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post #136 of 1290
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Originally Posted by Froosh View Post
How's the quality of yours? I read the reviews on LL Bean and there are some complaints about the stitching coming out of the toe caps, or the heel separating from the sole, etc. Apparently the older Katahdins were better made. Also, are they treating these with oil before shipping them out, as jacquedelaneu above pointed out?

I think the quality is great, I have no problems with mine. Even if you do, LL Bean's customer service is second to none, if you aren't satisfied you can exchange them for a new pair, even if you've worn them for 6 months, etc.

For $160 it's impossible to find a full grain leather, Goodyear welted, Vibram soled boot made in the USA anywhere else, not to mention that the Katahdin is a good looking boot.

Yes they come pre-oiled, but I like the darker color so I did two coats of Obenaufs as well.

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post #137 of 1290
Can you post a before and after pic?
post #138 of 1290
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Originally Posted by andfar View Post
Can you post a before and after pic?

There's one posted on the previous page, mine look exactly the same.

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post #139 of 1290
Found a pic from GQ of the new Chippewas. Looks exactly like the Katahdins, minus the cap toe. Apparently available from Zappos in March, but I have had no luck in finding it. Check it out:

post #140 of 1290
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Originally Posted by Froosh View Post
Found a pic from GQ of the new Chippewas. Looks exactly like the Katahdins, minus the cap toe. Apparently available from Zappos in March, but I have had no luck in finding it. Check it out:

Looks good.
post #141 of 1290
^Looks almost like an exact copy, wow. How much are these suppose to go for?
post #142 of 1290
It was listed as $159, so the same price as the Katahdins. Question is, where to buy?? Edit: Emailed Chippewa, they say Zappos will have it very soon...
post #143 of 1290
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Originally Posted by evilbananas View Post
^Looks almost like an exact copy, wow. How much are these suppose to go for?
It's not really a "copy" considering it's their own design heh :P I like them better than the captoes I have already dislike the imprinted logo though!
post #144 of 1290
Emailed both Chippewa and Zappos, answer is "soon". What do you guys like, the plain toe or the cap toe? Btw, if anyone has an LL Bean coupon/promo they don't need, please PM me! =)
post #145 of 1290
I'm feelin' my cap-toes more. Maybe it's because of the horrible branding on the side of those, but I do think the cap-toe on the Katahdin is a nice touch. I think it helps set it apart from other "work" style boots. (see Red Wing GT)

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post #146 of 1290
How do these things handle in snow, ice etc.?

Is the sole rugged enough to get decent traction?
post #147 of 1290
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Originally Posted by Johdus Fanfoozal View Post
How do these things handle in snow, ice etc.?

Is the sole rugged enough to get decent traction?

They are slippery on snow. It's not a lug sole. I'd say that's the only drawback I can find. Overall I think these boots are great.
post #148 of 1290
yeah, I'd agree they aren't great in snow/ice. then again, is somebody that posts on SF really going to be doing strenuous activities on snow and ice anyway? :]
post #149 of 1290
Yaktrax Pro is your friend in ice and snow. Makes crepe soled shoes beasts in the bad stuff.
post #150 of 1290
As long as those Chippewas are US made, I'm all in for black ones.. May pick up a pair of regulr Katahdins as well. My collection of boots is growing weekly.. Ehh, at least I have a bike and live in a place with shitty winters to justify owning them..
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