What are good boots for surveying in the desert?
Thanks you guys in advance!
Post ID#19654 - replied 6/25/2012 5:43 AM
I used to like boots that were as light as possible for surveying. However, after years of working in rough, rocky, cactus filled desert, I have come to prefer high-top leather boots with a good heavy sole. The light ones let my feet get pretty beat up in rough terrain. The heavy ones give better protection, too, against cactus and snakes. On the other hand, ground temp needs to be considered, too. In summer, in deserts across the Southwest, ground temps can easily get up to 140 to 160 degrees. This will literally parboil your feet, even with light, breathable boots. My suggestion is to tailor your boots to your situation, and maybe even have a couple of types so you can change if the conditions change. Shop around, too, since every store has a few unique ones, especially in the higher end types. Also, take an extra pair of socks in the field with you, and change at lunch. I learned a bunch of this surveying out west of Gila Bend in temps that got over 120 every afternoon.
Post ID#19655 - replied 6/25/2012 6:10 AM
Post ID#19656 - replied 6/25/2012 8:23 AM
I also admit that I've only spent small amounts of time surveying in the desert, so YMMV.
I've never been a fan of steel toes. They can get really hot, or cold, depending on conditions. I also had a crew member drop a large metate on his foot once, and we had to cut the boot off with a hacksaw. So while they do offer some protection against smaller injuries, they can make the bigger ones worse.
Post ID#19657 - replied 6/25/2012 9:02 AM
Post ID#19658 - replied 6/25/2012 11:22 AM
This is my boot of choice: