Zero Drop Hunting Boot

Cameron.25

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I must have gotten a lucky Lemon!

Can you send a pic of your Thula Thula's? I looked at having Russell build me a taller minimalist boot with their Munson last (if i remember the name right) and eventually decided the $550 price tag was too much.

Depending on your options they will cost more than mine. I'm considering getting another pair, taller with the thinsulate insulation and toe cap and sierra sole for the snow since the ones i have are just triple vamp raw waterproof leather. At least they keep all the measurements and tracing of your foot they make you send em for like 10 years so now i can just order a pair and skip that part. I know they're spendy and they're not for everyone, but im super rough on all my stuff and have been very impressed with them so i wanted to throw it out there as an alternative. Theres not a ton of reviews of them on here and i was also hesitant to order them for several months but im glad i did. Here is what they look like after 8 months of daily wear. First pic they're covered in concrete dust from yesterday, 2nd pic is after wiping them with a rag, third is with some obenaufs applied. I really need to use some saddle soap on them but all ive done is occasionally wipe them off and apply obenaufs so far lol
 

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Cameron.25

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I would also like to add that i live in western Oregon and i work on the river so waterproofness is an absolute must for me. Last year in hells canyon for spring bear i was busting brush in the dark after heavy rain, for about 8 miles to get back to my tipi. I literally had to stop and wring out my vivo tracker boots, insoles and socks every 30 mins or so cause they were leaking so bad. It was miserable and my feet were approaching a trench foot situation. Soon as i got home i ordered the russels lol
 

The Ri Guy

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I really like those Russells. Whats the weight on them if you dont mind? Also, how flexible is the sole?
When I talked to Russell ~a year ago and asked about the Thula Thula I believe they told me that the PAIR was 1.5 pounds total?
 

Cameron.25

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They are not quite that light thats more like per boot but im sure it depends on your configuration and size. Mine are the weathertuff leather triple vamp, plus i trimmed and put a thin set of the vivo insoles in them so that adds a little weight. My vivos are size 10 for reference and weigh 2lb 4 oz, the russels weigh 2lb 15.5oz and are a tiny bit stiffer but still flex easily
 

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They are not quite that light thats more like per boot but im sure it depends on your configuration and size. Mine are the weathertuff leather triple vamp, plus i trimmed and put a thin set of the vivo insoles in them so that adds a little weight. My vivos are size 10 for reference and weigh 2lb 4 oz, the russels weigh 2lb 15.5oz and are a tiny bit stiffer but still flex easily

Thanks, that was exactly what I was looking for!
 

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@three5x5s ...I replied to but forgot to mention you and your sizing question in this post:
I've worn Lone Peaks for a long time now...ever since they first came out. I tried one pair of the eVent all weather models when they first came out and they leaked within 30 seconds of being exposed to wet conditions so I went back to my basic model Lone Peaks. I will mention that Altra refunded my money on the eVent model.
I'm curious what your experience has been with the eVent models? Have they improved them? I see they now advertise them as weather resistant rather than waterproof.
Thanks.

I would agree with them being more water resistant than waterproof. I too sent my original eVent Altras back, and I’ve since purchased a couple pair of the newer ones which do seem better. If worn with a good gaiter it seems to help quite a bit. I generally have had the mindset that my feet are going to get wet no matter what I do, So I never have put a lot of trust in waterproof shoes. The only shoes I have where I put any value in the waterproofing are my muck boots. I would say my Altra’s are OK for walking through wet grass, light rain, but I would not trust them wading shallow streams or heavy rain. They do work well in snow and keeping that moisture out.


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CoffeeGoat

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Great stuff, I think I'm going to pull the trigger on a pair of the new Vivos based on all the feedback, I especially like the stitched soles.

Just to circle back to the Xero's for later reference, they've been similar responsive to warranty concerns. I had a pair of their prio's that I wore for everything, I beat the snot out of them and eventually the soles started to separate. They were still within the two year warranty period and were happy to send a new pair out right away.
 

Muddygut

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Since this discussion Xero has also released some new boots.

https://xeroshoes.com/shop/boots/xcursion-men/

I wear xeros daily and they've held up well, but I haven't picked up their boots to try yet. Innov8 has some nice hikers that are close to zero drop, but not quite. There was a pretty favorable Rokslide review a couple months back.
I have a pair of the Terraflex lowtop and the original Excursion hiker, less than a year and the excursion leak bad, Good for kicking around in the woods hunting squirrel, turkey ect. as long as you don't have to climb any steep, muddy ground. The tread just isn't aggressive enough, and you'll end up on your hands and knees (or your ass). Have a pair of their Alpine snow boots too. Comfortable and warm but no traction. And like the fellow below mentioned they wear out fast. I love them for casual everyday wear but they aren't up to the task of serious hunting.
 
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