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RE: [backpackgeartesters] REPOST IR-Wolverine Gauge Boots-Mike Pearl

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  • Mike Pearl
    Brett, Sorry about that. Guess being late made me a little too jumpy when bouncing between web pages. I am more than happy to wait as I expect the new size
    Message 1 of 3 , Jan 8, 2013
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      Brett,

      Sorry about that. Guess being late made me a little too jumpy when bouncing between web pages.

      I am more than happy to wait as I expect the new size boots this week.

      -Mike

      --- On Tue, 1/8/13, Brett Haydin <bhaydin@...> wrote:

      > From: Brett Haydin <bhaydin@...>
      > Subject: RE: [backpackgeartesters] REPOST IR-Wolverine Gauge Boots-Mike Pearl
      > To: "backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com" <backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com>
      > Cc: "Kathy Waters" <kathy@...>
      > Date: Tuesday, January 8, 2013, 4:41 PM
      > Mike, I don't see a monitor assigned
      > to this one yet, I am just the call manager ;-)  I'll
      > be happy to edit it if BridGet can't find somebody!
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      > Brett Haydin
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      > "Teamwork: It's amazing how much
      >   can be accomplished when no one
      >   cares who gets the credit."
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      > To: BackpackGearTesters@yahoogroups.com
      > CC: bhaydin@...
      > From: mikepearl36@...
      > Date: Tue, 8 Jan 2013 08:27:40 -0800
      > Subject: [backpackgeartesters] REPOST IR-Wolverine Gauge
      > Boots-Mike Pearl
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      >       Hi Brett,
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      > Sorry I accidentally delete the first Test Folder. 
      > Here's a new link.
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      > http://tinyurl.com/ao7ht2q
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      > WOLVERINE GAUGE BOOTS
      >
      > TEST SERIES BY MIKE PEARL
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      > IR
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      > December 12, 2012
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      > TESTER INFORMATION
      >
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      > NAME: Mike Pearl
      >
      > EMAIL: mikepearl36ATyahooDOTcom
      >
      > AGE: 38
      >
      > LOCATION: Hanover, New Hampshire, USA
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      > GENDER: M
      >
      > HEIGHT: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
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      > WEIGHT: 155 lb (70.30 kg)
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      > I have a great appreciation for the outdoors and get out at
      > every opportunity. I am a three-season backpacker and year
      > round hiker. Currently, my trips are two to three days long
      > as well as an annual week-long trip. I utilize the abundant
      > trail shelters in my locale and pack a backup tarp-tent. I
      > like to cover big distances while still taking in the views.
      > I have lightweight leanings but function and reliability are
      > the priority. I mostly travel woodland mountain terrain but
      > enjoy hiking beautiful trails anywhere.
      >
      >
      >
      > INITIAL REPORT
      >
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      > PRODUCT INFORMATION & SPECIFICATIONS
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      > Manufacturer: Wolverine World Wide Inc.
      >
      > Year of Manufacture: 2012
      >
      > Manufacturer's Website: http://www.wolverine.com" LINK TEXT =
      > "www.wolverine.com">> < >
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      > MSRP: US $170.00
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      > Listed Weight: Not Listed
      >
      > Measured Weight: 3 lb 6 oz (1.5 kg)
      >
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      >
      > Colors Available: Black or Brown
      >
      > Color Tested: Brown
      >
      > Sizes Available: 7-14, some select half sizes
      >
      > Size Tested: 8
      >
      >
      >
      > Details from Company Website:
      >
      > -Molded TPU
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      > -Abrasion resistant mesh and waterproof Americana leather
      > upper
      >
      > -Wave mesh lining with waterproof membrane
      >
      > -400 grams of 3M Thinsulate Ultra insulation
      >
      > -PESU II EVA with NXT odor control sockliner
      >
      > -Compression molded EVA midsole
      >
      > -Dual density rubber lug outsole
      >
      > -Cement construction
      >
      >
      >
      > Additional details from pamphlet included with boots.
      >
      > -Divided lacing system for custom fit
      >
      > -Articulated eyelets increases comfort and control
      >
      > -Velocity coated toe protects from abrasive surfaces
      >
      > -Wide outsole pads at the ball of the foot and deep lug for
      > traction
      >
      > -Lightweight and flexible V-Frame exoskeleton increases
      > stability and durability
      >
      > -Dual compound outsole for durability and reliable traction
      > on snow and ice
      >
      >
      >
      > INITIAL IMPRESSIONS
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      >
      > The Gauge Boots arrived in the typical style shoe box. The
      > boots look rugged and substantial but not bulky. They appear
      > well made without any visual imperfections in construction.
      > The materials are balanced and blend together well. <
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      > The Gauge Boots are a part of Wolverines Velocity Series.
      > These boot feature Wolverines V-Frame exoskeleton. This is
      > the coating that covers the toe and sides of the forefoot of
      > the boot. The Gauge includes two winter hiking specific
      > features. A gaiter loop at the base of the laces. And a heel
      > cleat to assist in the attaching of snow shoes.
      >
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      > These are a taller, over the ankle boot. Wolverine list them
      > as 8 in (20 cm), which I measured from the insole to the top
      > of the ankle. The boots are waterproof and insulated for a
      > comfort rating of 40 below. The Gauge Boots are made of
      > three materials. The toe and forefoot are a combination of
      > breathable mesh and the V-Frame exoskeleton. The remainder
      > is a combination of breathable mesh and leather. The insole
      > is removable and is treated with CLEAN NXT odor control.
      > After an internet search I found the CLEAN NXT is a
      > biotechnology using a microbe and enzyme that eliminates
      > odors. The upper of the boot is cemented to the <
      > >sole. The midsole has memory foam feel to it. It gives
      > slightly when compressed and instantly returns when
      > released. The sole consist of two different tread patterns
      > with two different densities. The placement of each designed
      > to increase traction on surfaces with variable
      >
      > conditions. The red colored tread is the softer of the two.
      > The lacing system is divided into three parts. Three eyelets
      > at the forefoot, one at the ankle and three above the ankle.
      > The eyelets at the ankle can pivot in the head to toe
      > direction. The eyelet at the ankle is fixed. The eyelets at
      > the foot move head to toe as well as left to right.
      >
      > The flexibility of the eyelets is interesting. I have worn
      > boots that one eyelet created a pressure point due to
      > location. I wonder if this design will allow for a more user
      > specific fit.
      >
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      > TRYING IT OUT
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      > Sliding my foot into the Gauge Boots I am surprised by the
      > eyelets all the way to the top. I am still able to get in
      > and out without a problem, so no issues. Pulling the laces
      > tight, the boot feels nice around my foot. The height of the
      > boot is obvious but not overly restrictive. But my first
      > step reveals trouble. My heel easily slides up and down. My
      > shoe size 99% of the time is a size 9. However the Gauge
      > Boot is the 1% exception. The size 9 I received was too big
      > for me. The boots look great in every other way. I was
      > disappointed not to be able to get outside with them right
      > away.
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      > I contacted Customer Service and was quickly and courteously
      > assisted. Replacement boots were ordered on the spot. The
      > temperature is dropping outside and these boots have my feet
      > feeling toasty sitting inside. I eagerly await the next pair
      > of boots.
      >
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      >
      > SUMMARY
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      >
      > The Wolverine Gauge Boots look and feel like a great cold
      > weather boot. I am especially excited about the winter
      > specific features. These boots are the first I have worn
      > with a gaiter loop, heel cleat and dual-compound outersole.
      > I am intrigued to see how useful these features prove to be
      > in the field.
      >
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      >
      > This completes my Initial Report. Please return in two
      > months for the Field Report. My thanks to Wolverine and
      > BackpackGearTest.org for the opprotunity to test the Gauge
      > Boots.
      >
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      > This report was created with the BGT Report Generator.
      >
      > Copyright 2013. All rights reserved.
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