Rubber protector (rand?) for hiking boots

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Rubber protector (rand?) for hiking boots

Postby LeftRightShoot » Mon 12 Aug, 2019 9:03 am

Gday,

Years ago when I was doing my outdoor quals, one of the participants purchased "real" mountaineering boots. While they werent great for what we were doing, they came with two essentially oversized rubber bands that protected the boot like a full rand. Similar to the micro spikes (without the spikes). Ive done some searching to see if this is a product but havent found anything.

Has anyone seen such a product? It would be great for scree.
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Re: Rubber protector (rand?) for hiking boots

Postby Moondog55 » Mon 12 Aug, 2019 10:03 am

In climbing and mountaineering boots yes. Full rands are common
Have a pair of fully randed SCARPA boots sitting in the room right now, they protect the boot leather against rocks but more importantly in my opinion against the wear and tear from steel crampons.
May decades ago it was common to see people laminating their mountaineering boots with fibreglass and resin after they had been broken in and comfortable. Especially the toebox area which took most of the impact from scree and crampons. I have used roofing silicon to do the same job. For those of us who still have functioning Supergaiters the rand on those does an equivalent job. I have seen pictures of boots fitted with outsized rubber bands cut from old truck tubes, would this acquaintance have done the same?
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Re: Rubber protector (rand?) for hiking boots

Postby LeftRightShoot » Mon 12 Aug, 2019 1:25 pm

No they definetly were an additional product sold with the shoes (or purchased separately at the time of purchase). Looked a little thinner than tubing and they were red.
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Re: Rubber protector (rand?) for hiking boots

Postby Moondog55 » Mon 12 Aug, 2019 1:32 pm

cnschulz wrote:No they definetly were an additional product sold with the shoes (or purchased separately at the time of purchase). Looked a little thinner than tubing and they were red.


Interesting, I have never seen anything like that. I think I would remember red
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Re: Rubber protector (rand?) for hiking boots

Postby LeftRightShoot » Wed 11 Sep, 2019 6:29 pm

Hi, it seems my memory was a little off, they were gaiters with a rubber "rand":

https://www.trekkinn.com/outdoor-mounta ... lsrc=aw.ds
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Re: Rubber protector (rand?) for hiking boots

Postby slparker » Wed 11 Sep, 2019 7:58 pm

That actually looks like a pretty good idea. looking closely they seem to be insulated so good for mountaineering less good for bushwalking.
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Re: Rubber protector (rand?) for hiking boots

Postby Moondog55 » Thu 12 Sep, 2019 7:50 am

Supergaiters are [ or at least were] available in both insulated and plain. Becoming difficult to find in larger sizes now, it seems Berghaus have stopped production.
HA climbing boots now come with integrated insulating gaiters.
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Re: Rubber protector (rand?) for hiking boots

Postby Petew » Thu 12 Sep, 2019 3:04 pm

Aeons ago I had some berghaus yeti gaiters. They were fantastic and kept my feet totally dry X country skiing, even when wading through water.
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Re: Rubber protector (rand?) for hiking boots

Postby Huntsman247 » Tue 17 Sep, 2019 9:39 am

I'm in the process of adding an additional rand to my boots. I've just sourced the rubber strips from Clark rubber and will get the local shoe repair to glue it on some time this week.
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