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redlinerobert

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I went from a size 10 as far back as I can remember to my current size 11 1/2 or 12 depending on the boot maker.

I have some very nicely made custom boots from Mexico, as well as some made stateside. I think it boils down to the boot maker, not the brand...
 

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I went from a size 10 as far back as I can remember to my current size 11 1/2 or 12 depending on the boot maker.

I have some very nicely made custom boots from Mexico, as well as some made stateside. I think it boils down to the boot maker, not the brand...
Do you have any experience with Sanders? I think they are Mexican made. I have seen some nice looking buckaroos from them.

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Do you have any experience with Sanders? I think they are Mexican made. I have seen some nice looking buckaroos from them.

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Panhandle Slims. Mexican made. Made a lot of western wear. Made some good looking boots that I have seen online a bunch but have no experience with.
 

Chinaski

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Thanks Chinaski! You hit the nail on the head! Moab Ventilators, I have put in insoles but still feel I need more arch support. Congratulations on Whitney! I was planning to enter the lotto this year but the injury put me back. Outstanding accomplishment to summit Whitney, even more so on a day hike. Did you start at midnight?


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DD, I really wanted to love the Merrills - they’re light, priced okay, and don’t trap a lot of heat, which you know is good in SoCal! I didn’t realize how much they made my feet feel uncomfortable until I started hiking in the Altras. I’d highly recommend them to you for hiking if you’re up for giving them a shot.

I went to Whitney with a group of seven. We started at 3:30am and I got back to the Portal trailhead at 5:00pm. It was a fantastic experience, and all the better that I put in the training miles. At 54, I wasn’t sure I had it in me! One other guy out of the seven made it to the summit and back.
 

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DD, I really wanted to love the Merrills - they’re light, priced okay, and don’t trap a lot of heat, which you know is good in SoCal! I didn’t realize how much they made my feet feel uncomfortable until I started hiking in the Altras. I’d highly recommend them to you for hiking if you’re up for giving them a shot.

I went to Whitney with a group of seven. We started at 3:30am and I got back to the Portal trailhead at 5:00pm. It was a fantastic experience, and all the better that I put in the training miles. At 54, I wasn’t sure I had it in me! One other guy out of the seven made it to the summit and back.
I am going to check out the Altras. Maybe see you on the 9 peak challenge!

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Chinaski

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Last point (don’t want to hijack the thread!) - I got the Altra Lone Peaks from a store that let me first buy a different brand, go hike in them, then return them when I got blisters. A store staffer recommended the Lone Peaks - I thought they were “fugly” but turned out to be awesome! I think the store was A Snail's Pace. Was great to be able to try stuff on and return if needed.

To be on topic, if anyone has any cowboy packer opinions, Nicks, Franks, Chippewa, etc., I’m all ears.
 

Yahoody

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Since we started talking about hikers and using runners to hike in, couple of thoughts. The weight you take off your feet makes a huge difference in your endurance. There are numbers for it. But think "light is right" and you'll do fine as long as you have proper support from the shoe. You need less than you might think. Most importantly the trade off on a light weight shoe is shoe durability. Light weight shoes get pounded to death. Most folks don't replace them early enough. I know, I know..they cost a 100+ these days for good one. Replace them early and often :)

Packer's? I've had two pair from Nick's, measured in store. Not sure wy I didn't buy Whites was in their store many, many times. First pair of Nick's were pretty bad. 2nd pair were better but not good enough to actually wear. I finally lost all hope there. They were really good about it but i still paid a heafty price for one pair of boots that I couldn't use. The 2nd pair were built gratis. I finally just gave up on packers for the horse. YMMV
 

Chinaski

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Yahoody, you said a mouthful about the benefits of keeping 'em light.

I’m curious about the problems with the Nicks - didn’t fit right? I have White's (love the high arch) and can’t believe there would be much difference between White's and Nick's. Not sure if you know, but Nick's former GM started his own boot company, Frank's. Anyway, still pondering a solid all-leather cowboy packer, but don’t own horses!
 

Yahoody

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Original owner of Nick's was trained at Whites as were many of their staff. They do a good job typically. I lived in the area for years. I just couldn't get a fit in Nick's boots. They tried. My feet suffered. But they really tried to make it right. I wouldn't hesitate to try them again.

More here on lwt footware in the mtns. Bottom line there? 1# on your feet is equal to 7# on your back. In the last 40 years lwt footware (and gear) has made exceptional physical efforts even more possible in the mtns.

http://coldthistle.blogspot.com/2012/02/approach-and-trail-running-shoessalewa.html

http://coldthistle.blogspot.com/2012/11/light-weight-mtn-boots.html
 
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Greetings All:
Some stellar boots lately gentlemen.
Let me add these plain old Nocona Lizards before they come apart. I like the color and wear but i doubt they will last as long as my Stewarts. Ha Thanks all for the kind words on them.
Be well. Bowen
 
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View attachment 110699 View attachment 110700 View attachment 110701 View attachment 110702 Greetings All:
Some stellar boots lately gentlemen.
Let me add these plain old Nocona Lizards before they come apart. I like the color and wear but i doubt they will last as long as my Stewarts. Ha Thanks all for the kind words on them.
Be well. Bowen

Nice, Bowen. A white label Nocona in Teju lizard. They've lasted a good while already, no reason for them to not last a good while longer. A question though, have the shafts been dyed, there appears to be some bleeding about the stitching?
 

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Nice, Bowen. A white label Nocona in Teju lizard. They've lasted a good while already, no reason for them to not last a good while longer. A question though, have the shafts been dyed, there appears to be some bleeding about the stitching?
Hey Bama thanks. Yes they have been died for sure. They were brown before. I got them off ebay awhile back. That color is why i liked them. I have a pair of Lama Tejus in brown so guess it’ll be a test to see which does the best. I must say the grey’s dye has held up well so far. I use Scout Exotic Boot Conditioner on them. Is that good enough or is there better stuff? Idk. Thanks
Be well. Bowen
 
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