Hiking Boots - Steel Caps

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  1. Woogy

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    Hi all.
    OHS has hit my workplace, require steel cap boots for fieldwork.
    Have gone through 2 pairs of Scarpa Trex in last 6 years and love them, but now need steel caps [​IMG]
    Any suggestions for a hiking type boot with steel caps, something to replace my scarpas. I do 20-30km a day for weeks to months on end and need something comfy. Workboots are not going to cut it

    any help appreciated
     
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  2. teckel

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    Oliver do some steel-capped hiking boots. Maybe not up to the Scarpa, but at least they're made in Australia. See http://www.oliver.com.au/default_products.htm
    Look at the 30-825 and maybe their AT (all-terrain stuff).
    If you decide to give 'em a go, PM me.
     
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  3. gusc

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    Why don't you tell your OH&S officer that your boots have steel caps &, er, they're in the car right now...

    Or that steel caps make them heavier and so you're much more likely to take more time walking, which is dangerous...Or that they'll make your toenails drop off. Or sumfink. [​IMG]
     
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  4. Graeme

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    So I guess keeping fit for the odd bit of BC skiing does not present the problems it does to some of us. What line of work? I think a good argument could be made that your risk of various lower limb overuse type injuries in inappropriate footwear for the km you are doing would outway the risk of squashing your toes. Also, grip and stability in rough terrain (should you be on such terrain) will greatly affect your risk of such things as ankle injuries, and the steel capped boots may not protect you as well as the Scarpas.
     
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    don't blundstone make a type of hiking boot ?
     
  6. Polaris

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    OOOhhhh we have a SAS member posting from Afganistan in our mix [​IMG] [​IMG] :p
     
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    No I think not unless it said 20-30km a night!
     
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    in what kind of job do you walk 20-30km a day in steel capped boots ???
     
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    Flora/fauna surveying, geological surveys, forestry, feral animal control in remote areas? [​IMG] .....?

    Lots of things might require you to walk that distance, but there's no way I'd be doing it in steel caps! 5-10km a day up and down the riverbank again and again and again on the Nepean was enough for me, the caps start to hurt. There are definite OHS issues as far as weight goes, my knees used to get sore, as well as my ankles.
     
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  10. Nick P

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    [​IMG]
    RIDGE® AIR-TAC™ SIDE ZIP STEEL TOE BOOTS
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    BATES ENFORCER SERIES® ULTRA-LITES 5" COMPOSITE SAFETY TOE SIDE ZIP BOOT
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    CORCORAN® MACH™ DESERT COMBAT STEEL TOE OLIVE MOJAVE BOOTS
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    CONVERSE® MEN’S 8'' STEALTH SAFETY-TOE BOOTS
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    It seems the boots with the composite safety toe caps are much lighter than steel toe caps.
     
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    I've got a pair of King Gee 's and they are brilliant. Have walked 40km in a day with 1000m plus climbing in them without any hassles. Another alternative is the steel cap volley!
     
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  12. Woogy

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    Thanks all for the suggestions, have looked at the steel capped volleys!! haha whats going on there?
    Most steel capped boots seem to have air cushioned soles, which i do not want! great for ankle and knee troubles. Think i might glue some tin foil on the scarpas.

    Line of work?
    I'm in the mineral exploration business, make maps etc. Spinefex and snake country........which leeds to another question, heavy duty gaiters?
    Sea to summit make good canvas ones, but damn they are hot!
     
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    Keen has good steel cap shoe that are great for hiking and outdoor activities.

    They are of good quality mesh made for durability and resiliancy. They are also waterproof and some are leather.

    They are a must try. Check Keen site
     
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    Do they sell them in Copper Mountain?

    Is this a record thread resurrection?
     
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    Steel caps are for girly men

    [​IMG]
     
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    I use keens, can’t say I’ve noticed a steel cap in the range.

    They do feature their signature rubber toe protection but I notice this is shrinking over the years.
     
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    But the bouncers at kittens don’t like steel caps!
    I think OH&S have lost the plot to be quite honest.

    Team Bears don’t use them....it’s more dangerous slipping on things rather than things rolling on feet.

    More folk seem to get quashed between their 4x4’s and gates/trees etc!!

    Technique is more important(training)than some other things!
    Just don’t stick your feet anywhere that something can roll or fall on them.

    Perhaps carry steel caps in your wagon for use when you are working in dangerous situations with other people carrying and lifting things which you cannot control..
     
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    strange thread resurrection but one of the first responders back in 2006 was @Graeme :emoji_snowflake:
     
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