AMK Sportsman

Boot Design Flaws

AlaskaHunter

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This seems like a design flaw to me...cloth eyelets..lasted less than a year.
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The second design flaw with this GTX boot is there is no full gortex bootie...
the gortex runs only 2 " high inside the boot.
There are two problems with that...feet get wet when over 2 inches of water,
and then a "bathtub effect" with a 2" puddle of water in the boot.
Better to either have no gortex so boot can dry quickly,
or a full gortex bootie.
 

BZNHNTR

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I had same boots with same result, sole also delaminated... Also have their Idaho tall and they are holding up better so may just be that boot design not the mfr as a whole.
 

mstevens317

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This seems like a design flaw to me...cloth eyelets..lasted less than a year.
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The second design flaw with this GTX boot is there is no full gortex bootie...
the gortex runs only 2 " high inside the boot.
There are two problems with that...feet get wet when over 2 inches of water,
and then a "bathtub effect" with a 2" puddle of water in the boot.
Better to either have no gortex so boot can dry quickly,
or a full gortex bootie.
Brand?
 

morley.tyler

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As an avowed footwear nerd and recovering Product Development guy @ a brand you all know but not affiliated with @Big Fin, that particular place is a terrible spot to use a soft eyelet. That is a high stress/strain point and I've seen some meatheads pull double riveted steel pieces out, there.

My favorite piece of hardware for securing the lower lacing system has always been on the La Sportiva (Not who I worked for) Karakorum. You can pull like Hell to tighten up around the lower of the boot but when you move to lacing the upper hooks, the lace gets wedgeds between the post and D-ring securing the lower laces from slippage.

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wllm1313

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As an avowed footwear nerd and recovering Product Development guy @ a brand you all know but not affiliated with @Big Fin, that particular place is a terrible spot to use a soft eyelet. That is a high stress/strain point and I've seen some meatheads pull double riveted steel pieces out, there.

My favorite piece of hardware for securing the lower lacing system has always been on the La Sportiva (Not who I worked for) Karakorum. You can pull like Hell to tighten up around the lower of the boot but when you move to lacing the upper hooks, the lace gets wedgeds between the post and D-ring securing the lower laces from slippage.

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Agreed I blew out an eyelet there on my beartooths the first time I put them on SMH… apparently I’m wicked strong :)
 

MTLabrador

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No complaints on my Beartooths after two seasons or Crispi Colorados after a lot of use this spring. I’m sure the Crispis won’t last as long as the Beartooth, but I wanted a lighter synthetic boot for warm weather. When the Beartooths wear out I’ll either go with the Schnee’s Granite or possibly the Scarpa Wrangell or Grand Dru.

Those La Sportivas look nice, the newer Schnee’s have a similar lower lace lock and I really like it.
 

Lilhowie83

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Danner......All three pairs i owned. Slow learner

Now i use kennetrek
I recently bought a new pair of Danners, and after a few hikes in them I realized the design flaw of cloth eyelets. Kicking myself for not spending the extra on some Kennetrecks.
 

mtmuley

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The cloth/nylon eyelet is the worst thing ever put on a boot. Or any type of footwear. I have to search for a work/hiking boot for work that doesn't have the damn things. My hunting boots are easier. mtmuley
 

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