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Re: Long Distance Boots
Akichow #11853 03/21/11 05:59 PM
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Originally Posted By: Akichow
What a fantastic picture! What are the two near-identical pairs of reddish boots (second and third pairs to the left)?


those are identical - each pair has about two Muir Trails on it
http://www.sportiva.com/products/prod/274

Re: Long Distance Boots
RoguePhotonic #11855 03/21/11 06:13 PM
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I don't think I have ever owned more then 3 pairs of shoes of any kind let alone all those mountain boots. I guess my style of buying a pair of hiking boots and wearing them until they are falling apart and then just buy new boots isn't as common. wink


Ummm, no, I think that it is pretty common to purchase new boots as the other(s) wear out. In my case, I own one pair of heavy winter boots for snow-shoeing/crampons/other devices & a light summer mid-rise for all the rest of the year. Some of my friends have started to get into those (disposable) sneaker-type low tops, but I have no use for such a specialty item.....any more than two pair of boots would start competing for closet space with my 100 pairs of heels.


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Re: Long Distance Boots
Bee #11858 03/21/11 06:33 PM
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Originally Posted By: RoguePhotonic
would start competing for closet space with my 100 pairs of heels.

Your middle name is Imelda? Sorry - couldn't help that...


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Re: Long Distance Boots
wagga #11863 03/21/11 06:57 PM
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Your middle name is Imelda? Sorry - couldn't help that...


They were free; I was a model (way back when)


The body betrays and the weather conspires, hopefully, not on the same day.
Re: Long Distance Boots
Bee #11867 03/21/11 07:02 PM
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We seem to have tapped into some sort of cultural zeitgeist. I just saw that REI's blog ran an article this morning entitled "Confessions of a Shoe Junkie," complete with pictures of the author's personal shoe collection. http://findout.rei.com/blog_detail/?contentid=9164834329219735530. He didn't limit himself to climbing/hiking shoes, so he's got a lot of shoes in his picture. Plus an Imelda reference.

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RoguePhotonic #11877 03/21/11 07:49 PM
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It's not really so bad to have shoes for specific purposes. Not really any more strange then having a few different sleeping bags, tents, and packs.

Re: Long Distance Boots
RoguePhotonic #11946 03/22/11 02:46 PM
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I use two different pairs of boots depending on what I'm doing, but one of them is the Zamberlan Vioz asked about in the OP. I really like them so far, although I've only got about 50 miles on them to this point. They're wider in the toe box than most boots are, and that was a big deal to me. The comfort is incredible, and I've put them through some pretty vigorous water proofedness tests. I even used them with snowshoes and crampons for some outings this winter, and they were great.

My other pair is the Asolo Fugitives, and they're also nice. A bit lighter, I tend to wear them when it's hotter out.


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Re: Long Distance Boots
RoguePhotonic #12175 03/30/11 11:31 AM
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I bought the Zamberlan Vioz GT. I'm very pleased with how they feel and we'll see if they are up to the ultimate test this summer since I have decided to do my 95 day hike.

Re: Long Distance Boots
RoguePhotonic #12176 03/30/11 11:35 AM
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If you don't mind my asking...

which footbeds came in your pair? I've got a couple of buddies who also wear the same boots, and we've found two different footbeds that came in them. I'm just curious.


One day I'd like to hike the entire John Muir Trail and not leave a single footprint. -Randy Morgenson
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RoguePhotonic #12179 03/30/11 12:00 PM
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When you say foot bed do you mean the insoles? I took them out but there are really no specific markings on them to identify. They are simply yellow on the bottom and grey on the top which matches the rest of the inside boot.

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RoguePhotonic #12189 03/30/11 03:21 PM
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Yep, the insoles. Perfect. Thanks. I think someone bought the other pair that my buddy has and returned them with different insoles in them. That's the only thing I can come up with.

I put Superfeet in mine anyway.


One day I'd like to hike the entire John Muir Trail and not leave a single footprint. -Randy Morgenson
Re: Long Distance Boots
GandC #12192 03/30/11 06:52 PM
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I bought a pair of boots that came with Ed Visturs heat moldable insoles - really fit well after baking them (I've done that to ski boot liners before, but this was a first for a hiking boot - takes only 5 minutes but did make a huge difference in fit and feel)

http://www.advancedfootorthotics.com/Ordersole_EV.htm

expensive - doubt I'd buy the before the stock insoles are shot, as I never really had issues with those either until they are flattened from hundreds of miles of pounding.

Re: Long Distance Boots
KevinR #12322 04/02/11 08:31 AM
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They make good stuff. Have tried to buy a pair of Nepals for years now, but ... my foot is too wide for a comfortable fit. That and the fact that I have a pair of Solomon's and Inverno's which cover that niche. Have always felt the craftsmanship in the Nepals, which is a production boot, is remarkable.


I have owned a pair of Nepals for a couple of years now and they are starting to feel like an 'ol friend. At first they kinda hurt my feet pretty bad and had considerable heel lift but after trying various insole/sock combinations and ALOT of break-in (more than the 30 or so miles I've read some needed) they got more and more comfortable. Guess with leather mountaineering boots that goes with the territory. When it came time to decide which double boot to got with I went with the Baruntse primarily because the foot bed is similar to the Nepal and I'm confident in the LS fit to my foot and so far I can't be happier in the few short day trips I use them on.


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Re: Long Distance Boots
Fishmonger #12437 04/05/11 11:21 AM
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That type of asskicker boot nowadays needs to be special ordered from a few people who still can make them

3 pounds a piece - crampon ready last, hard to walk on, but we loved them on scree and snow.


Fishmonger,
That's the exact boot I wore last summer to summit Mt. Whitney and I wore the same pair in 2005 when I summited Mt. Whitney....heck, I've worn these boots on so many mountains and they still have a lot of wear in them. I love this boot. My friend Tammy and I both have a pair. These boots "used" sell for lots of money on ebay. There's a name for them, but I can't remember it right now. Tammy and I have very wide feet so we buy our boots from Mason Shoes. If anyone out there has wide feet, check out Mason Shoes. Some years they have better hiking boots than other years. I'm almost certain Mason can get this boot for you if they don't have it in their catalog or on their website. These boots are called Dunham and they have Vibram soles, they're all leather shoes, inside and out, the soles are like waffle stompers, they'll never wear out. If you don't have a lot of money, you'll like Mason because you can pay monthly for your shoes until you pay them off. Tammy and I both get Mens 9.5 4-E's (we have 2E feet and wear about a 1/2 size smaller but our feet can swell in larger boots and we don't get blisters) - I guess you'd say we have FLIPPERS FOR FEET. We're by no means petite, just good hearty women. Mountain women. I bet we could wrestle a grizzly. If you see big foot prints on the mountain, they might not belong to Sasquatch, they might be ours.

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Re: Long Distance Boots
lynn-a-roo #12442 04/05/11 01:47 PM
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WOW 9 1/2 Men's = 10 1/2 or 11 Women's. You don't have flippers but Gunboats

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WOW 9 1/2 Men's = 10 1/2 or 11 Women's. You don't have flippers but Gunboats

ha,ha,ha, you're not the first person to tell me that, I've also been told I should just wear the shoe boxes the boots came in...LOL...I wasn't blessed with model feet and body like Bee has. I bet climbers have small feet so they can fit their feet in tiny crevices.


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Re: Long Distance Boots
lynn-a-roo #12447 04/05/11 04:48 PM
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Disclosure: I have size 14 AA Men's and am only 5' 10" so I too have huge feet for my height, ala Gunboats. I used to coach women's college cross country & had only one woman with a size 10 1/2. Some of the collegiate Basketball players get up into the mid teens for foot size, which probably approach my size.

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lynn-a-roo #12453 04/05/11 07:21 PM
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Originally Posted By: lynn-a-roo
WOW 9 1/2 Men's = 10 1/2 or 11 Women's. You don't have flippers but Gunboats

ha,ha,ha, you're not the first person to tell me that, I've also been told I should just wear the shoe boxes the boots came in...LOL...I wasn't blessed with model feet and body like Bee has. I bet climbers have small feet so they can fit their feet in tiny crevices.


Ha! I have to special order my boots for the opposite reason....who are those people that supposedly wear the display size of 7.5 medium??? (I just spent another small fortune today, buying enough inserts to take up space in my boots)


The body betrays and the weather conspires, hopefully, not on the same day.
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