How is the ruggedness of this compared to Blundstone or Timberland? (the only others I have experience with)
When my first pair of Timberlands were worn out I got Blundstone and until present those have been almost perfect: hard-wearing, supple, waterproof, tuck-able, easy to remove. Downside is that they're not pretty in any way and the sole is not replaceable. I use those for travel, hiking, rainy days, dirty work. Unfortunately on a hike not long ago I've had to go in them for several rainy days where they were soaked through, and now have dried very stiff and is starting to crack (don't know what I could have done to have prevented this).
I came here because of having read many times how good the katahdin is,
I am a bit torn between buying katahdin or new blundstones (I especially like the more elegant 62 & 63 models, with a more natural toeline, but with much less profile in the sole).
Is the goodyear-welting functionally as good as the injected rubber soles?