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Originally Posted by urbanswoodsman View Post

Just got these in today. Took exactly 8 weeks from order to door.
 

Those are beautiful! I just ordered some and I was really torn between 8" vs 10". I went with 8" and seeing yours confirms that I made the right decision.
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It stretches very easily, breaks down quickly, dries out quickly, and it's not as hard wearing as the more straight forward leathers. IMHO, it's great for the uppers on boots or for dress shoes. I've had two pairs of Alden Indys, two pairs of Whites, a Yuketen belt, and a Tanner Goods wallet in CXL. It's just not meant for hard use. If you have 30 pairs of shoes/boots, sure, get that leather, but if you plan on working in them at all they won;t last as long as the traditional leathers.

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There is no way that Excel is as tough and durable as the various oiled leathers: the smooth black, smooth brown and smooth distressed. Look at the standard leather for the Smoke Jumpers that the REAL smokejumpers use, and you will see they are made from the smooth black or smooth brown. Urb's boots have one of the best leather combinations I have seen in a Bounty Hunter, except that I prefer the Cuban heel and a brown midsole edge. The 100 sole is great for traction, but it makes for a heavier, less flexible boot. Match the sole to the use, as with any boot, and you'll be happy.

Allan

Do we have a comparison of how CXL ends up as compared to smooth leathers? Would French calf be a good alternative to Burgundy CXL and what is a good alternative to Brown CXL in terms of being the same color and better durability?
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Whites bounty hunters by jgomez541, on Flickr

photo by jgomez541, on Flickr

photo by jgomez541, on Flickr

photo by jgomez541, on Flickr
I have worn these going on 3 years working in a steel shop. Chromexcel is plenty tough, not sure why all the hate or misinformation, but they have done a great job of protecting my feet are very comfortable and i have not noticed excessive stretching. My quoddy's in chromexcel i probably should have sized down on but we are talking about two very different shoes with two very different purposes. I have no idea what everyone does for a living on here but if you are doing heavy duty work you should probably buy heavy duty leather. I think for most purposes chromexcel works just fine.
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Whites bounty hunters by jgomez541, on Flickr

photo by jgomez541, on Flickr

photo by jgomez541, on Flickr

photo by jgomez541, on Flickr
I have worn these going on 3 years working in a steel shop. Chromexcel is plenty tough, not sure why all the hate or misinformation, but they have done a great job of protecting my feet are very comfortable and i have not noticed excessive stretching. My quoddy's in chromexcel i probably should have sized down on but we are talking about two very different shoes with two very different purposes. I have no idea what everyone does for a living on here but if you are doing heavy duty work you should probably buy heavy duty leather. I think for most purposes chromexcel works just fine.

Thanks for the vote of convedence, I just perchased a pair if vintage line packer boots in brown chromexel.

 

it seams that the other standard leather is tougher, but chomexel has a little more of a sheen and still lasts a very long time. buy a pair of white's get a pair of white's..... whites are darn tough boots!

 

 

Nice bounty hunters, by the way, they look great for 3 years in a metal shop!

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Not knocking Chromexel. It's a good leather. But the standard oiled leathers are tougher and more durable. "No brag, just fact," as the old saying goes.

Nice Bounty Hunters, Sleepy! Your advice on choosing the right materials for the conditions is spot on. I like to see good boots that have lived a working life. They have character!!! Thanks for posting the pictures.

Allan
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I have a couple questions because I have some chromexels on the way...

 

Is Chromexel leather not oil tanned?

 

do I still use white's boot oil on them?

 

 

also I think that chromexel is best sheen for the money that white's offers for a dress boot(just my opinion). That being said I would much rather have french calf, shell cordorvan, or waterbuffalo, but they are a little to costly for me at this point in my life...

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for super heavy surface abrasion though get either standard oil tanned or ruff out. scratched chrome may make you cry.baldy[1].gif

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I have a couple questions because I have some chromexels on the way...

Is Chromexel leather not oil tanned?

do I still use white's boot oil on them?

CXL is a pull-up leather. If you use oil they will darken, particularly natural CXL. If you do use it, do so sparingly. There's not much benefit to saturating them.
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does anyone have any experience with natural chromexcel rough out? it seems like it would hide a lot of the surface scratches.

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CXL is a pull-up leather. If you use oil they will darken, particularly natural CXL. If you do use it, do so sparingly. There's not much benefit to saturating them.

thanks

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 Does anyone have any pictures of brown Bison, brown oil tan or brown HH with some age on them ?  I want to know how dark they get with age.  I've found some pictures of them new but nothing worn.

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Not knocking Chromexel. It's a good leather. But the standard oiled leathers are tougher and more durable. "No brag, just fact," as the old saying goes.

Nice Bounty Hunters, Sleepy! Your advice on choosing the right materials for the conditions is spot on. I like to see good boots that have lived a working life. They have character!!! Thanks for posting the pictures.

Allan

Thanks! They were the first work boot that i wore that didn't hurt my feet after wearing them all day, I wore danner work books, redwings with the crepe sole, and various shoes with various insoles and none stacked up to the whites. Took a little bit to break in but so worth it. no back problems, no foot problems, no soreness and this is walking on concrete all day. I don't work in the shop as much as i use to and was lucky enough to score some vibergs from the sample sale so hopefully i'll be able to compare once they break in a little more.
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Thanks! They were the first work boot that i wore that didn't hurt my feet after wearing them all day, I wore danner work books, redwings with the crepe sole, and various shoes with various insoles and none stacked up to the whites. Took a little bit to break in but so worth it. no back problems, no foot problems, no soreness and this is walking on concrete all day. I don't work in the shop as much as i use to and was lucky enough to score some vibergs from the sample sale so hopefully i'll be able to compare once they break in a little more.

 

Which Vibergs did you get? I'd be interested in hearing how they fit and feel compared with the White's.  I have a pair of Viberg 310 last Service Boots, but may end up ordering a pair of White's at some point.  Thanks!

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Sleepy,

I like hearing reviews like yours that reflect the design and build quality of White's boots and the comfort they provide to the owner. There are very few boots I could say were comfortable after a full, active day on my feet, and the ones that were tended to be premium, full-grain leather mountain boots. I wouldn't choose those for daily wear, although some folks do. The White's look good for casual wear or as work boots, which is perfect for me. I know the leathers from having other boots and shoes, and now I'm looking forward to getting my first pair of White's (in horsehide). If they suit me like your Bounty Hunters did you, then the SDs I ordered definitely won't be my last White's boots. I hope mine look as good after three years of hard use as your boots do!

Allan
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@linafelt
i picked up the 1950 service captoes on the 2030 last 7.5 UK. my whites are an 8D US. right off the bat the vibergs are much narrower, i can only wear thin socks with them at this point but length wise they are perfect. Not a problem now as it is entering the summer season and i don't need to wear anything thicker. Quality wise they are beautiful, great shape and quality throughout. there are a couple of mistakes i have found but i am guessing that's why they were in the sample sale. a little more comfortable out the box because of the lack of arch ease in the white's (arch ease takes a little getting use to but I really find it to be incredibly supportive and comfortable now). The Vibergs only have a handful of wears on them so time will tell.

@okal
Thank you for the compliments. To date they have been the best boot purchase I have made, i have rotated them with other boots but they get the most wear by far. I need to get them rehealed but the soles still seem to be going strong. They have the vibram 705 btw. if they had had the horsehide option when I was ordering that is the one I would have gone with for sure. so beautiful. I am plannning a horsehide purchase at some point in the future but for now I am set workboot wise.
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