Discussion in 'Related Gear' started by ties70, May 21, 2018.
Boots for today:
Astorflex Desert Boot in high, with „egg-yoke-yellow“ socks.
Folks, reviving this one a bit. I haven't bought a pair of Iron rangers yet, for the main reason that I'm working in an airport and have to go through metal detectors every morning and every time I go outside for a smoke. Found out the Iron Rangers have a metal insole, meaning I'll have to take them off each time, and that's a no-go...
Do you guys know of any Iron Rangers style boots without metal insole that are worth it?
I have a pair of Red Wing Iron Rangers (oxblood, model 8119), and although they have a reinforced toecap, this is made of a double layer of leather only, and they don't have metal in the insole. However, the numerous eyelets and speedhooks are steel, and I guess these might set something off. If the equipment is that sensitive to metal footwear fittings, then it would be a problem with anything that had them, which is most shoes and boots. Other similar, expensive boots like Chippewa, Viberg, Alden etc. also have a lot of metal fittings. The Iron Ranger name derives from the place in the USA where the boots were first worn by iron miners, namely the Mesabi Iron Range in Minnesota, and has no relevance to the construction of the boot.
You could always confirm the metal-free status by speaking to a Red Wings seller.
I guess you're after lace-up boots, but if you are looking wider, some of the quality elastic-sided boots are entirely metal-free. My personal favourites are Redback boots, which, unlike Blundstones, are still made in Australia, but the colour range is very restricted.
The Iron Rangers are some of the most comfortable boots, from the first wearing of them, that I've had. The downside is that the sole stitching goes all the way through to the Vibram outsole, and is thus exposed to eventual wear, and the need for re-soling or repair. Getting that done in today's throwaway society is neither easy nor cheap, but I'll deal with that when I need to.
Obscurator, thanks for your reply! The issue with Iron Rangers and metal detector seems to be caused mostly by the steel shank:
I've gather information all over the web, and it seems every Iron Ranger user that had to go through a metal detector had it ringing due to this, not due to the metal hardware (eyelets and speed hooks).
Thanks for the update and information. Always good to learn something new. I thought they'd all changed to plastic or other non-metallic materials.
The cutaway refers to a nitrile cork outsole, but mine have a treaded "Resist Oil, No Mark Vibram" sole. Apparently, the Iron Ranger could have either, but it seems that they both have the steel shank.
Looking at some of the similar types of boot, on the manufacturers' websites, some (e.g. Chippewa) specify whether they have steel shanks, or shanks of other materials, but most don't. It's a minefield! I found this, which, although not too up-to-date, might help:-
In 2017 I bought a pair of these G H Bass Duxbury boots:- https://www.ghbass-eu.com/duxbury-plain-toe-boot-chocolate-brown-leather.html. They're a bit like toecap-less Iron Rangers, but they have a curious sort of dimpled hard crepe sole, without treads. They're made in China (not Maine, USA) and when new are on the hard or stiff side. With some wear, and a lot of leather dressing, they're getting more comfortable. I've no idea what sort of shank they have, but, out of interest, I have enquired, and await their reply.
Obscurator, thank you for the link regarding the shanks, that was pretty informative!
I'm currently looking at a pair of Thorogood Dodgeville. Same price range and general look as the Iron Ranger, but as far as I can see, the shank is composite. This may be the way to go!
Today's boots day:
Maybe it’s just me, but most of the time I go through the airport metal detector that make me take my boots off, and even then the damn thing goes off. I’m assuming it’s the metal on my denim, but hey I just put it down to 21st century life. I think I’d prefer to have a good old metal shank anyway!
You're welcome. The Thorogood boots look pretty good. So good, in fact, that I've just about convinced myself that I could soon do with a new pair.
Good luck with your quest.
Like most of us , I’ve never been able to narrow a selection of boots or shoes down to just a few pairs. So over the course of the next few days I’ll post some of my favorite boots and shoes to wear with an A-2 or any other flight jacket. Here’s my first ;
A simple roughout Chelsea boot tan in color looks great with jeans and any flight jacket or other jacket you care to wear it with.
My next pair of boots are the old standbys for all occasions , The US Army repro roughout boots
Last pair for today is also a favorite as they
are a pair of tactical boots made for warm weather climates and EXTREMELY Light weight boots. I guarantee that if you pick up a pair of these you’ll buy them . Under Armour light weight tactical boots ;