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September 21, 2009, 02:02 PM
Guys I am geting ready to order some boots that has 600gr of thinsulate....in chosing the right size.....is it best to get them a size bigger than the size you normally wear?
I have heard both sides.......order your regular size...wear thin 'wick away moisture' socks & order a size bigger for wearing heavier socks with feet not fitting tight. Which is best?
I am geting tired of cold feet.
September 21, 2009, 02:33 PM
Depends on the boot maker and what type of socks you'll be wearing - some are made to incorporate the wearing of thick socks or so. Cabela's site has some (as do other catalog places) where they tell you that it will fit best with " XXX type of sock" - thin, medium, heavyweight, etc.
I would call the customer service folks at whatever place and explain your shoe size and sock weight, etc. and see what they recommend. I have USA-made Danners - love them - 1 with 200 and 1 with 800 gram insulation. As long as I don't wear layers of socks, they fit well as my regular shoe size
September 21, 2009, 03:11 PM
sizing is so tricky, especially when it comes to boots used in an activity. I think i would goto a store and try them all on first and then if need be look for them online at a cheaper price. Ive had boots made by 1 company be significantly smaller than a comparable boot by another, then you factor in socks and differences in size between your left and right feet and you can be out of whack real easy. I too have some danners, very comfortable and love them....ive had irish setters (didnt like how they fit and returned them), and id have to say for me rocky makes probably the most comfortable boot thats true to my size.
September 21, 2009, 08:14 PM
I usually order my winter boots a half size bigger. That allows me to wear two pair of hunting socks but, when the weather isn't too cold, the boots aren't too big to wear with just one pair.
September 21, 2009, 10:03 PM
Try em on with normal socks. You want the arch support.
Get danners from some on line places and save $40 plus shipping and tax, or so.
September 22, 2009, 01:43 PM
Thanks for the replies.....I have been eyeing the Irish Setters in the cabelas site. The Irish Setter Mountain Claw Ultra Boot the Rocky® Lynx Insulated GORE-TEX® Boots and the Wolverine® Lolich Boots....
The Danners looks like a wonderful boot but alittle pricey......
September 22, 2009, 01:59 PM
Well......I see Outdoor Headquarters has a sale on Danners.......the Danner Pronghorn CamoHide GTX 8in 400 Gram looks interesting....
September 23, 2009, 01:23 AM
very thick sock means more movement in the boot due to compresion
and rebound '''' BLISTERS'''' ALSO WALK AT LEAST TEN
OR TWELVE MILES IN THEM BEFORE YOU EVER TAKE THEM HUNTING
get the mid wieght high tek new stuff its great wool and silk blend
with the silver treat stuff antibactireal or get two pairs of boots
1 600 gram and 1 1200 gram
September 23, 2009, 03:26 AM
I will suggest your foot must select the boot.My feet are not the same as yours.
A couple of years ago I bought some Danner Pronghorns,200 gram.I use them with one pair of heavy Merino wool sox.
Needing another paycheck,I bought them about 10 days before the hunt.Things were a bit unsettled,what was to be a horsepack trip became a backpack trip,3rd season in Colorado at 9000 feet in a wilderness area.A weeks worth in my pack,I'd guess it at 75 lbs.The trail in had been frozen till many horses had turned it into a loose infantry muck soup ditch.I was highly impressed by how well these boots performed.They are very light.
I have canoe paddle feet,and the lack of molded rubber cap on the sides of the toes was a must,those things are always too narrow for me.
If your deer hunting resembles ice fishing,maybe big insulation is good,but,for me,if I have to walk,I prefer less,a light boot,and what I think makes a difference,DRY sox.
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