Le Chameau mouflon plus boots.
Posted 11 July 2007 - 01:34 pm
The delivery company tried to deliver about 2 days after ordering so top marks from decoying.co.uk. one slight problem though the company couldn’t find a our house :laughbounce2: After another couple of days and phone calls they found us and delivered them to the neighbors while I was out with the dog. Good job I put the notice on the door or it could have been another day!!
When they arrived I couldn’t wait to get out and test them but first gave them a good coating in wax to help the leather last longer. Got my nikwax coated the boots and even got the hairdryer on it to make it really soak in to the leather. There was a few loose ends on the stitching which would have been nice to have them trimmed with the price you pay but its hardly going to go damaging them is it.
Next day I was out in them testing out what they were up to. First thoughts were great. Water just ran off them, this was no doubt the wax I had put on but it seemed good, exactly what you would expect from some boots costing nigh on 200 buff! The grip is excellent on them and still is to this day. At first the leather is a bit stiff but it soon wears in yet still gives plenty of ankle support which is great.
Couple of weeks passed and the water wasn’t running off anymore so a thorough cleaning was in order and another waxing up. All waxed up by next day they were back to normal water running off them as soon as it touched. There was a few scratches here and there but nothing to complain about.
Few months, few waxings and they were looking a bit rough. Many a scratch on the soft upper leather that Le Chameau put around the top of the boot along with a few all over but id heard they look bad but still keep going. Granted I wasn’t expecting them to go this quick but as long as they still performed I didn’t care what they looked like. One thing I did notice was when walking at pace over jagged ground or flat hard ground they give a bit a cramp in your calf muscle. Perhaps its just me that I fasten them too tight or whatever but they were a bit uncomfortable. Back onto softer grass or mud and they were fine but as I say on this type of ground there was definitely some cramping starting.
Few more months and I was arriving home with one slightly wet foot. Thinking it was abit odd just having one wet foot but never really put much thought in to it and put it down to sweat. Anyway crossing the river the other day I thought I could feel the water creeping in. Not flowing in just creeping as if there was a small hole somwere. Carried on a few more days and it was the same part of my foot getting wet. On closer inspection you could see the black rubber stuff Chameau use to cover the toe area and back around the boot was coming away from the leather!! Quite frankly I wasn’t happy. Would you be after spending that much money for 6 months use??
Anyway ive just been looking on the web for chameaus UK address to send them back to. They have a 1year guarantee so may aswell get my money back if they give me the option to, doubt if ill be having another pair now unless I absolutely have to. I wouldn’t mind if id have done a lot of work in them. Well actually I would of but all they have done is stomped a few rats, walked many a mile, crossed rivers and a bit of ferreting and whilst ferreting I wasn’t the one who was digging so god knows what thay would have been like I had of been. The sole was good and still has loads of life left in it but one has a leak so they may aswell go back. Anyway im back to stage one now hoping Chameu will give me my money back and then looking for some quality high boots.
Posted 11 July 2007 - 04:50 pm
Think I will go with lowas, anyone use them?
Posted 11 July 2007 - 05:03 pm
Posted 11 July 2007 - 08:19 pm
Posted 11 July 2007 - 09:27 pm
I have never had high boots, just ankle boots and worry that they might be abit tough to get on?
Posted 11 July 2007 - 09:35 pm
Posted 12 July 2007 - 01:02 am
I've since taken to wearing lower boots and now insist on clips. With those things ye can lace on and remove ye boots with a few hand movements. I swear by them and simply wouldn't buy a laced boot ~ of any make ~ without them now
I trust that's what ye were asking about? Only I've always found - once the laces are off - most boots are much of a muchness getting off. Fabric lining helps that slide though
Posted 12 July 2007 - 07:17 am
I'm just of the opinion that its about what a company actually makes, Le Chameau, are a wellie manufacturer and from what I'm told are very good at it (too rich for my blood, an I hate wellies). They probably only got into boots as the company expanded on the sales of wellies. So for me i'd only buy their rubber specials! Same with any company, Adidas make training shoes, if I wanted a watch I wouldn't look there and so on......
Next time go for a reputed walking boot manufacturer, they are graded in 'seasons', (so are sleeping bags, tents etc). A four season boot is designed for winter an 'severe winter' conditions (these boots should take crampons), made not to give too much and totaly weather proof. if you are in the market again go to a good walkin/outdoor shop, ask which boots are for which 'season', check them all over by hand an eye, a top notch boot should come in at around £150.00.
Posted 12 July 2007 - 07:58 am
Was just about to buy a pair as I have found them for £130..........may hang back
Just one other thing.......have people found that when you start to put various sprays and waxes on to boots it allways seems to lessen the life of some boots?
Edited by WILF, 12 July 2007 - 08:10 am.
Posted 12 July 2007 - 10:49 am
the clips are good, takes a while to do them up on a high boot but easy enough to do.
just browsing the net atm looking what i can buy as a replacemet (thats if they'll give me my money back). looking for something quite high, 10+ inch really. lloking at the lowa combat gtx or mega camp. anyone tried them or got any other recomendations?? clipper what model of danners were yours?? theres that many dont know were to begin with the exchange rate as it is (or was last time i checked) ordering from the america should be allright aslong as the prices arnt too high to start with.
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Posted 18 July 2007 - 02:02 pm
sounds a good price wilf. all id heard about them before was good but after this post i found a few had the same problem. good luck with them and let us know 6-12 month down the line what you think. dont forget to keep the receipt.....
Posted 18 July 2007 - 04:09 pm