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12/22/2022 06:10PM  
Need some ideas for some good winter pac boots that are going to last. Years ago, I was a fan of the good old Sorel Caribou boots, but no more; the last pair I had lasted less than five years. So, you folks are sure a better bet than Google, and thank you in advance for your suggestions!
 
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CRL
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12/23/2022 07:46AM  
Hoffman of Idaho or Schnee's. Both are resoleable. I have and use both. Liners are interchangeable between these brands.
 
adam
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12/23/2022 08:01AM  

I will second Schnee's.
 
12/23/2022 09:10AM  
Thanks, folks!
 
12/23/2022 09:25AM  
Mark, looking for function over style? Wet use or primarily dry?
I still have a serviceable pair of Lacrosse Iceman going on 25 years old but they have recently been upstaged with US military surplus Air Force mukluks
Ugly as all h--- but very functional and inexpensive. I Scotch Guarded the canvass and use my own full foot 11 mm wool liners and one of the included 1/2 inch felt soles. My Iceman's have seen little use since I bought them.

butthead
 
Saberboys
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12/23/2022 09:49AM  
I have had Sorel's in the past and switched to Baffin Boots. They have been rock solid, waterproof, and extremely warm. I put them through their paces when I worked for a snow removal company for many years, as well as time spent out on the lake. Needless to say they have seen many, many hours in the worst conditions, and passed the test. My current pair are over 10 years old. For $200-$250, I don't think that you can go wrong.
 
Minnesotian
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12/23/2022 10:23AM  

I'm a big fan of Dryshod Boots
 
12/23/2022 11:54AM  
butthead: "Mark, looking for function over style? Wet use or primarily dry?
I still have a serviceable pair of Lacrosse Iceman going on 25 years old but they have recently been upstaged with US military surplus Air Force mukluks
Ugly as all h--- but very functional and inexpensive. I Scotch Guarded the canvass and use my own full foot 11 mm wool liners and one of the included 1/2 inch felt soles. My Iceman's have seen little use since I bought them.


butthead"


You are stylin'!! That should be an ad photo.
 
12/23/2022 11:58AM  
butthead: "Mark, looking for function over style? Wet use or primarily dry?
I still have a serviceable pair of Lacrosse Iceman going on 25 years old but they have recently been upstaged with US military surplus Air Force mukluks
Ugly as all h--- but very functional and inexpensive. I Scotch Guarded the canvass and use my own full foot 11 mm wool liners and one of the included 1/2 inch felt soles. My Iceman's have seen little use since I bought them.


butthead"


A dapper pose, to say the least!
 
12/23/2022 02:22PM  
Just ordered a pair of Schnee's, and I am assuming they will be the last pair of winter pac boots that I will ever need. Thanks to all who offered ideas!

EDIT: Just cancelled the order once I learned delivery is 6-8 weeks out. So, the search continues.
 
12/29/2022 08:08PM  
Saberboys: "I have had Sorel's in the past and switched to Baffin Boots. They have been rock solid, waterproof, and extremely warm. I put them through their paces when I worked for a snow removal company for many years, as well as time spent out on the lake. Needless to say they have seen many, many hours in the worst conditions, and passed the test. My current pair are over 10 years old. For $200-$250, I don't think that you can go wrong."


I ended up ordering a pair of Baffin Snow Monster boots today. 20% off at REI, so a good price for a boot with excellent reviews.
 
CRL
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12/31/2022 01:14AM  
Frenchy19: "Just ordered a pair of Schnee's, and I am assuming they will be the last pair of winter pac boots that I will ever need. Thanks to all who offered ideas!

EDIT: Just cancelled the order once I learned delivery is 6-8 weeks out. So, the search continues."


I'd encourage you to check out Hoffman Boots out of Idaho. They are quite similar to Schnee's.
 
01/08/2023 12:03PM  
Well, the Baffin boots arrived, and they will be going back. They run small and ungodly narrow.
 
Saberboys
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01/09/2023 12:15PM  
Frenchy19: "Well, the Baffin boots arrived, and they will be going back. They run small and ungodly narrow. "


Sorry to hear that Frenchy. I did not experience that, though I bought mine over 10 years ago, so my memory might be foggy. It is difficult sometimes buying online without being able to put your hands on it first.
 
01/09/2023 02:22PM  
Saberboys: "
Frenchy19: "Well, the Baffin boots arrived, and they will be going back. They run small and ungodly narrow. "



Sorry to hear that Frenchy. I did not experience that, though I bought mine over 10 years ago, so my memory might be foggy. It is difficult sometimes buying online without being able to put your hands on it first."


No need to apologize! I had a pair of Baffins years ago, and I really liked them-and I do not recall them being so tight. Back then, I was able to try them on in a local store; that is becoming less and less a reality. REI carries them, but only online. It is an easy return, however.
 
tranquilwaters67
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01/09/2023 05:07PM  
Too bad those Baffin's didn't work out. I wouldn't like waiting 6-8 weeks for a pair of boots, but given how much I like my Schnee's, I might (if I needed to; mine'll probably last me the rest of my active years).
How about the Hoffman's? When I was looking, they seemed close to the Schnee's.
 
01/10/2023 01:57PM  
tranquilwaters67: "Too bad those Baffin's didn't work out. I wouldn't like waiting 6-8 weeks for a pair of boots, but given how much I like my Schnee's, I might (if I needed to; mine'll probably last me the rest of my active years).
How about the Hoffman's? When I was looking, they seemed close to the Schnee's."

I am reluctant to spend over $300 for boots that I cannot try on. I have a fairly wide foot, and after the Baffin experience, I want to make sure the boots are going to fit properly-especially if they are going to take two months to receive.
 
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