Recommend me some walking boots

Discussion in 'threads and dreads' started by Maggot, Feb 21, 2011.

  1. chilango

    chilango Neither Westminster nor Brussels....

    I had one of the early "ultra-light" packs that I bought in the States back when the whole ultra-light movement was starting. And there was definitely a compromise with durability to get the weight down. First the dwr was damaged by abrasion, and then the stitching on the peripheral straps failed. That said it had lasted 6 years even so. I would have thought they've improved durability since then though. The Montane packs aren't seriously ultra-light anyway, there are lighter ones with more compromises around.
  2. chilango

    chilango Neither Westminster nor Brussels....

    ...oh, and one niggle with current pack is that I DON'T have a handy attachment point for my ice axe. Grrrr. Don't use it often enough to justify a new pack though ......................yet! ;)
  3. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    I'm sure you can bodge something!
  4. chilango

    chilango Neither Westminster nor Brussels....

    I do.
  5. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    I bought a finger board recently cos it was in a sale. When I got it home I got scared to put it up as it's a rented flat and I'm not sure what I'd be mounting it on :facepalm:
  6. Voley

    Voley Ramoner

    It is truly ridiculous that I own a rucksack with an ice axe attachment. :D

    So obviously that means I need to get one of these now instead:


    A snip at £110. :eek:
  7. Voley

    Voley Ramoner

    Apologies to Maggot for turning his nice thread about boots into one about hiking/climbing kit porn btw. :D
  8. Voley

    Voley Ramoner

    So. Scarpa Mojitos, then. If, hypothetically speaking, you could get a pair second-hand in good nick off Ebay for forty quid incl P&P (if you used up all your Nectar Points), you'd be mad to pass up a bargain like that, right? Right? :facepalm:
  9. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    I got a pair of Sparks from Rock and Run last month for £30. :)


    They're trail running shoes. So far the furthest I've run in them has been round the park. :oops:
  10. Supine

    Supine Rough Like Badger

    Here you go

  11. chilango

    chilango Neither Westminster nor Brussels....

    I was looking at some of them the other day. Something about them I didn't quite like. Well reviewed though and £30 is a bargain.
  12. Voley

    Voley Ramoner

    I've just checked my order for the trainers on Ebay and it suggested I might like this to complement them:


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  13. pinkmonkey

    pinkmonkey 2.4 hour party person

    Brasher, everytime. Used to know Chris Brasher. I sat next to the designer who worked on Brasher Boots for a couple of years (used to work in sports trade as a soccer/cricket boot designer), so he was often in for meetings. A really great bloke, through and through and really great boots. I no longer have a supply of free pairs, but my dad still wears nothing else.
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  14. monsterbunny

    monsterbunny Well-Known Member

    These are my trail running shoes. Brooks ASR Adrenaline 10. Since I bought them they've gone down £20 in price. Gah! There's a Gore-tex version too.

    Brilliant shoes. I got converted to Brooks about two years ago at Run & Become in Victoria. They had me running up and down outside the shop in the pouring rain, talking incomprehensibly about pronation and gait. However I left the shop with a pair that fitted properly and the nylon mesh lining at the heel didn't wear out.

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  15. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    The Scarpa Delta Activi boots are now down to 59. I can't get to a store to try some on, but at that price I guess if they don't fit I should make my cash back on eBay. I actually don't own any 3 season boots at the moment. :oops:
  16. TitanSound

    TitanSound Mr Beardy Drummer

    I got a pair of Brasher Superlight II's in January. Served me very well in the Lake District, Thailand and Turkey. Plus everyday use.

  17. blairsh

    blairsh Kip

    Need some new boots, my ald Raichles are no good for doing 10+ miles rough terrain anymore and i want to get back into going for a good amble.

    Any reccomendations? willing to spend upto about £150, not too fussed about leather as i can be lazy when it comes to maintenance.

    Hit me, youse.
  18. Maggot

    Maggot The Cake of Liberty

    Brasher were the tops when I started this thread. Dunno if things have changed since then. The ones I bought then are still going strong.
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2018
  19. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I bought a pair of Merrell walking shoes a while ago. They're super comfy but I doubt if they'll even last the year as the quality is a bit duff :/
  20. chilango

    chilango Neither Westminster nor Brussels....

    Since I last posted on this thread I've bought a pair of Scarpa SL Activ's that have replaced my old La Sportivas, they're superb. I'll get a decade out them I reckon. My Scarpa trail shoes are almost done now and I've got a pair of Scott trail runners to replace them (which tbh I'm less happy with).

    I also (like Voley I've added a Medusa 32 to my pack range :D).
  21. chilango

    chilango Neither Westminster nor Brussels....

    I think Brasher have been bought out now too. By Berghaus?

    Anyway. Scarpa or La Sportivas for me, for boots.
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  22. Voley

    Voley Ramoner

    Four years on from this post and these Meindl boots are still going strong btw. Wore them out in thick mud today and still watertight. Don't think I've even needed new laces.
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  23. campanula

    campanula plant a seed

    Ominously, I have noticed the rubber toe covering coming a bit loose so suspect my 5 year old Meindls might not survive another winter. Sweethearts 'Taiga' hunting boots are the most comfortable boots he has ever had (but did cost £200+) I will still be looking at more Meindl boots.
  24. neonwilderness

    neonwilderness What would Badgers do?

    I’ve recently bought a pair of Scarpa GLX Activs which have been decent so far. I also have a heavier pair similar to (or even the same as) the SLs, but find them a bit heavy for general walking. They were given to me by Doug Scott too :cool: So I don’t like to use them too much in case I wreck them :facepalm: :D
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  25. kebabking

    kebabking Unfettered ambition

    if you want an absolute steal, hit ebay and look for Alt-berg Defender.

    they are fantastic boots, easily comparable in quality to Meindl or Lowa - you'll get new ones for £70-80, and barely used ones for £60. the sizing is a bit small, i take a 9 wide compared to 8 medium in the Haix cold wet weather boot (a winter boot (obviously..) with a gore-tex and thinsulate lining thats also brilliantly comfortable).

    other than them i'm still using the old skool Meindl Borneo...
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