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Thread: Harkila Sporting Estate GTX 17 Boots?

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    Question Harkila Sporting Estate GTX 17 Boots?

    Has anyone owned a pair of these?
    Any good or bad points?
    And can anyone find them cheaper than £225.

    What are the other options to these (Le Chameau Vatna, Musto Buckden etc.?) that may be better? My criteria are waterproof, good walking sole, warm, good fit, last well.

    Thinking of these as a nicer option than Aigle Parcours ISO, Le Chameau Vierzonord etc.....

    Many thanks

    E t R
    Nooooooooooooobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!! Our main weapon is.........

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    Just found this after posting a heads up in Equipment and accessories today.
    I have a pair of Le Chamois Vatna and have had then for a few years now, they show no sign of wear but sometimes at the end of the day feel a little heavy.
    In last weeks Shooting Times on page 116, Uttings are offering Harkila Sporting Estate 17" Boots at half price of £149.99.
    I reckon they might be a little lighter than my Vatnas so at that price I reckon they are worth a punt and have gone ahead and ordered a pair.

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    Thanks Eddie.

    I've now had a pair of LC Vatna's for some time and have been very pleased with them. I may still have a go at the Harkila's at some point.
    Nooooooooooooobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!! Our main weapon is.........

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    crispi boots are excellent boots. either kananda or stegg ones are higer. but fantastic boots you wont be disapointed. put harkila to shame.

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    my brother had a pair of Harkila boots

    fell to bits after 6 months...he was at the time using them full time rabbit control work....got another pair as part of warranty. same again after few months...the rubber lip on the front lifiting the sole splitting and water egress......ok maybe fine for amatauer stalker but he reckons their clothes good but boots are cack.
    hes back to meindl and cant see past them

    paul

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    Oh dear thanks guys for all the 'positive' info ref the boots I've already ordered
    I don't want them for stalking, I want them for standing around in snow for driven Boar trips, so more standing keeping dry and warm than walking, so perhaps they will last a bit longer than the full time rabbiter
    I am hoping they will be a bit lighter than my Vatna boots because weight is everything at the airports these days.

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    Had them about 6 months now with a fair bit of use. So far very comfortable, always kept my feet dry and very light compared to my last pair of french boots. It was the weight that sold them to me and frankly if they last a year less than a heavier pair I won't really care because they are so comfortable, for me anyway.

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    I will bare in mind the point made by Sauer ref the front of the sole separating and at the first sign I will be atthe cobblers to get it glued back !!
    That can always be a possibility with soles that are not stitched on so a good point to watch out for.

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    Simon,

    The main problem with the Harkila Estate boot is that they look alarmingly camp - a sort of cross between the police motorcyclist from the Village People and fancy dress Nazi... Stick to the Le Chameau boots unless the above look is what you are aiming for, in which case they should be accessorised with a flamboyant cravat and a silver topped cane. The same definitely applies to anyone who wears a Tyrollean hat without being of Prusso-Swiss origins.

    Be very suspicious of anyone claiming they are wearing the Harkila boots so as to be a little lighter in their loafers

    Happy to help anyone at risk of making a stalker's fashion faux pas

    A.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamant View Post
    Simon,

    The main problem with the Harkila Estate boot is that they look alarmingly camp - a sort of cross between the police motorcyclist from the Village People and fancy dress Nazi... Stick to the Le Chameau boots unless the above look is what you are aiming for, in which case they should be accessorised with a flamboyant cravat and a silver topped cane. The same definitely applies to anyone who wears a Tyrollean hat without being of Prusso-Swiss origins.

    Be very suspicious of anyone claiming they are wearing the Harkila boots so as to be a little lighter in their loafers

    Happy to help anyone at risk of making a stalker's fashion faux pas

    A.

    And yet another 7mm-08 user...

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