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    Posted: 17 June 2016 at 07:18
My e-mail to LaCrosse.

I've been a happy purchaser of LaCrosse boots for many
years.

About 3 years ago I bought a pair of LaCrosse boots from
Gander Mountain, ' Silencer Mobu Brown 800 gr' insulated.
This purchase was to get a quality boot for Maine and New
Brunswick black bear hunting.

I've hunted them 3 seasons, each 6 days long. The right
boot is leaking badly. I believe the 'over-molded' bottom
is the problem. It appears to be not properly bonded; and
is actually channeling water into my boot. I have just
returned from New Brunswick (with my bear).

With little rain this year, just wet vegetation, my foot
was wet enough after only 3 hours (short walk in to my
stand) that my wool sock had to be wrung out by hand.

The tread is like new and the boots have really not even
been broken in.

Do you guarantee your boots?

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I like the boots, but what good is a nice boot if it has 1/4
inch of water in it?

We will see what LaCrosse does for me.
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If only Sheels would have had a 9 wide insulated Kenetrek, my
feet would/might have been dry.

Soft, dry Little Italians on your feet.
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It's been at least ten years since LaCrosse moved from being made in
LaCrosse, WI to China. Needless to say they aren't near the quality. I
have a pair made in the mid 1990's and I take better care of them than
most of my guns.

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Bear, I'd be bettin' Gander takes care of you if you had contacted them but then you emailed the factory it sounds like, no telling what will happen there. I had a pair of cowboy boots from them  (Gander Mt) years back....wore 'em for nearly 3yrs and the inner lining came out...they replaced them on a pro rated cost with the current version then, which was fair by me.
Let us know how you make out.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote BEAR Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 June 2016 at 00:29
To bad nothing is made with the quality of the USA tag!

At MYGAWDS I looked at $500-600 Kenetrek boots; but they are
made in Thailand or Italy.

Three years ago my new Wolverine boots (china) delaminated
at the plastic molding. Wolverine sent me their top of the
line boot.

Funny thing is I bought these LaCrosse boots to use bear
hunting when the Wolverine boots that were my bear boots
leaked! Now the LaCrosse boots are also leaking.

Maybe it is just a bear hunting thing.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote d4570 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 June 2016 at 02:05
HUMMM ?
When I bear hunt it's not the boots that start to leak.
BUT My composure !!!

Get some Kennys .
My boy and I use them. His will last for a few years the he sends them in to get rebuilt.
That's saying something for a boot.
There is some place in Wisconsin that makes very custom boot he has tried.
They work as well but are $500 a boot and there not water proof, you have to grease them up.
AND they won't rebuild them...
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BEAR;

Now you know perfectly well those boots at Scheels were
more like $400.00. You can get a pair of White boots,
handmade in Spokane Washington, for more money. I know
that because I've got a pair that were made for my feet
(12AAA). If I had it to do over again, I'd get the Italian
Kenetreks.

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I have a pair of Danner Pronghorns. I have only hunted
in them for 2 seasons, but they are still dry on the
inside and they are comfortable.

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I ain't in the same class as youse folks but I have a pair of Cabela's boots since 2000 and only wear them for fall hunting..makes them last longer.....very good boot and comfy and still waterproof and warm...1000grams of insulation. They have been in WI, MT & CO hunting over the years. Most likely they were made in China tho.
can only dream about those custom made boots.
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Danners are made by LaCrosse people...also china.
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Want ones that last? Westco. Made in USA, and without a doubt the least comfy to ever own. Just had a set resoled after 20 years of faithful service. They are heavy and stiff, but I challenge any snake or angry beaver to rip through them. My current set is 1000gr insul., and of course Cadillac and mink oil save the socks. Probably a bit more boot then anyone would ever want or need in the field though. They specialize in professional lineman and miners boots....stay away from the logger heals 
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cool boots JSG. Their web site let me build my boot. with
only insulation and an insert sole, cost was just $592, guess
that includes shipping and no tax.

Wish they had a wide heel option instead of the cowboy built up
high heel.


Are they water proof?
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Whoa!!!!!

Call them!

Stay away from that logger heal!

It's the "goto" for anyone who where's pins,but you will wish they were never made if you have to walk or hike in them. Just too much of a good thing with those. They are almost an inch and a half thick and will drive your calves and lower back insane in short order. Probably take some persuading, but they should have the old Vibram heel laying around somewhere. Did I also mention they are heavy and stiff?
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Cadillac or Red Wing boot oil every week til they are broke in, then whatever the manufacture recommends after that to keep them water repellent.....thats if you get the all leather option.

When the smoothed out sole finally came loose from the leather, the wife said,"just get another pair of them. You've had them for so long."......then she saw the price tag and rushed to the local boot repair shop and had new soles sewn on......nice soft vibram's.....she's a keeper!
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I think I'm going to pass on them. I like comfort when
hunting. to stiff. Remember my 'break in time" is limited.
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Can always wear them for other things.....fishing, yote's, groundhogs....etc. The thing is, with the quality and craftsmanship there is usually a trade off. Not often you can get a boot that will take a serious amount of abuse that isn't built like it's part steel. Comfortable boots usually are disposable if worn heavy and hard. The quality boots and quality boot manufacturer's are a fading breed. Most want the comfort without the willingness to put the time into breaking in and upkeeping a wellmade pair. I wear mine almost daily so a high quality pair of heavy construction is a good investment.

Have you tried looking into Cove boot and shoe? They have an outlet just south of Altoona now. They make boots for the military and Carolinas footwear as well as Iron Age. They are a local made boot source even though they are factory seconds at the outlet. You may be stuck with Chinese boots if you aren't in a position to invest heavily into a good break in. My son swears by Danners these days. They seem comfy enough, but he goes through them 2x a year for his work.   
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I'm sure my Danners are made in China, but they are
comfortable and still dry.

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Just looked at their site, and the sole you would want is the vibram 1275 or the track one. Gotta look under custom options, not the build your own section for that. Same goes for how much insul you want added. I worked a set up for myself and quickly hit 800 bucks with the voltfoe's. Steel shank and all the extra leather adds up apparently. Got an email off to them to see if they have a composite shank instead of the steel. Used on Ebay they still bring a couple hundred bucks. After 20 years and lotsa oiling mine are still standing upright at 16 high with no lean. They are a good heavy leather boot. I swear saddles are more forgiving though. If I had to be put in the middle of nowhere and had to rely on one set, they would be the ones on my feet. Just as a heads up, each boot goes in a little over 3 pounds. You will notice the weight if you hoof it alot. A good deer season and 5-10 miles a day, your legs will be screaming. I love concrete days because I get to wear my mucks and sneakers. I average around 8 miles a day in mine according to my I phone app. Feels weird when I don't wear them anymore. 
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Courteney Selous safari boots made in Zimbabwe. They are a bugger
to break in but smoooth sailing after that. Cape buffalo lower and soft
Impala toungue and upper. The soles are like truck tire tread. I don't
think they make anything insulated though. Mine were about $300 ten
years ago. They come with beeswax and polish up to look like new still.

Just looked at their website courteneyboot.com they are still $300.

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Courteney Selous, I sold them my cape buffalo hide (back half).
DD you could be walking in my boots!
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