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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-08-2009, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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Why don't boots last more than a year

So 3 years ago I purchased the Cabela's Brittany 10" boot. After 1 year they leaked like a sieve. 2 Years ago, I bought Danner Pronghorns with the same result. I returned them to Cabela's because they leaked and got a pair of Browning uplands. Now after simply walking through a frosted grass field, these leak. What the heck is it with boots not being able to last more than a year? I treated every boot with a waterproof treatment yet all have leaked. I'm not talking about standing in water with these things, but just walking through a field with dew or frost. I have a boot dryer and religiously dry them and dress the leather. The reason I choose each of the boot models was because all of them weighed less than 2.8 lbs / pair.

When I expect the hunt through wet areas, I use my rubber boots, but darn it why can't I walk through a frosty field without getting wet feet?

I am taking these boots back to Cabela's but now have no idea what to get in their stead.

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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-08-2009, 01:38 PM
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Re: Why don't boots last more than a year

I wear Red wings every single day, and I step in the nastiest things at work, they never leak, and I have had this pair for over a year, leather is still in awesome shape, but the tread is wearing thin. They were $200 boots lite, but I figured I have had one pair for over a year, when I was buying cheap ones every 4 5 months @ 50 60 dollars a pair I am ahead now.
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Re: Why don't boots last more than a year

Because they are all made over seas. I have two pairs of Red wings that are 8 and 13 years old (work boots. Thay are still waterproof and have good leather. (resoled 3 times).RedWing is now all made over seas, you can still find some old ones made in USA.

I also have a pair USA made Danner Canadians, 5 years old great leather and do not leak. You can still find them online.

I don't use a drier for my boots, I read somewhere that it breaks down the leather and gore-tex. I wear a boot for one day then let it air dry for one day, while I wear another pair.

Go buy a pair of Muck boots. For the most part they arearound $100. They will not leak. Great boot.

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Muck boots are awesome bought my first pair this year for archery and love them
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my dad has much boots and i tried them one day and they come on and off so easily you dont need 4 guys to pull your boot off like some boots haha but i like rubber boots a bit better because the rubber gives mt foot better support...thats just me though

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Re: Why don't boots last more than a year

I've got a pair of 600grm. thinsulate boots from Wolverine that I bought at Dicks about 10 years ago. They have the GoreTex in them. I waterproof the leather and nylon 1x a year (usually a month before hunting season) I have no problems with them leaking or anything.

I bought a pair of Rockys that were supposed to be waterproof, but the stitch down sole separated and I can't walk through wet grass without getting soggy socks.

I like Wolverines.

I also have Danner Acadia boots for work, 3 years old, 1 resole, no leaks, but they were $200+.

I'm not a big fan of glue on soles, I think they're cheaply made.

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i have a pair of Lacrosse Alpha Burly boots with foam insulation and i have had them for 5 years never had a leak or anything from hunting use. (i had one hole from dropping a board with a nail into it but i patches it and never had a problem with them since)

i will never buy a different boot they are awesome and im not a guy who hunts 3 days a year i hunt every season and so far this year i only missed 4 days of archrey just to give you an idea how much use they get. and i wear them while snowmobiling and stuff too

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I always wear Rocky boots and have had pretty good luck with them. I spray them down with Camp Dry or some generic form of that before each season and they keep my feet warm and dry. I think I have about 8 pairs of them now, and I wear each and every pair throughout the season.
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Cabelas should change there name to IMPORTED, just abouit everything they carry is imported.
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Re: Why don't boots last more than a year

Well, I am stopping at cabelas on the way home tomorrow and returning them. Just hope there is something there that is lightweight yet waterproof.

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