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April 19, 2006

Classic Boot: The Filson Uplander Won’t Let You Down

Since I have trashed failed footwear (April 14th), it’s time to pay homage to boots that embrace your feet with loving support and kindness.

Filsonboots The Filson Uplander is one of my favorite summer boots. Filson designers must have taken a cue from Shaker furniture makers; these thick leather, no-frills boots are a paragon of design simplicity and durable function. Perfect for upland hunting in both rough terrain and level quail fields, the Uplander features a removable cork insole and a Vibram TCI Mini-Bob sole. The outside is a wonderfully supple oil-tanned leather, and they’re great for everyday wear. Just beware of the stout sole; these boots will require break-in time.  The price is a tough pill to swallow ($327), but they will last a decade or more. If they don’t, Filson will rebuild them for a nominal fee.  800-624-0201; filson.com

Want a deal? See what Filson boots are selling for on ebay:
https://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?from=R40&satitle=filson+boots

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By the way, when I last wrote about Filson (April 7th), I mentioned that the company had ended major U.S. production and a reader named Tom commented that many Filson items are still made here. I called the company’s CFO, Doug Williams, and this is what he told me:

“Although Filson has moved a percentage of its goods to Asia, most of the larger and heavier garments are still made in the Pacific Northwest. Our facility in the U.S. has very old machines that do an excellent job on heavy wool coats and bags, however they are not the best machines for light hunting shirts. We have only moved the goods overseas that can be made to a higher standard than is possible in our U.S. facility. That said, our U.S. plant is operating to capacity and we expect to remain that way for some time.”

Filson is an American treasure in the soft goods business and I hope their bags, and wool coats stay in the Pacific Northwest for a very long time.

Comments

tom

The boots are awesome, I think the resole fee is $85, but I have not needed it yet. I am glad you came back and commented on the differences with the CC Filson Line and the Filson Lodge Collection.

dennis brown

I want to try these boots.
I bought Rocky boots and the sole started leaking after one week. They refused to fix them. Said they would mail me new soles and I should pay to have them put on.
Worst customer service ever.
Where do I buy these Filson ones?

joe  smith

filson boots uplander are the best. i have danner,red wing.usa hermans survior,double tuff etc.bar none filsons are the best.the cork inner sole has a lot to do with this

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R. Scott Tuchel

Let's just keep it honest here, Filson Uplander boots are simply not in the same category as most of the boots that the average Joe will ever own. I "lucked into" my pair and now I am hooked. They are comfortable, rugged and masterworks of spartan simplicity. I can cover miles all day in the field and my feet fell like I've been wearing sneekers. These boots are six years old now and I can't find any part that even looks like it is wearing out. I may not have ever tried them if I had not gotten such a great deal but now...I will never go back to the others.

R. Scott Tuchel

Let's just keep it honest here, Filson Uplander boots are simply not in the same category as most of the boots that the average Joe will ever own. I "lucked into" my pair and now I am hooked. They are comfortable, rugged and masterworks of spartan simplicity. I can cover miles all day in the field and my feet fell like I've been wearing sneekers. These boots are six years old now and I can't find any part that even looks like it is wearing out. I may not have ever tried them if I had not gotten such a great deal but now...I will never go back to the others.

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