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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by *ASH*, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. *ASH*

    *ASH* FURBANITE

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    OK , bought some KEEN hiker boots from REI bout 6 months ago , today i notice the seem on outside right foot is separating from the sole . so im returning them .

    REI has lifetime warranty and if not satisfied for any reason return for money back or exchange for new ones .

    anyone have any boots from REI and held up ???

    we are hard on boots. as we camp and hike alot .

    looking at these at the moment


    http://www.rei.com/product/805528/la-sportiva-fc-eco-30-gtx-hiking-boots-mens
     
  2. jeager

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    Silicon based treatments disslove glue
    *just sayin*
     

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    rgregoryb Amerikaner

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    gjk5 Pinche Gringo

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    good choices for something they will have in stock.

    I am actually a little surprised, those Keens get great reviews and I know a lot of folks that have them.

    For a similar lightweight hiker, see if they have the Merrell Moab's. Not a real "hiking" boot (but neither is the Keen), but a lot of folks like them.
     
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    Another vote for Asolo or Vasque. I have a pair of Asolos and my buddy has some Vasques. Built tough.
     
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    I honestly have noticed that many former boot brands are now producing far worse quality products in the last 2 years.

    I realize this had been the trend for a while, but I have gotten the impression that it's accelerated at a faster rate in the last two years than during any other period of time that I've noticed.

    As just an example of two boot brands that I can no longer trust by name alone to hold up for the long haul are Wolverine and Red Wings.

    Both of these were formerly pretty good (Wolverine had been going down hill faster than Red Wing, though).

    Now, even Red Wing has really bad quality with some of their offerings.

    It's very sad to see so much brand equity and goodwill get sacrificed in the "new normal" economy.
     
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    gjk5 Pinche Gringo

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    Asolo and Vasque are great boots but will fit and wear drastically differently than the Keens. Just a different type of boot.
     
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    yeah i was shocked today when my right shoe kinda rolled up on me , i looked down WTF LOL . i loved them up until then , had great reviews , and wore nice .

    i was about to gorilla glue it when my wife said "wait you bought them at REI . just return them . luckily REI is only bout 25 miles from me
     
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    My Asolo's lasted about 6 years of off and on heavy use backpacking.

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    TPS 520 GV

    this is the newer version of what I had
     
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    By the way, as a ps to my earlier comment, a lot of the "high end" boot companies that didn't have Chinese made boots now do.

    I'm NOT making a moral judgment on this, but a factual one. I have seen Chinese made Red Wing boots (NOT the Worx line, but the regular Red Wing line) for the first time ever.

    There's no reason not to just treat all work boots as disposable garbage now, and buy the least expensive ones, since you'd be a fool to pay more for durability that's an illusion.
     
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    Danner boots offer the most support & comfort out of the box..IMO
     
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    yeah it sucks , quality has gone out the window .
     
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    I had the same experience with keen about 7 years ago. Never again.

    I wore the TPS 520 GV in Afghanistan for 10 months and probably put north of 300 miles on them. They are for real. There are some "lugs" on the bottom that are for traction, and mine are about worn off. So off to Asolo they will go once the weather gets warm and I don't need them anymore.

    I live in Alaska and have worn them on some hunting trips and they're great. One of the few premium boots I've found that have wide sizes as well.
     
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    I agree, but only the USA made ones. I'm not a fan of glued soles.

    The Danner imports are a good name stamped on chinese products.
     
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    true for the most part.

    If you want to drop some coin and own some KILLER boots:

    http://www.lathropandsons.com/mountain-light-gtx-hanwag-boots.html

    Best boots I've ever owned.
     
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    Oboz are worth looking at. Made by the guys who used to work and design for Montrail back when Montrails were awesome. So these guys know hiking shoes and boots.

    I work for a store on the Appalachian trail, and have seen multiple pair of Oboz trail runners go over a thousand miles. That is very rare on the AT. Most people get 500-600 miles because of the abuse and every day use they get. So I would check them out.
     
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    I've always liked Vasque, but can only comment on the Italian made ones. I still have an old pair of sundowners that I'm babying, they're irreplaceable.

    I tried a pair of Lowa and love them, they're like bomb-proof slippers.