I'm usually out about 100 days per year for deer and fishing often on wet, difficult and remote ground. The fishing often involves more, and harder, walking than the stalking to be honest.
Given all of this I usually have 4 - 5 pairs of boots at different stages of their life cycle. Mostly I buy good 3 - 4 season walking boots with Scarpa M3s the current favorite, though they've stopped making them some time back. I have a range of other options including the standard Mendil Douvre Extremes which, in my view, are OK but I prefer the Scarpas on the hill when ankle support is important.
As some will have noticed I am a big fan of military surplus jackets and think the windproof smock can't be beaten for most stalking so now that the British military have gone to Altberg and Haix for their issue boots it seemed like the time to give mil surplus boots a try. I was looking out for a pair of Altbergs in view of the good reputation they get but due to circumstances have ended up with a pair of Haix boots. There seem to be a lot of boots floating about in the surplus market at present and although the ones I ended up with were marked as "Grade 1" as far as I could see they were unworn and I paid £50 for them.
So far my impressions are fairly good - the boots seem well made and the ankle support seems better than my Douvres. On the down side I always find that higher boots need a little bit of breaking in for me (the Douvres were the same) and so I think the Haix boots will need a gentle start before they can progress to general wear and full days out. It is always possible that they will fall by the wayside somewhere along the line as I'm pretty particular about my boots but for the money my impression is that they are well worth a try.
Is anyone else using them? Any opinions? Any views on the Altbergs and how they compare?