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    What are the best sheep hunting boots you can get, price is not a concern?
    Responsible Conservation > Political Allocation

  • #2
    The ones that work for you. Preference is highly individualized. Check the archives lots on this. I have gone from Kofalchs to La Sportives

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    • #3
      I tried Kenetrek Mountain Extreme 400s last year and they are not working out for me. Good boots mine just don't fit quite right.
      http://www.kenetrek.com/products.asp?dept=12

      Switched to Lowa's Hunter GTX Extreme and these work better for me. Still have to put a few more miles on them but they feel good so far.
      http://www.lowaboots.com/catalog/Sho...egory=2&Type=M


      Steve
      "I refuse to let the things I can't do stop me from doing the things I can"

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      • #4
        Agree Lowa's

        I agree that the Hunter GTX Extreme are awesome boots, but you need to break them and get you feet use to them. At First I was disappointed, and now I love the boots. Great support, warm and will keep your feet dry. They are going to cost you around 3 bills or more.

        Terry

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        • #5
          The most recommended boots in previous inquiries are usually the Lowa Sheep Hunters or one of the Cabelas Meindl's (Denali, Hunters, Canada).

          I recently picked up a pair of Cabela's Meindl Hunter 200 in the Cabela's bargain cave for a great price. Haven't put any miles on them yet but hope they live up to the hype.

          That being said, the best sheep hunting boots are the ones that fit YOUR feet well and allow you to hike long distances with comfort. Try on lots of different boots and find the ones that fit the best, then try different insoles to further perfect fit and comfort. I've put many miles on a pair of Scarpa Charmoz, including sheep and goat hunts, for the past two year and they still have life left in them. Better to have comfortable pair of boots you have to throw away after your hunt than have a rugged pair that hurt your feet everyday.

          A list of companies making good hiking and mountaineering boots and stores in the Anchorage area carrying these brands:
          Lowa- AMH, REI, Barney's ?
          Meindl- Cabela's
          Scarpa- AMH, REI
          La Sportiva- AMH, REI
          Garmont- Wilderness Way in Soldotna
          Kayland- ?
          AKU- Barney's
          Asolo- AMH, REI, Peter Glenn
          Danner- Sportman's Warehouse
          Kennetrek- Sportman's Warehouse, Barney's

          Guys, feel free to correct me one the stores above or add others if you know of them.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by AK Wonderer View Post
            The most recommended boots in previous inquiries are usually the Lowa Sheep Hunters or one of the Cabelas Meindl's (Denali, Hunters, Canada).

            I recently picked up a pair of Cabela's Meindl Hunter 200 in the Cabela's bargain cave for a great price. Haven't put any miles on them yet but hope they live up to the hype.

            That being said, the best sheep hunting boots are the ones that fit YOUR feet well and allow you to hike long distances with comfort. Try on lots of different boots and find the ones that fit the best, then try different insoles to further perfect fit and comfort. I've put many miles on a pair of Scarpa Charmoz, including sheep and goat hunts, for the past two year and they still have life left in them. Better to have comfortable pair of boots you have to throw away after your hunt than have a rugged pair that hurt your feet everyday.

            A list of companies making good hiking and mountaineering boots and stores in the Anchorage area carrying these brands:
            Lowa- AMH, REI, Barney's ?
            Meindl- Cabela's
            Scarpa- AMH, REI
            La Sportiva- AMH, REI
            Garmont- Wilderness Way in Soldotna
            Kayland- ?
            AKU- Barney's
            Asolo- AMH, REI, Peter Glenn
            Danner- Sportman's Warehouse
            Kennetrek- Sportman's Warehouse, Barney's

            Guys, feel free to correct me one the stores above or add others if you know of them.
            This is a very helpful reply, what does AMH stand for? I am sure I know the place, just can't think of it now?
            Responsible Conservation > Political Allocation

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            • #7
              Originally posted by hoose35 View Post
              This is a very helpful reply, what does AMH stand for? I am sure I know the place, just can't think of it now?
              AMH = Alaska Mountaineering and Hiking, located on Spenard Road across from the Bear Tooth Theatrepub.

              On the Lowa's, REI doesn't carry the "sheephunter" version, but I know that Barney's does. I have the Lowa GTX, which is basically the sheephunter with a little bit lower cuffs around the calves. Best boot I have ever owned, without question.

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              • #8
                Partner and I got to compare the Lowa Hunters and the Scarpas this year. Not sure if there are different model Scarpas or not, so keep that in mind if you know there are. Here is what I noticed on two sheep hunts. Nothing scientific, just observations.

                The Lowa seemed stiff to me, but the Scarpa is stiffer.
                The Scarpa soul is harder rubber than the Lowa. This will make a longer lasting boot in the shale and other rocks, but creates more slippage when traversing glaciers.
                The Scarpa is designed for crampon attachment, the Lowa is not.
                My Lowas fit like a glove out of the box. His Scarpas were broke in with a few weeks wearing them at work.

                This was the second season on my Lowas. I left for TMA the first year right out of the box. No problems.
                This was the first season on his Scarpas.

                I think both boots are good and it would be ideal to try on any boot before you buy. Everyone's feet are all a bit different.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by AK Wonderer View Post

                  A list of companies making good hiking and mountaineering boots and stores in the Anchorage area carrying these brands:
                  Lowa- AMH, REI, Barney's ?
                  Meindl- Cabela's
                  Scarpa- AMH, REI
                  La Sportiva- AMH, REI
                  Garmont- Wilderness Way in Soldotna
                  Kayland- ?
                  AKU- Barney's
                  Asolo- AMH, REI, Peter Glenn
                  Danner- Sportman's Warehouse
                  Kennetrek- Sportman's Warehouse, Barney's

                  Guys, feel free to correct me one the stores above or add others if you know of them.
                  This is a pretty comprehensive list. I believe AMH carries AKU also, or at least did a couple of years ago when I got my GTX Extremes there.
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                  • #10
                    Prob should also add the Hanwags (http://www.lathropandsons.com/catalog/index.php) to the list.
                    "Actions speak louder than words - 'nough said"

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                    • #11
                      AMH does carry AKUs. I forgot if it was mentioned above, REI carries Asolo as well. I don't think Barney's carries Kenetreks. The only ones in town are the Kenetrek Mountain Extremes (400 thinsulate). There is a version without the thinsulate, but these are not offered in a Wide size, as the mountain extremes are. i have the kenetrek mountain extremems, work well for me now, but i have yet to put a lot of miles in one day on them, which i plan to soon.

                      "The Scarpa is designed for crampon attachment, the Lowa is not", for this quote from above, the 'crampon attachment' is the posterior/rear part that allows the clip type. you can put strap-on crampons on the lowas and kenetreks or any other stiff soled boot.

                      the lowas ran small and were stiffer then i wanted. but they have been a success for many.

                      pick a day where you have a few hours at the end of the day, take your socks you plan on wearing sheep hunting and go to Barney's, REI, AMH, & Sportsmans (the first three are right near each other) and try them all on. go at the end of the day when your feet are slightly larger (assuming you have been on your feet most of the day). take any special insoles (superfeet) you plan on using with you.

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                      • #12
                        It's a toss-up between weight and support, but possibly, probably, a bigger consideration is how yer gonna cross a swift running stream that goes downhill.

                        Smitty of the North
                        Walk Slow, and Drink a Lotta Water.
                        Has it ever occurred to you, that Nothing ever occurs to God? Adrien Rodgers.
                        You can't out-give God.

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                        • #13
                          And then there are the plastics...
                          A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and donít have one, youíll probably never need one again

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                          • #14
                            I had the Cabela's/Meindl Canada Hunter for years. Excellent boot.

                            In 2007 I got the Lowa Sheephunter GTX. Excellent boot.

                            If you have any knee/hip/anckle/back issues consider seeing a podiatrist for an evaluation. Knowing exactly they type of support you require in a boot should help narrow your range of choices.
                            If cave men had been trophy hunters the Wooly Mammoth would be alive today

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Snyd View Post
                              And then there are the plastics...
                              I've heard about those.

                              If I'm right,,,,,
                              They're expensive.
                              They hinge, but don't bend sideways.
                              You can take them off, take the liners out put the outsides back on, and ford streams without hurting your feet or getting them wet.

                              Is that right???

                              I dunno how comfortable they'd be, but apparently they work.

                              Smitty of the North
                              Walk Slow, and Drink a Lotta Water.
                              Has it ever occurred to you, that Nothing ever occurs to God? Adrien Rodgers.
                              You can't out-give God.

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