We all know times are tough, Britain is coming out of the other end of a financial meltdown so unless you’re a politician you’re probably feeling a bit thrifty.
With this is mind I’ve set about examining and testing ways we can save money but still get good kit. This article is about the most used and critical piece of equipment any outdoors person can have, boots!
Since spending time in the forces I come to believe that you’ve got to look after your feet. These walking machines get a pounding every day, especially if you’re a larger fella like us at Sumo Survival. With this is mind I decided to buy a pair of decent boots but this time second hand. I’m sure reading this now some of you will be aghast at the thought of used items, others will simply be disgusted by the thoughts of another person’s foot cheese. However my role is to try these things so you don’t have to.
I spent a good few hours scouring Ebay for what would be my used footwear of choice. I finally settled on a pair of Altberg Warriors, plentiful supply second hand and can be bought for a fraction of the £150 new price. A favorite of the military around the world these would be my new venture. £40 later and I’m awaiting eagerly the good condition used size 9 boots.
They arrived in good time, with a box that made me feel I’d lucked in. I guess I hadn’t, the boots were still dirty from the previous wearer’s activities. Leaving the musty odor to disperse for a few days gave me time to pluck up the courage to wear these boots. It should be noted that the Altberg Warrior boots are of extremely good construction. They are good value for money new and would certainly last a few years. The used pair don’t look tired and do have plenty of wear left in them.
If you watch our videos you may catch a glimpse of me wearing these, I’ve worn them for most of the videos. They are certainly waterproof, not a single leak, I’ve walked through deep puddles and streams without fear. The grips are very good, our woods are incredible muddy at the moment so I was able to step with confidence.
So what about comfort?
Well I’ve probably done about 100 miles in these, spread over a number of weeks, so the simplest answer is NO. These boots have been shaped to someone’s feet that are very different to mine. What you have to understand is that the leather and insoles have molded to fit the wearer’s feet. Try as you might these will not be the plush fit that a new pair of boots would give. Walking any distance in these is not good, forget doing an expedition in used boots!
What’s the score?
So in conclusion, used boots are simply not worth the money. Whilst the boots may be of substantial quality like the Altbergs, they won’t alas reform to your feet exactly. For the same price I should have bought a brand new pair of High Tech Magnum’s!