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Contributors to this thread:
In2dmtns 19-Aug-23
fdp 19-Aug-23
Boris 19-Aug-23
Grey Ghost 19-Aug-23
In2dmtns 19-Aug-23
gil_wy 19-Aug-23
Scrappy 19-Aug-23
Cheesehead Mike 19-Aug-23
Pop-r 19-Aug-23
Bigdog 21 20-Aug-23
ND String Puller 20-Aug-23
kentuckbowhnter 20-Aug-23
Boris 20-Aug-23
Cheesehead Mike 20-Aug-23
fuzzy 20-Aug-23
Shaft2Long 20-Aug-23
Boris 20-Aug-23
Tilzbow 20-Aug-23
butcherboy 20-Aug-23
In2dmtns 20-Aug-23
IdyllwildArcher 21-Aug-23
t-roy 21-Aug-23
Lawdog 21-Aug-23
Thehospitabledoc 21-Aug-23
Lawdog 21-Aug-23
JSW 22-Aug-23
SoDakSooner 23-Aug-23
In2dmtns 23-Aug-23
From: In2dmtns
19-Aug-23
I have a new pair of Crispi altitude GTX. I'm in the break in process, roughly 25/28 miles on them. They feel great but have developed a really annoying leather squeak of some sort.

My best guess is its coming from the mid foot lacing. Any advice how to remedy this? Thanks

From: fdp
19-Aug-23
Lubrication...

From: Boris
19-Aug-23
I am looking at getting a pair of Danner Pronghorns from the Boot box in Meadville, Pa. for 240.00. But, in a couple of weeks they will be on sale for maybe under 200.00. What do you guys think about them. I know that my sister in law wore Danner boots in Alaska when they lived there. She worked for the forest service.

From: Grey Ghost
19-Aug-23
I've found that boots with leather gusseted tongues will often develop annoying squeaks from the gusset rubbing together. A leather conditioner will help for a little while.

I've also had squeaky boots caused by the leather liner not being completely secured to the sole. I never found a solution to that problem, so those boots never went on a hunt.

Good luck.

Matt

From: In2dmtns
19-Aug-23
Thanks for the input Matt.

From: gil_wy
19-Aug-23
I’ve used bow string wax where the leather folds over on each side of the tongue… reasonably successful on a couple pairs of boots.

From: Scrappy
19-Aug-23
Boris, danners sold out several years ago. They now only produce cheap junk. Just do a quick Google search and you will have all the negative reviews to talk you out of buying Danner boots

19-Aug-23
I've had leather boots that started squeaking in the tongue gusset area while I was elk hunting. I made it stop by loosening the laces and rubbing some dirt on the tongue gusset.

From: Pop-r
19-Aug-23
Boris, what size do you wear?

From: Bigdog 21
20-Aug-23

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Try the Irish Setters Vaprtrek great boot.

20-Aug-23
A little sno-seal on the corners of the tounge will likely fix them right up. At least it did on my Meindl’s

20-Aug-23
Put elk call reed in squeaky area. You may start a new trend.

From: Boris
20-Aug-23
POP-R i wear size 9.5 wide. About 10-12 years ago, I I got Rocky boots. Wore them only in the woods and fields. Never on concrete. The soles (rubber) blow out in the center of the boot after 2 years. Took them back, Rocky replaced them. Got another pair, them the same way and the soles split and peeled right off. Will not get them again. Many of the guys on here talked up Danner. And like I said my sister in law swore by them. But, that was 20-25 years age. thanks davep

20-Aug-23
Danner pronghorns are a decent soft comfy boot for relatively flat terrain but in my opinion are not suitable for mountain hunting.

From: fuzzy
20-Aug-23
See if Matt Burke will loan you a pair. Lol

From: Shaft2Long
20-Aug-23
Boris, that’s awesome. Got any input on the squeak the op is talking about?

From: Boris
20-Aug-23
I use Sno seal on make boots. Whether they are leather or nylon. Then I take a hair dryer to them. The stuff just melts into the boots. I have no problems after. PLUS, a guy from ETAR told me about using Sno seal on your bow strings. It's wax.

From: Tilzbow
20-Aug-23
Bow string wax on the laces has worked for me.

From: butcherboy
20-Aug-23
Try lacing your boots different. Instead of going back and forth across the top of the tongue try running your laces up each side then cross over. I also use obenhauff’s boot treatment.

From: In2dmtns
20-Aug-23
Thanks for the suggestions i'm going to try a couple of them tomorrow on my hike. I'll update when i'm done.

21-Aug-23
Danner Pronghorns are a very comfortable boot that are perfect for hunting pronghorns. They're not mountain hunting boots.

From: t-roy
21-Aug-23
Agree with Mike and Ike. I’ve worn Danner Pronghorns for probably 20+ years, for work and less rugged conditions. Very comfortable boots, but lack good ankle support for rough, mountainous terrain.

From: Lawdog
21-Aug-23
I've had the pronghorns for years and now have the pronghorn snake boots. I've hunted everything from pronghorns to elk with them and deer, pigs and turkeys in the swamps without issue. However, except for the snake boots, I did not buy another pair. Instead, I went with the powderhorns. Better ankle support and gortex water proofing. Danner also has lines made in the US like the elk hunters and crater rims.

21-Aug-23
I bought the Danner Elk Hunters last year before the season. Full leather and I really like them. I wear them almost every day around the farm and every time I hit the woods. Much more support than the 3 pairs of Pronghorns I’ve worn out in past seasons.

I will say the outsoles on these boots hold mud like nothing I’ve ever seen, but they have great traction on almost any surface.

I treat all of my leather boots with SnoSeal and have not had issues with squeaking.

I’ve had two pairs of the Irish setter boots listed above - they’re nice, lightweight, and will leak like a sieve before 1 year of age.

From: Lawdog
21-Aug-23
Ditto on the Irish Setters leaking after a year. Mine didn't even make a year. I also have Lacrosse. They started leaking shortly after a year. Now, these boots see about 30 days of wear in any year between hunting and scouting. I didn't trash them when I bought the Danners. They're both really comfortable boots, but they leak, and nothing I put on them helped the issue.

From: JSW
22-Aug-23
I hunt exclusively with Danner boots. First the Bighorns, then the Pronghorns, now I use High Grounds. They are the most comfortable boots I've ever used and I do lot's of mountain hunting.

I will disclose that I have extremely tough and conditioned feet and rubber ankles. I can get by with and very much prefer a looser, less supportive boot.

From: SoDakSooner
23-Aug-23
Had some earlier gen pronghorns and hated them. Danners were all the rage when I was in the Marines. I was so excited to finally have a pair and it was disappointing that they didn't work well.

I have the Altitude gtx's as well and have probably 50 miles on them and have not noticed any squeaking. Will keep an eye out for it.

From: In2dmtns
23-Aug-23
I have a soft shell cooler that came with a zipper wax, so I used that on both sides of lace grommets and at the leather where laces touch. Seems to have done the job.

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