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JohnHV
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I've been wearing them for going on 35 years. Been using my current pair for about 10 years. I agree with the others that the unlined models are not for cold weather, no insulation at all! But from 40 to 85 degrees they are great. Very soft rubber bottoms, like moccassins. Very quiet. Uppers need some sort of waterproofing. I use Montana pitch blend and they are good for most applications here in Georgia. I find them very comfortable with a pair of medium weight wool socks.

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Hopewell Tom
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I've had 6 or 7 pairs of Bean Boots, in various heights. My one pair of Schnees are superior in many ways. The Bean Boot bottom is very good for sneaking, slippery in the wet though.
The Bean Boots are good too. It's a tough question. Montana Pitch Blend is my preferred coating for any leather upper.

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I have a pair of size 10's with buff leather, and shearling lined..bought em here a few weeks back, beautiful, but a little snug on me, I'll let em go for 75.00 TYD. cost over 200 new

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I got a pair early last summer to go elk hunting in Colorado. They run a bit big and followed the recommendation to order down. They are amazingly comfortable right b out of the box!it did snow on us at elevation and I did not have any trouble with slipping nor cold. I was wearing heavy wool sock with them.

I waterproofed them and not one leak. I continued to wear them back here in NW Missouri during our deer season with no complaints.

I would also recommend getting the hooks instead of the regular eyelets as it speeds the donning of them exponentially....

Soles are soft enough to feel the ground, but still offer protection.

I can't say enough good things about them!

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Oh yeah, speed hooks are the way to go. That's what I've used for years but you have to ask for them.
I've hunted in mine down to the upper 20s and wear wool socks with cotton over them for wicking.

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I agree with Felix, light weight is okay early season, but better go with the best you can afford when the weather is wet, cold, rocky etc. Good fitting boots are paramount. I would add Danner, but make sure you try some out with a base layer sock and medium or heavy weight, whatever you plan to use. Smart socks and merino wool are great.

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I have worn them for years, and got the tall (16 inch) version a couple of years ago. For $1.50, Bean will put the speed hooks on, and they are the ticket, especially for the tall boots.
I wear them in the high country as well as lower elevations when the weather is mild.
Great boots for sneaking;quiet as moccasins.
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I have worn this boot or the Cabelas copy for years...great early season or cool weather boot. When wet I tend to wear my Lacross rubber/neoprene boots...late season will wear the Bean style boots unless below 30s and then I put on my Lacrosse Ice Kings. LOL

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Bought mine last year and wore them in the snow and cold in WY for bunny hunting. I had good grip in snow but could see in wet they might not work so well. My feet did get cold if I stopped too long, but Bean makes a wool insert I am going to try. Great boots to stalk in especially in the Sept elk and deer here in WY. Wish I knew about the speed lacing I have to get up half hour early to get them on.
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Thanks for the input guys!! I hunt flat land in NW Ohio, no rocky terrain here. I would say I'm a fair weather hunter for the most part. I like the idea of the rubber bottoms for scent control and especially waterproofing. I do cross some small creeks at times to get to my stands. I believe the Schnees and the like would be over kill. I do have a couple pair of the Cabelas outfitter boots that I use out west chasing elk so the Beans will be primarily for deer hunting here in NW Ohio. There is a Bean store in Columbus and will be down there anyway for wife's side of Christmas over the MLK holiday weekend. I may stop in there and try a pair on. After listening to you guys, sounds like the lace hooks are the way to go as well. Thanks again!!!
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I agree with all above. Just know the difference between Bean Boots and Maine Hunting Shoes. Bean Boots have a harder sole for walking on pavement, and cheaper leather uppers, and are probably what you'll find at their store. Maine hunting shoes have a softer sole for woods hunting and you might have to order them and wait weeks, I think they're great, I wish I had ordered the speed hooks. Keep the leather well protected, Montana Pitch blend is another great product, and the threads from leather to rubber packed full of waterproofing and you'll be able to cross streams with no problem.

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I've used the 6,8, and 10 inch versions of the Bean Hunting shoe. They are very quiet and light weight. Probably the best all around hunting boot I've used. Recently I developed neurapathy in my feet and stopped using them because they are loose fitting. I put some Two Tracks wool foot beds in and then my orthotics and that solved my problem. It is tricky getting them sized and you may need to add a foot bed or wear thicker socks. Adding the wool foot beds and the orthotic takes up just enough space that it is perfectly snug the way I need them.

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They are well made and bean backs anything they make .

I wouldn't try to walk 20 feet on slick or slightly steep ground in them .

They are not waterproof , almost draw water uphill.

For hunting in slightly rough terrain or worst get something else

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I used mine last night for a quick tour around the property with my snowshoes (6 degrees with about 18" of snow on the ground and still falling - gotta love the lake effect). They work great with the Iverson Bindings on my snowshoes.

I have been using them since the early 80's and find them very adaptable to most conditions. They are the perfect fall and spring boot here in the midwest for cool and damp conditions with temps below 60 degrees. I can wear them in winter as long as I stay active. I have used them mule deer and elk hunting and had no problems with traction in the areas I hunted. They are the perfect boot for still hunting providing protection from the elements but still allowing a measure of feel for the ground.

I personally like the tread on them because I find aggressive treads fill with mud and end up not providing traction but leaving you carrying around a couple pounds of mud. Then when you get in the treestand the mud just falls off making noise when it hits the ground.

I am surprised by the number of comments about them not being water proof. I have not had that problem. Like any leather boot, you have to treat the leather regularly with an appropriate sealer. I have found an annual application of Sno Seal keeps them water proof, allowing me to cross shallow creeks and puddles when needed, and to hunt in generally wet conditions.

They do not work well any time you are inactive in cold conditions such as for stand hunting in the cold below about 30 degrees. Also I do not use them for packing weight in steep conditions though they work fine for backpacking on gentle slopes. I have not used them in extremely rocky condition so cannot comment on how they would perform under those conditions.

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I love them for everything. Own 3 pair! Had one resoled.

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