These are a pair of NF Chilkats w/400G Insulation, probably 12 years old. Good full grain leather uppers and "rubber" bottoms.
Wore them to work yesterday and while heading to my car to go home one started clicking. I looked to see if I had stepped on a screw, (lots of construction at our bldg.), but didn't see anything. I typically sit in the car, bang snow/slush off shoes then pivot into car...that is when I noticed the "rubber" cap had split.
So, after adding duct tape are they relegated to shoveling/getting mail or is there any possible way they can be fixed?
These were my go to snowshoeing boots for years, kinda bummed out!
I think the cause is lost....it's at the flex point of the boot. LL Bean will remove the rubber bottom of their Bean Boot and return them on the original leather uppers for $40+/-. Wish TNF did.
What a shame,TNF used to be such a great company. Seriously, but after only 12 years and hundreds of miles snowshoeing/winter hiking their boots just fell apart?? That was a very good run for a winter boot!!
They don't make this version anymore, too bad...great performance and good looks too!
And i notice Columbia Bugaboot IV are discontinued too....I was interested in a pair possibly.
I did pick up some Merrell winters at marshalls or someplace liker that. Time to give them a shot!
That's exactly what happened to my boots last year. I tried using a variety of repairs to no avail. I bit the bullet and tossed mine. Columbia Titaniums - Great boots. Mine lasted 20 years of winter mountaineering.
I have a pair of Cabelas boots similar in style to the NF boots that cracked on me last year.
I travel across the Upstate NY 3x a week and so Friday I equipped my car for the winter. I've worn these for dayhikes and snowshoeing in 20 below zero weather...toasty but bulky. Great insurance tho if you run off the road in some of the places I have to drive to.
So I grabbed the Cabelas from my coat closet and the whole back of the rubber section was disintegrating in front of me. Dry brittle...goners.
I put them in the trunk of the car anyway but it got me to thinking.
My TNF boots had boatloads of posts on line on how they cracked like mine did lat year...now these.
Meanwhile I have 2 pairs of LL Bean rubber/leather boots, one pair over 15 years old and the insulated pair over 10. Many more harder miles than either the Baltoros or Cabelas which were mainly used for sub 10 mile winter backpacking or snowshoeing trips.
Both are still flexible and "rubbery". Probably a more natural rubber vs the synthetic material used on the others.
I missed my old Baltoros so much I bought a NIB pair over the summer and have been treating the rubber with homemade remedies Ive scoured on line to try and prevevnt the inevitable crack...especially since tho NIB they're probably already at least 5 years old.
Just wish the 'beaners were warmer for snowshoeing.
One sad update on LL Bean. I've procrastinated for too long to send them back for the $40 entire lower boot replacement....now you need to show proof of purchase...too many people buying beat up ones on ebay for $20 and Bean doing a loss leader service for non original customers...can't blame Bean.