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    Default good bye loyal boots

    While on a 8 day section hike last week my gore-tex Lowa boots that never gave me a blister started to leak in the rain. They got wet inside and stayed wet for 2 days. I decided to retire them in favor of a new pair that I have had waiting in my closet for over a year.

    Good bye to my good and loyal boots...

    from now on I will probably use them for shoveling snow or things like that.

    Panzer

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    How many miles on them?
    I generally don't throw out a pair of my favorite hiking shoes until they fall apart.
    But that's me.
    I used to get my shoes from a runner who considered them worn out at 400 miles.
    I considered them just getting broken in.

    Wet feet when it rains? I thought that was a given.
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    It's always hard to day goodbye to an old friend, isn't it? My sympathies.

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    Military funeral, perhaps? Not Arlington, of course, but maybe a Nat'l Cemetary nearby?
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    Viking funeral. Did that for my old tent.

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    hold on a second... It occurs to me that if they are buried/cremated, it becomes exceedingly hard to shovel snow in them...

    Happy Trails and all that...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hikes in Rain View Post
    It's always hard to day goodbye to an old friend, isn't it? My sympathies.
    thank you, its been very difficult...


    Panzer

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    I still have my custom Limmers - Haven't worn them for 8 years, but they're still in the alcove at the top of the stairs. I can't bear to let them go [sniff] .
    As I live, declares the Lord God, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn back from his way and live. Ezekiel 33:11

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    I find that getting new sneakers has the same problem, but usually my girlfriends start nagging me to upgrade to new ones once the looks start to go. I still keep the old ones for anyway as backups.

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    OLD WORN OUT PAIR OF BLUCHER BOOTS

    OLD acquaintance unforgotten,
    Though you may be “ugly brutes”—
    Though your leather’s cracked and rotten,
    Worn-out pair of Blucher boots.

    ’Tis the richer man before you,
    Dearer leathers grace his feet;
    ’Twas the better man that wore you
    In the tramps through dust and heat!

    Oft rebuffed by “super’s” snarling,
    When I asked him for a “show”,
    On that long tramp to the Darling
    In the days of long ago;

    Tell me, if you know it, whether,
    As I sadly tramped away,
    Bore I heavy on your leather,
    Worn-out pair of Bluchers, say?

    Though your leather’s cracked and rotten,
    Though you may be ugly brutes,
    I’ll preserve you unforgotten,
    Worn-out pair of Blucher boots!

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    Time for your own personal museum. I kept my Komperdell poles and boots and shoes from my '07 hike.







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    Quote Originally Posted by Blissful View Post
    Time for your own personal museum. I kept my Komperdell poles and boots and shoes from my '07 hike.
    You're describing my library. The extra space on the shelves is the final resting place for most of my old gear. I've been asked about my "odd collection"; folks just blink when I tell them I got it all new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panzer1 View Post
    ...from now on I will probably use them for shoveling snow or things like that.
    I relegate mine to lawnmowing and shop duty.

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