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  1. #11
    Join Date
    Jul 2013

    Default Re: Advice on Shooting Boots

    I wear Meindle Bhutan’s plus gaiters when ever I can. But when it’s really wet muddy I swap for le Chameau with full length zips which offer good support.
    Another plus point to wearing walking boots is that I use them to get up to the hill lochs.

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Oct 2015
    East Devon

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  3. #13
    Join Date
    May 2012

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    Trust you Jim. That did make me laugh though.


  4. #14
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    West Yorkshire

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    For a pair of Le Chameau you can get a pair of Salomon 4D 3 GTX (like slippers) which will last a few year and a pair of Seals thermax neoprene wellies (like bigger slippers) that will last......well mine are three years old and look brand new with a wipe down.

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  5. #15
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Linlithgow, Scotland and anywhere i can wet a line!

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    Quote Originally Posted by devondabbler View Post
    I'm looking forward to the game season once more but am now suffering with arthritis in my ankle. I purchased a new pair of Le Chameau neoprene wellies but am wondering if a decent pair of lace up waterproof boots would offer more support for my ankle.
    Does anyone use lace up boots and if so which do you recommend for shooting / beating?

    Best wishes,

    This is one of my issues for forthcoming season. Have always prefered high side leather/gore tex lace ups.
    All of a sudden doing up/untying the laces has become an issue. Age related thing I am told!
    Full length zip up wellies, like the Le Chameau Chasseur, are now the choice.
    Ease of putting on/removing, whilst still doing the job required, making the decision for me.

  6. #16
    Join Date
    Aug 2012

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    I was out checking traps yesterday , I wore Aigle Parcours ISO wellies as they are easy to clean down . They are superb to walk in much better IMHO than the le Chameau they replaced

    I also prefer to shoot in high ankle leather boots . I’m using Altberg Defenders , ex MOD , but I fitted with a new Altberg Memorex foot bed and spacers . They are almost slipper like comfort , light , and look the part on the field . The boots came from eBay around £30 and the Svartz Memorex footbed direct from Altberg £ 30.

    Have a look at the Altberg website for new boots , the range is extensive , and U.K. made too .

    Of course with leather boots you have the inevitable issue of cleaning them, which can be a good hours job if it’s been muddy .

  7. #17
    Join Date
    Oct 2007

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    I haven't worn wellies since October 3rd 1992 which was the say I slipped over on a road in Le Chamea boots and shattered the top of the femur of my left leg. A wet and muddy road was too much for Le Chameaus to cope with. This little incident led to 8 major orthopaedic operations including 1 hip replacement and two revisions.

    Since then I've always worn lace up boots and at the start of last shooting season bought myself a pair of Harkilas from Ardmoor. An excellent and comfortable boot in which I did 55 days picking up in all sorts of terrain.

    In dry weather as at the start of the season all that was needed was a wipe down with a damp cloth after each day & a dose of water proofing every other day. Later on when it got wet & muddy then a scrub over to remove the mud with a stiff brush and then go over with the waterproof while the boots were still damp. Wipe down then allow to dry. Keep them away from direct heat - I left mine on paper on the floor about a couple of feet from one of the radiators so warm but not hot.

    At the end of the season I went through the above process and then tucked them away ready for next September.

    The whole cleaning process took no more then 15 minutes. I was doing three or four days on the run at times, so a heavy maintenance requirement is not a good idea.

  8. #18
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Well within my comfort zone

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    Before Litts in Newport went into liquidation, I bought a pair of waterproof/breathable boots at a discounted price. I still have them here somewhere, I'll have to dig them out. Excellent quality, does what it says on the box & didn't get anywhere near to breaking the bank, I think they were sub-£50.
    2019 & it will be time for a change.

  9. #19
    Join Date
    May 2006
    North East Wales
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    I have stretched ligaments in my ankles that make me prone to turning my ankles. I have worn Le Chameau Chasseur wellies for about 20 years (two pairs) and find that they give good support. Before that I had some incredibly comfortable Mephisto walking boots but found that, because they were ankle high, they acted as a fulcrum for turning my ankles over. My point being that if your ankles are an issue and you go for a walking boot it should be one that comes well above the ankle. I have some Le Chameau calf boots that are nice but I usually wear the Le Chameau wellies.
    “There is no more lovely country than Monmouthshire in early spring. Nowhere do the larks sing quite so passionately, as if somehow inspired by the Welsh themselves. There is a blackbird on every thorn and a cock chaffinch, a twink as they call him there, on every bush...... It moved me profoundly. I had been spared to see another spring, and I thank God for it.”

    Oliver Kite
    “A Spring Day on the Usk”
    A Fisherman’s Diary

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