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Old 01-17-2021, 05:04 PM
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Default Best source for men's hiking & mountain boots - Calgary

Hi, looking for recommendations in the Calgary area for stores carrying men's hiking and mountain hunting boots.

Suggestions on best brands appreciated as well.

I am looking for something I can hopefully use for general hiking in the mountains and the same boots for backpack hunting in the higher zones of the mountain, looking for elk in particular.

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Old 01-17-2021, 05:35 PM
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Irish setter vaprtrek seem like a great boot. My wife ran a pair this year and loves them. They are very light, good traction and light/medium support.

For a pack hunt on anything besides mountains, I have had great luck with Danner or Irish setter.

If you want an actual mountain boot I'd lean towards a techincal light mountaineering boot.

My current prairie/hills hunting boots are Setters and Danners.
I just got a set of Scarpa Mont Blonc pro's for a mountain boot and they are pretty stiff but I am happy with them so far, I only have about 15 miles on them in the hills though.

Going with a quality brand and reding lots of reviews is good but if the boot doesn't fit YOU properly it's all for nothing. I don't have any recommendations on where to shop but keep trying until you find "the perfect fit"

I have bought boots that felt decent and hoped they would stretch it the tight spots and get better but they never did.

Lots of companies offer free returns, I wouldn't fully limit yourself to a "hunting Boot" though.

Just my .02.
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Old 01-17-2021, 06:43 PM
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It's not in Calgary, but a couple of friends talk highly of Monod Sports in Banff for higher end boots.
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Old 01-17-2021, 07:20 PM
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Campers Village has a guy in their shoe dept that is very knowledgable, can't remember his name but if you tell him what you will be using them for he will get you hooked up.
Just a side note on the Vapor treks, I have those boots and love them HOWEVER, they are like having crazy carpets on your feet if you encounter any kind of ice, great in the snow but good luck staying upright if you find an icy patch.
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Old 01-17-2021, 07:44 PM
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Not in Calgary but Great North Presision in BC carries Crispi boots. Customer service was excellent for shipping different sizes to get the right fit. Have been very pleased with these boots
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Old 01-17-2021, 09:58 PM
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I would look into the lowa Camino. In calgary Mec carries them , and if you’d prefer to support somewhere else I think there is a smaller store that carries lowa boots (Norseman maybe).
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Old 01-17-2021, 10:02 PM
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Norseman Outdoor Specialist would be a good place to look.
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Old 01-17-2021, 10:05 PM
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I think Crown Surplus is carrying a bunch of the Lowa line right now. Would be worth checking
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Old 01-18-2021, 08:56 AM
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Hi everyone, thanks for the information and advice, some great ideas on where to look and what to look for, appreciate it, take care and have a great day
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Old 01-18-2021, 09:52 AM
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Going with a quality brand and reding lots of reviews is good but if the boot doesn't fit YOU properly it's all for nothing. I don't have any recommendations on where to shop but keep trying until you find "the perfect fit"

Lots of companies offer free returns, I wouldn't fully limit yourself to a "hunting Boot" though.

Just my .02.

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Scarpa, zamberland, hanwag, lowa, danner

They all have great boots. I have had really expensive ones I wanted to love but they didnt fit my feet so I returned them. If the boots hurt you won't hike long. Get the ones to fit you!
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Old 01-18-2021, 10:02 AM
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Norseman Outdoor Specialist would be a good place to look.
I second Norseman - I received excellent customer service and super knowledgeable staff.
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Old 01-18-2021, 11:48 AM
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x3 on Norseman. Great place to check out boots.
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Old 01-18-2021, 06:58 PM
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Hanwag - Non Better!
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Old 01-18-2021, 07:54 PM
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Been wearing Meindl boots for years !! Best I have tried!
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Old 01-18-2021, 09:07 PM
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Wherever you can find Lowa - find'em! If you want something similar, made by the same family just by the folks that make them not as good, get Hanwag. Those are the best two.
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Old 01-18-2021, 09:27 PM
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In last 12 years I bough 5 pairs of mountain boots (Lowes, Meindl, Zamberlan, Kenetrek, Aku), and none of them in Calgary stores. Best experience so far with altitude-sports.com
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Old 01-18-2021, 09:51 PM
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It's not in Calgary, but a couple of friends talk highly of Monod Sports in Banff for higher end boots.
I've bought a pair of Hanwags from Monods. They didn't fit and had to send them back. Easy and painless customer service, they quickly sent me a shipping label and refunded once they arrived back in Banff. They didn't have the size I ended up needing. A bit of a PITA to order and send back to try them on, but Monods made it as painless as possible. Would 1000% deal there again.

Ended up ordering from Valhalla Pure. I've ordered several items from them but have never had to return.
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Old 01-18-2021, 10:01 PM
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Valhalla Pure is really good as well. Easy to deal with, easy returns, free shipping. No complaints.
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Default Crispi boots

See Mark's is now selling Crispi boots on-line and this weekend [Oct.15,16&17/2021] offering 25% off all store purchases. May be a good chance to get a deal and some models are in wide width also.
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Old 10-15-2021, 11:03 PM
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I have never bought boots from Monods but their customer service is top notch. I had some gloves that I though should be warrantied and they gave me a refund to save me the timely process and filed for the warranty return themselves.

I have bought and returnee boots to MEC, also an unbelievable return policy.
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Old 10-16-2021, 05:59 AM
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See Mark's is now selling Crispi boots on-line and this weekend [Oct.15,16&17/2021] offering 25% off all store purchases. May be a good chance to get a deal and some models are in wide width also.
That's a good deal, high end boots don't go on sale often.
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