Discovery Mens Extreme Waterproof IsoGrip Boots

Discussion in 'Gear, Equipment and Clothing' started by Paulsb, Nov 26, 2017.

  1. Paulsb

    Paulsb Regular Member

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    Chorley Lancashire
  2. Rocky

    Rocky Regular Staff Member

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    The reviews on the website look very positive. Will they fit your feet? Can you try on a pair before buying online?

    Good luck!!
     
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    Paulsb

    Paulsb Regular Member

    Location:
    Chorley Lancashire
    Well I’ve tried an 8.5 in store and these seem wide enough but too long. The website states no hassle returns so it seems OK.

    I’m going to Outdoor Action tomorrow but if no joy there I shall be ordering these.

    All our local stores allow one to take boots home and wear them in the house to test for comfort. Is that the norm?
     
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  4. Alicat

    Alicat Regular Member

    I recently bought some boots from Whalley Warm and Dry. Great service, good attention to detail for my awkward feet and ability to test in the house afterwards. You'll pay full retail whack, mind.
     
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    Paulsb

    Paulsb Regular Member

    Location:
    Chorley Lancashire
    Thanks. I’m going to Whaley tomorrow
     
  6. Alicat

    Alicat Regular Member

    Good luck. Let us know how you get on.
     
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    Paulsb

    Paulsb Regular Member

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    Rather disappointed with Whalley Warm and Dry. I’d particularly wanted to look at Hanwag, which the website says they stock, but found virtually nothing on display. It struck me as a small shop with a limited range of very expensive clothing. Pretty much what you’d expect in the Ribble Valley.

    Thanks for the suggestion. I’ve cycled through Whalley many times but rarely stopped. I had a good wander round and cafe stop at Benedict’s so far from a wasted afternoon.
     
  8. Alicat

    Alicat Regular Member

    Oh that's a shame. Did you go upstairs? It's bigger than downstairs. They have a boot fitting service up there.

    I came away with a pair of Hanwag boots. Admittedly the ones with the specialist bunion last, which happened to suit my arthritic feet.
     
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    Paulsb

    Paulsb Regular Member

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    Upstairs!!! Didn’t see any stairs.

    No wonder I was so disappointed in the range!!!!!!!
     
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  10. Alicat

    Alicat Regular Member

    Sounds like an excuse for another outing - ring and book an appointment for a boot fitting or that will be three coffee stops at Benedicts.
     
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    Paulsb

    Paulsb Regular Member

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    @Alicat I’m sat in our front room wearing an extraordinarily expensive pair of Meindl Trento Lady GTX - size 7.5!!! I usually buy 8 for civvies and 9 in walking boots to get the width.

    I’ve smashed my budget and to be honest can’t afford these boots but it looks like I’ll keep them if after 48 hours around the house they still feel right.

    To be serious your recommendation was an excellent one, the service and understanding of my needs was first class. It was very interesting to observe how Rhiannon, the young woman who helped me, built on my comments, adapting each boot choice as we went along.

    These boots can be re-soled at a cost of £50-70 which is the factor that convinces me the investment is worthwhile. Knowing if I look after the uppers correctly I can get many years from the boot. When they need new soles puts a different perspective on the initial cost. If I have to spend £50+ on new soles, say, every two years that’s a very different prospect to having to bin them and start again - which has been my experience to date.

    Many thanks, you’ve genuinely helped me solve a problem which will enhance my my enjoyment of walking. My previous boots have always been a compromise, these aren’t.

    ^_^
     
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  12. Rocky

    Rocky Regular Staff Member

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    That's great, Paul :thumbsup:

    I hope you have many happy miles of walking in them :smile:
     
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  13. Alicat

    Alicat Regular Member

    So glad you have found a pair that fit @Paulsb. You get what you pay for imho and the boots you have will last you much longer than a pair that are a compromise.

    I was very nervous with mine to start with, given the cost and all. They too are a little shorter than my last pair so I wore them round the house for ages before I took the plunge and wore them outside.
     
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    Paulsb

    Paulsb Regular Member

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    Chorley Lancashire
    Walked about 30 miles in these so far and they are breaking in nicely. I’m planning to pop back for some advice in the New Year as I’m having difficulty stopping my foot sliding forward and my big toe touching the upper surface of the boot. Irritating rather than uncomfortable. I think a change to lacing technique (it came as news to me different methods exist!) will be the answer, either that or a steam stretch.

    The advice to use beeswax, again new to me, is so far proving successful. Water sheds very easily from the boot and appearance is good - I like my kit to look well cared for!!
     
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  15. Drago II - the sequel

    Drago II - the sequel Regular Member

    I was about to suggest you try another lacing pattern, but looks like you have that in hand. Good skills.
     
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