Thanks to all!
Anyone have experience with the Ridgeway sole?
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The Ridgeway sole is certainly softer than a Commando sole. I would say, it is the same rubber compound (and same stiffness) as a Dainite sole (just a different design of the mould).
I have country boots with Ridgeway soles that I wear year-round. Decent boot for winter when you don't want to wear something far heavier.
Plus, you don't get that 'flat-footed' feeling that a studded Dainite sole can bring on after a walk of a few miles or more. Can be quite uncomfortable as you end up feeling as though your feet are slapping the ground after a while, due to the flatter profile of the studded Dainite.
The Ridgeway is my personal favourite for heavier boots. I've got three pairs of boots with it, two of which I had resoled with Ridgeways in preference to their original soles.
It seems that ridgeway is more appropriate for hiking in the country than in the snow.