Thanks. And I used to swear by the same thing, Beckman > 1000 mile, but after owning both, my mind can't deny that the 1000 mile, to me, is a better boot, as much as I wanted to like the Beckman more. To me, chromexcel has been a much nicer leather, and the overall feel of the 1000 mile has felt like a much nicer boot. I really wish Red Wing stuck to chromexcel on the Beckmans, not that featherstone is a bad leather by any means, but to me, their difference is really what broke the argument for me between the Beckman and 1000 mile.
Note that I emphasize "to me", because it's definitely an opinion.
Got a question for you since you have a pair of Wolverine boots. How did you size for the Beckmans? Same or down? I'm a 9 in Wolverine.