Ridgeline Warrior EXP Boots
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- Last updated: 26/07/2018
On first inspection, it’s obvious that the ‘Warriors’ are of a very high standard of construction! Measuring 10½-inches at the front (including tongue) and dropping to 9-inches at the rear, the boot is mainly manufactured from full grain, waxed and waterproof leather. There is also a Hydro Guard membrane and a very generous Thinsulate insulating liner.
There are four pairs of captive and hinged eyelets and a further four pairs of open hasp type retainers. The rugged build of the boot transfers down to the very thick and deep cut outer sole, which is also fitted with a very generous full ‘wrap around’ rubber rand, which is configured to give extra protection at the toe and raises up at the rear to give protection at the heel. Just above the extra protection at the rear is a ‘flex panel’ that affords the boot to ‘give’ at this section for wearer comfort.
The very aggressive cleat and lug layout of the outsole gives a very high degree of traction on a variety of terrain and is very easy to clean. This rubber composite sole is actually given a name, ‘Hyper Grip’, which it lives up to, as it really is very ‘grippy’, even on slippery surfaces. In fact, the company make a point of stating: ‘the sole has been especially developed for Ridgeline to offer the wearer secure and positive foot placement on surfaces that would normally be inaccessible.’
To sum up, I’d say the Ridgeline Warrior EXP Boots are amongst the most rugged, tough and hard-wearing of hunting footwear I’ve ever used, and if you require a very high level of protection from both terrain and weather, then they’re ones to consider.