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blistaz

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What's the grip like on c100 boots?
« on: 13:04:51, 23/01/20 »
Hello everyone, I'm looking to get some boots/shoes for walking around the Peak District - nothing technical, sticking to the PROWs around Edale would be typical use.

I've currently got some budget Mountain Warehouse shoes, ridiculously, cheap, super comfy, and they last well. But they have no grip at all, they even feel sketchy on level tarmac if its wet.

So I'm looking at boots in the ~100 range like the Saloman Mens Tibai GTX Mid Boot or Quest Prime GTX Mid Boot which have 'Contragrip' - will the grips on those cope with that kind of use? Would they get me up and down to Mam Tor or along Jacob's Ladder in the rain? And will they last if I need to do a fair bit of pavement pounding getting to the paths in the first place?

https://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/p/salomon-mens-tibai-gtx-mid-boot-B1134220.html?colour=124
https://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/p/salomon-quest-prime-gtx-mid-boot-B1124138.html?colour=995

Any particular grip technologies/brands that I should look out for or indeed avoid?
Thank you!


gunwharfman

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Re: What's the grip like on c100 boots?
« Reply #1 on: 13:14:18, 23/01/20 »
I've never had a pair of boots yet that are good at grip, wet and/mossy covered rocks for me are the most dangerous!

I wear Berghaus Superlights, I personally believe they are fine for all of the winter hikes that I do, similarly I have a pair of Salomon X Ultra's for the warmer months. Amazingly comfortable, ideal for my hiking routes but trust either of them for real grip, NO!

kinkyboots

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Re: What's the grip like on c100 boots?
« Reply #2 on: 14:19:09, 23/01/20 »
These might be worth a read

https://outdoorsmagic.com/article/best-value-hiking-boots/

https://outdoorsmagic.com/article/best-walking-boots-reviewed-2017/

https://outdoorsmagic.com/article/best-walking-boots-2016/

http://www.walkingforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=39330.0

My advice would be to save a bit more money and increase your budget to around 170 if you can and buy a quality full leather boot. Try to avoid any leather/fabric combination boot as once the waterproof liners fail (and they all do eventually) the boots are only fit for dry weather walking or the dustbin and need replacing.

Vibram would be a quality brand of sole to look for but even some of them have problems with grip in certain conditions. Generally the softer the rubber is the better the grip but the downside is the shorter their life is. No boot is good for road walking and they are best kept for use on the terrain they're designed to be used on. Maybe carry and use some cheap trainers for tarmac walking.

It needs to be said that Salomon do not have the best reputation as far as leaking boots and durability is concerned. I would recommend that you read some reviews for any boot you are considering buying.

Within your budget these might be worth a look if they're still available in your size http://www.walkingforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=32782.msg565684#msg565684

If you fancy going up market a bit (shop around for best prices but don't buy without getting properly measured and trying some on)

https://www.altberg.co.uk/boots/5-width-fitting-boots/fremington-men

https://www.altberg.co.uk/boots/aforme-boots13/malham

Don't know if these would be of any interest to you if they're still available? http://www.walkingforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=39502.msg562660#msg562660

Best value full leather boot for low level walking where less ankle protection is required would be  the Altberg Defender military boots regularly available via eBay and some military surplus shops. New from around 55 upwards or used about 25 upwards and cheap enough to replace as and when they wear out.
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blistaz

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Re: What's the grip like on c100 boots?
« Reply #3 on: 15:03:40, 23/01/20 »
Thank you both, I'll have a look at that info, especially the outdoors magic reviews.


I was looking at fabric as I'm so used to the comfy feel of the Mountain Warehouse shoes, so I'll have to think about that. I'll get a used pair of the Altbergs off ebay and get a feel for them (the pair up for sale in Dec are too big). If full leather turns out too uncomfortable I could maybe stick with fabric and just rotate them to dry weather only duties when the lining goes! And keep the mountain warehouse cheapies for the tarmac.

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Re: What's the grip like on c100 boots?
« Reply #4 on: 12:22:31, 24/01/20 »
A couple more full leather boots ~100 you may want to consider (online prices available between 75 and 120). As always check out reviews and YouTube videos if available but more importantly check out the available online prices.

Anatom Q2 Classic 
https://www.anatomfootwear.co.uk/mens/14-q2-classic-hiking.html 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBu1Xj00bfQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXycy9kTG2M

Anatom Q3 Braeriach https://www.anatomfootwear.co.uk/mens/28-q3-braeriach.html
https://outdoorsmagic.com/article/anatom-q3-braeriach-boot-review/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rn-ShzTRQeY

Grisport Peaklander Brown (also available in black)
https://www.grisport.co.uk/unisex-walking-boots-c78/peaklander-brown-hiking-boot-p927
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWpORDcMgMo

Grisport Fuse Lowland
https://www.grisport.co.uk/unisex-walking-boots-c78/fuse-lowland-trekking-boot-p941
https://www.grisport.co.uk/reviews-i125

I would expect a fabric/leather combination boot to only last somewhere between 12-24 months at best before it needs replacing whilst a quality full leather boot should last somewhere between 3-5 years or possibly longer provided it's been regularly cleaned and maintained.

Most of the more expensive branded full leather boots can be resoled when required provided the leather has been kept in good condition. It's just not worth resoling fabric/leather combination boots because the waterproof liners will fail at some point rendering the boot useless in any wet weather. If and when the waterproof liners fail on full leather boots they will still remain waterproof provided they're regularly cleaned and waxed.
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blistaz

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Re: What's the grip like on c100 boots?
« Reply #5 on: 20:30:35, 26/01/20 »
Thanks kinkyboots, I've got a pair of Altbergs on the way from ebay at a really good price so I'll see what they're like, and if full leather works out for me I'll keep those options in mind when I buy the next pair.