Jungle/rainforest boots/shoes

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4 years 7 months ago - 4 years 7 months ago #1830 by angiud
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I would like to get a suggestion to buy a pair of reliable boots (possibly) suitable for my (not so long) forest trekking here in Thailand.

I bought one and half years ago an expensive pair of Magnum



But after less then one year of fair and not so wet use they are falling apart.

Any suggestion from the more experts?

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4 years 7 months ago - 4 years 7 months ago #1831 by Paul T
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I had the same problem, a year in Thailand's heat and the boots just fall to pieces. I have a very knackered pair of merrills for long dry season walks but for the last 3 years I have been using wellingtons in the forest. Too big for carrying on long trips/planes but they sit in the back of my car always and I absolutely love them. Wear them on 99% of my outings.

Currently I have a pair of Alphaburly's, my second pair. They take heaps of abuse and let you mess around in the water as well. I can hike 10-15 ks in them comfortably.
I buy them online from LLBean - delivery is very reliable (I use them a lot because I cannot get trousers, shirts or shoes to fit my big body in Thailand) and delivery costs about 30-40 USD.




My last pair in use a couple of years ago.....(taken by one of our camera traps)

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4 years 7 months ago #1835 by angiud
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Thank you for the interesting, exhaustive answer.

I will get those boots when I am back from my 2 weeks trip on Chiang mai mountains ;-)

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4 years 7 months ago #1838 by joeisan
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Hi Antonio,

After also losing expensive boots I went for the easy way, also less expensive so a renewal would not be a problem.

I have, for the wet season, a pair of hunting boots, rubber, one piece. They are great, waterproof and because out of one piece they cannot fall apart.

Then for the normal season I just started to use Delta Tactical boots, used by Thai army and police forces in special occasions. They got them in desert colour and black, I have the black pair.
They are produced in China but give an excellent impression for the first couple of trips I made, very solid, easy to get in (I have thick ankles), zipper covered by flaps, tight with laces. They walk like a dream, very good support and no "bending" ankles.

I cannot say how long they will last, but for the purchase price of 1500 baht I can never lose.

Just my two satang :)

Joe

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4 years 7 months ago - 4 years 7 months ago #1840 by onflipflops
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My footwear is a little more unusual, but been using it for several years now and I am not likely to change back to a pair of true hiking shoes.

I am using a rubber shoe from Adda. It is the only model (that I have found) of rubber shoes that has a heel to give that bit of extra grip.
The only downside is that occasionally a thorn might pop through the sole, but it is easy to remove.

160-190 baht per pair.
Extremely light, and flexible. It helps me moving more quietly through the jungle.
And they are immediately dry.
I wear them combined with self-made cotton leech protection socks.

I used to spend up to 10000 baht on a pair of hiking shoes, but after travelling around for a couple months they were always beaten up and in need of replacement. It takes ages for them to dry after rain.
And they are too heavy, I remember they weight 1600 gram for a pair...

A picture of my jungle footwear. I have a few pairs. Most are black, these happen to be dark blue.



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4 years 7 months ago #1851 by Bagheera
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I was trekking with some thai forest rangers the other day, I had on my North Face hiking shoes, he had on a pair of 50baht flip flops. Yet I was slipping and sliding all over the place and he never even broke sweat, amazing! those little guys are like a hot knife through butter going through the undergrowth and I was like a London Bus trying to keep up with a formula 1 car. humiliating indeed!
Point being I totally see flip flops working great, I just wouldn't want to step on a viper with them on!!

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4 years 3 months ago #2212 by NN
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joeisan wrote: Then for the normal season I just started to use Delta Tactical boots, used by Thai army and police forces in special occasions. They got them in desert colour and black, I have the black pair.

Joe


Any idea where I could find a pair? Thanks.

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4 years 3 months ago - 4 years 3 months ago #2217 by Paul T
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One place that comes to mind (if you are in Nakorn Nayok) is the local army store called "little cowboy" opposite Wat Kotchasan Mani on 33. I always pop in there for a look when I coming back from Khao Yai.

In Bangkok, Atsadang Rd has all the army/navy/camo gear you will need.

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