Hi guys!

best boots for surveyingI am reinitiating this topic for those who are interested and consider their feet as one of the most important investments in the field.

What is the best surveying boots? Brand? Make? Height? Also please consider the level of protection it provides from snake bites.

Thank you guys! :)

 

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I wear Taipan firefighting boots. http://www.australiadirect.com/taipan5072.html

I'be had snakes try and bite me but have been unsuccessful, are very comfortable and the zips make taking them on and off easy. The better part is they are heat resistant to 300 degrees celcius which makes wearing them on bitumen roads in 45 degree heat not as painfull when you can feel your feet boiling inside from the heat coming up through the soles when you wear cheapies.... 

Expensive but I'd recommend them any day.

 

I wear a variety of boots.  It depends on the task at hand, the weather, the season, and the terrain.  In Wisconsin, USA we have 4 seasons.  Winter, Spring, Summer, and Autumn (Fall).  In Winter the temperatures can range from 40°F (4°C) to -20°F (-29°C).  During this time it depends whether the snow is more than two feet (61cm) deep.  If the snow is at least that deep I wear Steger Mucklucks bound to my snowshoes when in a rural or backwoods environment.  In an urban environment I would wear LaCrosse Ice King boots in the below zero temperatures, otherwise I would wear a lighter insulated boot.  In the Spring, Summer, and Fall I wear ankle-high gore-tex boots that are as light and rugged as possible with little or no insulation.

Oh, by the way, I never wear shorts in the field unless I am in a city and not on a construction site.

Scott D. Warner, R.L.S. said:

I wear a variety of boots.  It depends on the task at hand, the weather, the season, and the terrain.  In Wisconsin, USA we have 4 seasons.  Winter, Spring, Summer, and Autumn (Fall).  In Winter the temperatures can range from 40°F (4°C) to -20°F (-29°C).  During this time it depends whether the snow is more than two feet (61cm) deep or more.  If the snow is at least that deep I wear Steger Mucklucks bound to my snowshoes when in a rural or backwoods environment.  In an urban environment I would wear LaCrosse Ice King boots in the below zero temperatures, otherwise I would wear a lighter insulated boot.  In the Spring, Summer, and Fall I wear ankle-high gore-tex boots that are as light and rugged as possible with little or no insulation.

How about surveying in a jungle? I guess waterproof boots like made by Danner is good but unfortunately very expensive.

I see a theme developing here.  All the boots I wear are also very expensive.  Arnel, you nailed it when you suggested that a very good pair of boots is one of the best investments a surveyor can make, since without properly protected feet for any environment would be uncomfortable at best, and lethal at worst. 

One can not follow in the footsteps of earlier surveyors without feet of ones own.  Cover your assets well.

Thank you for sharing Scott. I like your youtube link. :)

I like the "Blundstone" Steel Capped, Lace-up boots. They are like Combat boots, only comfortable.

They have saved my ankles on many truck dumps/Rock Stockpiles and are quite waterproof if you keep them relatively polished.

I prefer wearing them to my actual shoes, if only they were a little more stylish!

I love the Asolo Fugitive GTX for everyday surveying. They are Goretex and very light weight.  If I'm in the creek or in a area where I know I might run in to a snake, I might wear my Danner Pronghorn Snake boots(with Goretex). Every job has its own adventure so its good to have a couple choices.

Thanks for sharing Eric. :)

Eric Williams said:

I love the Asolo Fugitive GTX for everyday surveying. They are Goretex and very light weight.  If I'm in the creek or in a area where I know I might run in to a snake, I might wear my Danner Pronghorn Snake boots(with Goretex). Every job has its own adventure so its good to have a couple choices.

How about Bates military combat boots? Cheaper than Danner and a US military issued brand.

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