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Which boots do you recommend?

Q. Hey Gear Guy! I am moving to an 85-acre farm soon and I’m looking for a pair of boots for hiking, fishing, hunting and riding my dirt bike across the farm. What would you recommend?
– Moving Xavier, Newport News, Va.

A. Lucky you, Xavier! I’d love to live on an 85-acre farm! I’m guessing you want good quality and comfort, without spending a bunch. A good start would be these L.L. Bean Pathfinder Midheight Hikers ($79; The are nice lightweight hiking boots that are comfortable straight out of the box. If you need something that’s waterproof, which could come in handy while tromping around your farm, take a look at the L.L. Bean Waterproof Trail Model Hikers, Mid-Cut ($99). For more suggestions, check out the Gear Guy hiking boot roundup.

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4 Comments on Which boots do you recommend?

  1. i say the hiking boot because they have better grip than a hiking shoe

  2. shadowmegafan100 // November 16, 2012 at 8:52 pm // Reply

    Wow,85 acres!

  3. Being from MN we use a lot of different seasonal boots. For general hiking I suggest Timberlands; light and affordable ($40.00). if in colder weather I hike in Red Wing “Irish Setter” boots ($120.00). Again super light in weight, covers above the ankle, water proof and insulated to 20 temp rating. For real cold weather nothing beats “Iceman” or “Sorels” boots ($120.00); not the knock offs though; they look the same but offer far less comfort and cold protection.

  4. If you go to shular shoes you can find the kind you are looking for and they will find the right size for the right fit, they also have great custumer service.

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