Filson Uplander Boots
Nice high top boots. I got these used on e-bay, so…
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $135
Nice high top boots.
- Excellent leather
- Glove leather lined
- OK sole, which is very flexible, which makes them good for light upland, but not chukars in the rimrocks
I got these used on e-bay, so paid about half price for a lightly worn pair. Fit is great, lacing works well, and I think they will be good with both light and medium socks. They don't have great arch support, but are still comfortable.
I would not use these for any serious hiking as I prefer a European hiking/mountaineering boot for that. However, knocking around in the summer and fall these keep the cheat grass out of my socks, will last for years.
They are also pretty quiet, and would work well for early season pheasant in the stubble.
I'm rough on every thing. My grandfather used to say-…
Price Paid: $289
I'm rough on every thing. My grandfather used to say- "you could tear up an anvil in a sandpit" and he meant it. Whether it is hunting, fishing, working my plantation pines, or walking a brier infested fence line, my Filson Uplanders have kept my feet dry, safe, and warm.
They are 15 years old and only seem to be getting better with time- something that most other items I own can't boast.
OK, Here is the deal. If you want a "real" hiking…
Materials: All leather-leather lined with brass eyelets
Use: Long treks, Hunting
Break-in Period: none
Price Paid: Don't ask
OK, Here is the deal. If you want a "real" hiking boot for carrying heavy loads then this is probably not for you, but this is without a doubt the best "hunting" boot I have ever worn.
I cover very long distances in the high country and need a boot that is both sturdy and silent...this is it (the tread on most hikers make them really noisy!). Break-in time was short and the comfort is incredible, more like slippers than boots. Back when I still had to work in an office I even wore them to work a few times.
Lack of a water-proof membrane is not important for me but keep in mind that these are your basic, real leather boots and require attention to keep them in good shape and shedding water.
If you are looking for a boot that truly is comfortable…
Use: Rough trail or no trail
Break-in Period: none
Weight: 3 1/2 lbs.
Price Paid: around $275
If you are looking for a boot that truly is comfortable and durable look no further. They don't look like the usual hiking boot, but are 12 inch high, moccasin toed which means there is plenty of toe room and are made from the highest quality lether inside and out you will ever see from a company that has been in business since the 1800s.
They aren't stiff soled like a mountaineering boot which isn't what you want for hiking anyway. Walking in them is cushioney due to their fit and cork insoles. I do wish the soles had just a little more traction on mud, but they protect your feet from rocks and pounding on the trial. They can be resoled also which justifies the price.
So, if you don't mind not looking like every other hiker (or maybe looking like one from the 50s or early 60s) but want to know what comfort really is about then try these.