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Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Northern Berks County, PA
I have Meindls, Lowas, and a pair of knock-around Kennetreks (Bridgers, not the mountain boots).
The Meindls are good, but I've gotten them through Cabela's and they top out at 13. I need 14's.
Also, watch which Meindl boot you get. Not all are equal. The Perfekts are super. Some of the others are....not.
Kennetreks are generally well received. I've looked at them at the Harrisburg show, and I think I could be happy in them.
I'm currently running Lowa's. I have a pair of Tibet "Hi" boots, tall boots, but uninsulated. These may be my favorite hunting boots ever. They are stiff, supportive, good traction, and built like tanks, plus they are super, super comfortable on my feet. I wore these in the Rockies for elk hunting.
I also have a pair of Lowa Camino hikers. I use these a ton as well. Sometimes for hunting, and for hiking where the Tibets are overkill, the Camino's are rock stars. I took both to Colorado, used the Camino's for packing meat from a buddy's bull where there was not much off-trail mileage to do. Packing my cow out was a pretty tough pack out with a lot of off-trail distance through a burned area with tons of dead falls. There I took the Tibets and was very grateful for their support and toughness.
The issue for some with a Lowa is they are better on narrower feet. I have long but fairly narrow feet and Lowa's fit me superbly well.
Once you get into Meindl and Kennetrek pricing, there's tons you can look at. The issue I ran into is no one ever has any in stock to try on, especially at my flipper-foot size, lol.
So...I bought from online resellers with good return policies, tried them on and walked a bit in the house to verify fit was on target, and then committed to keeping them.
There's a lot of decent boot options out there.
Kennetrek, Meindl, Scarpa, Zamberlan, Crispi, Lowa, Asolo (hikers, no tall hunting boots) come to mind.
Good luck....let us know which way you go!