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Bobaru
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My "good" hunting boots bit the dust.

I do have muck boots which I love. I have some Bean boots, which are nice because they are light weight. Neither, however, provide really good ankle support.

I'm recovering from a minor ankle problem. I was wondering if anyone knew of a good fitting boot that they think will work well. I;m guessing it should probably be a high boot with laces to keep my ankle in place.

I'd appreciate any thoughts or suggestions.

Thanks ahead!

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I have a pair of Irish Setters that support my ankles. Not the warmest however. What brand were your good boots ?
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Meindl Denali's are the best I've ever came across. They are a little pricey but last forever if taken care of and far exceed others in comfort.
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Bobaru, I have worked as an orthopedic nurse for 15+ yrs, what we recommend and what I have used personally for ankle support is an over the counter lace up ankle brace. Easy to use, light and gives good support
Can be worn instead of a stiff boot or worn with a stiff boot for added support.
Just a thought. Should fit inside the muck boot and might save you a few bucks on new boots. Good luck.

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Mike, the boots that wore out were Cabelas. But, I believe they were a Danner boot.

I'll look into the Setters.

Kevin, that's good advise. I have an ankle brace. I'll test it out to see if I can get it to work and let you know.

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Ditto on the Irish Setters. I have a pair I just put the fourth set of laces on last week!

I have put miles and miles and miles on mine - deer, grouse, showshoeing and just walking the woods - in the last 15 years or so. Still going strong.

I believe mine are the 809 ("Elk Hunter") model.

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quote:
Originally posted by kevsuperg:
Bobaru, I have worked as an orthopedic nurse for 15+ yrs, what we recommend and what I have used personally for ankle support is an over the counter lace up ankle brace. Easy to use, light and gives good support
Can be worn instead of a stiff boot or worn with a stiff boot for added support.
Just a thought. Should fit inside the muck boot and might save you a few bucks on new boots. Good luck.

x2 on the brace.

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Irish Setter, Chippewa, Georgia, Carolina, Danner.....
Lots of good boot makers out there!!! It's the "style" that makes the differance!

What you want, is a good "Logger" style boot. Forget about all the so called "Hunting Boots"... What you want is a sturdy, insulated boot, that is made for the woods. They will be HEAVY, and EXPENSIVE, and they will also last you for years.
Loggers make their living in the woods. Every day, hard work and abuse, in rugged terrain and conditions. Their boots are as important as their chainsaw... If it doesn't hold up, it's a waste of money!!!

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I just picked up a pair of Irish Setters, too. I'm not sure the specific offshoot (I think they were Deer Trackers), but they are great! I walked up and down some pretty steep hills with a lot of thick underbrush and I had no troubles with my ankles. It was also around O degrees out and my feet were nice and toasty. Finally, another time I was out, I was walking near a slough and there was a patch that wasn't completely frozen yet. Had water past my ankles, but my feet were nice and dry!

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Last evening, I put on the brace I had and then put on my Muck boots. The one with the brace was a little tight. But, I walked around the house for a couple hours with it that way. It worked just fine.

Went hunting today. Through the brace in my pack just in case I started coming up lame. The really good news is that my ankle was able to handle the stress of walking through muddy fields - without the brace.

Bad news is I didn't see any deer.

But, considering that I'm able to finally "get around," I'll take that good news over not seeing a deer.

Thanks for the advise. The brace is in my pack and it does protect my ankle really well.

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Good on you. I wear my brace quite a bit this time of year.

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The lace up brace sounds like an excellent idea!

Combined with the right boot and I think you would have double protection and the extra suppert you need.

I would not overlook a quality after market insole as well or even a custom made one specifically for you to add in reducing stress and impact.

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Kenetrex or meindls great boots worth every penny

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I've got ankles that were sprained in sports so many times in my younger days that they'll roll on a twig. I used to "push back" and make it worse, but over the years I've trained myself to just go with it and hit the ground, lol. I like my Danner Frontiers. This model may no longer be available, but when I got them they were made in USA and definitely a cold weather boot with 1000 gram Thinsulate. I just had them resoled for the first time, which is a nice feature. I seem to get the best ankle support with the lacing pattern that has an eye or "speed" hook that's offset back when you get about the level of the top of your foot. My Danners as well as my favorite hiking boot (Asolo) have that feature.

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