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  • 01/04/2016
  • JuneBug

I am a newbie to the fire game. I have a wildlife biology background and I have accepted a job with the wild land fire crew in North Carolina. I am looking for used fire boots (ones without a huge heel). My knee has a titanium rod in it and can sometimes give me a little pain, so I’d prefer used hiking boot type. Are scarpa fuego appropriate for that area of work? If so.. anyone has used Scarpa fuego ( I am a size 81/2-9 women’s)…give me a shout.

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  1. Blacksprucy
    January 8, 2016 Reply

    The best thing you can do for yourself is to buy a pair of new boots that you have personally tried on or been sized for. Your feet will thank you later a couple days into a fire assignment.

  2. Ryan
    January 11, 2016 Reply

    I wore a logger style boot for 8 seasons and then tried the Fuegos to rotate with. Now the logger style is my backup and the Fuegos are my primary boots. The Fuego takes a little time to break in but they are worth it. Also, get some green or orange Superfeet insoles, it will be like walking on clouds.

    If you do not like the Scarpas then take a look into Lowa. They don’t have a big heel and break in quickly. Lowa is a popular boot here in Boise.

    LaSportiva has a boot called the Glacier, but I would stay away from that one. the boots delaminate around heat. I had a pair and they started pulling apart sitting around a campfire. A crewmember of mine was cutting saw line on a fire and the sole peeled right off.

    Those are my thoughts and experiences, however, DO NOT buy used boots. Everyone has different feet and your feet are the most important tool out on the fireline. Buy new and break them in.

  3. Firefish
    January 27, 2016 Reply

    I hear you on the knees. Been through 5 surgeries with screws, etc… in there. Used to swear by a hard sole logger boot, but pain is pain and you gotta change sometimes. I went to a vibram soled Asolo hiking/mountaineering boot and will never go back. And I agree with everyone else. You are making a purchase that will last for a while. Might as well buy new and break them in to your feet, not attempt to fit in somebody else’s.

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