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I've been through 3 pairs now of the Irish setters I need a great pair of light weight water proof non-insulated boots what works best for you Guys?

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Love the Irish setters - got em for $189 or so, but worth it. There's a big jump in quality/durability for $50-100 extra, in my experience. At least double the life.

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rundrave

Love the Irish setters - got em for $189 or so, but worth it. There's a big jump in quality/durability for $50-100 extra, in my experience. At least double the life.

I bought a set of Irish Setters about 3-4 years now and they haven't held up very well. Granted I hunt a lot, but for the $$$ I expected them to last longer. They are comfy and work great just not very durable, I didn't think I would have had to replace them this soon.

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bobbymalone

If you want lightweight, waterproof, and no insulation, I'd think about a pair of rubber boots. I have a pair of lacrosse alphaburly's for turkey hunting and general mucking around that are great.

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+1 plus they stay waterproof longer. most gore tex boots i have had stay water proof maybe half a season. alpha burlys are 1st choice for hunting birds in snow or wet areas and work good in dry areas only problem is they dont let the sweat out as good as leather gore tex boots, but they keep water out better and are very comfortable.

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USA Danners or Schnees. I am done buying cheap boots that wear out quickly. I tried Irish Setters that didnt last a year.

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fivebucks

Danner's made in the USA for me. They are expensive but it is a good quality boot. Remember though not all Danners are made in the US, only their higher end boots. The dump Pronghorns are made in China - they are very comfortable but the last pair I had leaked within a year.

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Whoa, bringing this one back from the dead.

 

I use Rockys.  The specific model are Cornstalkers.  They have 500 grams of insulation.  I use mine as all-purpose boots, walking for pheasants/grouse and sitting for deer/turkeys.  The first set I had lasted for about 10 years before they started to fall apart.  I'm on my second pair now, year 3 coming up.  I had a pair of Redhead Comfort Airs from Bass Pro for 2 seasons and they started to leak and my feet always got wet.  Highly suggest avoiding the Redhead brand of boots.

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On 10/27/2020 at 2:20 AM, billrider80 said:

I like Danner. These boots tick all the right factors that go into delivering a great boot experience, more here https://bootsgeek.com/danner-quarry-review/

I have trouble taking recommendations from someone that is obviously just trying to use this forum to sell stuff. Just like the pro's - the best product is the one that sponsors them. 🙄

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Wanderer
3 hours ago, h8go4s said:

billrider has a total of 3 posts, all with a link to his website. No credibility.


I noticed the same.  Happens here and there and I usually report it.

 

That said, I read through some of the old posts and was interested in the Red Wing comments.  Quality, then a departure followed thankfully by a return in quality.

 

I used to rotate 2 pairs Irish Setters when I worked in a machine shop.  Wear one till it needed to be re-soled, then switch to the other pair.  Great boots that kept my bones healthy on cement floors.

 

I just recently bought a new pair after being absent from work boot type work for 15 years and it’s seems like the quality is still there.  Very comfy and built well.

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I’ve got a pair of Danner Pronghorns that I love. Very comfortable and feel like I’m wearing a tennis shoe. I use mine for grouse, pheasant, and deer. I make sure to put some sno seal on them each year to keep the leather from soaking up water. I know others that use mink oil also. 

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Wanderer

Danners have been another favorite for a long time.  The full leather models, not cloth or hybrid styles.

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smalliehunter

Filson upland boots form me.  I had a very expensive pair of danners that were very nice, but I only got 4 years out of them.  I should have only worn them 3 years but for the price I had to wear them another year.  This is my first year with the filson upland boot and I can already tell they are far superior to the danners I had

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whateverisbiting

I agree with a post above that breathable boots (or raincoats, or anything in that material) does not stay water proof. Material like Goretex is a hydrophobic polymer that is porous.  I had an intern job where we manufactured this type of material.  Liquid water will not run through it due to surface tension, but vapor water does, so at first it works great.  However, once you get anything into the pores it creates channels that water can flood through.  So if you keep it super clean by not walking in mud, it works.  But of course with boots for hunting that's not going to fly.

 

I have really bad luck with breathable boots and I keep looking for ones that have a higher full rubber boot before the breathable material starts and I have not found on that looks good.  So when its really wet i stick with full rubber, which of course means sweaty feet.

 

I saw a post saying use spray maybe that is the answer?  Is that for breathable material?  I still wonder though if spray is just blocking the breathability as well as keeping water out.

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