New boots...

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by gcbailey, May 6, 2013.

  1. Green-Man

    Green-Man LawnSite Bronze Member
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  2. JR's Lawn Service

    JR's Lawn Service LawnSite Member
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    I will 3rd the Brahma (Alpha) from Walmart; don't think the other guys had the Alpha, and I am not sure of the difference. I think I paid $38.00 for mine and they have steel toe (and are still light enough), waterproof and have slip resistant soles. I have never purchased shoes from Walmart prior to these, but tried several different types this season and this was the best for me. I stand on some very steep slopes quite often. In my opinion, these are the best for the money as an all around work boot.
     
  3. alexschultz1

    alexschultz1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Ya, I used to spend a lot of money on boots and always wore through about 2 pairs a season. I honestly don't notice until the very end of the day. If I wear them without nice insoles though my feet will definatly be sore
     
  4. Jaybrown

    Jaybrown LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Stihl has some nice shoes/boots meant for grass traction
     
  5. GrassGuerilla

    GrassGuerilla LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thought they dropped those a couple years ago? I tried a pair on... Not comfortable for me.
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  6. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
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    Never knew Stihl "made" boots.... Were they actually Stihl's or just sold and licensed under their name?
     
  7. Green-Man

    Green-Man LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Update on the boots please!! Haha
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  8. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
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    Sure.... The boots were placed in "semi-retirement" earlier in the year. I purchased a pair of Georgia Boots (G025 Comfort Core low heel loggers).

    After wearing the Georgia's for about 2 weeks I definitely liked the wear and feel of the Irish Setters much better. I did like the fact that the Georgia Boots had a Vibram sole, but they ended up being noticeably much heavier. After 8+ hours daily, that makes a big difference. I ended up getting 1/2 size smaller in the Georgia boots because they slipped a little in the heel, but still yet they started wearing blisters on my feet.

    The Georgia Boots actually cost about $70 more than the Irish, $215 compared to $145. I actually tried contacting Georgia Boot a couple times over some premature wear issues with the boots (stitching coming loose on the sides, insoles that didn't last a week...). I never got an answer from them.

    Back to the Irish Setters.... the reason they were put into "semi-retirement" was they got a bad case of swamp foot. We were working in a very marshy area and I ended up stepping into some water that went up, over and down into the boot. I will say that the Gortex was doing great until you get to the point that the water is so high that it becomes irrelevant.

    About 3 weeks ago we were on vacation and visiting an outdoors/hiking/camping store and saw a pair of Oboz, I had never heard of them. They are totally different than anything I've wore before, they are a lightweight hiker, 6" (http://obozfootwear.com/products/mens-traverse-mid-bdry/). I'll post a short term review on them shortly hopefully. So far I give them a B+.
     
  9. Green-Man

    Green-Man LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Awesome awesome awesome!!! I'm pretty much sold on them from your great review over time. Which ones do you get a B+ to? The Irish or the new ones you just found? The oboz?
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  10. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
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    The Oboz... I'll try to get some new pics of all three pairs in the next couple of days... For the money the Irish Setters have been the best.
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