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    Le Chameau or Harkila wellies

    Hi chaps,

    my present pair of Le Chameau wellies are approaching end of life and due to cost of replacements, and the fact that I give my wellies a really hard time, (average life span 2 seasons) I am considering my options for similar replacements with full length zips.
    Harkilas are cheaper but how about the quality? Anyone tried them?

    thanks for input,

    atb WB.

  2. #2
    Alright matey...

    I've recently replaced my Le Chameau's with a new pair, heard all the scare stories but risked it. To be fair I don't recon there as well built as my old pair.... We'll see how that last up but just like them for comfort.

    Good luck in your search.

    WH
    “Go afield with a good attitude, with respect for the wildlife you hunt and for the forest and fields in which you walk. Immerse yourself in the outdoor experience. It will cleanse your soul and make you a better person.”
    –Fred Bear -

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    neither both well overpriced crap ,get some muck boots or aigles
    DONT START

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    I purchased a pair of the Harkila Forester 17" zip 5mm neoprene. I greatly appreciate the convenience of the full length zip and warm and comfort of the boots. Equally, despite the high cost and quality sole, the design does rather give the appearance of not being able to stand up to 'hard' wear. Being mindful of this, I have taken great care not to use them for purposes and in areas that I would judge to be 'hard' wear. Instead, for what I consider to be 'hard wear', I wear walking boots and gaiters.

    I have had the wellies now for 18-months, during which I have covered over 200-miles (I keep track of the distance I cover in all of my 'sporting' footwear using a Garmin sports watch) over farm land and they are still going strong. There have been odd occasions I have gingerly stepped through brambles or hawthorn and I guess I have just been lucky not to tread on any thorns big enough to puncture the sole or uppers.

    Liking the design, a good friend of mine also purchased the same wellies. After covering a thousand miles or more walking his dog twice daily across farm land over 12-months, they developed a split on the toe. This is seemingly a common complaint judging by the responses to similar threads over the years. Uttings replaced without quibble, although I would personally question whether the issue was caused through reasonable wear and tear or genuine product failure, especially since the soles were almost worn through too.

    Frankly, I wouldn't personally expect these wellies to last very long under the same type of volume or type of use that walking boots are more specifically and appropriately designed to cope with. Interestingly, and despite his first experience, my friend still appreciated the design and construction sufficiently to have Uttings send him another pair in replacement of his first pair, rather than any alternative. Now also more mindful of the limitations of the product, unless properly wet, he too now opts for his walking boots rather than the wellies.
    Tim

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    Had my Chameau 3 seasons - still going strong

    Comfy as slippers

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    I do quite a bit of feeding and stuff (technical term there) on a small pheasant shoot and pretty much go through a pair of wellies yearly. Muck boots are great. They are certainly warm and give good support to the ankle for wellies. the drawbacks are that the neoprene at the top is prone to snagging and if that happens they lose what little good looks they have. Depending on the soles, you have to watch yourself on hard, wet surfaces. The rubber eventually goes on them, but I'm happy with their longevity.

    I've also got a pair of Harkila full zip boots. I don't wear them as much so can't comment on how long they last. The first thing I noticed about them is that they are pretty heavy. The zips are also a bit prone to undoing from time to time as well. But they are comfortable and warm.

    My current pair of muck boots are on their last legs (boom boom) and just today I've bought a pair of Hoggs boots. They don't have a zip but do have the half way down adjustment things. So I'll see how they go.

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    Aigle parcours

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjm160 View Post
    I purchased a pair of the Harkila Forester 17" zip 5mm neoprene. I greatly appreciate the convenience of the full length zip and warm and comfort of the boots. Equally, despite the high cost and quality sole, the design does rather give the appearance of not being able to stand up to 'hard' wear. Being mindful of this, I have taken great care not to use them for purposes and in areas that I would judge to be 'hard' wear. Instead, for what I consider to be 'hard wear', I wear walking boots and gaiters.

    I have had the wellies now for 18-months, during which I have covered over 200-miles (I keep track of the distance I cover in all of my 'sporting' footwear using a Garmin sports watch) over farm land and they are still going strong. There have been odd occasions I have gingerly stepped through brambles or hawthorn and I guess I have just been lucky not to tread on any thorns big enough to puncture the sole or uppers.

    Liking the design, a good friend of mine also purchased the same wellies. After covering a thousand miles or more walking his dog twice daily across farm land over 12-months, they developed a split on the toe. This is seemingly a common complaint judging by the responses to similar threads over the years. Uttings replaced without quibble, although I would personally question whether the issue was caused through reasonable wear and tear or genuine product failure, especially since the soles were almost worn through too.

    Frankly, I wouldn't personally expect these wellies to last very long under the same type of volume or type of use that walking boots are more specifically and appropriately designed to cope with. Interestingly, and despite his first experience, my friend still appreciated the design and construction sufficiently to have Uttings send him another pair in replacement of his first pair, rather than any alternative. Now also more mindful of the limitations of the product, unless properly wet, he too now opts for his walking boots rather than the wellies.
    Hi Tim,

    thank you for taking the time to do a pretty good review, you mention thorns big enough to puncture the sole, this happened to me a couple of years ago when I carelessly trod on a Blackthorn branch that had been cut off with a flail hedge cutter, the 2" thorn came up between the cleats of the Chameau boot into my foot... Stopped me in my tracks. I expect I will give the Harkilas a try this year and just see how I get on. Do the Zips stand up to everyday use, although most of the time I don't do them up anyway especially during the Summer months.

    atb WB

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    Pleasure WB and I can't speak too much about daily use, although over the winter, I have walked in them over fields pretty much daily. I've not yet had any issue with the zips undoing, although have noticed them looser now than when new.

    Another word of caution; the reviews of the boots on this forum are extremely mixed and I believe the main reason I haven't had any trouble is simply recognising and allowing for their limitations. These are not hard wearing boots. Rather luxury boots with all the convenience and comfort one would expect from the price tag, but that will simply not stand 'hard' use. That said, for the whole reason of comfort and convenience, I would still buy them again.
    Another 'feature' worthy of note is that both mine and one of my friends two pairs for some bizarre reason are quite wide at the heel (his first pair weren't). This has meant that a second pair of socks have been necessary to stop the heels rubbing into blisters, as they did initially. Again irritating, but still not enough to swing the balance away from me preferring these boots over any other.
    Tim

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    I only use my Le chameau's in the winter for working the spaniels and duck and Pheasant shooting. Great boots but i do wash them off and silicon spray them. They are in there 5 season.
    The first pair of Muck boots i had were lethal in the snow and Ice. I do have a pair of Muck boot tay artic that i use when sitting out for boar in the winter. Not had cold feet yet.

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