OAUSA Net - February 15, 2018 - Footwear for the Outdoors

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OAUSA Net - February 15, 2018 - Footwear for the Outdoors

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Post by DaveK » Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:23 pm

FOOTWEAR FOR THE OUTDOORS

For all you campers out there, this is a topic that should appeal to everyone. Footwear is a priority consideration for anyone who spends time in the outdoors. For hikers, it is a top priority, but even if you are not trekking, good footwear is vital for foot and ankle protection (even around camp).

The market for footwear is enormous, and while we know what works for us, we need to hear from you about your preferences and experiences.

It's difficult to know exactly where to start on our topics for this net. To a very large extent, the information that we intend to cover will give you the benefits of our experience and knowledge, neither of which lend themselves well to pictures. There are exceptions, of course, and they will be posted below. A large part of your decision for footwear will usually be the product of your research and personal preferences, which we hope will be aided by the information discussed during the net.

There are a few very important points which should be emphasized.
  • 1. Footwear is a critical part of any trip.
  • 2, Quality matters,
  • 3. Quality matters
  • 4. Quality matters
  • 5. A footwear failure can spell the end of an otherwise great trip. Proper planning can avoid this result.
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Re: OAUSA Net - February 15, 2018 - Footwear for the Outdoors

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Post by DaveK » Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:46 pm

FOOTWEAR

1. FOOTWEAR SELECTION

Getting a good pair of outdoor capable boots these days is not as easy as going down to your local sporting goods store, at least for most of us. The exception, of course, is when your local sporting goods store is a Cabela's or a Bass Pro Shop.

With the transition of our buying habits to the internet, the reality now is that this is where you will find good information on footwear as well as a great selection. The bottom line is that your footwear should be the product of good research as well as information from others that do what you want to do.

For the many reasons which we will discuss on the net, your footwear is one of then most important pieces of equipment you carry. Recognition of this means that you need to do some home work and make sure that you are getting the best that your budget will allow. There is no comfortable way to speak the truth here, so I'll get it out now, without any sugar coating: DON'T BUY CHEAP!!! Quality boots will last longer, perform better, offer more protection, and be more comfortable. They will, of course, cost more.


2. SOURCES:

Here are a few sources I have discovered that offer a great selection and a place where you can get information which will allow you to make the right choices.

a. Cabela's - http://www.cabelas.com/browse.cmd?categ ... ting+boots

b. Sportsman's Guide - http://www.sportsmanswarehouse.com/spor ... /cat101537

c. Bass Pro Shops - http://www.basspro.com/shop/en/mens-hun ... ageSize:36&

d. Midway - https://www.midwayusa.com/s?targetLocat ... PerPage=96


3. FOOTWEAR CARE

Leather boots are pretty rugged and water repellent just as they come from the factory, but with use, abrasion and age, they will benefit from some supplemental waterproofing. I have found Sno-Seal to be one of the very best products to keep your boots dry and able to still breathe. Here is what they say, http://www.atsko.com/sno-seal-wax-8-oz-jar/:

Sno-Seal Original Beeswax Waterproofing protects leather from rain, sun, snow, and salt. Sno-Seal is also great for waxed cotton and tent seams. The beeswax formula dries to a solid wax that "stays put" in the surface of the leather so it lasts longer. Our competitors' greases, oil, and animal products are able to migrate through the leather till they clog all the pores. These waterproofing products fill the natural spaces that are supposed to absorb perspiration and insulate.

In addition, animal fats weaken and rot leather. The tannery worked hard to remove the fats and preserve the leather, so it's hard to imagine why you'd put it back on.

Sno-Seal will help you feel more comfortable in Gore-Tex® fabric lined boots because it allows the Gore-Tex® absorbed perspiration to escape out of the leather.
Not only will Sno-Seal keep you warm and dry, it will also help you from getting tired. A typical leather boot can soak up to a pound of water. That means you lift an additional 2,212 lbs. to walk one mile. Sno-Seal keeps the whole boot dry, warm and light.
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Re: OAUSA Net - February 15, 2018 - Footwear for the Outdoors

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Post by DaveK » Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:52 am

FOOTWEAR CHOICES

We're fortunate to have so many choices when it comes to outdoor footwear. The downside to this is that it may seem overwhelming as you try to figure out which type is best. Everyone has a bias or preference as to what works best or which brand is best and if you're still looking for the right boot, ask them why. It may be that they use the boot for the same activities as you. We'll try to shed some light on all this during the net.

Here are some suggestions on manufacturers of quality outdoor footwear. The pictures are from each retailer or manufacturer's website.

1. Meindl. Apparently, here in the States, the best (and perhaps the only distributor) of Meindl footwear is Cabela's, at the link I provided earlier. The boots are German made and are of high quality. If you have the time, a visit to the Meindl website, can help, See: http://www.meindl.de/product-world/moun ... g/?lang=en.

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2. Lowa. Another manufacturer of quality boots, from Europe. See: https://www.lowaboots.com/.

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3. Schnee. An American company, based in Bozeman, Montana. Exceptional quality from a company who has built a solid reputation for footwear that meets the demands of the most extreme outdoor enthusiasts. All made in the USA. See: https://schnees.com/.

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4. Kenetrek. Another American company, also located in Bozeman, Montana. Kenetrek offers an outstanding selection of quality outdoor boots, suitable for just about every activity. Like all the others, they are exceptionally well made and meant to perform well. See: http://www.kenetrek.com/.

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For those with some time on their hands and the desire to travel, a trip to Bozeman could be very productive.
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Re: OAUSA Net - February 15, 2018 - Footwear for the Outdoors

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Post by DaveK » Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:55 pm

FOOTWEAR GUIDES

There are a number of good sources on information on how to select the right footwear. In addition to the manufacturers which I have mentioned above, here are some additional guides:

1. Cabela's Boot Guide: http://www.cabelas.com/product/Hunting- ... 532149.uts

2. Sierra Trading Post Guide: https://www.sierratradingpost.com/lp2/h ... r-_-110215

3. Bass Pro Shops Footwear Guide: https://1source.basspro.com/index.php/c ... ying-guide

4. Petersen Hunting Guide: http://www.petersenshunting.com/gear-ac ... es-of-fit/
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Re: OAUSA Net - February 15, 2018 - Footwear for the Outdoors

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Post by DaveK » Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:14 pm

THE CASE FOR HIGH TOP WATERPROOF BOOTS

My bias for particular boot styles is the result of a lot of experiences. We'll mention these pictures during the net and discuss why it has influenced my recommendations.

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Re: OAUSA Net - February 15, 2018 - Footwear for the Outdoors

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Post by JackM-KK6WXQ » Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:10 pm

Looking forward to the Net. I usually just wear slippers.. (AKA slip on Merrell's).
This will do me good!
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Post by JackM-KK6WXQ » Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:12 pm

Just for fun...

My favorite off-roaod... waterproof hikers... Oboz
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Post by JackM-KK6WXQ » Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:17 pm

Pair of Oboz hard at work....
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Post by KAP » Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:24 pm

Hey Dave
I didn't know you could walk on water!
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Re: OAUSA Net - February 15, 2018 - Footwear for the Outdoors

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Post by NotAMog » Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:58 pm

Please check-in John, KN6VL and Bruce, KD6GCO.

I usually live in hiking boots while camping but sometimes you want shoes that pack well. This is especially true when motorcycle camping. Hiking boots are great but they take up a lot of precious room and purpose made riding boots are generally not comfortable to walk around in for long periods. A solution I've found are Sanuk shoes. They are a very casual design and have the advantage of having soft cloth uppers with no stays. They pack down to just a little thicker than the sole.

I'm not sure about wearing them for a 10 mile hike but for something light and pack-able to wear around camp they fit the bill.


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