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post #1 of 7 Old 12-14-2012, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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Early Christmas present - Packer boots!

Bought myself an early Christmas present this year (I am Santa Claus, you know). Bought a set of Packer boots for the big trip. Even though the trip isn't until 2015, figured I should start getting stuff and breaking it in! It is a pair of Hathorn Explorers, made by White. Good, tough boots, 1-3/4" riding heel, decent spur shelf, good welt and shank, light traction Vibram rubber sole. The ones I got have the round work-boot type toe. I figured the extra room would be good to help keep toes warm on cold days. Now that I've been wearing them, I might have chosen the riding toe, which is a bit narrower, because I am going to have to buy wider stirrups now. I have to work a bit to get my toes in the stirrups, and I'm sure I'd have trouble with an emergency dismount (voluntary or not). I'm going to give a pair of Ox-bow stirrups a try.

The one complaint I have about them is that they have a two-piece tongue and the seam crosses the bridge of my left foot right on top of the bone, it also coincides with where the boot lace comes through an eye, making a painful spot. I minimized it with some creative lacing. I expect it will break in and become more comfortable eventually. I'm sure that's just a factor of this particular left boot and my particular left foot. No two feet and no two boots are exactly the same. My right boot feels fine. It's the left that is the problem.

They ran $229. My dad has a pair of Double H boots that he likes. I prefer mine. They have a better shank, a little taller heel, and I think the leather is heavier.
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post #2 of 7 Old 12-14-2012, 07:40 PM
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I've always head that White makes a quality product. And at twice the price of the Double D they had better have some better leather and other qualities to justify that pricing.

I've been wearing some Double D Packers while riding for the past 5-6 years and they have been great. Other than hunting season when I'm often walking as much as riding, they are just a bit slick on a steep mountain and maybe just a touch thin soled for walking on rough stuff.
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post #3 of 7 Old 12-14-2012, 07:46 PM
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Great boots, though admittedly, I was expecting "Green Bay Packer" football boots. ha ha I thought to myself "who would wear something that ugly?" Glad to see that your boots are far nicer. They look toasty warm.
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post #4 of 7 Old 12-15-2012, 12:53 PM
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Wouldn't Christmas be easier if we all just bought ourselves what we really wanted-LOL? Yes, good idea to get the boots "broken in" early!
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Once they are broke in you will love your Whites !!!
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I hope so. They really should take a look at moving the location of that seam on the boot tongue. They could move it up about an inch and it would be completely off of the bridge of the foot and in an area where it wouldn't cause a pressure point for even the tallest arched foot.

I really like the arched shank they put in them, though, although I think it could be thicker still. It makes riding much more comfortable than a flat shanked boot. You don't see many boots with a good shank in them any more. Most folks don't even know what it was for. A good rounded shank under the sole, in front of a riding heel, is what used to contact the bottom of the stirrup, rather than the outside of the foot. Made it so your foot didn't have to conform to the angle of the bottom of the stirrup. Ox-bow stirrups are quite comfortable with a boot with a good shank. Shanks used to be made of wood, but most are steel now and they make them thin and flat in most boots. Just my opinion.
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