I'm looking for a store that I can buy leather caulks in Vancouver or Nonaimo. I'm interested in the Hoffman products, and am hesitant to buy online because I want to trust the fit. I know Viberg is based out of Vic, but I have heard the quality has dropped.
Alternatively, I have worn and not hated the Viking blue rubbers but can't do a good comparison to the leathers because I've never worn them. Can anyone offer insight as to why the full leather or half and halfs are superior and worth the ~200$ difference in price?
I've seen rubber caulks blow out within one month, especially on the coast where you have lots of sharp pointies. Really sucks to have your boots come apart and have to borrow some orange gumbies until you can buy new ones. Comfort is another issue, as the leather boots tend to form fit better than squishy mcgishy rubber tubes. I've never been a fan of the half-leathers, because the seam between the rubber and leather inevitably seems to destroy the back of my achilles. Leather demands more upkeep, sometimes re-applying sealant several times in a week during extreme weather. However, the payoff is a superior boot IMHO.
I've posted this before, but I'll post it again, don't forget about socks. I strongly believe that a combination of a thin merino (against the skin) with a sports compression sock (knee high, for running or cycling) is the best way to go. This creates a slippy interface (between the socks) that prevents blistering, and helps prevent your feet from swelling and feeling great at 8am and death-pain by noon.
I don't have any beta on local boots as I bought a pair of good leathers from a place on Kingsway about 8 years ago, and haven't looked back since.
You could try Ono in Nanaimo too, they're usually good for other planting gear although I've never been impressed by their boot selection.
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