwise I agree with you, they are somewhat pricey but very comfortable and light, a good mid-high boot for backpacking/hiking.
Oh I don't know about the renegades, I have a pair of their z-8 gtx which I've put through some moderate abuse so far with some climbing and a bunch of crawling around on sharp rocks, it seems to be in good shape so far. Nothing as crazy as 3 months of abuse though.
There are two kinds of waterproof boot. One is GTX (gore-tex) and it dries quickly but it does have a shorter lifespan. Also is a bit too warm in hot weather from what I've read. The other kind is LL (leather lined) which is waterproof as well. Both types of boot have a waterproof outer leather layer, which you treat with wax and/or fat. Then their differences come in on the inside, where one is gore-tex the other is leather. Both have similar water proofing except LL boots take longer to dry if they do get wet, and are therefore not as ideal in very wet conditions with endless rain. On the other hand gore-tex retains smell more so if your feet generally stink it may be an issue.
Anyway, I'm in the same boat as you and I've done some research and this is what I learned. I'm looking at Hanwag Tatra and Haix K2's. My uncle gave me a pair of his boots from his younger days, but I need to test them for a couple of linger hikes to know if I'm comfortable with them or not. Otherwise I'll buy new ones as mentioned.