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Le Chameau Condor LCX Hunting Boots

Initial Report - November 11, 2017


Duane Lawrence

Tester Information
 
Name:                Duane Lawrence
Email:                duanesgear (at) yahoo (dot) com
Location:           Sparwood, British Columbia Canada
Gender:             Male
Age:                   45 years
Height:               5’9” (1.75 m)
Weight:              160 lbs (73 kg)
Shoe Size:          9.5
 
I have been an avid outdoor enthusiast for over 25 years.  I enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including mountaineering, day hikes, multi-day backpacking trips, river and ocean kayaking, back-country skiing, snowshoeing, mountain biking and rock climbing. I have climbed throughout British Columbia, the United States and when opportunity presents itself in Europe and India. I carry a wide variety of gear depending on the type and length of trip.  I am a search and rescue team member in the Southern Canadian Rockies and am part of the swift water, rope rescue and avalanche technical teams and ground search team.


Initial Report


ManufacturerLa Chameau
Model Condor LCX Hunting Boot
MSRP$399 USD
Web Sitewww.lechameau.com
Listed Weight1490 g (3.28 lb) pair
Measured Weight1592 g (3.51 lb)
SizesUS 6 - 13
ColorsMarron
Suggested UseGame Stalking
Warranty2-year material and workmanship

Technical Details

The Le Chameau LCX Hunting boot is made of a 2.2 mm (.87 in) oiled Nubuck Leather with a 2.5 cm (1 in) rand, measured at the side of the boot, and soft leather at the back and in the upper of the boot which looks to provide added flexibility.  The upper is 25 cm (9.8 in) tall, measured from the sole of the boot.  The sole of the boot uses a Michelin Deep Forest rubber which uses motocross tire technology reportedly creating an exceptionally light, hard-wearing and comfortable outsole which is flexible while still allowing the rubber to grip in demanding terrain.  The sole includes flexion lines that prevent fatigue on long walks, abrasion resistance, lateral stability and an all-terrain traction and grip on obstacles. 

The boots are constructed using a 5-layer technology with a LCX lining which is designed to prevent water permeating the boot while allowing moisture to easily escape.  The layering system consists of an external material, protective film, inner membrane, a functional non-woven material and inside lining.  The boot is rated as a 100% waterproof boot that will keep feet warm down to -10 C (14 F).  Interestingly there is nowhere on the web site or in the box that that indicated that the leather needs to be treated at all.  It will be very interesting to find out how waterproof these boots are over a period of days in wet weather.  If it is indeed the case that the boots do not need to be treated I will be very impressed and happy not to have to treat them on a regular basis.  

Sizing

Sizing for these boots should have been fairly straight forward, unfortunately I dug a little too deep into the web site and sized my boots off the 'boot' sizing chart rather than the one listed on the Condor LCX Hunting Boot page.  I would normally think that there would not be any difference between the two but there actually is.  The sizing chart for 'Boots' reads a size US Men's 9, 10 and 11 (no size 9.5) as EU 42,  EU 43 and EU 44 respectively while the sizing chart on the Hunting boot page lists the sizes EU 43 as a US MEN 9.5 and  EU 44 as a US MEN 10.  I found this a little confusing and ended up with the wrong sized boots which I am going to have to exchange.  The good news is the supplier was very quick to reply to my request for a new size, same day actually, so I am optimistic that I will be able to resolve the sizing issue fairly quickly.

Care

The web site has a very clear care guide,  it was nice not to have to sift through much to find out how to take care of these boots.  The web site divides it into Do's and Don'ts.  Recommend care includes clearing them with water and a brush and let air dry.  A silicone spray with a soft dry cloth for polishing is also recommend for treating any rubber.  They recommend keeping them in a dry ventilated place away from direct sunlight and if the boots get wet to dry the liner out.  They make the suggestion to use crumpled newspaper stuffed into the boot to help dry them.  Lastly they recommend to clean them before storing for long periods of time.  For the Don’ts they advise not to dry the boots with a direct heat source like a fire or radiator, not to use detergents nor to store boots in damp conditions or folded.

Initial Observations

 These are a very nice looking boot.  They are made of a full grain leather with softer leather at key flex points which look like they will allow easy flexing of the ankle and no binding of the tongue fabric.  I have never had a pair of boots with a 25 cm (9.8 in) ankle rise but although they were a little big when I tried them on they were very comfortable.  The high ankle will undoubtedly keep forest debris and snow from entering the boot.  There is nothing really special about the insole, just a basic insole but it does appear that there is room for a replacement insole if needed.  The boots are also incredibly light.  I was very surprised when I picked them up as I just did not expect a hefty looking boot to weigh so little only 1592 g (3.51 lb) for the pair.  The sole of the boot looks durable and the 2.5 cm (1 in) rand that runs around the entirety of the boot should protect the leather and increase its weather resistance. 

For construction the boots look solid with single, double and triple stitching throughout.  The lacing uses steel grommets and hooks which will provide lots of options for tightening the boot and allowing for lots of micro adjustments.  Inside the boot is a soft fabric liner which is quite thick.  I tried to measure it but do not have a caliper tool to provide anything with accuracy. Overall they look like a very nice boot that I am hoping will be great for the winter weather we have up in the Canadian Rockies.

Thank you to BackpackGearTest.org and  Le Chamea for the opportunity to test the Condor LCX Hunting Boots.  




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