Rated 4 out of 5 by 72
Rated 5 out of 5 by MrXBow Great boots
I've only owned these boots for a month, but I've worn for at least several hours daily since they arrived, with no visible signs of wear and tear. They are most definitely waterproof (Goretex is *the* stuff) and they've already saved me from one snake bite.
I live on 20 rattlesnake-infested acres of foothills in Central CA, so I bought them more for working on my property than for hunting. It was like walking on egg shells trying to avoid the dam** snakes. Now I can walk with confidence, and can get to places I wouldn't have dared to go before.
As for those who reported premature zipper failure, note that no zipper does well trying to draw both halves together under stress when zipping up. If you lace these up snugly to the top, and then expect the zipper to close under all that load, you are begging for it to fail! (Consider that laces enjoy at least a 2 to 1 mechanical advantage, probably more like 4 to 1.)
The obvious answer is to untie the laces before zipping up, and then use the laces to tighten to fit after. It may take a bit longer this way but even so the zipper still saves you a great deal of time -- you don't have to unlace half the holes (as you would without it,) merely untie and loosen a little, before you zip.
This precaution avoids doing something zippers were never meant to do, and to me, is a small investment of time into the longevity of these boots. (Basically, just common sense, from my perspective.)
I have no doubt that these will last a long time, and I'm very pleased with this purchase.
(** I realize that's the wrong "dam" -- wouldn't it be refreshing if they relaxed the language filters to be at least no more strict than FCC regs?)
September 19, 2009
Rated 1 out of 5 by Luv2FishSC Bad Zipper
Straight out of the box one of them would not zip. The zipper will not align the teeth correctly. These will be returned and not repurchased!
September 12, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5 by Z71Rebel Great Fit
These boots fit great and are not too hot for our deep south weather, easy to get in and out of.
September 8, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5 by NORTEXHUNTER Warm and Dry
I have had these for 2 years now. I have the worlds worst ankels. I'll roll an ankle stepping off a curb. I probably do it at least once a month. But I have never had a single problem in the woods with these on. I have been up and down river banks, rocky hills, thorny tangle foot, mesqiute thorns and everything else, nothing gets through these and no ankle will roll in these. I am convinced. And I have been in mud puddles that came up to about 3 inches below the tops, feet stayed warm and dry. I fell through an iced river that was, luckily, down to about 10 or 12 inches of water under the ice, no water in miy boots and I stayed comfortable. I have had small copperhead strike at the ankles of the boot while I was still hunting hogs at night, and these held up. These were by far the BEST addition to my hunting/camping gear that I have ever made. If I ever wear these out, I will buy another pair just like them. But I doubt I will wear these out. Two years later and I have not seen any wear on the soles or on the material. Just and all round great product.
February 12, 2009