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The best of outdoor style: Hiker, adaptive, tactical, etc

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So inspired by a couple recent tech wear / work wear posts from @EQIPand @glorydaysAnd most recently a boots discussion with @Fist 666 plus having a genuine need due to personal lifestyle and how I live, I figured we’d give this thread topic a go. Wondering what good gear is out there that I might not be turned into. 

 

So, here’s the deal... Function over form, but a showcase of product representing the perfect marriage of both. Not poser fashion shit trying to look tactical or outdoor, but real deal kit that might be fashionable, but performs under pressure. 

 

Here’s some boots I just posted in another thread that I think qualify. No doubt these would be good for backwoods sprints, but definitely a good hiker that also looks super nice. Danner Mountain Light - USA made classic alpine hiker. 

 

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I do really like the look of those Danners. 

 

The outdoor/rugged thing I'm always looking for are pants. I want the durability of Carhartts, but not the 2 year break in time required for them to be comfortable. I gave KUHL a few pairs chance about 5 years ago, and they maxed at about 6 months lifespan before I'd wear the crotches out. I switched to Mountain Khakis, and while they last several months longer, they have the same problem. Both these brands tend to sit in the $70/pr range, so I'm done giving them a chance. 5-11s are a fucking joke in this regard. I recently bought some wrangler ripstop work pants for $17 that seem at least as solid as the outdoor brands. 

 

Sidenote: I wear my pants harder than a lot of people do, I think. Unless they get covered in something that stinks or are visibly disgusting or outright smell like ass, I wear them for 5 days in a row, and rotate through a couple pairs. My beef with Carhartts is break in time and the fact that half of them fit like JNCOs. I don't wear skinny jeans, but I wear pants that fit (Levis 505s as the standard).

 

@misteravenI've seen you post the uber tactical pants on your IG before--the price tag I saw seemed about double the REI type brands. Do you abuse them and do they hold up? Or are they short lived but high performance while they last?

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@Fist 666those are Crye Precision (G3s). Completely indestructible. Like you, I blow out pants very fast living where I do. Literally anything short of denim just doesn’t last. If fabric doesn’t rip or wear, seams will split. Ruined a ton of great pants and shorts. 

 

My Crye’s look brand new after washing a thousand times and wearing nearly daily for a year. Had them for classes I take and kind of embarrassed about the tacticool aspect of wearing them normally but they’re very comfy out the box and beyond durable. Tons of pockets, tons of adjustment points, made in USA of top quality USA fabric and parts. No idea what they print the pattern with but it doesn’t fade at all. Plus worn them to a ton of classes where they get abused heavily. But they run $300 or so a pair, without the knee inserts. Not for everyone. Best pants I’ve ever owned. Note that they’re counterfeited / copied often, so get the real shit if you buy a pair. 

 

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altama OTB sneaker boots @misteraven

 

I'm not a boot person but I like the idea of a hardwearing boot in the shape and flexibility of a sneaker

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and I agree about the 5.11 shit...I believe that brand caters to mil-sim gear whores

I'm not against mil-sim games, but its not real life

 

I usually look for military spec NyCo or ripstop in pants as those materials are breathable during hot weather

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Not a fan of how these look at all. Curious how legit they are as well. Having worked with Nike so long and seeing their R&D and Innovation Kitchen lots of time, I know what goes into a real performance shoe and doubt many put into their footwear what the big dogs in that space do.

 

Sort of a different thing than we're discussing and don't know how these perform, but I freakin love how these look. Love the flip on the outdoor shit to make them more in line with mid - late 2000s quick strike type stuff. Planning to dig up some collabs down the road along this line.

 

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Remind me a lot of these, which was a recent womens release, but one of the best drops this year IMO. Would have rocked the shit out of them if they came in mens, but also not water proof or rugged enough for the context of this discussion. Looks so nice though.

 

 

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those look fucking amazing...and I'm a huge fan of jun takahashi

 

they look like early 90's ACG trainers

 

the last pair of real performance boots that I bought were the Adidas gsg 9.3...I use them mainly for work when I have to go to the live ordinance testing

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These aren't bad. That canvas looks like it'll hold a lot of water and dirt though. Guessing they're comfy.

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2 hours ago, misteraven said:

These aren't bad. That canvas looks like it'll hold a lot of water and dirt though. Guessing they're comfy.

They are definitely not waterproof.

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Is it actually a tactical shoe or just pretending? Weird to not have any toe cover on it if its intended to be a real tactical shoe, but also seen a lot of other footwear companies make that mistake. Lot of toe dragging with dynamic movement if you're running and gunning.

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14 hours ago, misteraven said:

Is it actually a tactical shoe or just pretending? Weird to not have any toe cover on it if its intended to be a real tactical shoe, but also seen a lot of other footwear companies make that mistake. Lot of toe dragging with dynamic movement if you're running and gunning.

i think its just pretending because it feels more like a sneaker than an actual tac boot. They feel super comfortable and light but they're tough.

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@misteravenI love my keens. I get them for my work shoes. The ones I get are the ones with no shoelace. I hate having to take my gloves off and tie them or the laces getting funky from dragging through gross shit before I realized they’re untied. So that’s the reason I got them. I’ve used them for over a year working/walking/stomping on 300+ degree hot asphalt, tar, diesel, water, etc. Because of the durability of those I’ve made them my official work boot and purchased Keen hiking boots and the weird looking water/river shoe/sandal. 

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Looking for smething along the lines of the Keens I posted above... A legit cross between a hiker and sneaker, waterproof and that has a compelling style / colorway.

 

Anyone have any suggestions? Those KEEN Targhee Exp X Elnest Creative Activity seem to be sold out everywhere (11.5 or 12).

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