I am down to the final two candidates for new hunting boots. Will primarily be used for elk, caribou and eventually sheep. I know that boots are certainly a perference thing, but short of ordering both and trying them for a few days and sending the loser back (I was hoping to avoid that ordeal) I would rather hear what the masses think. My choices are Meindl Canadian (11" tall) and Danner Canadian (10" tall). The inch difference in height is not a big difference to me -- 10" is more than sufficient. The difference in insulation isnt huge either (600g vs. 200g) because I insulate primarily with socks. The two factors that I am stuck on is what I am hoping to get opinions about (and the archives do not cover my questions entirely) --
first, I want to know about the differences in the soles. The Meindls have vibram and the Danners have a bob sole. I am currently using a vibram design and slipped quite a bit on a moderate snow-covered hill this fall. My guide had Schees with bob soles and swore by them--no slips but how would bob soles fair on steep rocks associated with sheep country?
The second factor would be durability. As with any boot, I want to have the ability to abuse them and they hold up. The Meindl Alaskas are highly recommended on this site (I believe for that very reason) and I would assume the Canadians would be just as tough. However, there isnt much reading on Danner's offerings, particularly the Canadians. The price difference is about $50 which isnt a big deal either when both sets cost over $200.
I certainly would appreciate any feedback on the specific boots and Meindls and Danner quality in general.
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