posted on Mar, 22 2010 @ 02:09 PM
I personally wouldn't accept anyone's recommendation for survival boots without first taking some important matters in consideration that will
determine the true answer to your postings question.
First on my mind is geographic area which gets to be a big item in determining what boots are best. Boots for Alaska would not be the best boots in
Texas or for that matter New Mexico. Geographic area is key and how many seasons that area has will determine whether you buy boots for the different
seasons or whether you find a good all season boot that can be tweaked with the type of socks to help you deal with the bitter cold and the blistering
heat or a season of wetness where it rains incessantly for weeks or months.
Second on the list of determiners is your age. If you are a young and youthful "YOOT", then you're level of activity is greater than some retired
type that only wants to take it easy. As such, activity and what specific activity you will using the boots for comes into play. Hiking,
mountaineering, river boat rafting, camping, long nature walks with wet and dry areas all play into what is best for you.
Third is weight and waterproofing. If you like a light weight feel when you move, then light weight is probably for you, however; if you like to not
stumping toes or ankles and need more leather between you and what you walk on perhaps because of heat coming up from the soles, such issues can be a
problem in a hot climate where you feel too much heat on your feet because of the boot design, then you need heavier boots. Once again, preference is
a choice that will also come into play when you find your boots.
While Some boots are waterproof, others are not but can drain if needed. There are boots that are suited to wet conditions and which do not drain and
all of these type of cheap boots will contribute to foot problems.
Fourth, If you plan to conduct military operations and need a good overall military work boot, patrol boot or boot for standing up to the rigors of
some calamity, then once again the first three determiners come into play.
Lastly I would add that while cost is a factor, I never sacrifice cost for quality and if the Matterhorn boots I prefer for one task is going to cost
me $145. dollars then that is the price you pay for quality and reliability. If you buy cheap Walmart China knock offs, it may be cheaper, but it
wont last and will most likely let you down when you least need the problems.
If I have learned anything in my years of looking for boots that are best, is that some boots are better for somethings than others and while it would
ideal to have just one set of boots, that can only be achieved based on my mentioned determiners. While I touched on socks only briefly, I can tell
you that a good understanding of your socks and what they are made of is also a key part to helping you find the right boots. Socks are key and could
probably be its own topic.
While some boots can legitimately be called good all around boots, it is mostly hype and probably someone trying to sell something.
I encourage you to test boots for different things and I am certain you will also discover what I and other already have learned about boots.
Thanks for the posting and I hope I have offered some good food for thought.