New Boots.. Again!
I seem to have written about new boots several times (and several times too many) over the past two or three years and here I am again, publishing the fact that I have another pair of new boots. Rather than testing these for anyone, and writing up a review, I was forced into this purchase after my Salomon Mission GTX boots started to fall apart (see here).
The excellent warranty offered by Salomon (2 years on boots) enabled me to return them to the shop and get a refund. As the boots are no longer being made I wasn’t provided with a straight swap – for which I grateful.
Instead, armed with a Go Outdoors credit note, in the form of an ever-lasting £99 gift voucher, I headed off to the Warrington store, where I was told they had a pair of Salomon Comet 3D GTX boots in a size 11. I was in luck as their on-line stock system tallied with the actual shop stock and I was able to try them on.
Like all my other Salomon boots they felt instantly comfortable and I decided to buy them.
The list price of the boots is £140 – which seems ridiculously high for a pair of mostly synthetic, lightweight boots – but my discount card reduced that to £121.50 straight away and a bit of Internet research before I left for the shop stood me in good stead, as their Price Guarantee scheme reduced the price even further to £97.
I’ve mentioned this scheme before and it’s one of the best on the market – and easy to use too. Find the same item for a cheaper price on the Internet (not eBay). As long as it’s identical (same size for boots) and in stock on the competitor’s site, Go Outdoors will take 10% off the price of the competitor. I found the boots for £108 on MilletSports site and GO charged me 90% of this price. Not bad.
The boots feel a tad stiffer than the Missions – particularly in the heel section and the rubber rand around the front of the boot will provide more support and protection for my toes. I also expect it will last longer than the material that was used in this area on the Missions.
The fit, as per most Salomon boots is about 1/2 a size smaller than I would usually take, but they feel very comfortable after a quick test around the store. They weigh in at 1.307kg for the pair and once I removed the Salomon insole and replaced them with my Superfeet this increased to 1.374Kg.
Here’s hoping they survive better than my last couple of pairs, but if they don’t at least I know I have a two year warranty on them.