Whatever happened to MOAC Walking boots.
If my MOAC Easy Track boots are anything to go by, they deserved to go bust. No more than six years old, worn only four or five times a year, I was out on a hike last weekend when the sole of one boot disintegrated. The layer of high density foam sandwiched between the sole proper and the boots upper had simple turned to dust like a three hundred year old brick, unfortunately without the compresive strength. Once I had limped back to my car and could inspect the boots, I could see that the other sole was about to do the same thing.
Were the company still a going concern I would be demanding recompense.
Due to the method of construction there is not even the possibility of having them repair.
Well, a pal of mine bought a pair of Koflach Ultras years ago for an expedition that never happened, and having discovered them in the loft took them along for our NW trip at new year. Where, much to general amusement of all around, the outers completely disintegrated within a few hundred meters.
So, does that mean Koflach can't make boots, or the Ultra was a lemon? Since they've summited most (all?) of the world's major peaks and so dominated the early plastic mountaineering boot market that people referred to platics generally as "Koflachs" that's clearly not the case. It might be the case that they were bonded with adhesives that don't react well to sitting in storage for years in a manner that couldn't have been forseen when originally chosen and was not trumpeted by whoever who made it, in which case Koflach wouldn't really be to blame.
And I would suggest perhaps MOAC shouldn't be condemned on the basis of the above either...
As to what to do since they can't be directly replaced: if the uppers are okay get them resoled, if the boot as a whole has died then try on lots of alternatives to see what the next best thing for your feet are. And/or consider moving away from boots, joining the ever expanding number of folk who've discovered you don't need big, stiff and heavy footwear to go hillwalking, and that the lighter stuff tends to be much more comfortable.
I absolutely love my Moac boots, I have had them for at least 7 years and do loads of walking, please do not condemn them. I have walked all over the world and yet they do just as well in UK. I would love another pair and if anyone can find them for me i would still buy them. I first bought them when in Exeter and wore them for the first time on a 20 mile walk and didn't want to take them off. I love them.
I got some moacs from a charity shop for a fiver, got them resoled for £25,
new boots broken in by someone else.....total = £30
I love them!
It’s not all hill walking and Kendal mint cake
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