Those who now own or have owned Katahdin boots, how would you compare them to, say, a pair of Red Wing Beckmans or Gentleman Travelers? I understand not everyone who has Katahdins has experience with Red Wings. But, I imagine that many who are much more experienced than I know enough about them to make a decent comparison.
Is there anything so significantly "better" in terms of quality or style in the RWs that makes the comparison unfair? I'd be pairing them (in the cordovan colorway) with dark jeans and sweaters for what I think is a pretty classic fall/winter look. At $210 and with a 10% coupon code from Bean available more often than not, I'm leaning toward getting a pair and keeping what amounts to almost $150 in my checking account. With LL Bean's satisfaction guarantee, it's hard not to give them a shot. Then again, there has to be a reason the Beckmans and GTs are so popular, doesn't there?