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post #1171 of 1273
so last year it was $150? its now $210 on the ll bean site foo.gif
Edited by crosswound - 10/27/13 at 8:09am
post #1172 of 1273
I think they were $179 last year. Snagged a couple pair at a LL Bean outlet store...must have been returns?
post #1173 of 1273
I bought them 2 years ago at $150. I THINK they were $179 but went on sale for $150 so thats why I snagged them at that price.

BTW the new cordovan version looks good.
post #1174 of 1273
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Originally Posted by 7_rocket View Post

I bought them 2 years ago at $150. I THINK they were $179 but went on sale for $150 so thats why I snagged them at that price.

BTW the new cordovan version looks good.
That's ridiculous. Who says they can raise the price! I'm sure the fact that I'm looking during boots season doesn't help.
post #1175 of 1273
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Originally Posted by matthewh View Post

I'm A Styleforum noob. I've recently been needing (wanting) to get a new pair of brown boots that I can wear for work and weekends. I've been curious about trying the Katahdin boots for while and am grateful to all the people who've posted on this thread. I've found the information helpful, so I thought I'd contribute my thoughts.

A couple of weeks ago I went to the LLBean website to look at the Katahdins again only to find that they had added the new cordovan version. My first thought was that I really liked the look of this boot. However, there are things I preferred about the older boot also. I couldn't decide which to try and, since there was a 10% off thing going on that weekend, I ended up ordering both. My plan was to compare the two, decide which I wanted to keep, then send one back.

The new cordovan (I'll call them NC) version came in first. My first thought was, these are really beautiful boots. I have experience with Chippewa boots going back over 30 years. I've owned several different styles, all very outdoor / work oriented. The shape and profile of these make me think "Chippewa" but the overall finish is the best I've seen from them. Here they are right out of the box.

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My first impression putting on the NC is that the leather is really thick and the sole felt pretty stiff. There was a good amount of heel slip when walking and I wondered if I had ordered the wrong size. I typically wear a size 11 in boots and shoes and 11.5 is running shoes. So I ordered size 11. I have narrow feet so I always wear light merino wool socks with boots and I prefer to have plenty of room for my toes. Therefore, I seldom size down, even when others recommend it. I figure I can always change inserts or tighten laces to get a good fit but there's no way to add toe room. I brought the boots to my office so I could walk around on carpet. I wanted to keep them new. In about 15 minutes of walking they started to feel better.

The next day the original cap-toe (OCT) version came in. My first thought with these was that there sure was a lot of unevenness to the finish of the leather but overall they really make me think "Chippewa". (My first pair 30 years ago had the same quick laces as these.) The fit of these was similar to the NC. These felt much stiffer but wrapped my ankle better, no heel slip.

Next I started to compare the two.

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They each have things I prefer.
I like the round eyelets on the NC but really like the quick ties on the OCT.
The leather on the NC is really nice but will probably require more upkeep.
The NC is narrower, which is good for me, but the OCT looks really nice and better than I expected.

Here's some comparison photos:
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I switched back and forth wearing them on our rugs. (The floors in our house are all hard surface.) The next morning I still couldn't decide so I showed them to my wife and asked her to give me her thoughts, just from looking at them.

Wife: Well, that one would be better for wearing to your office but that one would be good for getting messed up working around the yard.
Me: (Thinking, well, I kind of knew that.)
Wife: Why don't you just keep them both.
Me: (Thinking, this hadn't occurred to me.)  ... uh ... wouldn't that be a little extravagant.
Wife: (losing interest) whatever ...

So with the thought that I might just keep both, I decided that I really like the NC version. I can keep those and then make a decision about keeping the OCT as well. I've been wearing the NC all weekend. I really like these boots. Just in a couple of days they're already breaking in. There's very little heel slip now. They are really comfortable. I can already tell the leather will require some maintenance. I've scratched the toes a few times but they're boots (work boots at that) and its to be expected.

My biggest reservations about keeping the OCT are this:
- The cost.
- They are a little wider and if they stretch out any, that could be an issue for me.
- They really bite into my legs at the collar. (I've read about others have this issue and how it went away.)
- They feel kind of clunky when I walk in them. I think this and the collar thing are both a function of not being broken-in and how well they wrap my ankle.

What I do like about the OCT:
- The lacing. Its much easier to get these on and off compared to the NC.
- The leather. I like the low maintenance rugged finish.
- The cap toe. I've never owned cap toe anything and wasn't sure about the looks but I rather like the looks of this boot. Its a different profile from the NC.

So I'm still on the fence about the OCT. I plan to wear the NC to work tomorrow and bring the OCT so I can walk around on the carpet during my lunch break and see if I can decide.

BTW, this tag is weird.
AppleMark


I guess the message is, "don't wear these boots in California"?
I also didn't realize Chippewa was now owned by Justin.

Sorry for the long post, hopefully someone will find it helpful.
Are the the boots the poster purchased? http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/78205?page=katahdin-iron-work-engineer-boots-plain-toe-mens

I can't find the justin ones.
post #1176 of 1273
I'm contemplating taking up LL Bean on their guarantee....I got them in late 2008 so it seems like a long time, but they are cracking at the flex points. I've worn them a decent amount, but they aren't even ready for a resole yet and I have been kind to them with leather care products.

The plan had always been to wear through the sole and take chippewa up on their recraft/resole service (they even included a post-paid shipping envelope with the boots), but what good does that do me if the uppers are failing before the soles?
post #1177 of 1273
honestly ll bean has always been incredible with their guarantee for me. never done these boots in particular, but i've had back packs replaced that I used for like 4 years. my mom had a sweater that said it could be machine washed. she'd had/washed it for years when one wash it just shrunk a ton. she returned it no questions asked.
post #1178 of 1273
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Originally Posted by dieselman89 View Post


Are the the boots the poster purchased? http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/78205?page=katahdin-iron-work-engineer-boots-plain-toe-mens

I can't find the justin ones.

 

Those are the boots I purchased. The tag on the LLBean boots has 'Justin' on it. I looked it up, Chippewa is now owned by Justin.

Justin Brand doesn't make anything like this boot. I did look at Justin before I bought the Katahdin boots. Something like their #434

is similar but more geared towards being on a jobsite. I've never owned any Justin boots, so I don't know if they're decent or not.

They do cost less. The Katahdin Iron Work boots though feel like other Chippewa boots I've owned. They're basic, solid, no-frills boots

post #1179 of 1273
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Originally Posted by matthewh View Post

Those are the boots I purchased. The tag on the LLBean boots has 'Justin' on it. I looked it up, Chippewa is now owned by Justin.
Justin Brand doesn't make anything like this boot. I did look at Justin before I bought the Katahdin boots. Something like their #434
is similar but more geared towards being on a jobsite. I've never owned any Justin boots, so I don't know if they're decent or not.
They do cost less. The Katahdin Iron Work boots though feel like other Chippewa boots I've owned. They're basic, solid, no-frills boots
At $210 I will wait. I want to know if the quality is there. Thanks for the reply.
post #1180 of 1273
Can someone comment on how these compare to Wolv 1k?
The price point seems solid but, how does quality and longevity compare?
post #1181 of 1273
I own both and the only similarity are the classic designs. The Beans are a much sturdier work boot. I wouldn't hesitate to wear my engineers into any weather / conditions. My 1k's with the leather sole...not so much.
post #1182 of 1273
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Originally Posted by ProfessorShak View Post

Can someone comment on how these compare to Wolv 1k?
The price point seems solid but, how does quality and longevity compare?


I have had extensive experience with the 1K and Chippewa boots. I know this is heresy in some circles but I find the Chippewa to be a better over all boot, much more rugged, with more general uses. And there is no comparison on the price.

post #1183 of 1273
The LL bean boot is definitely more rugged than the Wolv 1k. I own both and the Chippewa boot gets worn in all kinds of foul weather of if I'm going romping around muddy areas.
post #1184 of 1273
what is llbean's guarantee for the katahdin boot?
post #1185 of 1273
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Originally Posted by crosswound View Post
what is llbean's guarantee for the katahdin boot?

 

Same as for other LL Bean products:  100% satisfaction; return it any time for any reason...

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