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Best Footwear - Wellingtons for Rough and Game shooting

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Guys

 

After a new set of wellingtons for rough shooting and this forthcoming game season. There seems to be hundreds to choose from!

 

Our shoot is primary woodland so anything I buy will need to be robust.

 

Any recommendations? looking to pay up to £150 and would like a pair fit for the cold weather / snow.

 

cheers

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Aigle - always crack at the heel (3 times; I'm a slow learner). Not much insulation.

Muck Boots - toasty, but leaked through the sole after one season.

Le Chameau Chasseur - eye wateringly expensive, but excellent. Warm and snug around your calves, so no flapping.

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TacDave,

 

Second on the Chameau, I've have some of the neoprene lined full zip items for a good few years, comfortable, warm and you can do a fair bit of walking in them.

 

Looked at the prices to replace - rotate!!! :(

 

T

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Le Chameau every time for me. The neoprene lined ones are super comfy and snug. Mine are the basic pair but now on their 8th season and going strong after loads of use. Would never go back to flappy wellies after wearing these. Worth every penny. For summer months I use Altberg defenders. Unbeatable for the money and comfortable.

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Have had Aigle wellies for years and only recently found out that you should use a rubber conditioner to prolong the life of them.The neoprene lined ones are ok but they all seem to have the same problem and that is that the lining more often than not deteriorates around the heel and is then extremely difficult to remove your wellies.they are also a very softy welly.

Bought this year some Harkila H full zip wellies, ordered size 11, but when they arrived they were very tight. I spoke to Harkila who said that the wellies were made for the American Market and were sized accordingly, so ordered the next size up 12's and they fitted fine.One little niggle is the butchered finish where the zip finishes,cut with a stanley knife of some description, not very nice to look at.

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Take a look at the Dunlop Purofort thermo , I've had several pairs of top end Wellies and each have had some kind of downside issue but since having these i can't find a thing that i'd change . No problems on stoney hard ground and your not even aware the steel toe cap is there .

 

OSOK

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Been 5 years now on my Muckboots and no complaints

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Been 5 years now on my Muckboots and no complaints

I'll second this, mine have been excellent, and for me, by far the most comfortable on extended walks.

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Grubs Midline 5.0 i bought just this winter as didn't want full length ( got chamu and dunlops) they are very comfortable and i used them almost daily dog walking , stalking my quarry in the forest of dean in very hilly terrain - i love em . They seem to keep cooler also in spring than full wellies as im sure the heat can escape easier . Cheers

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Scrap the wellys, spend some money and get a pair of Meindl Dovre highs. No more sweaty feet, flat feet, socks falling down, cold toes, buckles and zips falling off or worrying about climbing barbed wire fences. If you must get some wellys I would also go for the La Chameau Vierzonord.

Ben

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Dickies Landmaster,

 

i am a farmer and these get used everyday and they come with an extra insole. They are extreamly comfortable and are lasting well.

ive had muck boots before and find that they are extreamly slippy and the toe does not bend so you have to walk like a cowboy,

 

i think they were £45 so for that price you can have 3 or even 4 pairs for the cost of the fancy makes and even if each only lasts 2 years you'll still be up on the deal.

 

also i find that the uppers will crack and leak with age before you wear the soles out,

 

rhhud

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Another vote for Dunlop Purofort. I use them every day and they are disinfected multiple times every day, they live with waterproof trousers wrapped around them and i have never had a pair leak. They are comfortable enough to walk miles in and I don't get cold feet. They are as good as anything on icy concrete and great on soft ground. I cant fault them., the only thing you need to get used to when first using them is they do have a very thick sole.

If you sweat a lot then you will need to pack them with newspaper from time to time as the neoprene will hold moisture. Eventually the disinfectant eats them and they go spongy but that is because the waterproof trousers hold it right next to them. I renew them about every 12 - 18 months as they get hard to clean. last pair were about £65 but likely available cheaper.

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I use Snowbee Rockhopper boots they have tungsten studs which don`t fall out even walking over rough ground ie big boulders there perfect on slippery surface as i use them for saltwater fishing very compy.

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Sealand neoprene, about £60 and worn on very wet days only as prefer my walking boots for better support on my shoots. Also better when you hit an unexpected rabbit hole.

 

Some of the other boys on the shoot swear by Aigle or La Chameau, but mine aren't worn enough to justify that kind of expense and they don't seem to last any better than the cheaper brands.

 

Regards

 

Mark

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Look at the Seeland Estate wellies with the Vibram sole, good rigidity well made, good zips and pliable neoprene, I think Sportsman have a special on them at the moment. I know the top of the range Chamaux and Aigle are good but I can't bring myself to pay £225 plus for wellies. A friend bought me a pair of the Hunter leather boots for my 60th which I save for best days but they are heavy, get some clay on them and it is like a work out!

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Take a look at the Dunlop Purofort thermo , I've had several pairs of top end Wellies and each have had some kind of downside issue but since having these i can't find a thing that i'd change . No problems on stoney hard ground and your not even aware the steel toe cap is there .

 

OSOK

Yep these are ace !

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