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forestradio

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Got my Urban Loggers in the order queue, but really struggling between the predator orange and natural waxed flesh leather options. Can anyone provide insight or advice on which color to select? I'm not using these boots for anything in particular, so leather durability isn't an issue. I'm selecting the leather purely on aesthetics, and right now I like both pretty equally. Thanks.
I've had my natural WF Roberts for about a year now. It's an extremely tough leather. After the wax wears off, you can simply re-wax it with venetian shoe cream (per Nick Horween) to get the waxed properties back onto the leather. I've done it 2x and it turns a slight shade darker every time. I love waxed flesh and am getting brown WF next. I do like how predator orange ages though.
 

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So I just took my Hotshots on an extremely steep 3-mile, 50lb ruck hike, and I executively decided I’ll never wear “normal” hiking boots again. Arch and ankle support for days, y’all. Traction, stability, there’s just no comparison.

Full disclosure - I’m not a firefighter; I do maintenance with odd construction/demo on the side, but I found it convenient that the Hotshots are cheaper than a Builder Pro with the fire resistant options. But it felt like I did them justice by putting them through their paces in the environment they’re literally built for.

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Ahoi.
Well what have we here. Since the customs were a little bit suspicious I had to pick it up at the local custom station. Good the lady was quite impressed and was fair with the calculation in the end, everything went smooth and professional.

So the wait is over.
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Builder pro chocolate, natural edge and clastic toe.
Wore them in the first days during our first snow in a decade. Pleasantly surprised by the little squish the v100 sole adds, very comfortable. The celastic toe is unrecognizable, no downside. Break in time non existent because the leather is great and somehow I fit in nicks boots like a glove. No rubbing or pressure points.

The difference from 55 to 67 last isn't that much. Ares approved!
10inch vs 8 inch
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This is now my hight, I kinda have to sell some 6 inch boots.


Them noses:
Nr 4 toe looks great and gives toe wiggle room even with celastic.
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And I really like the leather, rough out is excellent and can be made into something like waxed flesh with the smiths balm, considering it still. The leather is 8oz but still soft. It lacks a depth of color of some dress leathers but it also gives a confidence, being very resistant, and the combination with rough out ads an element of constant change.

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Cycling Sasquatch

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Ahoi.
Well what have we here. Since the customs were a little bit suspicious I had to pick it up at the local custom station. Good the lady was quite impressed and was fair with the calculation in the end, everything went smooth and professional.

So the wait is over.
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Builder pro chocolate, natural edge and clastic toe.
Wore them in the first days during our first snow in a decade. Pleasantly surprised by the little squish the v100 sole adds, very comfortable. The celastic toe is unrecognizable, no downside. Break in time non existent because the leather is great and somehow I fit in nicks boots like a glove. No rubbing or pressure points.

The difference from 55 to 67 last isn't that much. Ares approved!
10inch vs 8 inch
View attachment 1537945
This is now my hight, I kinda have to sell some 6 inch boots.


Them noses:
Nr 4 toe looks great and gives toe wiggle room even with celastic.
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And I really like the leather, rough out is excellent and can be made into something like waxed flesh with the smiths balm, considering it still. The leather is 8oz but still soft. It lacks a depth of color of some dress leathers but it also gives a confidence, being very resistant, and the combination with rough out ads an element of constant change.

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Very, very nice! The natural edge goes great with the chocolate.
 

Phanes

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Thank you, guys. Yep looks really good. And will only get better with use like we see in Cycling Sasquatch case.

Fun fact for those who never had one of those in hands, they are not only skin and two handful iron nails, but all together one boot is 1.5kg heavy. 100g more, compared to my Roberts.
Nearly double the mass of a Iron Ranger (840g).
 

Cycling Sasquatch

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Random thought... what's the most durable/water resistant of the casual leathers? I'm guessing waxed flesh, maybe predator?

Been thinking when I get my Hotshots resoled, I'd go with the thicker, non-stitched sole stack, and get a pair of Urban Loggers as a lighter weight lug-sole option for general hiking and adventure purposes.
 

Nicks Boots Shuyler

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Random thought... what's the most durable/water resistant of the casual leathers? I'm guessing waxed flesh, maybe predator?

Been thinking when I get my Hotshots resoled, I'd go with the thicker, non-stitched sole stack, and get a pair of Urban Loggers as a lighter weight lug-sole option for general hiking and adventure purposes.
Curious if others have any other perspectives on this, but any of the CXL's should be most heavily impregnated with waxes throughout the leather which should help with water-resistance. I don't know if I would decide based on this, they're all going to be pretty tough and in a 6-7 oz weight for durability's sake.

Here's a review on some waxed flesh UL's after heavy use with good pics:

 

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Curious if others have any other perspectives on this, but any of the CXL's should be most heavily impregnated with waxes throughout the leather which should help with water-resistance. I don't know if I would decide based on this, they're all going to be pretty tough and in a 6-7 oz weight for durability's sake.

Here's a review on some waxed flesh UL's after heavy use with good pics:

I dont suppose many have the breadth of experience to comment adequately but my experience with waxed flesh has been good (with the caveat of it being maintained regularly). My Domaine pair is also quite good. The work leathers can get there but it seems to me that they run the opposite in so far as they dont start water resistant but can get good over time with applications of Obenaufs. This too must be maintained. So, my take on my limited experience is that waxed flesh is really good and can remain that way if maintained semi regularly... domaine (similar to CXL) is good and seems to have longer staying power and the work leathers start no so good but it can be developed.

I dont have any direct experience with CXL or the predator orange but... I sure like the look of the predator orange.
 

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Chromexel should definitely be considered. There is mucho wax in it but the surface of the leather isn't ''open'' like rough out/waxed or oily like predator. I could be wrong but predator looks from far similar to cooper rough and tough, and crt is good in wet conditions, better then veg tan, but it wouldn't be my nr. one pick, gets soaked after a while if not oiled properly.
I don't think that mini lug will really shine in gravel terrain of a good hike. Like v100 isn't great on smooth surfaces. The profile need to mirror the surface. Weight difference not that much so maybe a secondary goal.

On my next hike I will take the builder pro.
 

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Thanks for the feedback, everyone! Definitely sounds like I oughta consider the CXL options then.

@montanamike Glad I’m not the only one who found that the oil-tanned work leathers seem to start out less water resistant than the casual stuff.
 

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I've been busy here at work and haven't been online much, but a special package arrived about an hour ago. ;)
Thank you VERY much, Shuyler!!! They are even more beautiful in person than photos can show. And EXACTLY what I was looking for. It's like you reached inside my mind to create them. LOL
Everything is perfect. The color is the exact color I was looking for and the 6-7oz is the perfect weight. I have a pair of Hotshots in Tan Teton and I thought those took a while to break in. These Packers are going to take weeks!

I originally joked with Shuyler that I wanted him to find some 10oz to use and he explained to me why this would be an unwise decision. Now I understand his concern. LOL

And thanks for the extended tongues. LOL I think the top will end up getting trimmed about 1" once they break in and I see where the length ends up. I know you guys think I'm weird.

The fit is perfect. For anyone thinking of going with the #1 pointed toe, I just want to stress you should try that toe style on before committing to a size. I have boots with that toe style and am familiar with how they fit. In normal Nicks I take a 9.5D. In the pointed toe I take a 10C, a half size longer and one width narrower.

The belt in the photo is about 8 years old and is just a plain Tandy Leather veg tan belt blank. It started out the same color as the boots. The photo really doesn't capture the depth of color, and I'm hoping the boots age just as well.

Thank you again Shuyler, and I'll post more pics as they age!

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Phanes

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Wow great color. Which leather is it? Nice waxy shine. The double leather sole looks great.
 

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