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“How long do you typically wear a pair of hiking boots?
I see some Asolos I might like on sale, plus now I could get an additional 20 percent off from Sierra Trading Post. Probably puts them at half price. BUT... do I need them??
Have had current Asolos for two years. I see the heels and tread are getting worn down. And I wear them a lot, like in the winter and for casual wear.
I think I smell new boots?????????????”
“Two years old I think I smell stinky feet. LOL”
“First of all you actually have to hike.”
“The NGWA reccomends that you replace your boots every year.
You’re waaay overdue.
last edited: 4/27/06 12:42:31 PM”
“I have a free shipping on orders over $100 email I'll zap to you if you want Lizs.
I'm quite sure that hiking boots should be replaced at least biannually. Happy boot shopping!”
“zap it, Sass, although I think they'll probably only let me use one discount at a time. But WORTH A TRY!! :-)
Looking at these:
If the weight is right, they're crazy lightweight!
And thanks, all, for the very helpful comments. LOL!”
“I decide on a pair by pair basis. When there is a reason I replace them... tread wears thin, holes or wear spots, etc, etc. A good pair of boots should last far more than two years IMO if you clean them and treat the leather properly. I also don't wear my current hiking boots anywhere but on the trail. I use my old "retired" boots for casual wear. They are comfortable as hell once they are retired.
Key is taking care of the leather, IMO. I use Nixwax cleaner and waterproofing about once or twice a year. I make sure to wash off any mud and grime as soon as I get home.”
“One can never own enough hiking boots/shoes.”
“I don't have a single pair of boots. =( Just running shoes.
Email zapped Lizs!”
“When the duct tape won't hold them together anymore.”
“I agree with techntrek. LOL! I've treated my Asolos very well, yet still they have scrapes. And however it is I walk, it wears down the treads and heels unevenly.
And can I say I like the idea of a new pair of boots? My currents ones are Asolo AFX 520s with Goretex. All leather.
I do need to measure boot height. I had an online chat with an STP representative this morning asking how it is they measure a boot's height. It's the height minus the heel (or, upwards from where the heel connects to the footbed). Was just wondering for sure. Height is important with my bad ankles.
Am also interested in this boot, which is a little taller and probably sturdier:
“I need some new socks, too. Just noticed the other day that the Smartwools are really wearing out in the heel! My Fox Rivers haven't done that.
Looks like all STP has for hiking in Fox River are some Ragg socks. That's not what I currently have from their brand name -- and which I love!
last edited: 4/27/06 1:12:29 PM”
“Those are the same boots Tagalong just got this winter at the REI s&d sale. They were used as a "photo prop" and were brand new. It cost me 26 bucks and change.
I threw in a set of superfeet, and she's been loving them ever since.”
“LOL, I also use Superfeet with my boots!
My first Asolos were in 1996 or 97, the Stynger model, at $20 (down from $160 retail or $90 in the catalog) at STP's store in Cheyenne. Someone had returned them. Asolo got a lifelong customer at that time!
last edited: 4/27/06 1:15:35 PM”
“They also have Patagonia Capilene liner socks.
What good are new boots and socks with old liner socks?”
“What in the F is the NGWA?”
“Oh... the National Gear Whores Association.
I just assumed everyone knew.”
“I think the GSA (Gear Sluts of America) is a better organization. All new members get a free widget.”
“when ever your cat pees on them”
For $115, I got my boots at almost half price; four Natl Geo. TrailSmart park maps (Zion, Yosemite, Grand Canyon and RMNP); and a fanny pack with two water bottle holders. Shipping was $12 of the total. (sorry, Sass' free shipping was actually just the same 20 percent discount I'd gotten, but thanks to her for trying!)”
“The pair I have are going on 12 years...Limmers”
“Thanks for reminding me, I need to put new shock doctors insoles in my boots.”
“Aren't the people who tell you how often to get new boots or running shoes just like the ones who tell you how often to change your oil? Do they get kickbacks or something? Peter Limmers are cool boots, my folks got 'em, I want a pair. I've had the same pair of boots forever now, they still get the job done.”
“When the ashtray gets full.”
“I have a hard time finding boots that fit right so if a pair does fit me nicely, I'll only retire them after the last drop of contact cement or shoe goo I used keeps them from falling apart. In other words, I'll patch or glue them until they just won't stay together any longer or the uppers are so shot they lost all support. It sucks not fitting into the majority of boots out there.”
“Just wear trail runners year round. Feet seldom get cold like they did in boots.”
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