Back in November 2014 I strapped on my new Stoney Creek Greywacke boots and got to writing a review.
Over all, they were pretty dang great. But it’s been nearly three years now and I am still hunting exclusively in these leather personnel carriers, so I think it’s worth it for the consumer to know how they are going.
To start; I guess I should be honest with what abuse I’ve put these trotters through. Not only have I hunted in my Greywackes (in Canterbury, Wellington, Wairarapa, Manawatu, Waiouru, Hawkes Bay, Gisborne and Northland), I’ve also worked in stock yards with them for a whole summer.
I wore them for nearly a year of jetboating, including walking on hot river stones and then plunging them into cold river water over and over. I’ve walked my dogs while wearing these – on grass, tracks, concrete sidewalks, muddy paddock – name a surface, I’ve walked (or run!) it.
I’ve worn them inside a hot tractor with sun beating on them for 12 hours a day, six days a week for four months straight. I’ve carried out over 100 goats and countless deer on my back while these things have been laced to my feet. I’d hate to think what sort of RUC I’d be paying if that was required for boot miles!
I’ve done basically everything the manufacturer has recommended I don’t do (dried by the fire, cleaned and waxed only occasionally, left in the sun, worn on farm etc). And I still wear them. Exclusively. I have no other hunting boots. It’s been nearly three years. I only have this one pair of Greywackes.
I guess that’s the end of my review! Seriously though, Stoney Creek really put together a great boot. Although I am tough on gear, I HAVE actually hosed them with clean water after every day in the stock yards or if I’ve hunted through a livestock farm. I regularly give them birthdays with a bit of gentle leather cleaner, followed by a coat of bees wax. I also always remove my insoles after every wear. I’d consider all of this to be low maintenance. The only signs of wear that I have noticed is a significant colour change – these boots started out a blue/grey and are now a very faded brown – and the rubbery rand across the toe kick has started to peel off the leather. The latter only became noticeable after working in the yards, which is not recommended by the manufacturer.
The only signs of wear that I have noticed is a significant colour change – these boots started out a blue/grey and are now a very faded brown – and the rubbery rand across the toe kick has started to peel off the leather. The latter only became noticeable after working in the yards, which is not recommended by the manufacturer.
Here’s my quick technical run down:
Upper: Nubuck leather. Waterproof (yup mine still are!) Tongue able to be opened very wide for drying and easy installing on a cold, sleepy morning.
Sole: Vibram. Grippy and stiff enough for inclines and heavy loads, but lightweight.
Lace: lace up with hooks half way up – helps for the wide opening tongue. I’m still running the original laces.
At RRP$399, that’s an excellent yearly cost for a boot that I have sufficiently hammered. And I’m not looking for a replacement anytime soon.
Cheers to Stoney Creek for these gems!
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