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I've read a bunch on here, and wanted to get direct advice, based on my situation.
I'm a wildlife ecologist, tracking forest mesocarnivores year-round across all mountainous areas in northern California. I also backpack and hike - a LOT. I've gone through big name brands and can't find anything that will last. I hike over and through everything. Creeks, swamps, scree, talus slopes, cut banks, debris choked forests, basalt ridges, ice, snow - you name it, I go through it. My footwear is my most basic and requisite need.
I finally bit the bullet and did some research and thought I had settled on Danner's. I tried the Explorer, two pairs. Both had the heel shank shatter in a matter of weeks. Maybe it's the way I walk, maybe I have funny feet. I don't know. I was able to return them to the place of purchase and thought I would try a shorter boot and go with the Mountain Light II. They're working, for now, but they're not going to survive more than a full year of my work, let alone extra hiking duties weekly.
I've looked at Limmer's, and I get a mixed reaction. Their customer service has been really helpful. I know some members on here have had bad experiences with the boots themselves and with the service.
My needs are:
LONG LASTING, DURABLE
break in period is not a consequence, I've got method and tools
relatively light (hopefully sub-3.5lbs)
Preferably less than $400
Other than that I'm open to thoughts and suggestions.
thanks in advance!