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Your opinion on these boots

Post in 'The Gear' started by WarmGuy, May 2, 2007.

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  1. WarmGuy

    WarmGuy Feeling the Heat

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  2. suematteva

    suematteva New Member

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    Protection is there. but they are hot, do not breathe...good for working in wet underfoot conditions..
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    carpniels Minister of Fire

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    Hi warm,

    get the leather labonville chainsaw boots. Many guys here have them and like them. And the cost half of what hornett suggested.

    Carpniels
  5. hornett22

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    that is fine if you want to be miserable all day.i promise you will be much happier with the matterhorns.i'm not gonna be uncomfotable all day with blisterd feet for 100 or so bucks difference.i also guarantee the matterhorns are made in the USA,not some third world 8 year old for half a chicken a week.you decide. support your country and be comfortable or support china and be miserable.maybe the labonvilles are usa made but i doubt it.
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    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Ahem. The Labonville boots are leather and made in the good old U.S.A.
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    good luck! their your feet,not mine.
  8. WarmGuy

    WarmGuy Feeling the Heat

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    I'm just too frugal (cheap) to spend $150 to $300 for boots that I will wear only a few hours each year. Here's my solution: Today at a rummage sale I bought this pair of work boots for $1, and I am ordering a pair of these Labonville kevlar liners: http://www.labonville.com/shop/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=81

    I'll use this setup for now, and keep my eyes open for steel-toed boots, or bargain chainsaw boots on Ebay.

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    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Bingo. There is a big difference in what you wear all day every day for work and what you wear a couple of hours at a time cutting firewood.

    My "chainsaw" boots are a fifty-buck fifteen year old pair of CAT steel toes. On the other hand the shoes I live in all day at work are three hundred a shot.

    If I cut trees for a living the ratio would be reversed.
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    Whoa BB, are your daily shoes ostrich skinned? Me, I wear LLBean slippers while at work, but that's in my office@home.
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    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Does anybody but Allen Edmonds make shoes? Wear a pair and you will throw rocks at LL Bean. The PE Summit of footwear.
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    Never heard of them, but I will definitely look into the line. If they last forever and are comfortable from day one, I may go for a pair.

    Totally off topic, but if you haven't seen it, there's a British film about survival in the top-end shoe/boot industry that's hilarious. It's called "Kinky Boots". Worth a night with Netflix.
  13. Gooserider

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    I just got a pair of Matterhorns from this place:

    Central Police Supply

    $231.95, which is lots less than the earlier poster's site - this was the lowest cost for the Matterhorns that I could find, by a considerable margin. They are comfortable, not overly hot, and work well. The vendor offered good service, free shipping, etc.

    I'm starting to develop quite an ecclectic PPE collection, I picked up a pair of Chainsaw gloves today at the local HW store (20.99 w/ the $5 off cuopon) So now I have Stihl Chaps, Husky gloves, Matterhorn boots, AO Safety ears, and swing a Poulan chainsaw - so much for "brand loyalty" :lol:

    Gooserider
  14. WarmGuy

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    Are these the Husky safety gloves you got? I bought some of these "safety chainsaw gloves" on Ebay, but I'm not sure if they are really safety gloves or just work gloves with the Husky brand.

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    ... thats not Husky. The Husky brand I know you can get at Home Depot
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    Those are them, and I was told by the guys at the hardware store that they were the chainsaw gloves, they also had other gloves with the Husky logo on them for much less, which they said were just "brand advertising". However looking at them, I can't find any labeling that says they meet the standards, the way that my chaps and boots have appropriate labels. So I started wondering, and went to the Husqvarna website, and found a listing for them,

    The picture is a thumbnail, but looks right, and the large part number is the same as the gloves I bought, both on the labeling and on each glove... Feeling the orange padding on each glove, it feels like just a single layer in the right glove, but much thicker on the left, so I'd assume these were the ones. However I have to admit to feeling a bit underwhelmed - are all the chainsaw gloves like this, or are these kind of a "minimal approach"? I think I'm going to write to Husky and see what they say...

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    Agreed, they just don't feel like they'd offer any protection. I'd think some hard plastic or steel wouldn't hurt.
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    Well, I wrote to Husky,
    At first, I didn't think they had responded to me, but I found when I logged back into their site, that they did have a response, but for some reason I hadn't been mailed about it....

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    I hope he got that weight wrong. Ten pound boots would be like having your feet buried in concrete.
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    I don't know, my Matterhorns are close to about 4 lbs per boot, so 10 lbs for the pair wouldn't be too bad, plus the seller sounds like he's guessing, so could be a lot less than stated...

    Gooserider
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    I got them and they are 7 pounds total -- don't feel especially heavy.

    I used them while splitting yesterday, and today for 4-5 hours of chainsawing in the forest. They're great. They weren't at all uncomfortable or hot (it was about 55 degrees). It never gets hot around here, so that shouldn't be a problem.

    I usually wear a 10.5 or 11 shoe, and these were size 10, but still a little big. I wore very thick socks.

    The boots are thicker above the curve from foot to leg, as you can see in the picture. I would have expected even more padding there, but I'll just have to trust that the protection is real. I gave the steel toe a test with a log, and it held up fine. It was nice to know, walking around on logs and uneven ground, that it would be hard to twist an ankle with these boots.

    Highly recommended.
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    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    My new Matterhorn 12255 Search & Rescue/Coal Miner's boots arrived this morning. I have been wearing them for an hour or so and all I can say is WOW!

    6.2 pounds total weight in 10.5 medim, comfortable and built like tanks.
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    If your feet suddenly have a strong urge to head north to West VA we'll understand.
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    A follow up -- I've been using these boots for a few months, and they're great. Since they were a little large, I added a inner sole, and I often wear two pairs of socks. Even with that they've never been too hot. I also wear them when splitting.
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