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LL Bean Katahdin Boots - good choice for winter?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by ville_e, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. ville_e

    ville_e Senior member

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    I'm looking for durable and stylish winter boots. LL Bean Katahdin's look really great!

    Are they good in the snow/rain (water-proof)? Where can I buy them off the net from a European site ?
     
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    I bought the engineer boot last fall and I could not be happier with them. They are comfortable and held up well in any weather New England could throw at me. I wore them almost exclusively from October through March. I will be breaking them out again soon.
     
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    I'm thinking of getting the waterproof version.

    Which one of these would you choose:

    Filson Highlander Boots

    Red Wing Gentleman Traveller

    LL Bean Katahdin Water-proof

    ? Thanks!

    Can I get these boots off any European sites?
     
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    I bought the engineer boot last fall and I could not be happier with them. They are comfortable and held up well in any weather New England could throw at me. I wore them almost exclusively from October through March. I will be breaking them out again soon.

    I have those also, and yes, I love those!!
     
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    I just got mine the other day and damn they are comfortable right out of the box. Im looking forward to wearing them this winter in Toronto.
     
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    Can anyone comment on the fit of the katahdin engineer boots? me likey.
     
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    Do you guys like the waterproofs compared to the engineers? Which one would you choose? Do the engineers work in snow and rain as well?
     
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    Can anyone comment on the fit of the katahdin engineer boots? me likey.
    They fit me true to size - 10E

    Do you guys like the waterproofs compared to the engineers? Which one would you choose? Do the engineers work in snow and rain as well?
    I only have the engineers, so I can't comment on anything else, but I did a lot of walking around in the snow, sleet, and rain last winter and all was good. I tend to wear heavy socks when it's real cold.
     
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    ville_e Senior member

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    I wear UK11 in Clarks desert boots. Can anyone comment on what size would fit me in the:

    L.L. Bean Katahdin

    Red Wing Gentleman Traveller

    sorry for all the questions! [​IMG]
     
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    I have both the Katahdin Engineers and the GTs. Both great boots and both are fine for winter in a climate comparable to the NE US (which I believe Helsinki has). I found the GT harder to break in - took a number of wears and a number of blisters before they lost their stiffness, but are now great. The Katahdins were easier to break in, are also very durable, less expensive but a little less refined (GTs can be dressed up a little bit, Katahdins really can't). The Katahdins also have the LL Bean guarantee, which is fantastic and almost unmatched in my experience. I'd personally go for the Katahdins, but both are great boots and will be fine through a rugged winter.
     
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    what would you guys get between the Bean Boot and the Engineer Boot if you're dealing with new england rain and snow...
     
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    what would you guys get between the Bean Boot and the Engineer Boot if you're dealing with new england rain and snow...


    Bean boot, definitely.
     
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    Love my Katahdins. I'd say they're pretty true to size. I wear a 13D in the Alden Indy but a 14D in the Katahdins; the latter might be a touch big for my feet (which makes me think they're true-to-size since the Indy runs 1/2 size large)
     
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    what would you guys get between the Bean Boot and the Engineer Boot if you're dealing with new england rain and snow...

    Either in terms of durability. Both of mine have made it easily through two New England winters in Litchfield / the Berkshires (so much more wintry than coastal NE). Bean's gets you the guarantee and the rugged looks.
     
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    I'm thinking of getting the waterproof version.

    Which one of these would you choose:

    Filson Highlander Boots

    Red Wing Gentleman Traveller

    LL Bean Katahdin Water-proof

    ? Thanks!

    Can I get these boots off any European sites?


    I picked up 2 pairs of Red Wing GTs last year and wore them from fall through spring, except when there was a lot of snow on the ground. The Dk. Cherry are especially nice. I believe they released them in Brown as well. Apply some Sno Seal; by far the best waterproofing I've ever used.

    Btw, Red Wing GTs run big as they are sized to wear with super thick socks. Most retailers recommend dropping .5 to 1 full size in these. For midweight socks, drop 1/2 size from your usual size. I typically wear a US9D and got these in US8.5 and the fit is great.

    I'm now actually considering adding either the Katahdin Engineer or Waterproof as well... All the reviews I've read on those state they fit true to size.

    I think the dark cherry Redwing GTs look the best amongst the 3, and you can get em from:

    http://www.cultizm.com/product_info....THERSTONE.html

    which ships from Germany if im not mistaken!


    +1 on the Cultizm recommendation. There were several threads in SW&D about the GTs last year; several members bought theirs from Cultizm and had a great experience doing so.
     
  20. ville_e

    ville_e Senior member

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    I picked up 2 pairs of Red Wing GTs last year and wore them from fall through spring, except when there was a lot of snow on the ground. The Dk. Cherry are especially nice. I believe they released them in Brown as well. Apply some Sno Seal; by far the best waterproofing I've ever used.

    Btw, Red Wing GT's run big as they are sized to wear with super thick socks. Most retailers recommend dropping .5 to 1 full size in these. For midweight socks, drop 1/2 size from your usual size. I typically wear a US9D and got these in US8.5 and the fit is great.

    I'm now actually considering adding either the Katahdin Engineer or Waterproof as well... All thereveiews I've read on those state they fit true to size.



    +1 on the Cultizm recommendation. There were several threads in SW&D about the GTs last year; several members bought theirs from Cultizm and had a great experience doing so.


    Thanks for your help! [​IMG]
     

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