User Review: Red Wing Irish Setter
Materials: Oil tanned leather
Use: Caving and wet weather day hiking
Break-in Period: One month of light hiking.
Weight: 4 pounds for the pair
Price Paid: $150
There have been more than one Irish Setter boots sold by Red Wing. The pair I owned were purchased in the 1970s, and were built like high topped US Army military boots, but were made with oil tanned leather, Norwegian welts and Vibram soles. They were originally intended as hunting boots.
I wore them as caving boots in muddy, wet caves in the eastern US. They survived four years of monthly abuse and kept going until I finally blew them out.
So far as I know Red Wing still sells these boots. The boots to buy do not have cloth or Gore-Tex uppers, and are higher than standard hiking boots.