[at-l] New boot choices

South Walker southwalker at windstream.net
Thu Sep 4 11:06:37 CDT 2014

Hard to find boots that don't have Gore-Tex or some other waterproofing. Personally don't like Gore-Tex or any of its cousins.

Over the 25+ years of wearing boots I have tried a lot of brands and the overall best boot I ever owned was a Scarpa SL. Expensive, all leather boot. Took some time to break-in but once I got there it is wonderful.

Out of curiosity I looked at a picture of the Salomon Quest 4D GTX online and I notice that the picture doesn't show the laces in the top clips. They stopped just below it. There is a reason. 

Poor design.

South Walker

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I shoot for
1) conformable inner materials, so the thing will form to my foot. This usually means a glove-leather lining, but I remain flexible.
2) resole-able assembly -- I don't want to be buying a 3000 mile upper married to a 1000 mile lower -- that's a waste of money, and a ton of weight. I want a sole that can be repaired by any decent cobbler. Norwegian welt is typical, but "I remain flexible."
3) Does GTX mean Gore-Tex? I have yet to hear of overall satisfaction from anyone who seeks long miles in a GTX boot. A pair of galoshes over your Chuck Taylor's would do as well, and be lots lighter/cheaper.
4) Higher sides, and lower front/achilles area, spells comfort.
5) Nothing to speak that absorbs/holds water -- a week of slogging will take the skin right off your feet. OUCHIE.

Thems me thoughts.....

Boot? I so love my Limmer Lightweights (which are, of course, quite substantial despite the name).

Spatior, ergo sum.

On Thu, 9/4/14, JPL <jplynch at crosslink.net> wrote:
 I've narrowed my boot selection down to these brands and models.  Any  thoughts?  They're roughly equally priced and all feel pretty good.
 Asolo Drifter
 Salomon Quest 4D GTX
 Lowa Renegade GTX
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