Joined: 19 Nov 2013
Location: NW Arkansas
Have used Danner proghorns for the past decade or so. Tried two different kinds of LLBean leather boots and Rockies prior to that, with poor results. Despite terrible dewberry patches that attack boots here, the Danners generally give me 2-3 years of service and keep my feet dry under normal conditions. If my feet get wet, its usually from sweating even though I use un-insulated Danner's.
Under abnormally wet conditions, I turn to lacrosse ankle-fit knee boots.
_________________ 16 gauges:
1954 Win M12 IC
1952 Ithaca M37 Mod
1955 Browning Auto-5 Mod
1940 Ithaca NID M/F
1959 Beretta Silver Hawk
Ranger 103-II M/F
Browning A-5 Sweet 16
Browning Citori Invector
Browning BPS Upland Invector
Rem 870 Remchoke
I have had most of the boots mentioned over the years including a custom pair of Russell Grand Slam Sheephunters. Up until a few years ago my favorite were the Cabela's Meindl Perfekt I always had the hiker and a taller version. About 5 years ago developed degenerative arthritis in my left ankle from an old injury. Can't even hunt without a cortisone shot at the beginning of the season. And then just barely.
Did a lot of research and stumbled on the Crispi boots with the A.B.S.S.: Ankle Bone Support System. It works and they are the best boots I have ever owned. I have 2 pair, the hunters I got through BlackOvis and the Nevada through Midway USA. Scheels is starting to carry Crispi boots also.
I have the Nevada's on now. But then again I almost always do. And will pick up another pair of Crispi boots to add to the rotation.
The Crispi boots have blown away any other boot I have ever owned. But they only import a limited number each year in my size so they go fast. Really debated even posting this because of that.
I actually ordered a set of the X Ultra's yesterday. My Salomon Chaltens are not worn out yet, but after the performance they gave in the worst of conditions when there was lot on the line, I figured the improved version was something I really should have.
_________________ Only catch snowflakes on your tongue AFTER the birds fly south for the winter...
Not with that model, but I daily wear the Thorogood Wedge sole Moc Toe 8Ē. Most comfortable boot Iíve ever worn, comfort from day 1. My foot is particular and Iíve tried many of the production boots. Redwing, Wolverine, Rocky, Danner, Double H, Justin etc.
Joined: 27 Dec 2005
Location: Great Lakes
I have tried most. Most recent favorite are Nike leather high tops. They are light, water repellent and comfortable. Good for a season or two of bird hunting, then pitch and replace. Perfect sizes available for more narrow foot.
_________________ A Springer Spaniel, a 6# double and a fair day to hunt.
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