May 6th, 2008, 08:54 PM
Boots for backcountry elk hunts
Just curious what others will be using. I'm leaning towards the Lacrosse Broadside, or Danner pronghorn.
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May 6th, 2008, 08:57 PM
if i get to go this year, it'll be Kennetrek Mountain Extreme 400's....
May 6th, 2008, 09:04 PM
Irish setter Field Trackers and a pair of Merrell Hiking boots (for heavy pack ins/outs).
May 6th, 2008, 10:00 PM
I can vouch for the Lacrosse Broadsides. They were very comfortable on my week long elk hunt last year.
May 6th, 2008, 10:07 PM
Danner Pronghorn. Elk hunting doesn't nessecetate fancy footwear, IMO. Just good solid boots yuo can put lots of miles in.
May 6th, 2008, 11:57 PM
I second that, I used to wear Meindl's but I picked up a pair of Kenetrek's a few months back Wow they are amazing.
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May 7th, 2008, 09:24 AM
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May 7th, 2008, 09:54 AM
If you're hunting the sage flats or maybe some rocky stuff, I'm sure the Pronghorns would be fine. But if you're going into the steeps and anywhere that's wet, I'd steer clear of them.
May 7th, 2008, 10:21 AM
I was thinking about getting a pair of Pronghorns a while back, but I haven't read a whole lot of good about them. Atleast as far as being a good durable boot that will last several seasons. I've got the Danner Elk Hunters and have put 100's of miles on them hunting and training with no problems other than they're a little heavy.
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May 7th, 2008, 10:32 AM
For steep country, heavy weights, and a lot of miles, go with Lowa, Kennetrek, Hanwag, or Meindl. The first three are the best brands available, and probably interchangeable. I've got a pair of Meindls.....they're great, but the Lowas beat them out slightly. You've got to pay to get any of these, but you get what you pay for, and they're the best.
May 7th, 2008, 11:23 AM
Listen to Deathbringer. That's good info. If you hunt steep backcountry with a heavy pack you need a stiffer boot with a hard sole and a mountaineering design. The brands he mentions are the ones I'd consider. Lacrosse and Danners are a completely different class of boot that don't have anywhere near the support. I have the Meindl Denalis from Cabelas. A great boot and very comfortable. I still have an old pair of Danners (frontier) that I wear sometimes in easy country. Wearing them in the sttep stuff feels completely inadequate. Kinda feels like driving without your seatbelt on.
May 7th, 2008, 11:45 AM
Not sure if you saw this, but I just had a big thread on boot selection for Elk hunting.
I bought a couple pairs of Danner pronghorns and returned them, mainly because they didn't fit my feet at all. Not something I wanted to hike all day in. I then went to LL Bean because they had a good selection of hiking and backpacking boots that I could try on. I bought a set of all leather day hikers and wore them around for a few days, good quality boots but I developed a hotspot in one of the boots, so I returned them. Then I was down to EMS or Cabelas for trying on boots. Cabelas has the Meindls(perfekt hiker was the one I was interested in) and EMS has the Asolos.
Long story short, once I tried on the Asolos at EMS I never made it to Cabelas. The TPS 520 was the most comfortable boot I had ever put on. The guy who helped me at EMS was fantastic, really knew his stuff about hiking and backpacking boots. I also got fitted for Superfeet insoles while I was there and I highly recommend them for whatever boots you get. I tried the orange, green and blue and went with the orange. All have varying degrees of arch support. The Asolos are kind of pricey ($230) but a very well made boot.
Last edited by Meleagris1; May 7th, 2008 at 11:47 AM.
May 7th, 2008, 11:50 AM
Do you have a link to the Aolos boots?
Originally Posted by Meleagris1
May 7th, 2008, 11:50 AM
Meindl Perfekt 7" Hiker
Early season Colorado, good hikers will be better than "hunting boots" as I will be backcountry.
May 7th, 2008, 11:58 AM
If you want to only buy one pair of boots for the rest of your hard-hunting days, then look at White's Boots. They are made as tough as nails for backcountry firefighters and are the most comfortable boot you'll ever find. I ordered some last year and couldn't be happier. Sure, they are more than twice the price, but you'll buy 6 pairs of any that you mentioned before you wear out the White's. Order now, though, because it is a long waiting list once fire season starts.
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May 7th, 2008, 12:12 PM
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May 7th, 2008, 12:43 PM
Kennetrek Boots are awesome boots. They last much longer than the Danner Pronghorns if you are going to be hunting them hard and putting alot of miles into them. The danners will only hold up for 1 season, where you will get many more seasons out of the Kennetreks. Personally, I switched to the Asolo Fugatives and LOVE them.. They are more of a hiking boot, but they are sturdy, comfortable and made to hike the backcountry!
May 7th, 2008, 12:45 PM
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May 7th, 2008, 01:00 PM
When I was doing my boot search, the 520s made my top 3... Great boot! The Lowas fit my feet better but between Lowa, Meindl, Asolo, Raichle and the Crestas the quality is a wash. All are excellent boots, it is just a matter of figuring which boots fit your feet the best. You found a great pair of boots!
Originally Posted by Meleagris1
May 7th, 2008, 01:54 PM
Cabelas Danner Elk Hunter
May 7th, 2008, 02:52 PM
Good comments from everyone...but I do have to say I love my Danner Pronghorns. They are extremely comfortable, durable, lightweight, supportive and completely waterproof. From the customer reviews on Cabela's site there are not many boots that have received better reviews. They may not suit your purposes, and certainly to each his own, but most people consider them to be one of the best all-round boots out there.
Rough mountainous terrain could well demand a different boot, but I just felt I had to speak up about some of the pretty negative comments about the Pronghorns.
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May 7th, 2008, 02:56 PM
Danner Pronghorns are a great all around boot, lasted me well for 3 years but I am needed more ankle support now.
If I had good ankles I wouldn't change.
I have went with the Meindl's and will give them a good try before giving my review. Maybe after this month I will have put some good miles on them.
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May 7th, 2008, 04:07 PM
Pronghorns are great boots for moderate terrain. Very comfortable, but they are definitely not what you want when you are traversing a steep shale slope with a 50 lb pack on your back.
May 8th, 2008, 02:19 AM
because they were my three best selling boots last year i decided to do my own field test on LaCrosse Broadside non-ins, Danner Pronghorn non-ins, and Kenetrek Mountain Extreme non-ins.
the LaCrosse was moderately comfortable out of the box, and comfort remained the same through the life of the boot. unfortunately the stability started to break down after about 400 miles (12 weeks) and they developed a nasty squeak in the left boot. overall performance grade: B-. for the same money as the Pronghorn, they don't hold up.
the Danners were more comfortable than the LaCrosse out of the box (even though the platform is very similar, the instep had a little more give). as with the Broadsides, the comfort level remained constant throughtout the life of the boot, but the stability in the shank and ankle broke down very quickly. overall performance: B+
of the three, kenetrek impressed me from day one. they felt great to wear (although I did add a Sole heat-molded footbed for added comfort) right out of the box. as they broke in (extremely rigid midsole and ankle support) they felt even better. NicWax Aqueous wax was used to preserve the leather without softening it. i've put almost 1000 miles on these boots and they look, feel, and perform like they are less than a month old. Added bonus, if you do ever wear out the soles, send them in and a cobbler in bozeman can re-sole them for a very minimal fee.
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