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5thGenTexan
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Russell Moccasin Experiences
      #318576 - 30/07/18 07:24 AM

Well, after several years of quietly observing from the sidelines of the forums, here is my first post.

I was hoping that anyone who has had any experience with Russell Moccasins could share that with me (pictures of course are always welcomed and encouraged too, still trying to figure out color combos). I have been specifically looking at boots within their "PH" line. I like that the boots are custom made to your foot measurements as one of my feet is slightly different in shape than the other. I also got to speak with one of their team members at the Dallas Safari show back in January and they seemed very professional and their products that I handled appeared top-notch. On top of this, they also sound like they would fit well for hunting in Texas where I live. I think I have narrowed it down to maybe the PH, the PH II, or Joe's PH, but I would just like to get some people's opinions and experiences before I try and drop the money on some shoes like these. Many thanks!


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Ripp
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Re: Russell Moccasin Experiences [Re: 5thGenTexan]
      #318582 - 30/07/18 10:04 AM

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Well, after several years of quietly observing from the sidelines of the forums, here is my first post.

I was hoping that anyone who has had any experience with Russell Moccasins could share that with me (pictures of course are always welcomed and encouraged too, still trying to figure out color combos). I have been specifically looking at boots within their "PH" line. I like that the boots are custom made to your foot measurements as one of my feet is slightly different in shape than the other. I also got to speak with one of their team members at the Dallas Safari show back in January and they seemed very professional and their products that I handled appeared top-notch. On top of this, they also sound like they would fit well for hunting in Texas where I live. I think I have narrowed it down to maybe the PH, the PH II, or Joe's PH, but I would just like to get some people's opinions and experiences before I try and drop the money on some shoes like these. Many thanks!




Bought a pair at the SCI show in Reno years ago..PH model --2008..wore them on a 21 day hunt in Zimbabwe..on day 5 had to get some glue from one of the guys there and re-glue my sole back on my right foot..had to reapply several times to that boot during the 21 days hunt.on day 8 the left foot started coming off as well...sent them back and they redid them for me..

Used them last year in Cameroon.-2017...they are very good as to being quiet..but really suggest a custom orthotic..for my feet at least, what they come with suck..

Sorry, probably not what you probably wanted to hear..and perhaps mine was a fluke.. but for me, will not be buying another pair..

Ripp

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Re: Russell Moccasin Experiences [Re: Ripp]
      #318589 - 30/07/18 11:31 AM

I got a pair of PH II with crepe soles..... they were comfortable and quiet. I did use the Birkenstock size 47 half sole orthotic inserts and for a 10 day hunt they held up. After I got home I put them on a shelf and about 6 months later took them down and looked at them. I found a nasty African thorn stuck in the sole but was pleased to note that it did not stick through the sole and skewer me....... The boots were very comfortable but I must complain that in the heel area, there is a huge gap between left and right side of the shoe, with a bunch of thread stretching between both sides attempting to pull the sides together at the heel area. So at each heel, there is notning but a spider web of thread holding theae babies together... For near $400 USD, I would have expected far far better...... As a side note, my PH in Namibia looked at my boots, politely asked: “Russels?”, and when I said yes, he just politely said, “ yes I thought, so”, and said nothing more.....

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Re: Russell Moccasin Experiences [Re: Postman]
      #318595 - 30/07/18 01:03 PM

These are my choice these days for an everyday, light duty, ultimately comfortable shoe (not for 'the bush')- basically a 'deck shoe', or rubber and canvas moccasin. Just got a pair two days ago. As always, they fit like a glove right out of the box.

'Back in the day' they were all hand made at a small factory in Anaheim, CA, by the Van Doren family. They had company stores around Southern Cal. and would make them to a pattern drawn around your own foot for $2 extra. They'd also do 'customs' of any fabric that they had in house or that a customer brought in (if at all practical for a shoe). Old Levi's and blue suede were among my favorites.

Now they're made 'elsewhere' and in many styles, but the 'vintage' slip ons still feel like the old ones.



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Re: Russell Moccasin Experiences [Re: Rothhammer1]
      #318632 - 31/07/18 04:29 AM

I have a pair of PHs and two pairs of mountain hikers. Love them. First pair was good but second pair was great after I gave feedback to the boot fitter.

I wore the PH for a combined 70 days in Cameron, Mozambique and RSA before I had an issue. Sent them back and the repaired for free.

Always bring two pairs of boots on a serious hunt!

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Ripp
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Re: Russell Moccasin Experiences [Re: Rell]
      #318652 - 31/07/18 11:45 AM

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I have a pair of PHs and two pairs of mountain hikers. Love them. First pair was good but second pair was great after I gave feedback to the boot fitter.

I wore the PH for a combined 70 days in Cameron, Mozambique and RSA before I had an issue. Sent them back and the repaired for free.

Always bring two pairs of boots on a serious hunt!




I did have two pair thankfully..BUT, for $400+ dollars, seriously, you shouldn't have to..

Actually in most I have 3--2 for hunting and one for lounging around camp..

Each to their own, but as mentioned in a previous post, my PH as well had seen them fail on hunting trips before mine..he too was less than impressed...

IMHO, there are better options/products out there..

Ripp

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Edited by Ripp (31/07/18 10:44 PM)


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MagnumHunter
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Re: Russell Moccasin Experiences [Re: Ripp]
      #318685 - 01/08/18 10:49 AM

I have a pair of the regular Safari boots, Art Carters and PH IIs. Haven't had problems with any of the three. All fit well and are comfortable all day long. Generally carry the Safaris or the PHs along on a hunt with a pair of Courtney Safari boots and alternate. I like mine.

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