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PostPosted: Tue, 13. Mar 18, 00:38    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

Am I remembering correct in thinking you live in the Oxford area? If so there are these two Lowa stockists in the area.

If not you can use the search function for elsewhere. Smile

I have not seen Lowa boots in Go outdoors, at least here in Cheshire.

Edit: Not that they stock the patrol boot it seems. Sad


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PostPosted: Tue, 13. Mar 18, 00:55    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

My Lowa Terrano lasted me for 9 years of intense usage so far... (intense as they are both my hiking boots and my winter boots.) They are a bit pricey, but the quality and durability is there. And I never had any trouble fitting foot spikes on them (or ice cleats as mrbadger called them. Thanks for the info! Smile)
They are full leather boots, so you don't have to fear about the waterproof part, plus it's one of the reason why they are so durable. It also make them a bit more adaptable to the foot, and they are a bit faster to mold to your foot. You will still require a bit of walking for that, though, no matter which boots you pick.

But whatever we say, you will have to try some boots and see how they fit you. No amount of advice will beat how you feel with your feet in the boots.

A word on ice cleats, from someone who use them a lot:
-If you're only in the city, the smallest versions is what you need. I'm talking about the ones that looks a bit like little studs. They come in various models and are sold in various places. They don't look like much, but basically all you need is a small surface of metal to make a solid contact with the ice. A small chain would do, and some cleats are designed like chains.
-The half inch (1.2cm) version should be kept for hiking, as they are a uncomfortable with anything less than a full cm of ice or packed snow. You will find them in outdoor-oriented sport stores
-Anything bigger is for very intense and specific usage, like glacier walking or ice climbing. You usually find them only in specialized stores.


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PostPosted: Tue, 13. Mar 18, 01:06    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

CBJ wrote:
Are we really talking about crampons here, or just about some kind of non-slip or studded attachment for walking in slippery conditions? I'm asking because I can't quite imagine mrbadger needing this kind of thing designed for high-level mountaineering, which is what you need harder boots for. Maybe I'm underestimating him though!


Yep, just me using the wrong word. Had bit of chuckle imagining mrbadger waltzing around with cramptons you linked to.

This is what I had in mind: https://unikia.com/products/nordic-grip-walking

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As to YakTrax, they are deathtrap on hard ice.

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PostPosted: Tue, 13. Mar 18, 02:15    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

Warenwolf wrote:

As to YakTrax, they are deathtrap on hard ice.


Good to know. I'm more used to the half-inch spikes. I do a lot of hiking.
What you suggest is pretty good stuff!


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PostPosted: Tue, 13. Mar 18, 11:09    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

greypanther wrote:
Am I remembering correct in thinking you live in the Oxford area? If so there are these two Lowa stockists in the area.

If not you can use the search function for elsewhere. Smile

I have not seen Lowa boots in Go outdoors, at least here in Cheshire.

Edit: Not that they stock the patrol boot it seems. Sad


we're going to Bicester next weekend, we'll drop by and I can try them on Smile


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PostPosted: Tue, 13. Mar 18, 11:29    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

Morkonan wrote:
I wear leather oxdford dress shoes with slip-resistant soles.


I've a pair of Loakes' shoes (mainly as they do different width fittings) with "commando" Goodyear rubber soles and they are very good in the snow, ice and wet and resist slipping. Unfortunately they don't meet mrbadger's requirement for "no breaking in" as they took several months and a supply of blister plasters to get comfy - they are now very comfy - in fact one of the most comfortable pair of shoes I've had in a long while.


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PostPosted: Tue, 13. Mar 18, 12:55    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

Ezarkal wrote:
My Lowa Terrano <snip> are full leather boots, so you don't have to fear about the waterproof part.


This is true if you alwys clean them properly, and regularly treat the leather with nikwax or similar. Otherwise leather turns to sponge over time ... I'm not sufficiently disciplined (unlike the army, I suppose) to put enough hours into cleaning and drying and polishing and treating muddy boots, so the synthetic option works better for me... Drop them somewhere warm, and leave them until the mud dries and falls off !

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PostPosted: Tue, 13. Mar 18, 14:14    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

I have no objection to cleaning/polishing boots to maintain them.

I object to buying boots that I'd then have treat in order to make them waterproof on first getting them home, because that just means they're rubbish and will only get worse.

My Dryzabone Coat needs, or will need rewaxing, and I have to be careful looking after that. But when I first got it, apart from smelling rather a lot of wax it was fantastic. With the Marino wool lining it's like an oven inside unless it's *really* cold weather. At which point it becomes just rather warm. I can't wear anything other than a t-shirt on my upper body under it when the wool linings in.

I anticipate never replacing it, but that's what happens when you buy stuff to last.


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PostPosted: Tue, 13. Mar 18, 14:21    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

put the boots and soak them well..
- they then will shape to suit your feet


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PostPosted: Tue, 13. Mar 18, 14:59    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

I like Meindl personally.

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PostPosted: Tue, 13. Mar 18, 15:45    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

berth wrote:
I like Meindl personally.


nice boots, and looking through the site I found some I liked, but there's nowhere near me that sells them Sad


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PostPosted: Tue, 13. Mar 18, 16:02    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

That's a pity, 'cos you they are indeed good boots. But you definitely need to try this kind of thing on before buying.

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PostPosted: Tue, 13. Mar 18, 19:29    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

I'll keep the list of makes. I don't have to make the purchase till next autumn, so I can just put the money aside and if we go somewhere that has a stockist, take the opportunity to buy them.

I just can't leave it till winter turns up again. I have to be used to the boots by the time I wear them on ice for the first time.


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PostPosted: Tue, 13. Mar 18, 20:35    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

Redvers Ganderpoke wrote:
Morkonan wrote:
I wear leather oxdford dress shoes with slip-resistant soles.


I've a pair of Loakes' shoes (mainly as they do different width fittings) with "commando" Goodyear rubber soles and they are very good in the snow, ice and wet and resist slipping. Unfortunately they don't meet mrbadger's requirement for "no breaking in" as they took several months and a supply of blister plasters to get comfy - they are now very comfy - in fact one of the most comfortable pair of shoes I've had in a long while.


I generally buy mid-tier department store saddle oxfords, like Rockports, out of habit. (I used to work in an environment that had formal offices, but then also had manufacturing and warehousing areas, so relatively inexpensive, for men's shoes ($100 or so) shoes were preferred, since I would often find myself going back and forth between areas, which could be hazardous for dress shoes.)

I've never had to "break in" a pair of Rockports. It could be that my foot just fits right in them. /shrug

I also use thing like this: Amazon: Cedar Shoe Tree so the shoe keeps its shape. There are some shoe "stretchers" with attachments to help make a shoe more comfortable by stretching it out in certain places. But, I just use the shoe trees so the shoe keeps its form, even if it's rather "damp" after being worn all day. (Can change the shape as the leather shrinks/warps/etc)

The most expensive shoes I ever bought were also the most uncomfortable darn things I've ever worn... Just because of that experience, I'll never buy an expensive shoe that I can't try on and ensure it feels comfortable on Day 1.

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PostPosted: Sat, 17. Mar 18, 18:11    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

Resolved this completely out of the blue today, while actually out looking for Chilli plugs in Bicester...

Saw an outdoors equipment shop, thought, well, it's cold again, this a good chance to buy some better gloves, and what do I see on their shelves?

Some Lowa Laurin Pro GTX Boots! In my size too!

The shop assistant was a bit puzzled why I wasn't buying them for mounteneering, he kept asking me if I wouldn't find some less complex boot more suitable once he finally took it on board that I was just going to be walking.

But I know what I wanted, and I had the money. Besides, I was wearing a leg support and using crutches, did I loook like I was about to climb a mountain? I don't think so.

Really happy with the purchase, and now I have ages to get used to them before next winter.

I've also very likely got some spinal surgery coming up soon, which will mean lots of walking to recover, and that means solid footwear to provide good support. I think I have it now.

Thanks guys Very Happy


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