Viking Boots

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Spangus
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Viking Boots

Post by Spangus » Wed Mar 14, 2012 2:59 pm

Hey, I'm looking at different pairs of viking boots for a season in AB.

I'm looking at the Viking Work Boot
http://www.rockydirect.com/productDetai ... 31/1000074

The Black Tusk
http://www.rockydirect.com/productDetai ... 31/1000074

and the Ericsen
http://www.rockydirect.com/productDetai ... 31/1000074

Has anybody every planted in any of these? Did they work out for? I'm also a girl, so if any girls have worked in any of them that would also be great to know how they fit.

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Viking Boots

Post by aaron » Thu Mar 15, 2012 1:10 pm

definately buy the ones with caulks, not that much more expensive and much safer when walking on logs. I use the black tusks and dont mind them, they arent the most comfortable but still fairly solid.

These are cheaper than the ones you posted and have caulks.http://www.deakin.com/shop/products/?p=1518

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Re: Viking Boots

Post by jules » Thu Mar 15, 2012 6:50 pm

I've planted in a caulked version of the Work Boot and currently own some Black Tusks. I found the Work Boot a bit more comfortable than the Black Tusks, but the Black Tusks seem more durable. These boots pretty much only come in men's sizes, as far as I know, so order them to fit your foot length + a couple of pairs of thick, wool socks (or Bamas). If you look around you can find good deals; my Work Boots cost about $90 at a local chainsaw store, and I got my Black Tusks at IRL in PG for less than $200, IIRC. You can also sometimes find nearly new used pairs for half price.

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Re: Viking Boots

Post by Screefhead » Mon Mar 19, 2012 7:37 pm

Black Tusks are probably the worst caulk boots I have ever tried . Heavy, uncomfortable, hot and near impossible to get them to fit snug on your feet. IMO even the orange rubber caulk boots are an upgrade.

Do you really need caulks in Alberta? Most planters just use hikers or rubber boots for when its really swampy.

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Re: Viking Boots

Post by MattW » Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:58 pm

I used the big orange caulked vikings last year and I dont recommend them.

The only real benefit is the ability to walk on wet logs. I've only planted in the interior, so it wasn't super slashy I guess. They also don't need to be dried every day. Although the bama inserts rarely dried for me overnight.

The negatives are that they are simply uncomfortable. I wore two pairs of socks (one synthetic, one wool) along with a bama insert and it gave me sore feet every day.
They let in sticks and all other sorts of debris because they have very open tops. Some have a fabric synch that closes off the top, but mine always slipped open.
If you get the correct size, it can be a huge pain in the ass to get them off at the end of the day. It took me a good 5 minutes for each boot because they were so fucking tight to get your foot out as they have no give when you try to take them off.
They wear out really easily if you use your kickers as my foot slips off the kicker and rams up into the side of the boot as it overhangs over the sole.

Matt

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