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Winter Camping Discussion => Winter Camping Clothing => : mewolf1 November 23, 2018, 09:50:16 PM

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: Valenki
: mewolf1 November 23, 2018, 09:50:16 PM
They came today and at first review look to be worth the wait.
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: Re: Valenki
: Undersky November 24, 2018, 01:34:31 PM
Hi mewolf1 !

Congrats on your new purchase. Now you need some cold weather to try them out.

I have been dreaming of getting some valenki for years after reading about them and seeing them on vids of people with, apparently, warm feet in snowy, cold northern Russia.

Are you willing to answer some questions?

From which source did you purchase these?
Are they the size you had expected they would be?
What metric size do you take in, say, running shoes, and what size valenki did you get?
How "stiff" do they seem? Will they allow sufficient flex at your ankle?
Yours appear to not have an external sole. Will you wear them with an overboot?

I hope they turn out to be just the ticket for your application!

Undersky
: Re: Valenki
: mewolf1 November 24, 2018, 03:18:07 PM
All good questions and my concerns too.
It was an Amazon buy and the seller was Borsch
It was hard to believe they were 80 bucks but that's all it was.
The size I asked for is one size larger and they feel one size larger; however, one is different than the other, not to the degree that I'm unhappy tho. As to the metric size I went to their chart and seem right.
They are very stiff and am wearing them around the house today. They are starting to break in a bit and feel all will be well in time.
Yes, I think an over boot to save them from wear and tear will be prudent, but in the very cold it might not be needed, just a good idea.
: Re: Valenki
: Undersky November 25, 2018, 10:42:44 AM
Thank you for your details, Mewolf1.

Your level of sharing is an excellent example of one of the aspects that makes this site so worthwhile!

Judging only by viewing other well-used valenki online, and by one first-hand experience (my niece bought a pair) I predict that yours will soften and flex to your specific needs.

Many years back my dad wore wool felt boots - entirely felted wool, out-soles and all, except for the stitching and lace eyelets - and they were always too stiff the first few weeks, and too sloppy just before they were retired. I have not seen those for sale for 4 or 5 decades.

Please let us know how you like them once you get to try them in cold dry snow.

Good on you, Mewolf1.
: Re: Valenki
: mewolf1 November 25, 2018, 03:26:04 PM
Many years back my dad wore wool felt boots - entirely felted wool, out-soles and all, except for the stitching and lace eyelets - and they were always too stiff the first few weeks, and too sloppy just before they were retired. I have not seen those for sale for 4 or 5 decades.

I hunted for a long time for these. Never found them.
: Re: Valenki
: h_t November 25, 2018, 09:31:23 PM
I own two pairs, love them. I only wear them when I have to go through some dry deep snow and sit while hunting.

If they get wet, they shrink. If you dry them by a stove/fire they can shrink to baby size, it happened to a friend.

There's machine made ones and hand made ones, the latter, if genuine are much softer.

In days of yore, villagers would saw leather patches on to the heels to protect them from quick wear.

I have low cut rubber over boots.

There are valenki with molded rubber outsole, they're more durable. For my use, I prefer 'naked' ones.

There's wide variety made in Russia. Shipping's the problem.
We could have a group buy for Ontario :)