White's Smokejumper 12"
There is no better built boot. This has long been…
Use: Trail/rough trail w/pack
Break-in Period: 1 month
Weight: unknown, but fairly heavy
Price Paid: $350
There is no better built boot. This has long been the standard boot for the logging and firefighting industry for over 100 years.
I own 3 pairs for different uses, but use the 12" smokejumper with a vibram deep lug sole for hiking, packing, fishing, and hunting. The arch and ankle support are very good, you can put them on and forget about your feet, period. (except during break in which takes a while. These are all full grain leather upper and midsole with a triple welted sole. They are fully rebuildable and should last a lifetime. They have a higher heel than most boots, about 1 1/2" but are very comfortable for your back. They are not insulated and are not the best choice for deep snow, but are quite waterproof because they are so well constructed and use very well tanned, thick leather. You will not see heavier construction anywhere.
They are scarce everywhere except in the Pacific Northwest, but can be seen at whitesboots.com (I hope it's ok to show the site address, because it's likely the only way to track a pair down. They can fully customize any boot for any kind of foot or need. Get them, you will laugh at the rest of the boot industry.