i have been wearing the Redwing brand of boots for years and if you want a pair of boots worth their price you need to try a pair as you get what you pay for...lol
i currently have 2 pair of their latest boots and both are very well made boots that are one of only a few that are still made in the U.S.A.
if you want an exceptional boot for your dollar try a pair of them.
here is pic of the 1 pair i got for hunting.
here is the specs on em.
Style 1229 - 9-inch
• Waterproof full grain Red Maple Fortitude leather
• GORE-TEX® bootie with 1000 gram Thinsulate Ultra quilted to brown diamonette Cambrelle®
• ComfortForce® removable footbed
• Slip-Resistant, Vibram® Olympia sole
SIZES: B 10-14, D 7-14, EE 8-13, H 8-13
the vibram sole on these boots hold very well even on wet rocks while crossing an occasional creek and work real good on the steep mountain terrain we have here.
the 1000 gram thinsulate is ptretty nice too on them cold mornings in the deer stand.
i have worn these boots almost every day for the last 2 months during deer season and they are very comfortable and dry.
about all the boot company's have gone overseas to make their product so check em out if you want a good American made boot that i believe will be hard to beat .
Gun Docc, I have a pair of redwing boots for work. ###Although I don't wear them fulltime at work, they are the best boots I have ever had. ###5 years old and they are just now ready for a new soul and shank. ###By the way I climb tele poles for a living.
Not sure if Red Wing makes the Irish Setter boots or ###visa versa but last summer I bought a pair of Irish setters for deer hunting. As I was being sized I was telling the owner/salesman that the Orient made shoe companies have no idea of what American shoe sizes are, seems their shoes are marked 1-2 sizes larger than they really are, and how it is good now that I know my real size I can buy any of the Red Wing/Irish Setter boots in that size and they would fit, good old American boots. Wrong!, he informed me that these boots are made in Japan, but yes the boots have standard sizing as the factories in Japan have been given the proper stays for sizing. Was not impressed but bought the boots anyway on a friends recommendation. These boots are supposed to be waterproof, not water resistant, they are if you apply a couple of coats of silicone and recoat every couple of trips. Besides being barely water resistant they also took around a month to break in good enough so that my heels did not blister. Now that they are half worn out they are comfy and O.K. for DRY conditions. Not impressed with these boots at all, think I'll just go to the top of the line and try some Danners next season.
the Redwing brand is made in the usa by american standards
the Irish setters are owned by Redwing but the boots with the Irish setter logo are made overseas and is done so to compete with the other brands that have moved all their brand lines overseas
so if your wanting a good boot that is american made go with the ones that have the Redwing logo on em
i have worn this brand of boot for many years and they hold up very well.
You want a great pair of boots, don't buy Red Wings. ###I have to agree with Rimrock about the comfort and life span. ###In the wildland fire service Red Wings are known as "dead wings". ###Look at top quality boot makers such as Whites, Nicks, Drews and even Wescos. ###They are pricey(around $300) but fit like slippers. ###Footwear is the most important factor when tromping around the woods. ###
I'll put another plug in for Russell Moccassin boots. ###Handmade to measurements of your foot. ###They're a little more than your average Rocky's but about the same price as most premium boots.
If you're in some really soupy places, check out Schnee's Boots out of Bozeman, MT. ###Also some great hand made boots. ###
I've certainly bought my last pair of Rocky's after trying both of these makers. ###Oh, and if you want to talk customer service - you just call up and tell them your name and they put you straight through to the guy who made your pair of boots. ###If they're not perfect they take it personally (in a good way) and do just about anything to make it right.
I also used to wear Redwings. Then I got my first pair of White's. I have them in both the Smoke Jumper and the Pac models. They are hand made to your'e foot, and fit like a glove. Like m57jagar said, they are pricey but worth it for sturdiness and comfort. I also wear Danners, one of the best boots I've bought. The last piar of Danners I bought was 9 yrs ago and still going. I had a pair that I wore for 6 yrs before I dontated them to a less fortunate nepew that was in a bind, that was 9 yrs ago and he still wears them. Same with the White's, they just keep going and going.
I guess this is kinda like a Ford/Chevy thing, we all have leanings one way or the other.
I had a pair of red wings for three weeks. That is as long as they lasted me. But logging takes its toll on everything faster than most. For a light duty work boot they are great, but for extreme conditions, spend a little more money on some custom handmade.