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Woman's hiking boots...any advice?

Looking to purchase a pair of quality hiking/walking boots. Defo need to be waterproof. Had Hi tech, Karrimor etc which don't last or remain waterproof. I would be grateful for any recommendations as what to buy, or where to get them

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Hmm well to be honest boots may need reproofing every now and again either with spray or dubbing depending on the material they are made of.What budget are we looking at decent boots will be around £80-100?
Maybe look for something in the Berghaus range store.berghaus.com
i.e.
http://i.gyazo.com/44a011383e4319da7ad1d476bfa9ce1a.png
Edited by: "arachnoid" 12th Jul 2014

If you have a cotswold outdoors nearby they are excellent. Scarpa are a very good brand at a premium. CO often have feet sizing and moulding abilities.

I would advice getting good quality socks to go with the boots: I have bridgedale socks at £10-£15 a pair ain't cheap but don't rub etc and keep feet comfy.

You can also look at insoles ( sorbathane) or moulded ones (+££) but I find them overly expensive. Good boots and good few pair of quality socks :-)

Boyf (who did mountaineering/hiking/iceclimbing etc for a living) says: Karrimor KSBs (assuming they have the same reputation they had ten years ago), Salomon boots, or Brasher boots.

I've had good experience with Trezeta, but they often get poor reviews depending on which boots you buy. This pair are £50: -

gooutdoors.co.uk/tre…207

Otherwise if you have the money go with the Berghaus pair mentioned above, but buy from Gooutdoors where they are sold for £70: -

gooutdoors.co.uk/ber…570

whatsThePoint

10 years ago they went bust and were bought by sports direct, they are no … 10 years ago they went bust and were bought by sports direct, they are no longer a quality brand



This. Karrimor are now a sportsdirect own brand. I'd be wary of Brasher as well tbh.

Berghaus, Scarpa, Meindl, Salomon, Merrell, Mammut, La Sportiva, etc. You do need to try them on - the fit varies hugely. Go Outdoors has a reasonable range if you don't have a specialist near you.

I'd also say that unless you get them in a sale / on offer then you are really looking at £150+ for decent ones.

Rock+run have very good end of line offers sometimes (they recently had a Scarpa boot reduced from £250 to £40)

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Redwood if you can find them, standard issue on Oil rigs in China sea

Edited by: "foes4you" 13th Jul 2014

Re Nevica (who used to be decent before SportsDirect bought them circa 2010). I went for these "first available at Amazon.co.uk: 31 Dec 2006" as they were old stock, before SD bought them. amazon.co.uk/Nev…H8I

Maybe this was part of Nevica's downfall, as the "Waterproof" motif on the boots actually says:
http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh185/damedavid/IMG_0237.jpg

I got a relatively cheap pair of Quechua hiking shoes from Decathlon which I'm more than happy with.

I don't have any of the premium brands to compare them to, but they remained fully waterproof (even when briefly fully submerged in a stream) and I find them very comfortable. My feet remained dry and blister free on a 5 day trek through the Peruvian mountains and numerous mountain climbs since then.
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