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    new boots needed.

    I need to buy myself a new pair of boots for field work.

    any ideas on good ones that are relatively cheap?

    PTN: they MUST have a goretex lining and be from a QUALITY manufacturer.

    I had a pair of meindl army pro's but they didnt do the job in the end, and recently bought a pair of BATES when I was in the states 2 years ago but lost them somewhere. They were the dogs b****x!!!

    If anyone knows were I can get another pair of them I'd be eternally gratefull.

    Has anyone bought boots from the states off EBAY and if so which ones, what are the shoe sizes compared to UK sizes and whats the delivery time like??
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    My meindl's are fine, so far, lets see how they hold up for a while
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    I must say, having looked up all the mil. surplus sites in Eire Im extremely disappointed with their selection of boots. the only ones I seem to be able to find are the crap magnum ones and the meindl ones.

    The only decent ones I can find so far are the meindl eagle boots in THE GREAT OUTDOORS for nearly 200 yoyo's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ODIN View Post
    Lowa

    Elaborate???????
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    Id rather not spend over 200 yoyo's on a pair of boots thank you.

    Has anyone bought any on ebay from the states?? I really want to get another pair of BATES agin but am not too sure about the sizes.

    They cost me $65 in 2006 and were FAR better then the meindls.
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    Before I bought my Lowa Mountain boots (which are the cats vagina btw) I had two pairs of magnums each pair lasted around 3 years before they started letting in water after being submerged. Magnum Storms in particular where great performers. Cheap enough too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spudula View Post
    Id rather not spend over 200 yoyo's on a pair of boots thank you.

    Has anyone bought any on ebay from the states?? I really want to get another pair of BATES agin but am not too sure about the sizes.

    They cost me $65 in 2006 and were FAR better then the meindls.
    If you're not willing to invest the money, then you'll always get crap boots
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    Not it you know were to look!!!!!!!

    Like I said, the BATES boots cost me $65 which is equal to E42 and they were the best boots I've ever worn!

    And I dont see how spending over E200 for a pair of boots i'll only wear once or twice a month can be seen as an investment.

    If anyone has any helpfull comments or ideas, please let me know.

    Thanks.
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    I've had a pair of Elite Symatex (fabric sided, like new issue but waterproof) boots for around 7/8 years. Same pair, they are only starting to come apart now:-

    Waterproof
    Lightweight
    Good ankle support & cushioning but flexible (an advantage in my book - more comfortable)
    Relatively cheap

    Toes gets damaged easily (Cuts etc) but doesn't effect wearer
    Can be cold to wear at night
    Hard to clean fabric sides
    Soles are designed for road use (not rough terrain)

    Considering a new purchase.

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    Lowa combat gtx.Without doubt the top dog where goretex combat boots are concerned.
    issued to the ARW,used by our anglo cousins in iraq and afganistan,and issued to the german army.
    I have gone through three pirs in the last few years.(hard use at home and overseas)Third pair is still going strong.Swear by em.
    Check out the qm's thread on arrse for more testimonials.
    Lowas were actually trialled for general issue to the defence forces but haix won out as lowa was slightly more expensive.
    Haix are excellent boot though also.So good i migh not buy Lowa again.Maybe???
    meindls too heavy and too high(they compress your calf muscle if you are short in stature causing shin splints and other problems)
    Good place to buy lowas is soldier of fortune in the U.K.reasonably priced and they wont screw you on the price of postage.Good service too.
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    I have my Lowa Combat GTX about 3 years now and they are fantastic. Not too heavy and well wearing
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    Thanks APOD,

    I checked out S.o.F. and I think I might have found what I was looking for.

    Seems to be some other interesting bits of kit (some might even say ALLY!!!) in there too!!!!!!! converted prices dont look too bad either. IRISH MILITARY SURPLUS SHOPS TAKE NOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Have to say Haix are a good boot and they are free . If you are not using them at least twice a month (most PDF units dont achive this) you wont get value for them when you compare them to the haixs. Even you have them for 3 years? I wore them doing the Munroe challenge. Don’t over look the obvious and maybe invest in some other ally gear such as buffalo or snugpax. Quality gear and noting issued compares with it

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    I have a pair of Haix, Meindl Amry Pro, Matherhorns, and the good old 24bs.


    The most comfortable to stand in are the Meindls and Haix

    The most comfortable to walk in are the 24bs (would be since their 8 years old and still going)

    The most comfrotable to run on a road are either the 24bs or the matherhorns.

    The most comfortable over rough terrain, running, crawling, wading through waist deep water are the Matherhorns.

    Warm, soft, good grip and dry out quicker than the rest (bar the 24bs) after they get wet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dog One View Post
    Have to say Haix are a good boot and they are free . If you are not using them at least twice a month (most PDF units dont achive this) you wont get value for them when you compare them to the haixs. Even you have them for 3 years? I wore them doing the Munroe challenge. Don’t over look the obvious and maybe invest in some other ally gear such as buffalo or snugpax. Quality gear and noting issued compares with it
    Their not free to the RDF (apart from the EX- interbaggers)

    I checked out the prices and their too expensive to buy new and I dont wear second hand boots.

    Thanks all the same.
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    Thanks for all the tips lads but what Im really looking for is places and prices.

    And if anyones bought any boots from the states off ebay I'd be especially interested.

    Thanks again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZULU View Post

    The most comfrotable to run on a road are either the 24bs or the matherhorns.

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    Do you have the same issue 24bs as everyone else?!?! I despise wearing them as for running in them....!Put might aswell strap cheese graters to your feet. Especially the newer issues as for some reason they seem of worse quality than the ones we got 5/6 yrs ago!

    Makes the lowa GTX Mt Boots feel like slippers in comparison!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kermit View Post
    I found a UK supplier of Bates boots

    whats the site called???
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    anyone have any experience with viper s they retail about 70 € ?
    the 24bs vary in quality the older ones were blackthorn and were a nice boot and would hold up to field use ,,, the newer ones were far poorer in terms of leather quality and workmanship .
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    Thanks APOD,
    Your welcome
    The modern Irish soldier is better educated,trained and equipped then any any other generation that has gone before.


    "Let us be clear about three facts:First of all.All battles and all wars are won in the end by the Infantryman.Secondly the Infantryman bears the brunt of the fighting,his casualties are heavier and he suffers greater extremes of fatigue and discomfort than the other arms.Thirdly,the art of the Infantryman is less stereotyped and harder to acquire than that of any other arm".
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    Have to say Haix are a good boot and they are free . If you are not using them at least twice a month (most PDF units dont achive this) you wont get with it
    EH,what exactly do you mean by that statement???:confused:
    Operational boots(haix) are used for operational duties which occur well more than twice a month!
    The modern Irish soldier is better educated,trained and equipped then any any other generation that has gone before.


    "Let us be clear about three facts:First of all.All battles and all wars are won in the end by the Infantryman.Secondly the Infantryman bears the brunt of the fighting,his casualties are heavier and he suffers greater extremes of fatigue and discomfort than the other arms.Thirdly,the art of the Infantryman is less stereotyped and harder to acquire than that of any other arm".
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    The most comfortable to stand in are the Meindls and Haix
    Agreed,but personally i find the meindls heav


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    he most comfortable over rough terrain, running, crawling, wading through waist deep water are the Matherhorns.
    WHAT??????Matterhorns are SHITE.Too warm for summer use,no ankle support and the leather soaks up water.Crap.thats why we got rid of em!

    Warm, soft, good grip and dry out quicker than the rest (bar the 24bs) after they get wet.
    You gotta be kidding me.Dont you think haix are superior?:confused:
    each to there own i guess.
    The modern Irish soldier is better educated,trained and equipped then any any other generation that has gone before.


    "Let us be clear about three facts:First of all.All battles and all wars are won in the end by the Infantryman.Secondly the Infantryman bears the brunt of the fighting,his casualties are heavier and he suffers greater extremes of fatigue and discomfort than the other arms.Thirdly,the art of the Infantryman is less stereotyped and harder to acquire than that of any other arm".
    -- Field Marshall Earl Wavell.1948

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