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Red Wing Iron Ranger Boots - what's the dilly yo?

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Garage/Surf Rock, Sep 30, 2008.

  1. Johnny_5

    Johnny_5 Senior member

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    Even though the Katahdin boots are real work boots, the Iron Rangers look a lot clunkier to me for some reason. Someone also mentioned that the iron ranger has quadruple stitching on the toe cap while the katahdin only has double stitching - but the katahdin has quadruple stitching all up the shaft and heel counter, while the iron ranger seems to only have triple stitching there. The vibram sole of the katahdin also has somewhat of a tread to it, as opposed to the flat cork-rubber sole that the Iron Rangers have. Last but not least, the Katahdin boots have speed hooks, and the Iron rangers have eyelets all the way up.

    I only own the Katahdin boots and I find them awesome - they're pretty comfortable to me, although on the snug side because of an insole that chippewa provides. I think I'd like to own a pair of Iron Rangers myself in the near future, but for $150 I really don't think you can do better than the Katahdins. Best part is if you don't like it for any reason, no matter how much wear you've put into them, just send them back to LL Bean and get your money back! If I find these are still too snug for my liking after a month or two, I'm contemplating sending back my D width boots for an EE size, which are out of stock now [​IMG]


    Excellent. Thank you very much.
     
  2. mrbojangles928

    mrbojangles928 Active Member

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    This is both a PSA and a question about the LL beans. Bootsusa.com sells a Chippewa boot (the katahdins i believe are made by chippewa) that looks exactly the same as the katahdin here:
    http://www.bootsusa.com/Chippewa%20B...er_styles_.htm
    Anyone have any experience with these, or buying from this seller? They seem to be the exact same boot without LL bean branding and corresponding price markup.
     
  3. robertorex

    robertorex Senior member

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    wow, they do certainly seem like the Katahdin Engineer boots! Yes, the LL Bean Katahdins are made by Chippewa and if those are also Chippewa Engineer boots they could very well be the exact same thing! I would have jumped on those immediately, if they had my size (They don't seem to carry 9EE/9W [​IMG])
     
  4. Superb0bo

    Superb0bo Senior member

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    robertorex

    Thanks for the info about the Katahdins boots. How did you size them compared to other shoes/boots? Normal, or size down like RW?
     
  5. StarterStyle

    StarterStyle Senior member

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    YOU THINK YOU'VE SEEN THESE BOOTS BEFORE? YOU PROBABLY HAVE!!!
    THEY ARE VERY POPULAR.


    Hmmm. Someone just saved me a lot of money of a pair of boots.
     
  6. robertorex

    robertorex Senior member

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    robertorex Thanks for the info about the Katahdins boots. How did you size them compared to other shoes/boots? Normal, or size down like RW?
    I sized down half a size - in sneakers I wear a 10-10.5, but when I got an education and actually started wearing shoes I find that 9.5 is the size that works more often for me. I got a 9D in the Katahdins and while the length's ok, I do find them a bit snug because my feet are on the slightly wide side. I'd have to say my ideal size in the Katahdins is 9EE, which is what I would get were I to order a pair of RW's again (gentleman travelers didn't work out so well for me because they don't come in widths)
     
  7. upnorth

    upnorth Senior member

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    This is both a PSA and a question about the LL beans. Bootsusa.com sells a Chippewa boot (the katahdins i believe are made by chippewa) that looks exactly the same as the katahdin here:
    http://www.bootsusa.com/Chippewa%20B...er_styles_.htm
    Anyone have any experience with these, or buying from this seller? They seem to be the exact same boot without LL bean branding and corresponding price markup.


    THis store appears to offer only limited sizes for each and every one of the shoes that they stock. Would be a problem if you want to exchange for another size. Also, very little stock for 10+ sizes.
     
  8. slide13

    slide13 Senior member

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    This is both a PSA and a question about the LL beans. Bootsusa.com sells a Chippewa boot (the katahdins i believe are made by chippewa) that looks exactly the same as the katahdin here:
    http://www.bootsusa.com/Chippewa%20B...er_styles_.htm
    Anyone have any experience with these, or buying from this seller? They seem to be the exact same boot without LL bean branding and corresponding price markup.


    Am I missing something or do they only have them in womens sizes? It says Ladies sizes available, 6-10 medium. Doesn't say anything about mens sizes. Oh well, I already have the LL Bean boots coming at $150 for a Goodyear welted boot already seems like a great price to me. I just hope they fit.
     
  9. robertorex

    robertorex Senior member

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    lol even if they don't fit - after one wear, after one week, after one month or even one year just send them back to LL Bean!
     
  10. upnorth

    upnorth Senior member

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    These look pretty sweet, though pricey:
    http://www.cultizm.com/product_info....THERSTONE.html

    Anyone know anything about them? What's the deal with the "featherstone" leather?


    Featherstone leather is the same as the black cherry GTs in quality. They mean the same thing. Take a look at revolve.
     
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    Are these Iron Rangers not the same ones that J. Crew is selling -- in the "Hawthorne Full Grain Leather?" How do these look with slim jeans, like a KMW 1980 or APC NS?
     
  12. confab

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    Are these Iron Rangers not the same ones that J. Crew is selling -- in the "Hawthorne Full Grain Leather?"

    How do these look with slim jeans, like a KMW 1980 or APC NS?

    Someone posted fit pics of Iron Rangers with slim jeans on the SUFU WAYWT thread and tbh they didn't look so good. As another poster mentioned, they have quite a chunky profile and I think they're better suited to a more relaxed cut, like the IH 634 for example.
     
  13. breakfasteatre

    breakfasteatre Senior member

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    They are ugly period, i am not getting the appeal. They look like construction boots, not in a good way.
     
  14. Johnny_5

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    Someone posted fit pics of Iron Rangers with slim jeans on the SUFU WAYWT thread and tbh they didn't look so good. As another poster mentioned, they have quite a chunky profile and I think they're better suited to a more relaxed cut, like the IH 634 for example.

    Pics.
     
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    Innocent Bystander Well-Known Member

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    I think they would look really good with a jean that wasn't as slim at the bottom. They'd really work for me because I'm only about an 8.5 Which do you think would be the more versatile color, the amber or the hawthorne? I really like the hawthorne. I mostly wear jeans with navy, black, browns. I really need some type of black shoe/boot, but I love these and the red wing classic lifestyle. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  17. exitrow

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    I was just in the RW store today trying on the hawthorne rangers. Fit was similar to gentleman travelers, but much more comfortable (for some reason, the side stitching in the GT's digs into my feet). Anyway, what was suprising was how comfortable the cork sole was. Far more comfy than the leather/rubber of the GT's and leather soles in general imho.

    For sizing, I own a pair of 875's in an 11, and the IR in 10.5 was perfect.

    Also, in person the Hawthorne's are amazing. My friend was not convinced until he saw me try them on.
     
  18. Racove

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    I really like the Hawthorne's. Do you think they would be destoyed by rain/snow? They look like seude, but somehow i'm guessing they are more rugged. would love to see a worn in pair.
     
  19. MonkeyFresh

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    The Hawthorne Rangers are made of a full grain leather upper right? I wonder how that would look with a nice slathering of LP... probably would look dope, smoother with dark inconsistencies depending on where you rubbed the LP on more, I want to buy a pair of these and try it [​IMG]
     
  20. exitrow

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    racove- they looked/felt like they could take a serious beating.

    monkey- I was thinking the same thing! i predict excellent results.

    I will own these.
     

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