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Offline barryasmith

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Canadian Forces Mukluks
« on: January 10, 2010, 04:44:09 am »
Hi all,

This is my first post on the forum. I've really enjoyed the site so far, loads of useful information and interesting discussion topics.

I am in the UK and am interested in getting hold of some Canadian Forces Mukluks (like these: http://www.armynavydeals.com/asp/products_details.asp?SKU=Can%20MukWt&ST=2&Canadian%20Forces%20Arctic%20Mukluks%20W/Liner)

I am a UK 13 (US 14) in walking boots wearing one thick and one thin pair of socks. I have looked around on the web and cannot find anything near my size. Does anyone know of any good suppliers that may hold these and ship to the UK?

Thanks for reading.

All the best.

Barry

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Re: Canadian Forces Mukluks
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2010, 11:14:35 am »
Hi Barryasmith,

Those are essentially the same boot as the Acton Chimo boot.  (I am assuming that Acton makes them for the Canadian Armed Forces.    
http://www.actoncanada.ca/products/index.php?/eng/completedata/76/#

I know a dealer who specializes in these boots and the extra double wool liners for them:   Weaver and Devore in Yellowknife http://www.weaverdevore.ca/product_info.php/cPath/36_37_41/products_id/129
I know that Weaver and Devore ships anywhere in Canada.  They also enjoy talking to  you on the phone too (old fashioned service), and I am guessing they would ship to you in the UK.   The Chimos fit a little different that a regular snowboot, so the folks at Weaver and Devore know the boot well, and would be worth talking to.
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Re: Canadian Forces Mukluks
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2010, 04:14:11 pm »
Hoop, Many thanks for your response. The Acton Chimos look like the right thing. They are quite expensive compared to the armed forces version and it was the lower price that made them even more attractive.

A lower cost, Army surplus, option would certainly be my first choice. I guess the Steger Arctic Mukluks might be a better option for me.

Barry


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Re: Canadian Forces Mukluks
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2010, 08:33:40 pm »
I have been on the lookout at various surplus stores for a good and complete pair of these boots. These boots consist of the white outer shell, into which goes a mesh insole followed by a thick felt/wool insole. Then, the wool 'duffle sock' or liner as this companies ad calls it. I've seen the outers and the wool sock sold as a complete set but it isn't. The insoles are what keeps you from the cold ground.  I've also seen just the outer shell sold or just the wool duffle sock. You have to be careful.
 I have only found one store that sold the complete set and even then, size 10 was the largest size and the insoles were missmatched in size. I'm looking for a size 11. Also, these boots don't have much support in the bottom if support is an issue with your feet. I am wondering how my feet would do in these boots as I use orthotics.
 As for the company you are looking at, I've dealt with them once before. Never again.

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Re: Canadian Forces Mukluks
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2010, 09:02:58 pm »
Hi The Duck,

Great point on the insoles (midsoles).  You are absolutely right.   The Chimo has its own dedicated insole.    Must-have to make the boot work properly.  It is these that makes the boot truly warm.    Weaver and Devore in Yellowknife sell the complete set.   I was there this past summer and tried on the Chimos - what a great mukluk!    Weaver and Devore specialize in this boot (they ship all over the arctic).  They not only sell the complete set Chimo, but they stock the extra double wool duffel liners and the dedicated Chimo insole.   

Here is W&D's web link to the Chimo insole:  http://www.weaverdevore.ca/product_info.php/products_id/134

Here is W&D's web link to the wool duffels liners:
http://www.weaverdevore.ca/product_info.php/products_id/132

Hi Barryasmith,
If you are looking for a mukluk, another great option is the Empire Canvas Works "True North Boot":   http://www.empirecanvasworks.com/truenorthboots.htm  ECW is one of our sponsors, and they have impeccable customer service.
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Re: Canadian Forces Mukluks
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2010, 02:39:53 pm »
If you are still looking for surplus mukluks you can try these guys:
http://prefair.ca/products/?id=1292&s=400
They have up to size 13 and it lists that they include both insoles and liner. They are local to me so I have no idea about their shipping policy so you would have to check and can't vouch for that. I'm not sure if sz 13 is big enough for you though. Normally army boots fit bigger than their size though. In civilian hiking boots i'm a size 11-12 and my leather army boots are a size 10...maybe someone here will know if the same is true for mukluks.
I have sorel boots...

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Re: Canadian Forces Mukluks
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2010, 07:46:01 pm »
If you wear 11 or 12 and your leather army boots are 10, you and your boots must be about my vintage.  Get them a size small, wear them in training in a swamp for a week or so and they stretch to fit your feet, then they're fine for life or until they wear out, whichever comes first.   ;)

Wouldn't try that with issue mukluks (a.k.a. Acton Chimo boots) though, rubber won't stretch the way leather does.  Better get the size that fits.
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Re: Canadian Forces Mukluks
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2010, 07:48:37 am »
If you wear 11 or 12 and your leather army boots are 10, you and your boots must be about my vintage.  Get them a size small, wear them in training in a swamp for a week or so and they stretch to fit your feet, then they're fine for life or until they wear out, whichever comes first.   ;)

Wouldn't try that with issue mukluks (a.k.a. Acton Chimo boots) though, rubber won't stretch the way leather does.  Better get the size that fits.

Didn't want to give the impression I was ex-army. Just had a few pairs of army boots. Im in my 20ies. With leather army boots I normally wear a size 10 wide (out of the box, not only in the swamp!) and civilian shoes typically a size 11, sometimes a 12 if the shoe is narrow. I developed the impression that army boots were made larger comparitively.