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    Lasting waterproofness being the main factor, full leather preferred and not going to break the bank, so £70-£100 preferably.

    Main use will be in the Peaks with a fair amount of bog hopping and mainly off path use, and i hate wet feet, especially if i'm wildcamping.

    Over the past couple of years i've gone with cheap and cheerful £30-£50 jobbies that tend to last 6 months or so of fair use before they head for the bin and i'm not adverse to doing so again, but if there's something else that would fit the bill in my price ranget hat have lasted you a fair bit longer i might aswell pay the extra.

    I know it's all about fit etc but if there's a range that have given you good service i'd at least have some idea where to start looking.

    No wellie recommendations and i'm not into waterproof socks, won't be doing much in way of rock hopping so soles don't have to be bombproof.

    Atm i'm thinking Brasher hillwalkers but i've never used them before so open to anything.

    TIA.

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    hiya Twiggers m8,

    these are my boots which I used for last 5 years of my Ranger service in winter/summer, rain/snow etc, they're bombproof, extremely comfortable, good sole unit, and didn't bust the bank - http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/scarpa-m...-boots-p118970

    Kind Regards, LSR

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    The Zamberlan Ridge boots might be worth a look. You can usually find them for under £100 and they're not bad at all.

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    love my Zamby's great build quality....

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    Boots subject to a lot of bog will last a lot better if you use Yeti gaiters or similar. They're also very good at keeping your feet dry. But they're expensive and if you don't use them as a default they're a bit of a faff on and off (well, a lot of a faff TBH).

    But people who really don't get wet feet when spending all day in boggy terrain often wear wellies. It's entirely normal in Scandanavia for folk to walk around the back end of nowhere in them, so they really do have pedigree in the sort of places you're talking about. As with other boots, it's down to fit: a well fitting pair is no problem to walk in, a poorly fitting pair is terrible.

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    Another pair of goretex boots have started leaking for me but my old meindl borneos (no goretex) never leaked, so getting goretex won't always make a difference. Lot's of wax polish regularly, hardly no seams to leak and I reckon you're sorted. Got some Hitec leather boots on test at the minute and they have that ionmask thing going on - hardly any seams in the leather to leak, will wax up well and the grip is amazing on wet rock as Hitec can afford the best soles that vibram make. Might be worth a shot? Hitec are often found cheap.

    The grip is something else, carbon rubber Vibram units with straight cut lugs. Seriously impressed by the grip they offer.

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    Sorry, I meant Berghaus Ridge, not Zamberlan. Zamberlan do indeed make very good quality boots, but probably not at under £100.

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    Kelvin, i have besides me a pair of Hi-tech scarfell wp, they were the most comfy boots i've ever had, i think they were £35, certainly no more than that and lasted around 6-7 months before they started to leak, and that was due to the thin leather cracking where they bend, i can't bring myself to bin them as they're so comfy and lovely to wear in dry weather.

    That's my dilemma really, £35 for 6 months use can't be sniffed at, and there's no guarantee something 3 times the price will any fare better.

    Guy, i did search for Zamberlan Ridge and found nowt, now i know why.

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    Leather only usually cracks when it's dried out - did you keep them well treated?

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    Yes mate, G-waxed them quite regularly.

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    I'd be inclined to take them back then - leather should be tougher than that. My work boots are cheap, thin and last a lot longer. I've taken some well wrecked boots back before and had them replaced no bother.

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    Nah, i reckon i've had my moneys worth, they are dirt cheap after all.

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    One week only.... might not be what your after but hey what the heck...

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    I'm wearing these at the moment:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdBNt22Mhlg

    Picked them up in an outlet in Berlin for about £45 bargain!

    Not tested them in the wild yet, but they are very light, supportive, comfortable, breathable and waterproof.

    Downside: tongue is too short as well as the laces.

    Just bought the Inov8 390's as well, mentioned here:

    http://www.outdoorsmagic.com/forum/f.../52636/V/8/SP/

    For £50 - what the heck!

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    http://www.outdoorsmagic.com/forum/f...last=1&V=8&SP=
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    Cotswolds have some very decent boot all around the tonne mark mate!!!
    look in the rock bottom mens footwear section at top.
    sorry cant do links on iPad or bloody iPod ffs.....

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