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G_MAN
07-12-2006, 11:24 AM
the Hanwag Yukon is the non Gtx version of the Alaska model. i went with a non-gortex boot because i find that a good waterproofer is enough for my use and gtx gets hot for me in temps from 90 up. i use Obenauf's Heavy Duty LP and ran side by side test, one on each boot, with Nikwax and nikwax wetted through and Obenauf didn't and hasn't yet, test included stream crossings, 1.5 hours of rain, small amounts of snow.

this is a pretty heavy duty hiker. i've been up and down about 45,000 ft in the last 7 months here in CA as well as MT, carrying anywhere from nothing to a 50lb pack and these boots have performed flawlessly, they have been unbelievably comfortable in temps from 25 to 109, unlike my Hanwag SF Gtx that would become very hot in temps above the 90's. they required a very little break in period, provide excellent support and traction. i couldn't be happier.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v672/SUPA_G_MAN/IMG_0291.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v672/SUPA_G_MAN/IMG_0292-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v672/SUPA_G_MAN/IMG_0293.jpg

this was taken at 13,800 ft in the CA Sierras. also wearing my Buffalo Active Lite jacket which is another amazing piece of gear and you can't see it but i'm wearing my Tailgunner which serves as an excellent little summit pack.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v672/SUPA_G_MAN/IMG_143.jpg
i got them from Lathrop and Sons along with there footbeds.

militarymoron
07-12-2006, 01:10 PM
+1 for hanwag/lathrop & sons footbeds.
g-man, is that look 'blue steel' or 'magnum' i see in the last pic?

G_MAN
07-12-2006, 02:42 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Originally posted by militarymoron:
+1 for hanwag/lathrop &amp; sons footbeds.
g-man, is that look 'blue steel' or 'magnum' i see in the last pic? </div></div>you know gear a lot better than you know 'Looks'.

it happens to be Le Tigre.

militarymoron
07-12-2006, 04:39 PM
i should known it was le tigre - it's SO obvious now i look at it again. what can i say, it's stupendous!

back on topic - why did you pick an all-leather upper vs something like the mtn light? was it durability?

Mel
07-12-2006, 10:13 PM
Great thread G_MAN, and cool pics! I know what you mean about Gtx boots getting hot and not breathing very well. That's why I opted for the non Gtx version of the Hanwag SF boot. I also have the Lathrop footbeds. They are absolutely the most comfortable boots I have ever worn. Where did you get the Obenauf's? I can't seem to find it anywhere around here. I like that heavy duty toe rand on your Yukons, and the fact that they come in brown. We gotta hook up for a hike sometime.

Mel

G_MAN
07-13-2006, 10:34 AM
hey Mel, i got it here.
http://www.obenaufs.com/index.php?cPath=33&amp;osCsid=d10761754911c6d52612e091 a556f86c
i want to plan a few trips back up to the Sierras in sept/oct, let me know your schedule and we'll put something together or contact me if your coming thru LA anytime.

MM, i was really considering the Mt Light but i really didn't want Gtx for the heat of socal and even if they had non Gtx Mt Lights they wouldn't be able to be waterproofed like an all leather boot, but if my boots don't do well for winter mountaineering use i'll go with the Mt Lights for sure.

T&S Manufacturing
07-13-2006, 11:02 AM
gman;

Can you tell me what type foot volume your Hanwags have? Low, Mid, or High volume...or a blend of two (low to mid, etc).

Also, do the boots have a firm counter? The "counter" is more easily seen in a dress shoe. It's a stiff strip of leather (in good shoes like Bostonian...cardboard in less expensive shoes) that wraps around the back of the heel and extends forward on both sides of the heel for 2" or so. Better quality footwear has a counter that extends all the way to the rear of the arch.

The counter provides lateral support/stiffness. This is good in general but more important for people like me who have slight pronation (ankles roll in a bit when weighted).

anthracitic
07-13-2006, 11:16 AM
Somebody needs to call Steve Lathrop-

G_MAN
07-13-2006, 11:33 AM
t&amp;s- don't know much about boots other than how they feel and perform for me. volume question i'm not sure about. as for lateral support these boots are excellent. even when i don't have them laced real tight they provide good support. but like anthractic said, i would give Lathrop and sons a call, they are as passionate about boots as kifaru is about packs. i always spoke with Dusty over there.