hi folks, I am looking to but some good quality boots and would appreciate your advice and experiences.
I have a habit of wearing my Toggi wellies all of the time these days but feel its a bad idea in the long run and cant help thinking that some day I will either hurt myself or just do myself harm over time. most of my stalking is on farmland and woodland and once in a blue moon will hit the hill and have some walked up days that can be tough going. I do however find myself covering more and more felled woodland which is just treacherous and an easy place to do the ankles some damage.
I am looking for something with good ankle support and in the back of my mind I cant help but think that I may regret getting something too heavy but that maybe shouldn't be a big decision factor. I would like something that can be worn all year round also.
I have not decided yet how high a boot would be best for me, not sure if a 12" boot would become a pain in the rear end, I have a good set of gaiters to wear with them.
A couple I have in mind are
Harkila Trapper Master - does anybody have experience of these? not sure how rigid they would be, how waterproof or how easy to clean they are but they look like they would be comfortable and light.
Harkila Pro Gamekeeper - the name suggests they will do the business, they look like good and easy to clean leather, they also look like they will be very supportive
Harkila Pro hunter BOA - not sure I like the look of the leather as much as the pro gamekeeper one as it looks easier to scuff and harder to look after, one reason also is that I am drawn to them is the BOA system which looks great and easy to use with gloves / cold hand but is it any good and is it just a waste of money and I wonder what happens if it breaks.
Meindl Burma pro - Meindl have a great reputation, the leather looks good and my father had a pair of these for hill walking the munros for many years. but some do say the leather is not as good as it used to be.
Meindl Dovre / Dovre extreme - same reasons as the Burma but I hear lots of people like these for stalking.
I am certainly not a snob or rich but I want to top quality boot which will last a long time and not give me any problems so don't mind paying top dollar for a really good boot that wont let me down.
any advice would be welcome.