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What’s a good brand of forestry boots

Discussion in 'Forestry and Logging Forum' started by Woodboss251, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. Woodboss251

    Woodboss251 ArboristSite Lurker

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    Is the HAIX a good brand ?

    Anyone have the Stihl performance? Looks to be the same as the HAIX xr200
     
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    northmanlogging The gyppo's gyppo

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    I wonder if this is a better question fer the pro arborist forum, as most folks round here where leather boots, be they calked or rubber soled
     
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    There a many good makers of boots. Nick's, Wesco, White's and Danner (both owned by a Japanese company), Baker, Hoffman, Drew's, Viberg. My next pair will likely be a chainsaw protective boot like Haix or Scaffel or Hoffman if they are wide enough.
     
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    Woodboss251 ArboristSite Lurker

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    Thanks 2dogs

    Think I’ll look at the HAIX.
     
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    madhatte It's The Water Staff Member

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    Probably ought to mention Viking as a chainsaw protective boot; all the planting/thinning crews around here swear by 'em.
     
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    Vikings are great! I'm 1.5% Scandinavian so the fit is perfect.
     
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    madhatte It's The Water Staff Member

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    I don't like the lack of ankle support, but they hold up to all kinds of abuse so I have no real complaints.
     
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    Canyon Angler ArboristSite Guru

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    What's up with the "kiltie" tongue of toothed leather that you see on the front some so-called logging boots?

    That always looked like it would grab everything you walked through and trip you like concertina wire wrapped around your boots...
     
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    I've been eyeing up the new haix protector ultra's. Look like a good chainsaw rated boot
     
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    northmanlogging The gyppo's gyppo

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    It protects the tongue from the laces as well as adding an extra layer over the front of your ankle, both adding padding and getting more life out of yer boots. They are normally around 8" over all,

    The fringe is odd but slightly better the a flap of leather...

    Never noticed em gettin hung up on much
     
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    Canyon Angler ArboristSite Guru

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    Huh. Thanks for the reply. Did not know that the kiltie part extended up in front of the tongue...
     
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    Canyon Angler ArboristSite Guru

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    Here's another question. I just use cheapo WalMart or K-Mart 10" leather Texas Steers-type lace-up boots with neoprene soles most of the time for hunting or working in the woods, but I notice my feet are REALLY SORE at the end of the day nowadays.

    I think it might have something to do with the thick layer of tree litter and leaf mold that we have in the woods around here. It feels like you're walking on 8 or 10 inches of foam rubber all the time. And this causes the toe of your boot and the front of your foot to bend upward 90° like this guy's right foot:

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    Or at least I BELIEVE this is why the fronts of my feet, and especially my big toes, hurt so much at the end of the day ... but I'm not sure because I have VERY flat feet (fallen arches) and because this pain-in-the-feet thing is fairly new to me.

    Can anyone advise what might be making my feet so sore, and whether any particular type of boot might help? Thanks in advance.

    Jeff
     
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    northmanlogging The gyppo's gyppo

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    cheap shoes hurt feet.

    Invest in quality foot wear. Your feet and back will thank you.

    If you can swing it get custom boots. ($400-800) They will last forever if taken care of.

    8-10 hours in custom boots (caulks) and sometimes I drive home in em cause I don't wanna take em off or like last night drive an hour to bid a job, stomp through the brush, then another 2 hours home.
     
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    Canyon Angler ArboristSite Guru

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    Thanks, Northman. Wish I could afford custom boots but nope. Maybe I'll try some better ones, though. Not sure they'll help but it's worth a try.
     
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    northmanlogging The gyppo's gyppo

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    The more you spend the happier your feet...

    Go usa made at least
     
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    I’m flat footed so all off the shelf boots I wear I add insoles to help reverse the process, the few days really suck but after a few weeks you’ll notice the difference.


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    Thanks for the suggestion, Skeans. Just so I'm clear -- I guess you add insoles with the arch portion cut out to sort of raise the footbed without raising the arch?

    I'm kind of liking those Viking rubber chainsaw boots because the land I work on is WET in the late winter and spring (like slogging through ditches in some places)...does anybody use these? How are they? A lot of the watermen around here use Viking boots and like them (I have a pair and like them, too).

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    They is big, wide too.

    Had a pair for awhile, didnt wear em much well built though
     
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    Planting crews hereabouts are religious about wearing the Vikings. I don't like the lack of ankle support much but otherwise I think they're solid equipment.
     
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