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R.I.P.

Posted: 11 Nov 2016, 20:35
by mike
R.I.P.

It both saddens and pleases me to report the passing, after almost 15 years of dependable service, of my old pair of Meindl® Ortler hiking boots. Sad, because we covered a lot of ground together, and I had become attached to them.

Pleased, because of the Christmas feeling that came with buying a new pair. Here they are together, the old-timers and the rookies:
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A few more photos:
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It will be a long 6 month wait before I can introduce the rookies to the rocky terrain of the Lefka Ori,

Re: R.I.P.

Posted: 11 Nov 2016, 20:44
by Erno
Kαλόριζικό (kalórizikó) Mike! At least you have time enough to wear them in before trying them out in the Lefka Ori.

Re: R.I.P.

Posted: 11 Nov 2016, 22:24
by Jean
I think all boot manufacturers should try out their products in the Lefka Ori. Mine certainly won't last 15 years - the toe caps are already shredded after 2!

Re: R.I.P.

Posted: 12 Nov 2016, 21:08
by Yuriy
Mike - it's !!! !!! !!!

Yuriy

Re: R.I.P.

Posted: 13 Nov 2016, 08:44
by Huck
Scarpa, Meindl, Salomon etc.

I don't think my hiking shoes have ever lived longer than max. 8 weeks.

After 3 weeks they begin to fall apart and I'll have to glue them and after another 4 - 5 weeks they are totally worn down.

Re: R.I.P.

Posted: 14 Nov 2016, 11:17
by rambler
The answer to the rough Sfakian terrain is to take a pair of old non-waterproof boots that are no-good in our damp british climate & leave them behind in sunny Sfakia- in a waste bin of course!! I still have about 5 pairs left to sacrifice to Sfakia!
Dave

Re: R.I.P.

Posted: 14 Nov 2016, 17:35
by mike
The 'shoe' part of these boots are made from only two pieces of leather (front of foot and heel ) stitched together. Ankle support section made from additional pieces. Double stitching throughout. Also, the soles are grade B/C. When I was shopping for the original pair these were recommended to me precisely for their durability.

The advice proved correct, and it was money well-spent. They're about the same price of an equivalent grade boot made with artificial fabrics and glue.

A replacement pair was difficult to find, though. Stitched leather boots apparently don't sell and stores in my area don't carry them (and none on sale anywhere in The Netherlands). I had to order from the Meindl factory, and waited 5 months for them to be delivered .. as Meindl had no more in stock and had to make a new batch.

Re: R.I.P.

Posted: 14 Nov 2016, 18:28
by Michael
Hi Mike,
nice thread of you... :lol:
my previous Meindl boots survived only 2 years in Crete and during this time they had to be repaired in factory 3 times. :oops:
Now I'm happy with my second pair of Hanwag Yukon Wide which is the best boot I've ever had the chance to try.
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Really twins!

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Levka Ori kill boots...

But how you managed to walk 15 years with the same boots will remain a mystery to me. :mrgreen:
Best wishes

Michael

Re: R.I.P.

Posted: 14 Nov 2016, 19:27
by Huck
Michael wrote:
... But how you managed to walk 15 years with the same boots will remain a mystery to me....


What boots are the Cretan shepherds wearing..?

Re: R.I.P.

Posted: 14 Nov 2016, 21:01
by Erno
Traditionally, a Cretan shepherd was wearing the katsoúna (kατσούνα, cane), saríki (σαρίκι, turban), tsánda (τσάντα, bag) and stivánia (στιβάνια, leather boots).

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Nowadays they are wearing the same kind of boots as hikers.