Since I have found the information on this forum so helpful and all the participants have provided me with such good feedback I wanted to share a little information about my recent purchase decision for sheep hunting boots and a way to save money when purchasing them as well as other outdoor gear.
Earlier this year I was debating which boot to get--between the Lowa Hunter GTX Extreme and the Lowa Tibet GTX--listened to the many opinions on this forum to guide my decision and I ended up going with the Tibets. I have been breaking them in lately and they are very comfortable and I am pleased with my purchase so far but my sheep and goat hunt this fall will be the true measure of their quality and if I chose wisely. I also switched the factory insoles out with the Superfeet insoles (green ones) based on positive feedback from this forum--I think these insoles were a great purchase as well. I will report back on my post-hunt impressions at the end of August...
What was an easy choice for me was where to buy them--I went with Shoebuy.com--believe they have some of the best prices out there and the best return policy--free shipping both ways and no taxes--so I ended up buying a pair of both the Tibets and the Hunters to compare them side-by-side---unfortunately they didn't have the Hunters in my size so it wasn't exactly a fair comparison--after a few days of checking both of them out and posting a few more questions to this forum I decided to keep the Tibets, so I simply returned the Hunters with free shipping--totally easy transaction and great customer service.
Here is the link to the Lowa's they sell:
Also--please note that if it is your first purchase with Shoebuy you will get another 10% off the purchase price (during the check out process you have the chance to get this discount)--they also run holiday specials all the time with up to 20% off--they just recently had a Mother's Day sale and I imagine they also had a Memorial day sale--next opportunity for this extra % off should be Father's Day or the 4th of July.
I got the Lowa Tibet's for $186 after the Shoebuy sales price and other discounts. The Hunters, had I kept them, were only $230.
And finally--there is another way to save even more on your boot purchases--I belong to a site called Mrrebates.com--doesn't cost anything at all to join but does provide an extra % off many purchases.
Here is how it works--when you go to a shopping website while you are logged into the MrRebates website you can take advantage of a rebate % off your purcahses--for example, you will get another 12% off your Shoebuy purchases--this rebate is credited to your MrRebate account and after 90 days you can request them to send you a check for whatever your rebate total is---I have been a member of this site for about a year now and always check thru them if they offer an additional % off before I go directly to a vendor's website--I think I have gotten over $110 on rebate checks from them due to my various purchases--everything from contact lenses to vitamins to office supplies and department store purchases like Target. You might want to check this site out regardless of whether you want to buy thru Shoebuy or not.
Just another helpful hint to safe you some money outfitting yourself with all that expensive "cool gear" for hunting and fishing...