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  • klamachpin
    I m not sure if this posted to the list or not :( Here is my IR for the Wolverine Gauge boots. The toe box might be a little narrow for my feet, so I may
    Message 1 of 5 , Dec 29, 2012
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      I'm not sure if this posted to the list or not :(

      Here is my IR for the Wolverine Gauge boots. The toe box might be a little narrow for my feet, so I may exchange them in the coming weeks based on more field experience.

      > http://bit.ly/Yy5rCB

      Best,

      ~derek

      # # #


      Wolverine -- Gauge Boots

      Test Series by Derek Hansen

      Initial Report: 29 Dec 2012
      Field Report:
      Long-Term Report:
      TESTER INFORMATION


      Name Derek Hansen
      Age 37
      Gender Male
      Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)
      Weight 170 lb (77 kg)
      Email Address
      City, State, Country Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
      BACKPACKING BACKGROUND

      I am a lightweight backpacker with a typical overnight pack weight of 15 lb (7 kg) and a multi-day weight of 20 lb (9 kg), each of which includes food and water. I prefer backpacking with a hammock as part of my sleep system.

      PRODUCT INFORMATION

      MANUFACTURER Wolverine World Wide, Inc., Michigan, USA
      YEAR OF MANUFACTURE 2012, made in USA
      MANUFACTURER'S WEBSITE wolverine.com
      MSRP US$170
      LISTED FEATURES Molded TPU, abrasion resistant mesh, waterproof Americana leather upper. Wave mesh lining with waterproof membrane. 400 grams of 3M Thinsulate ultra insulation. PESU II EVA with NXT order [sic] control sockliner. Compression molded EVA midsole. Dual-density rubber lug outsole. Cement construction.
      MANUFACTURER RECOMMENDATIONS
      None yet listed.

      MEASUREMENTS
      Specifications WHAT THEY SAY WHAT I SAY
      Weight N/A 28.45 oz (806 g) each boot; 57 oz (1.6 kg)
      COLORS Brown; Black

      INITIAL REPORT

      29 Dec 2012

      PRODUCT DESCRIPTION


      The Wolverine Gauge is a waterproof winter hiking boot featuring a hybrid plastic frame exoskeleton with treated leather uppers. The one-piece plastic "frame" covers the toe and sides of the boot, interspaced by openings showing an abrasion-resistant mesh. The plastic front is contrasted with the leather that wraps the heel and the ankle area. There are seven pairs of threaded eyelets for the laces (no speed hooks). Between the first pair of eyelets is a metal loop to accept a hook or clasp from some gaiters.


      The Gauge boots are rated at -40*F (-40*C) and use 400-gram 3M Thinsulate Ultra insulation. The thread is wide and has deep lug traction. The insoles are removable.


      INITIAL IMPRESSIONS

      I've enjoyed walking in these boots nearly every day since I received the boots to get my feet accustomed to the fit and to "break in" the soles a bit. It's been a LONG while since I've had such tall boots and it has taken some getting used to. The stiff ankle support had me walking with a pronounced heel-toe strike. My kids appropriately nick-named them "moon boots" and I agree in part: I feel like I'm walking on the moon! The foot bed is light and comfortable and I feel like I'm walking on a few inches of foam padding; In all truthfulness, I probably am.

      One of the first things that struck me was the obvious attachment points for gaiters. I'm a huge gaiter fan and use them a lot when I use my trail running shoes during the summer. Not only do they help keep out debris, they also help with abrasion--and during the winter, they help keep my pants dry. After getting the boots unpacked, I immediately attached my tall gaiters. The front clip is perfectly situated, and my gaiters now have a semi-permanent home around the top of the boot when not in use.


      On the heel of each boot is a heel cleat that can help keep snow shoes securely attached. This is a welcome addition as I've had a problem keeping the heel strap on my snowshoes in place with other boots.

      I'm a little worried that the boots are too narrow for my foot. I received the regular size (not wide) and I wonder if I might need to migrate to the wider model. After a 2-mile (3.2 km) hike, I was feeling rubbing against my big toes. Fit is the single most important component with a boot, so I'm going to watch this closely in the next few weeks.

      The only thing so far that I'm disappointed with is the obviously missing heel strap. I find that boots really benefit from having a loop located on the back of the boot to help in getting the boot on. Since the laces must be threaded in the eyelets, it's difficult to adequately loosen the laces so my foot easily slips in the boot. I have to hold the back of the boot securely and shove my foot in.

      I often squat and sit on my toes when I do camp chores. These boots are fairly comfortable in this position, but I can feel a slight pinch where the plastic is bending and placing pressure on the metatarsal phalangeal joint.

      INITIAL SUMMARY

      While I haven't tested these boots in -40*F (-40* C), they have been HOT so far. Stomping around in snow and in 15*F (-10* C) temperatures haven't fazed it yet. The regular size might be too narrow for my toes.

      PRO--Very warm with a comfortable foot bed.

      CON--No heel loop. No quick-lacing hooks on the upper three eyelets.


      I would like to thank Wolverine World Wide, Inc. and BackpackGearTest.org for providing me with the opportunity to test this product.
    • Derek Hansen
      I m home now, and it looks like my message didn t make the Yahoo list -- can anyone confirm? I don t see it there, but I did post it twice. Sorry! Here s
      Message 2 of 5 , Jan 3, 2013
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        I'm home now, and it looks like my message didn't make the Yahoo list -- can anyone confirm? I don't see it there, but I did post it twice. Sorry!

        Here's hoping the third time's the charm

        Begin forwarded message:

        > From: "Derek Hansen" <derek.hansen@...>
        > Subject: IR - Wolverine Boots
        > Date: December 29, 2012 8:50:41 PM MST
        > To: Kathy Waters <kathy@...>
        >
        > Kathy,
        >
        > I'm visiting family this week and saw that my IR was due for the boots. I want to make sure my post gets recorded correctly because I can't tell if Yahoo swallowed my report or not (eek!). Thanks for your help.
        >
        > Best,
        >
        > ~derek
        >
        > # # #
        >
        > I'm not sure if this posted to the list or not :(
        >
        > Here is my IR for the Wolverine Gauge boots. The toe box might be a little narrow for my feet, so I may exchange them in the coming weeks based on more field experience.
        >
        >> http://bit.ly/Yy5rCB
        >
        > Best,
        >
        > ~derek
        >
        > # # #
        >
        >
        > Wolverine -- Gauge Boots
        >
        > Test Series by Derek Hansen
        >
        > Initial Report: 29 Dec 2012
        > Field Report:
        > Long-Term Report:
        > TESTER INFORMATION
        >
        >
        > Name Derek Hansen
        > Age 37
        > Gender Male
        > Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)
        > Weight 170 lb (77 kg)
        > Email Address
        > City, State, Country Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
        > BACKPACKING BACKGROUND
        >
        > I am a lightweight backpacker with a typical overnight pack weight of 15 lb (7 kg) and a multi-day weight of 20 lb (9 kg), each of which includes food and water. I prefer backpacking with a hammock as part of my sleep system.
        >
        > PRODUCT INFORMATION
        >
        > MANUFACTURER Wolverine World Wide, Inc., Michigan, USA
        > YEAR OF MANUFACTURE 2012, made in USA
        > MANUFACTURER'S WEBSITE wolverine.com
        > MSRP US$170
        > LISTED FEATURES Molded TPU, abrasion resistant mesh, waterproof Americana leather upper. Wave mesh lining with waterproof membrane. 400 grams of 3M Thinsulate ultra insulation. PESU II EVA with NXT order [sic] control sockliner. Compression molded EVA midsole. Dual-density rubber lug outsole. Cement construction.
        > MANUFACTURER RECOMMENDATIONS
        > None yet listed.
        >
        > MEASUREMENTS
        > Specifications WHAT THEY SAY WHAT I SAY
        > Weight N/A 28.45 oz (806 g) each boot; 57 oz (1.6 kg)
        > COLORS Brown; Black
        >
        > INITIAL REPORT
        >
        > 29 Dec 2012
        >
        > PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
        >
        >
        > The Wolverine Gauge is a waterproof winter hiking boot featuring a hybrid plastic frame exoskeleton with treated leather uppers. The one-piece plastic "frame" covers the toe and sides of the boot, interspaced by openings showing an abrasion-resistant mesh. The plastic front is contrasted with the leather that wraps the heel and the ankle area. There are seven pairs of threaded eyelets for the laces (no speed hooks). Between the first pair of eyelets is a metal loop to accept a hook or clasp from some gaiters.
        >
        >
        > The Gauge boots are rated at -40*F (-40*C) and use 400-gram 3M Thinsulate Ultra insulation. The thread is wide and has deep lug traction. The insoles are removable.
        >
        >
        > INITIAL IMPRESSIONS
        >
        > I've enjoyed walking in these boots nearly every day since I received the boots to get my feet accustomed to the fit and to "break in" the soles a bit. It's been a LONG while since I've had such tall boots and it has taken some getting used to. The stiff ankle support had me walking with a pronounced heel-toe strike. My kids appropriately nick-named them "moon boots" and I agree in part: I feel like I'm walking on the moon! The foot bed is light and comfortable and I feel like I'm walking on a few inches of foam padding; In all truthfulness, I probably am.
        >
        > One of the first things that struck me was the obvious attachment points for gaiters. I'm a huge gaiter fan and use them a lot when I use my trail running shoes during the summer. Not only do they help keep out debris, they also help with abrasion--and during the winter, they help keep my pants dry. After getting the boots unpacked, I immediately attached my tall gaiters. The front clip is perfectly situated, and my gaiters now have a semi-permanent home around the top of the boot when not in use.
        >
        >
        > On the heel of each boot is a heel cleat that can help keep snow shoes securely attached. This is a welcome addition as I've had a problem keeping the heel strap on my snowshoes in place with other boots.
        >
        > I'm a little worried that the boots are too narrow for my foot. I received the regular size (not wide) and I wonder if I might need to migrate to the wider model. After a 2-mile (3.2 km) hike, I was feeling rubbing against my big toes. Fit is the single most important component with a boot, so I'm going to watch this closely in the next few weeks.
        >
        > The only thing so far that I'm disappointed with is the obviously missing heel strap. I find that boots really benefit from having a loop located on the back of the boot to help in getting the boot on. Since the laces must be threaded in the eyelets, it's difficult to adequately loosen the laces so my foot easily slips in the boot. I have to hold the back of the boot securely and shove my foot in.
        >
        > I often squat and sit on my toes when I do camp chores. These boots are fairly comfortable in this position, but I can feel a slight pinch where the plastic is bending and placing pressure on the metatarsal phalangeal joint.
        >
        > INITIAL SUMMARY
        >
        > While I haven't tested these boots in -40*F (-40* C), they have been HOT so far. Stomping around in snow and in 15*F (-10* C) temperatures haven't fazed it yet. The regular size might be too narrow for my toes.
        >
        > PRO--Very warm with a comfortable foot bed.
        >
        > CON--No heel loop. No quick-lacing hooks on the upper three eyelets.
        >
        >
        > I would like to thank Wolverine World Wide, Inc. and BackpackGearTest.org for providing me with the opportunity to test this product.
        >
      • Coy Boy
        Hi Derek, it showed up 3 times on Dec 29th around 9:45 PM messaged 748498 - 784850. Coy Boy
        Message 3 of 5 , Jan 3, 2013
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          Hi Derek, it showed up 3 times on Dec 29th around 9:45 PM messaged 748498 - 784850.

          Coy Boy
          --- In backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com, Derek Hansen wrote:
          >
          > I'm home now, and it looks like my message didn't make the Yahoo list -- can anyone confirm? I don't see it there, but I did post it twice. Sorry!
          >
          > Here's hoping the third time's the charm
          >
        • Coy Boy
          well I completely botched that one. try 74848 - 74850 Coy Boy
          Message 4 of 5 , Jan 3, 2013
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            well I completely botched that one. try 74848 - 74850

            Coy Boy

            --- In backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com, "Coy Boy" wrote:
            >
            > Hi Derek, it showed up 3 times on Dec 29th around 9:45 PM messaged 748498 - 784850.
            >
            > Coy Boy
            > --- In backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com, Derek Hansen wrote:
            > >
            > > I'm home now, and it looks like my message didn't make the Yahoo list -- can anyone confirm? I don't see it there, but I did post it twice. Sorry!
            > >
            > > Here's hoping the third time's the charm
            > >
            >
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