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Excellent hunting boots
on March 15, 2010
First, let me say that I'm not a Marine and I really wasn't looking for any kind of combat boots when I stumbled across these. Here are the features I was looking for:
1) Had to be waterproof
2) Had to be available in size 15
3) I was looking for an uninsulated boot for spring/summer/fall in central Texas
4) Had to have a speed lace system since putting on boots like these without speed laces is a serious pain
I already knew that Danner had a reputation for making great boots; so, I was originally looking at their stitchdown hunting boots. (To me, the stitchdown Vibram soles seem a lot more durable than the tennis-shoe style soles.) As I was looking at which stitchdown boots were available as a size 15, I stumbled across these Marine Temperate boots - which really turned out to be a stroke of good luck since they appeared to fit my needs perfectly and were less expensive than the models being marketed as hunting boots.
Anyway, last weekend I got to wear them out turkey hunting and they functioned flawlessly. They were very comfortable and gave good support to my feet and ankles. At this point I can't say enough good about them and I fully understand why the Marines would want to use a boot like this. These really are everything I was looking for in a warm weather hunting boot!
Over the 3 days of the hunt, I wore these boots during all waking hours since I wanted to make sure they were broken in as quickly as possible. Fortunately, the break-in went extremely well and I didn't end up with any painful foot issues - in fact; they were comfortable right from the start. I also verified that they are waterproof and have great traction. During the colder morning hours, I threw on a pair of warm socks and they kept my feet plenty warm - they were also fine in the afternoon when the temperature got up to the high 70s (You've gotta love Texas weather!).
The only thing I was worried about with these was the Marine logo imprinted on the sides of both boots. I fully support the military, but I don't want to come across like some kind of poser either. It turns out that the logo is so light it isn't noticeable at all - even when these boots are clean.
I realize that my size 15 foot really limits my selection when it comes to hunting boots; but I would still recommend these to anyone. I fully expect these boots to be a lifetime investment; which makes the price seem very reasonable.
I love that the Internet has made great boots like these available to people like me!