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El Principe

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Re: Leather walking boots WITHOUT a waterproof membrane
« Reply #30 on: 17:46:45, 01/10/19 »
I've pulled the trigger on the Nazcat! Waiting for them to come.


Will let you guys know how they pan out.  O0

As for the Meindl's, they'll go back. They probably fit my foot, but I don't like a really narrow outsole/footprint, it means less ground contact and therefore a less stable feel. 

Skirrid

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Re: Leather walking boots WITHOUT a waterproof membrane
« Reply #31 on: 14:10:44, 02/11/19 »
I've had a few pairs of Scarpa Deltas both with and without the Goretex lining. They're about 30 cheaper without. I can honestly say I've never got wet feet in either type. Super comfortable too. O0

El Principe

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Re: Leather walking boots WITHOUT a waterproof membrane
« Reply #32 on: Yesterday at 14:34:35 »
Hey guys, just thought I'd give an update on the Hanwag Nazcat Boots (leather lined).

Very good so far. Pretty firm and stiff out of the box, but they do soften up within a few weeks. I wouldn't hike in them without breaking them in first. I also replaced the stock footbed with a softer option (one which is still thin and doesn't alter the fit).

They have loads of support and cushion, though my only criticism of the midsole would be that it delivers a fairly "high-to-the-ground" feel.

The leather uppers are where this boots really shines, and after a few months of use, show absolutely no signs of wear. No creases, nothing.

I've actually cleaned them for the first time since use. To tell you the truth, I don't scrub clean my boots very often - if they're pretty mucky after a trek, I'll usually use some paper towels just to wipe/dab the muck off and then leave to dry. The height of the midsole + rand means that most muck doesn't reach the uppers.

Cleaning the leather uppers, using Saphir Omni Nettoyant and a soft brush (+water), delivered wonderful results. It's almost unbelievable but they came out looking like new.

I'm yet to retreat the leather, firstly with a conditioner spray (Saphir Renovateur Nubuck/Suede Spray) and then with a final DWR spray. Both impregnate and condition the leather.

I'll try get some pics up of the boot before the next treatment step so you can take a look.

I'm now thinking of getting the gore-tex version of this boot too, it's that good. I am however torn between Hanwag and Lowa for gore-tex options. I wonder if anybody has used both brands and can comment?

Thanks,
EP

El Principe

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Re: Leather walking boots WITHOUT a waterproof membrane
« Reply #33 on: Yesterday at 14:36:41 »
Oops, tried to edit post above but managed to repost. Just added the bit about shoe trees.

Hey guys, just thought I'd give an update on the Hanwag Nazcat Boots (leather lined).

Very good so far. Pretty firm and stiff out of the box, but they do soften up within a few weeks. I wouldn't hike in them without breaking them in first. I also replaced the stock footbed with a softer option (one which is still thin and doesn't alter the fit).

They have loads of support and cushion, though my only criticism of the midsole would be that it delivers a fairly "high-to-the-ground" feel.

The leather uppers are where this boots really shines, and after a few months of use, show absolutely no signs of wear. No creases, nothing. (Note that I also use a cedar-wood shoe tree which lives in the boot when not in use - and because it's leather-lined, you needn't worry about the pressure degrading a membrane)

I've actually cleaned them for the first time since use. To tell you the truth, I don't scrub clean my boots very often - if they're pretty mucky after a trek, I'll usually use some paper towels just to wipe/dab the muck off and then leave to dry. The height of the midsole + rand means that most muck doesn't reach the uppers.

Cleaning the leather uppers, using Saphir Omni Nettoyant and a soft brush (+water), delivered wonderful results. It's almost unbelievable but they came out looking like new.

I'm yet to retreat the leather, firstly with a conditioner spray (Saphir Renovateur Nubuck/Suede Spray) and then with a final DWR spray. Both impregnate and condition the leather.

I'll try get some pics up of the boot before the next treatment step so you can take a look.

I'm now thinking of getting the gore-tex version of this boot too, it's that good. I am however torn between Hanwag and Lowa for gore-tex options. I wonder if anybody has used both brands and can comment?

Thanks,
EP