Brecon - best boots (any brand)

#1
Hi guys - I am planning on doing some fell running and tabbing on the hills in prep for Cambrian this year.

I need to buy a pair of decent hill boots (normally cut around in Altberg Sneeker MkII, zero ankle support).

I have been looking at issued Lowa Goretex, Scarpa and German Army Mountain Boots (Meindl?)

Any suggestions would be great - just want the best possible boot for Brecon. Suggest best boot by brand, not reasons why other brands are shit - everybody has diff feet so want to get a wide range based on actual personal use, I can then try a few pairs and see what works for me.
 

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#4
When creeping up on sheep you will require something light. I favour footwear by the French manufacturer Philippe Philoppe.
 

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Hi guys - I am planning on doing some fell running and tabbing on the hills
As a retired vicar I know little of military matters so feel free to correct me if I am wrong. 'Tabbing'. "Tactical Advance to Battle", yes? Don't tell me Llywelyn Ein Llyw Olaf has kicked off again?
 
#11
Anything, that's issued. If it's good enough for war, it's good enough for jollying - and they're free!
Thanks - I was considering the Lowa issued (coldweather boots)

I will also look at the Hanwags (know where I can get a set for £30), they look pretty decent with plenty of ankle support. I'm sold on Altberg already so will have a look at the Warriors when I get a chance.

Does anybody know where I can get Lowa Elite black? They are the desert elite but for general wear...
 

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Does anybody know where I can get Lowa Elite black? They are the desert elite but for general wear...
Tough one. Google is only showing 1,410,000 results for Lowa Elite black.
 
#15
You may find all the above all wrong for fell running. Tabbing yes but for running, get yourself some running shoes!
 
#18
Aviod the lowa black elite if you are likely to get it wet. they seem to collapse, and look a bit sh~t a bit quick.

I would also avoid gortex, its a luxury that in that enviroment is shite. Gortex will allow liquid in a vapour form to vent. If you are tabbing hard, its a bit like having plastic bags on your feet. they get hot and sweaty quick, which in turn aids development of hot spots, leading to blisters.

Also, a bit sh#t if you manage to fill the with water. got lowa, or similar, and non gortex.

If you like a challenge, or are feeting a bit kinky, I recomment Boots: 10 pence, compressed cardboard. AKA DMS hights
 
#19
I did Cambrian in good old Goretex Pro Boots. Would I use them again, probably not. As said above, very sweaty when tabbing hard. Normal leather appears better for rigorous use.

Contrary to popular belief, leather breathes and dries quicker than a lined boot. If leather did not breath it would be pointless putting in a gortex liner.

Lowa Mountain boots are nice. There liner is a bit different in that it is open at the top so when you walk, moisture is pumped out the boot via small holes at the top.
 
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